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Valve amp crew - have you seen this? Could be useful for a lot of you, especially with a few new acquisitions floating around.

  

 

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22 minutes ago, SamPlaysBass said:

Valve amp crew - have you seen this? Could be useful for a lot of you, especially with a few new acquisitions floating around.

  

 

That tone from the Ampeg at 1.35 is just great .

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21 minutes ago, Reggaebass said:

That tone from the Ampeg at 1.35 is just great .

Precision/Ampeg wonderfulness.

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17 hours ago, SamPlaysBass said:

Valve amp crew - have you seen this? Could be useful for a lot of you, especially with a few new acquisitions floating around.

 

I've a guitarist friend who swears by those - uses them at home to record his own valve amps, and gets some superb recorded tones. In my typically more cheapskate fashion, I have been eyeing up Thomann's Harley Benton knock-off...

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I still haven't used the silent recording function on my Ampeg PF50T, to be honest. I'm aware it's there, but I've mostly used the DI for live situations or rehearsal room demos where I want the speaker anyway.

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5 hours ago, EliasMooseblaster said:

I've a guitarist friend who swears by those - uses them at home to record his own valve amps, and gets some superb recorded tones. In my typically more cheapskate fashion, I have been eyeing up Thomann's Harley Benton knock-off...

What's HB unit called buddy?

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On 06/10/2020 at 16:31, SamPlaysBass said:

Valve amp crew - have you seen this? Could be useful for a lot of you, especially with a few new acquisitions floating around.

  

 

Whats the power rating on that Ampeg? I had serious GAS for this little number until I realised it only went to 100w which whilst I understand I could use it with a 200w amp at low volume, kinda defeats the point and throws risk to my head. Looks ace though and my guitarist has the previous model which sounds great as well 

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6 minutes ago, Salt on your Bass? said:

Whats the power rating on that Ampeg? I had serious GAS for this little number until I realised it only went to 100w which whilst I understand I could use it with a 200w amp at low volume, kinda defeats the point and throws risk to my head. Looks ace though and my guitarist has the previous model which sounds great as well 

If that’s the V4B it’s only 100W 

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Hard to read the panel in the thumbnail, but it looks like the model name starts with B, and no midrange controls that the larger amps had. So likely a B25 which are somewhere around 50 watts.

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The Two Notes Torpedo Captor X does look like a great and versatile device, but the 100W input limit does make it more guitar amp focused rather than bass amp. One of the key things is to naturally push and overdrive the amp and then attenuate it.

My Handbox is only 120W, so probably OK, but I still wouldn't risk damaging either device. If they up that limit then I'm in.

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I definitely wouldn't put one of these through it! :D 

 

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20 hours ago, Salt on your Bass? said:

Whats the power rating on that Ampeg? I had serious GAS for this little number until I realised it only went to 100w which whilst I understand I could use it with a 200w amp at low volume, kinda defeats the point and throws risk to my head. Looks ace though and my guitarist has the previous model which sounds great as well 

"only" 100W is not to be sneezed at for a valve head, especially through an efficient cabinet.  

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i did have a search about for something that would let me max my SVT to get a bit of grind going but i couldn't find anything, so i am now considering a vb4 instead and slightly worried if it would be loud enough especially through a Barefaced two10. i can see me getting one and then another two10 cab. 

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15 minutes ago, simon88wilson said:

i did have a search about for something that would let me max my SVT to get a bit of grind going but i couldn't find anything, so i am now considering a vb4 instead and slightly worried if it would be loud enough especially through a Barefaced two10. i can see me getting one and then another two10 cab. 

It wont be super loud through a single Two10 but through a 4X10 it'll easily be loud enough. The handbox 100 WB (actually 120W) is a good option .       

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59 minutes ago, simon88wilson said:

i did have a search about for something that would let me max my SVT to get a bit of grind going but i couldn't find anything, so i am now considering a vb4 instead and slightly worried if it would be loud enough especially through a Barefaced two10. i can see me getting one and then another two10 cab. 

I have a 74 V4 which I have gigged with the original 412 cab without PA support in medium sized venues and been plenty loud enough.

When you factor in two guitarists using valve combo's, keys and drums that's pretty good. A modern super efficient 212 or 410 would be even better I would think.

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3 hours ago, simon88wilson said:

i did have a search about for something that would let me max my SVT to get a bit of grind going but i couldn't find anything, so i am now considering a vb4 instead and slightly worried if it would be loud enough especially through a Barefaced two10. i can see me getting one and then another two10 cab. 

Radial JDX Reactor goes to 300W. That’s the highest one I know of. 

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This one's $3000 (no offers) currently  (EBay)

 

Orange Matamp OR100 Head early 70's orange JIMMY PAGE PETE TOWNSEND

 

(it isn't mine, btw)

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On 30/09/2020 at 10:30, Reggaebass said:

I’ve been watching the videos on the Ampeg PF50 , it looks like a nice little amp for home practice, don’t think it has a fan so nice and quiet, and from what I can hear it seems to do the lows quite well.

It's a great little amp. 

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Just now, afterimage said:

It's a great little amp. 

I remember about a year ago a store in Scotland was selling them at rock bottom prices for whatever reason 🤔

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Once you go valve it’s very hard to go back 🤷‍♂️😭😭

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2 minutes ago, afterimage said:

It's a great little amp. 

I’m looking for one at the moment but there’s not many around 

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1 minute ago, Reggaebass said:

I’m looking for one at the moment but there’s not many around 

There’s a good few cool vintage 100watters going for the same price as a PF50t. I thought that carlsbro looked good and very tidily rewired. There’s a really cool 1976 fender Bassman head for sale here on bass chat also ...worth considering both . I can send you the links for both ?

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2 minutes ago, Quilly said:

There’s a really cool 1976 fender Bassman head for sale here on bass chat

I’ve got  an eye on that 🙂

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