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Thinking of getting one of these in order to downsize my set up

itl do away with my amp speaker cab and pedalboard

this seems to be a all in one everything included combo

anyone tried the stage 800 combo , ive tried the rumble 500 and it does a good job

its realy the presets and different effects etc that im not sure about, there are some great reviews and demos on youtube

but would prefer some 1st hand knowledge befor splashing out on one

regards

jay

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I use a Studio 40 very regularly. Most of the bands I play with it's fine, although there are some it wouldn't keep up with volume-wise. At 20 times the wattage and double the speakerage, the Stage 800 should be fine! The 40 can manage a four piece band with very controlled drummers (in that they can rock TF out without getting loud), but still soul and rock'n'roll music- it kicks it out for a 40 watt 1x10.

More importantly, the sounds are very good. Amp/strip emulations are great, and each sim has its own set of basic 'extras', being that any amp or channel strip includes a simple but effective comp and noise gate, amongst other things depending on the model. Cab sims can be added to any amp or channel strip, too. I bought the amp imagining that the effects chains and built in tuner would give me all I needed for a plug-and-play gig, but to be honest, just the basic amp/channel patch plus tuner is enough for me with the basic patch's built in options. The array of great sounding effects are just gravy by that point.

I use this for gigs which don't need 'effects' switching in and out, so can't really comment on a more involved useage, but with the pedalboard which I  believe comes with the 800 anyway, there should be plenty of flexibility on that front too.

Bottom line is that my experience of the 800's baby brother is entirely positive, and the wee lad can handle himself in a much bigger scrap than you might expect, too.

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I've been using mine for a few months now, replacing a rack setup with a Helix and a couple of Barefaced cabs that I just got tired of moving to the local Dog and Duck.

 

All in all, it's a very capable unit. I play in a gentle indie rock band and a very ungentle hard rock band and it does fine in both of them. The amp unit is very much more capable than the speaker cab, I have a feeling I could easily send the drivers across the room if I wanted. Whilst volume is more than sufficient for indoors venues (I'm usually around 10am on the dial fwiw) I'm planning on buying the matching cabinet for the big outdoors biker rallies that we do every summer.

 

When it comes to sounds and emulation the in built overdrive sounds have a tendency to be fizzy and none of the comps are subtle enough for me, but with that those aside (and at least the overdrives can be tamed with work) I think it sounds great. I use the first two banks of three presets as a smooth finger sound based on a GK, a driven pick rock, vintage fuzz, synth, really subby and deep and a modern od sound. That covers a lot of territory for two covers bands and there's loads more presets there if you want them. If you're not into the emulation thing than it does a pretty good impression of most major amp brands and generic sounds, so there's nothing to stop you just picking one you like and treating it like a normal amp. I was a GK user for years before I went digital, and the GK impression is particularly on point. I'd prefer this amp, set to the GK preset, over and actual GK combo and that's coming from someone who's owned 5 GK amps, 3 cabs and the plex.

 

The tuner on the built in screen is brilliant, but the LED version on the pedal leaves a lot to be desired. My largest complaint is that I miss the global eq that the Helix has a lot, as it was really useful for applying a room or a bass specific eq to every patch all at once.

 

Obligatory low-light, low-ability gig photo. Please note, after putting the phone down I tidied the cables.

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1 hour ago, Jack said:

My largest complaint is that I miss the global eq that the Helix has a lot, as it was really useful for applying a room or a bass specific eq to every patch all at once.

There are some very basic global EQ options, low cut/high cut/high boost type things in there. Do you mean something more flexible on the Helix?

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3 hours ago, Jus Lukin said:

There are some very basic global EQ options, low cut/high cut/high boost type things in there. Do you mean something more flexible on the Helix?

Yeah, the helix has 3 fully-parametric bands as well as high and low pass filters. It's easy to notch a tiny bit of mud out when switching from a Stingray to my P for instance. Great for taming room boom.

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