Jump to content

Genzler Magellan 800 and 350 bass amplifiers

Recommended Posts

Do you actually need an effects loop? Can't you just run any effects into the front end? 

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Good point. So far I have a limited set of pedals that probably would do great job before the preamp.

But I'm fairly new to bassplaying and I guess I will be spending the next few years experimenting with all kinds of sounds, effects etc.
My first instinct was to have all options open and not be limited by a new amp.
I simply dont know at this point if I need the fx-loop in the near future (or ever?). From other threads I see most bassists dont use the fx-loop, some use compressors or highpass filters in the fx-loop. 
So far I only used it to do some A/B tests with preamps.

I have to think about it, the 350 may be a good option for me afterall. Thanks!

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

I should probably point out that I don't really use any effects myself other than occasional low gain drive, always on  compression and high pass filtering. All through the front end and I've never had any issues doing it this way. By all means experiment to see what works for you but my personal experience has taught me to leave the sexy and flashy effects to the guitarists and keys player, it might sound boring but I've found them to be mostly detrimental to the bass in a band situation. But see what works for you! 

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

I bought a Magellan 350 unit, connected to a VanderKley 210 MNT cab.

I tested it in my home studio, and didnt feel the need to move the master pot any further than 9 o'clock. Darn, this is a loud amp.
Ok ok, I admit, I tested it also at louder volumes.....  it was EXTREMELY LOUD !!!!
So why would you ever need the 800 version? Not for the volume is it? My cab is efficient, but not extremely efficient. It didnt sound nice at high volumes though but that probably has more to do with the acoustics in my room.

Now the manual states that when contour is off, the amp should have a flat response.
With the contour pot in the left position (that is contour off is it?), and EQ all in the middle, it doesnt sound flat at all: there is a lot of wooly bass.
I have to turn the bass to about 9 o'clock to have a balanced bass sound all over the frequency spectrum.
Strange, I have a glockenklang and H+K bassbase600, always running the bass EQ a few db plus, and same was for the GK MB500 and Markbass amps I tested recently.

This woolyness is a bit of an issue, I have a few pre-amps here I would like to check on  a flat amp, and the 350 has no FX inputs so I need to use the line in.
Dont know what to trust anymore. Maybe I need to do some checks at DI level first to see what is going on.

I can confirm the background noise is just fine, as reported earlier in this thread.
The fan is audible, but you can hear they did their best to minimise the airflow noise. Sounds ok to me.


Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Well, the DI sounds fine. This is a great amp!

And the woolyness seems to be not much of an issue anymore. I finally did put the last acoustic panels on the walls and corners, and that really improves the sound in my room.  Could be that changed it for the better, but it might as well be my ears are playing tricks on me after all the cab and amp switching. I was playing last half hour on a p-bass with the bass setting at 0, just fun having playing and totally forgot about comparisons anymore. :)

Now, at high volumes, my VanderKley 210 MNT cab is still not sounding nice. It is a 8 ohm cab, and Genzler did specify "only" 175 watt for 8 ohms.
Is it possible the amp is at its limits at about 12-1 o'clock and causing some distortion? Would that be the reason to go for the 800, more headroom?


Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites
On 26/03/2019 at 02:06, TonyMontana said:

ah, so there is a catch afterall...

I thought the MG350 was just a power-scaled down version, which is nice because I only will be using it in my home studio.

And I was about to order it.

But now I see it lacks fx-send/return.
Grrr.....🙁.... MG800 cost 400 EUR extra, dont need/want that power....


Any alternatives ? (500 EUR range, dead silent)


Hello, Tecamppuma 500 is a great option for that. Thank you.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • Similar Content

    • By Mudpup
      Genzler Magellan 800 SOLD
      New amp now arrived so I need this gone! 
      Mint condition with official bag. Bought in January from Andertons, gigged 3 times and played a bit on headphones at home. Probably been switched on about 10 times in total and consequently it could pass for brand new.
      Twin channel and contour design - modern or drive channel and a hifi or vintage contour control.  
      Aux in/phones out for silent practice. Fabulous build quality and a sound to match. Fat, warm, modern, vintage, sizzle and headroom for days. 
      800w into 4 or 2.67 ohms or 400w into 8 ohms.
      Collect from Herts/Essex, happy to drive for a bit to meet up or I will post as I have all the original packaging still.
      @Osiris has done a great review of the amp here 
      Thanks for looking - pop me a message if you need more info 🙂


    • By seifregno
      Perfect, not a scratch.
      Very lightweight.
      Only the cab is for sale.

    • By caterhamsuper7
      I am looking at 2 amps
      Genzler Magellan 350 of the Eden TN501
      Both meet my needs of having Line/AUX in and Headphones. Use at home and good enough to gig at later dates
      I purchased a PJB CAB27 and will probably add a CAB47 at a later date
      Bass i am using at present is a Sandberg TM2
      Can anyone advise me experiences with either of these 2 amps or advice. . TN501 i can get from Thomann for £235 which is great price
      Or are there other alternative please? Mark Bass BIg Bang 2nd hand ?
      thank you in advance

  • Create New...