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I'm considering buying one of these to play with my Hofner Contemporary Violin Bass in a 60s cover band.

We do small pubs/venues as a rule with the occasional larger gig.

Am I right in thinking I can get an authentic 60s 'Paul McCartney Beatles' bass sound and for larger venues is it still good DI into the PA system?

Advice comments please.

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I woudn't use a 1x8 anywhere other than my house, and then only when alone. I consider a 1x10 the minimum for gigging, even with PA. As for it sounding like the original, I played through some Super Beatles back in the 60s, didn't care for them at all. Besides, even back then what was heard on a record was seldom pure mic's bass cabs. Very early on they used a mix of mic'd and direct. Sounding like Paul isn't difficult, use flat wounds and a pick, with not much high end. No one ever mistook his tone for the Ox.

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If you want a Nutube amp with the Vox name on it I can recommend the Vox VX50BA combo.  It's the same internals as the Mini SuperBeetle in a more compact form with a "true DI", which the Beetle actually doesn't have!  Go figure. 

When I say "true DI" I mean that the Direct Out on the VX50BA splits directly off the instrument input, with absolutely none of the Nutube preamp tone!  Again, go figure!  

The VX50BA is also quite a bit less expensive for actually more features!

 

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There are two threads about the VX50BA, I also own one & love, Love, LOVE it:

 

 

1 caveat about the Direct-Out, the amp must be powered on!

so it's not 'that' direct

 

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4 hours ago, BassmanPaul said:

I think you'll find it's called a Super Beetle bass.

I noticed that. I guess they don't want to have to pay a royalty to Sir Paul or whoever it is that has the rights to the Beatles name.

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VOX, Jennings Musical Instruments, were authorised to use the Beatles name. The companies that bought VOX were disappointed when the right to use the Beatles name didn't come along with the purchase.

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