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Sparky Mark

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  1. No, I think the Big Bang was named ironically as it's effectively a LM3 (same preamp/EQ and power amp) in a smaller package.
  2. My TE combo and extension cab. The 1153 has the same basic tone as the combo but with more extended lows (as you'd expect). The combo is great on its own with a surprisingly punchy tone. It's when you connect the 1153 you realise how much lower it's tuned.
  3. I'll check with Andrew in the new year but the 16 months is more a reflection of the waiting time not the build time. If a Roadie has a slightly shorter build time then I might get lucky. Oh, I have corrected my earlier post; it's an Active not a 2.
  4. Nothing too exotic; Series 3 profile Roadie Active with gold hardware and faux laminate finish like this. More than likely cherry.
  5. My order is now 6 months in, so a few months to go before I can post updates.
  6. The not so good thing about my TE Series 6 is the set positions on both input and output level controls. If I set the input at a high level then a single click on the output jumps the volume enormously. Using a lower input setting (I never worry about the leds as long as it sounds okay) gives the output level knob much finer control of volume.
  7. I much prefer being close to the musicians for any gig and the less than perfect mix wasn't enough to persuade me to move back to the sound desk.
  8. This was the first Level 42 gig that I saw, 23rd October 2021 was the second. Sound quality isn't perfect but the heft and clarity of the JD and TE are there.
  9. I'm happy to accept that I probably had no idea how best to use my TE SMX rig (AH350SMX, 410 and 115 cabs). I saw a band in a pub in the 90s where the bassist was using a Warwick NT Thumb through a Hartke AH3500, 410, 115 rig and the punch, lows and clarity amazed me. Within a month the TE was gone and I had (still have) a Thumb and the same Hartke rig that I loved using for next 15 years. If you come across any free of charge Series 6 AH200 heads please let me know, I love 'em.
  10. Agreed, but we were standing right at the front of stage and not hearing the PA columns located at far left and right. I'm sure the band had an excellent mix in their IEMs so for them amps are almost irrelevant. Before IEMs became commonplace musicians used their backline for their stage sound much more and the audience at the front heard more of that. With everything DI into the PA and IEM the majority of the audience wouldn't care if the on stage amps were totally silent.
  11. Liking both Markbass and Trace Elliot amps is not mutually exclusive. I have gigged for 13 years using Markbass amps and cabs and have recently used my Trace Elliot Series 6 AH200 which sounds fantastic through my Bergantino cabs. I had a disappointing experience with the SMX Series back in the 90s but the Series 6 is way better for me. Of course, I know a lot more now about EQ and hopefully my playing technique has improved. In my opinion only, Mark King sounded better at the Brixton Ace in 1983 with his JD and TE rig than he did at Cambridge through the Markbass.
  12. I've just ordered black Dunlop buttons from Allparts for half the price of anywhere else. Hopefully they'll be compatible wth my black Dunlop strap part.
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