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I've been looking for a back up amp as tempting fate cant last forever. I had my mind set on a trace Eliot elf or possibly the Mark Bass Ninja or Augilars Tone hammer purely because of their size ,but the TC BQ500 range is  now looking like a likely candidate.Small, light 500 watts and real cheap and no additional features (common to previous TCs ) They are advertised as transparent amps with a tone that can be moulded by your outboard gear....with 1 addition the thrust compressor. I'm also hoping that as with my last TC there isn't the need for a computer wiz to repair it due to the nature of the computerised chips in the old BH heads. If anyone has any personal experience /info on these i'd love to hear about it

 

Thanks Paul F

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Typing BQ500 in to the search box opens up a world of information ;-). This thread also includes my experience with one.

 

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I have one. I bought it as a spare for my Markbass (CMD121P + NY121P). I have it wired so that it can drive both the speaker in the combo and the extension cab. 

It’s a good match, both do 500W into 4 ohms. 

I’ve used it a couple of times as a test and once for real. The real time was when I was playing outdoors with a crap generator and the Markbass head is only able to run down to 200V but the TC will tolerate 110V!

 

general comparison - it sounds fine. I prefer the MB as it has more EQ options. I haven’t really used the built in compressor - normally I go with either a Trace Elliott transit or a -massive- board depending on whether it’s folk or funk. It’s easy to get a good smooth P bass thump.

Re total loudness I haven’t tried very scientifically but I’d say that the TC has less headroom. You can get it to fart out or clip more easily than the MB, particularly if only going into a single speaker. 

The active/passive switch is wired backwards but IDGAF. 

Slight pity that the speakon out is speakon only rather than combo speakon jack, but not a big deal.

 

overall a great simple basic head, good to have as a spare. Nice and small and light and a steal at the price - I think I paid £180. 

 

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On 28/05/2019 at 16:50, dave_bass5 said:

Typing BQ500 in to the search box opens up a world of information ;-). This thread also includes my experience with one.

 

Cool thanks for this Paul F 

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