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#1 Kiwi

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Posted 02 December 2013 - 11:21 AM

I own a couple of their bass heads and a Pro501 1x12 combo which used to be owned by one of the guitarists in Lindisfarne.

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I normally use it with a Lexicon MPXG2 multi effects unit but never managed to get a satisfactory crunch out of it. However I recently saw this clip on youtube of a Pro2000 head being used with a power attenuator.



Playing aside, the crunch alone made goosebumps stand up on the back of my neck.

There are some interesting stories about Burman amps from those who have known Gregg personally too.

http://basschat.co.u...urman-interview

http://basschat.co.u...s-your-burmans/

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Backline: EBS Microbass, FEA Labs Dual Band compressor, Future Impact bass synth, Zoom B3 into two Genz Benz Shuttle 6's and two fEARful F112 cabs, Trace Elliot Hexavalve, two Burman Pro4000HD 140w valve heads

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Backline: Effectrode PC2A compressor, Empress Parametric Eq, Amptweaker Tight Rock, Joyo JF14 American Sound, Zoom G3X, Lexicon MPXG2 + R1 foot controller, Ibanez TSA5 x2 Burman Pro 501 50w combo and Fender Concert II (Rivera era)

Studio: Yamaha CS6R synth module, Axon AX100 pitch to MIDI, Burman GX3 preamp, Lexicon MPXG2 and MIDIman 16ch mixer, Ableton Live + soft synths

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 01:28 PM

got my 501 too....looks just like yours, Mr Kiwi...in excellent condition
mine has the original GEC KT77s and the Mazda pre-amp tubes too....luverly
one like this went for £675 on eBay a few weeks ago!!
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Posted 08 January 2014 - 07:22 PM

Really? Prices seem to be going up then. Not sure if that's a good thing...
Bass: Self built 5-string semi hollow headless, '79 Alembic Series 1 graphite, '78 Musicman Stingray, '86 Pangborn Warlord graphite, '93 Pedulla Pentabuzz, '09 Shuker Headless 6 MIDI (signed by Lee Sklar, Doug Wimbish and Billy Sheehan),'00 Spector NS5CR, '90 Status Series 1 5 string.
Backline: EBS Microbass, FEA Labs Dual Band compressor, Future Impact bass synth, Zoom B3 into two Genz Benz Shuttle 6's and two fEARful F112 cabs, Trace Elliot Hexavalve, two Burman Pro4000HD 140w valve heads

Guitar: Alan Knight 'Hitmaker' tribute, Klein-berger replica with sustainer, Warmoth HSS Strat (signed by Nile Rodgers), Yamaha MSG Deluxe Mk 1, Yamaha MSG Deluxe Mk 2
Backline: Effectrode PC2A compressor, Empress Parametric Eq, Amptweaker Tight Rock, Joyo JF14 American Sound, Zoom G3X, Lexicon MPXG2 + R1 foot controller, Ibanez TSA5 x2 Burman Pro 501 50w combo and Fender Concert II (Rivera era)

Studio: Yamaha CS6R synth module, Axon AX100 pitch to MIDI, Burman GX3 preamp, Lexicon MPXG2 and MIDIman 16ch mixer, Ableton Live + soft synths

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Posted 10 January 2014 - 04:37 PM

yup, no word of a lie.....
http://www.ebay.co.u...984.m1438.l2649

I couldn't believe it and I agree this isn't really a good thing.
Up to £400 seems a very fair and nice price for a 501.
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Posted 10 January 2014 - 06:02 PM

Thats probably because people like us talk them up on forums. I've seen prices shoot up on graphite necked Alembics because of forum activity. Having said this, that particular amp is in spectacular condition. There's another for sale at the moment so don't be too disappointed even if its not in the same nick.
Bass: Self built 5-string semi hollow headless, '79 Alembic Series 1 graphite, '78 Musicman Stingray, '86 Pangborn Warlord graphite, '93 Pedulla Pentabuzz, '09 Shuker Headless 6 MIDI (signed by Lee Sklar, Doug Wimbish and Billy Sheehan),'00 Spector NS5CR, '90 Status Series 1 5 string.
Backline: EBS Microbass, FEA Labs Dual Band compressor, Future Impact bass synth, Zoom B3 into two Genz Benz Shuttle 6's and two fEARful F112 cabs, Trace Elliot Hexavalve, two Burman Pro4000HD 140w valve heads

Guitar: Alan Knight 'Hitmaker' tribute, Klein-berger replica with sustainer, Warmoth HSS Strat (signed by Nile Rodgers), Yamaha MSG Deluxe Mk 1, Yamaha MSG Deluxe Mk 2
Backline: Effectrode PC2A compressor, Empress Parametric Eq, Amptweaker Tight Rock, Joyo JF14 American Sound, Zoom G3X, Lexicon MPXG2 + R1 foot controller, Ibanez TSA5 x2 Burman Pro 501 50w combo and Fender Concert II (Rivera era)

Studio: Yamaha CS6R synth module, Axon AX100 pitch to MIDI, Burman GX3 preamp, Lexicon MPXG2 and MIDIman 16ch mixer, Ableton Live + soft synths

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Posted 08 October 2016 - 02:27 PM

Update bump: Found out how to get a satisfying crunch - JJ Tesla 12AX7C preamp valves. Gorgeous mid-gain sound (I guess it could be boosted too.) The woofy, fuzzy Black Sabbath 70's sound I was getting was simply worn out preamp valves. The JJ's have given my GX3 preamp a new lease of life. Wish I had the combo with me to work on too...
Bass: Self built 5-string semi hollow headless, '79 Alembic Series 1 graphite, '78 Musicman Stingray, '86 Pangborn Warlord graphite, '93 Pedulla Pentabuzz, '09 Shuker Headless 6 MIDI (signed by Lee Sklar, Doug Wimbish and Billy Sheehan),'00 Spector NS5CR, '90 Status Series 1 5 string.
Backline: EBS Microbass, FEA Labs Dual Band compressor, Future Impact bass synth, Zoom B3 into two Genz Benz Shuttle 6's and two fEARful F112 cabs, Trace Elliot Hexavalve, two Burman Pro4000HD 140w valve heads

Guitar: Alan Knight 'Hitmaker' tribute, Klein-berger replica with sustainer, Warmoth HSS Strat (signed by Nile Rodgers), Yamaha MSG Deluxe Mk 1, Yamaha MSG Deluxe Mk 2
Backline: Effectrode PC2A compressor, Empress Parametric Eq, Amptweaker Tight Rock, Joyo JF14 American Sound, Zoom G3X, Lexicon MPXG2 + R1 foot controller, Ibanez TSA5 x2 Burman Pro 501 50w combo and Fender Concert II (Rivera era)

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Posted 09 October 2016 - 06:16 PM

Never owned one, but I did have the good fortune to meet Gregg Burman back in the day when he had the little shop in the arcade off Percy street (whose name I forget - not even sure if it's still there TBH) in Newcastle. Tiny shop with a massive glass frontage in an arcade of similarly glass-fronted shops, 8x12 stack with a 100w head on top and a white Stratocaster for customers to play... :swoon: I would have been around 22 then and he was definitely older than me, so he must be pushing 70 by now.

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Posted 10 October 2016 - 05:31 PM

The one amp I regret selling in my Burman 501. IT was a beast of a thing.

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Posted 17 November 2016 - 04:02 AM

View Postleftybassman392, on 09 October 2016 - 06:16 PM, said:

he must be pushing 70 by now.
Yes and not enjoying the best of health but he's getting by.

View PostFreddy Le Cragg, on 10 October 2016 - 05:31 PM, said:

The one amp I regret selling in my Burman 501. IT was a beast of a thing.
Looks very clean too!
Bass: Self built 5-string semi hollow headless, '79 Alembic Series 1 graphite, '78 Musicman Stingray, '86 Pangborn Warlord graphite, '93 Pedulla Pentabuzz, '09 Shuker Headless 6 MIDI (signed by Lee Sklar, Doug Wimbish and Billy Sheehan),'00 Spector NS5CR, '90 Status Series 1 5 string.
Backline: EBS Microbass, FEA Labs Dual Band compressor, Future Impact bass synth, Zoom B3 into two Genz Benz Shuttle 6's and two fEARful F112 cabs, Trace Elliot Hexavalve, two Burman Pro4000HD 140w valve heads

Guitar: Alan Knight 'Hitmaker' tribute, Klein-berger replica with sustainer, Warmoth HSS Strat (signed by Nile Rodgers), Yamaha MSG Deluxe Mk 1, Yamaha MSG Deluxe Mk 2
Backline: Effectrode PC2A compressor, Empress Parametric Eq, Amptweaker Tight Rock, Joyo JF14 American Sound, Zoom G3X, Lexicon MPXG2 + R1 foot controller, Ibanez TSA5 x2 Burman Pro 501 50w combo and Fender Concert II (Rivera era)

Studio: Yamaha CS6R synth module, Axon AX100 pitch to MIDI, Burman GX3 preamp, Lexicon MPXG2 and MIDIman 16ch mixer, Ableton Live + soft synths

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Posted 17 November 2016 - 03:18 PM

We used to stock Burman amps in the shop I used to work in in Cardiff. Superb amps. We had a big bass stack at one point which was just awesome.






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