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Couldn't see a thread on this, so was wondering if anyone has had or tried one - if so how did you rate it?

Could perhaps be more interesting for synth bass rather than normal bass? (Reggae being the obvious honourable exception!)

Appreciate this is now out of production, so what's the current competition for this low end beast?

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Hi al , I’ve used these in the studio and they sounded great when pushed  , they have serious low end , I quite fancy one myself but I only do the occasional gigs now so I’m not sure about home use , and I think @taunton-hobbit has these 🙂

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13 minutes ago, Reggaebass said:

and I think @taunton-hobbit has these 🙂

I've got two of the first Dubsters - with a filter to shove most of the mid/top somewhere else (sep amp & spkrs) - they handle anything I can throw at them - shame Alex de-listed them, but I guess aiming them at the dub market probably didn't help sales. ( Mine are staying, btw ) Everyone I play to reckons they're frightingly good..........

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Boominess an issue? I guess that's my biggest single concern and using hpf to control would seem to defeat the point of focusing on the low end. 

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........... try one & see - everyone hears stuff differently ?

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I bi-amp, the 'hpf' is variable so I can get the heft that I need (Dubsters were never designed as full-range kit)

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Haha - they're not easy to get hold of to try out! I'm particularly interested in the more compact Dubster 2 or an equivalent from another manufacturer. Not sure what the alternatives are? 

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@3below and @Raggy - not wanting to go off piste on a FS thread, but am really interested to know whether your BF Dubsters are:

- the v1 or v2? 

- what else you pair yours with? 

- whether you're getting any low end boominess on your sets and if so how you have dealt with that? 

If you've got any clips uploaded of the Dubster being used, that would be fantastic - couldn't find anything much at all on YouTube! 

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I bought a Dubster 2 from a member on here last  year and I think I've used it on about 4 gigs. Two were when it was twinned with a Big Baby II and powered in bridge mode from my Crown XLS1502.

The sound density was ridiculously thick but the addition of the BB2 enabled more upper frequencies to come through. However but I think next time I take it out I will have the two cabs on different sides of my power amp so I can balance the sound between the two cabs better as in bridge mode the dubster does tend to over power the low end and I think it would work better if I was able to use the BB2 for most of my sound and let the dubster add heft without taking over the volume loud.

The other two times, I have used it as a stand alone bass cab which was rather good.

Just to add,  all gigs were reggae which it is deal for. The only other time I think it would be suitable is if I was gigging outdoors.

If you can find one, it's a great addition.

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@jazzyvee great post thanks. I was in the queue behind you for that Dubster 2 last year :)

In addition to the two uses you mentioned, I suspect it could also work well for synth bass. 

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8 hours ago, Al Krow said:

@3below and @Raggy - not wanting to go off piste on a FS thread, but am really interested to know whether your BF Dubsters are:

- the v1 or v2? 

- what else you pair yours with? 

- whether you're getting any low end boominess on your sets and if so how you have dealt with that? 

If you've got any clips uploaded of the Dubster being used, that would be fantastic - couldn't find anything much at all on YouTube! 

Mine is the 2x15 Eminence 3015LF model (as per above sale). Not aware of boominess, Usually I use an SG bass, Sansamp Leeds and QSC power amp.  It works equally well with Peavey Tour 700 I have.

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23 hours ago, Al Krow said:

@3below and @Raggy - not wanting to go off piste on a FS thread, but am really interested to know whether your BF Dubsters are:

- the v1 or v2? 

- what else you pair yours with? 

- whether you're getting any low end boominess on your sets and if so how you have dealt with that? 

If you've got any clips uploaded of the Dubster being used, that would be fantastic - couldn't find anything much at all on YouTube! 

Mine is the V1 version, I bought it new in 2010. I've ran it with a hell of a lot of amps, Markbass LMIII, GK 1001 and 2001 RB's, Genz Streamliner and Shuttle 9.0, Trace Elliot Hexavalve, TC Blacksmith, Orange Bass Terror and currently an Orange Four Stroke 500.

The only amp I feel it didn't work with was the Streamliner, it sounded way too 'flubby', if that's a word, no real definition no matter what I did, to be honest I didn't really get on with that amp at all.

I use it in two bands, one is a Ska/Two-Tone band and the other, a Punk band. Always a P bass (with flats on at the moment) in both bands. I have never felt it was too boomy, apart from with the Streamliner, but I do like a bass tone that sits under the band, saying that, with round wounds on I can get pretty close to JJ Burnel's bass tone with the right EQ settings. What that sounds like out front, I do not know but I have had lots of good compliments from other bass players on my tone/tones. Alex told me that there is not much treble on these cabs and the output drops like a stone at about 1.5Hz, but I have never felt wanting for top end. 

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I've got two FR800 and an LF1400 (essentially 2 powered BB2 and 1 powered Dubster 2) to all intents and purposes that's just like having a PA system just for bass. I only ever use them together as PA for the whole band. That much bass on stage would be a pain. Even if I was playing reggae I'd want to leave that sort of low end to the foh system. 

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