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#31 Graham

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Posted 16 April 2016 - 10:55 AM

Sounds nice and articulate there, warm but with controlled lows, which are all good things to me :)
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Posted 16 April 2016 - 11:17 AM

Sounds like a bass to me. Always difficult to evaluate amps and basses on YouTube. Great playing as always, though. :)

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Posted 16 April 2016 - 03:19 PM

Yep, nothing compares to being there :-)

I didn't think I'd have a need for the contour knob, but I'm rehearsing with it at the mo and dialling in a tiny bit rounds things up a bit of the song needs it...
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Posted 16 April 2016 - 03:27 PM

View Postwateroftyne, on 16 April 2016 - 08:51 AM, said:

Here's a short snippet from the gig:



Sounds good to me, although much of that has to do with the player (not wishing to be sycophantic of course).
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Posted 17 April 2016 - 07:59 AM

I used it yesterday at a marathon 8-hour rehearsal, just through the little S112. Lovely & focussed.

I didn't think I'd have a use for the contour knob, but I've noticed adding a little nudges it towards Walkabout territory. I used it on quite a few tunes, and the bright switch came in handy too. Any reservations I had about the seemingly limited EQ are forgotten - it's just so easy to use.

Here's another vid, FWIW.. DI'd post-EQ with everything set flat, and the drive engaged.

(Disclaimer - I'm not a sound engineer. I need to learn how to do this properly!).


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Posted 17 April 2016 - 09:06 AM

Great playing as always :)

The amp sounds very nice too!
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Posted 18 April 2016 - 11:31 AM

Cheers, Merton. :-)

Right - I've decided it's a keeper. Time to talk to him about price and put my order in. I need to decide what kind of style to go for, too - there's quite a few options of styles, cases, knobs, colours, switches and finishes...

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Posted 18 April 2016 - 11:48 AM

This is all well and good, but I need a website. I cannot find one. Yes, I tried google.
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Posted 18 April 2016 - 11:51 AM

It's http://handbox.pl/, but it seems to be down at the moment..?
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Posted 18 April 2016 - 11:52 AM

There's a Facebooky thing: https://www.facebook.com/HandBoxAudio/
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Posted 18 April 2016 - 06:33 PM

At least I can spell and pronounce this , unlike Marsuzzkeijjs.....however It's spelt !

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Posted 18 April 2016 - 09:11 PM

I like the second one, simple but businesslike. :)

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Posted 18 April 2016 - 09:13 PM

View Postdiscreet, on 18 April 2016 - 09:11 PM, said:

I like the second one, simple but businesslike. :)

I like it, too. It's very blackface Walkabout...
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Posted 19 April 2016 - 05:27 AM

I like the 2nd one too. I've never been a fan of top handle straps from an aesthetic and practical point of view so would prefer this with the side handle shown on the 1st amp if possible. If not I could certainly live with it, the amp sounds very good on the demos.
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Posted 19 April 2016 - 09:12 AM

The last one for me, but with the black faceplate surround, is it possible to have a footswitch for the drive?

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Posted 19 April 2016 - 09:14 AM

Is there a rack-mounting version?

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Posted 19 April 2016 - 09:15 AM

View PostMatt P, on 19 April 2016 - 09:12 AM, said:

The last one for me, but with the black faceplate surround, is it possible to have a footswitch for the drive?

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Same for me, although I like the side mounted handle.

Their bloomin website is STILL down! How much do these run for again mate?

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Posted 19 April 2016 - 09:16 AM

actually the more I look at them the more I'm drawn to the case on the top one, but definitely with the metal toggle switches, the surround colour is going to be the difficult bit, I think I need to try out the test amp and then I'll know if I need to break open the piggy bank.

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Posted 19 April 2016 - 09:24 AM

Surprised nobody has asked this yet. How is it compared to the Walkabout WoT?
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Posted 19 April 2016 - 09:26 AM

when I checked the prices and used google to convert it they ran about £480 ish (give or take a bit) pretty sure it's under 500 though (plus a bit for shipping I guess)

I think my piggy bank is definitely in danger!

Time to try it out I think!

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Posted 19 April 2016 - 09:27 AM

View PostMatt P, on 19 April 2016 - 09:26 AM, said:

when I checked the prices and used google to convert it they ran about £480 ish (give or take a bit) pretty sure it's under 500 though (plus a bit for shipping I guess)

I think my piggy bank is definitely in danger!

Time to try it out I think!

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Oh dear, we're all doomed! DOOMED! ;)

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Posted 19 April 2016 - 10:06 AM

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Oh dear, we're all doomed! DOOMED! ;)

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Posted 19 April 2016 - 10:09 AM

View PostMerton, on 19 April 2016 - 10:06 AM, said:

Do it, or wait for the Merton Signature Ashdown which I think I may have sold to Mark Gooday enough yesterday.... ;)

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Posted 19 April 2016 - 10:27 AM

Haha!

OT I like the black face, or the black and silver face, or the silver and blue face. Hell they all look good. And sound good.

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Posted 19 April 2016 - 11:48 AM

View Postgazhowe, on 19 April 2016 - 05:27 AM, said:

I like the 2nd one too. I've never been a fan of top handle straps from an aesthetic and practical point of view so would prefer this with the side handle shown on the 1st amp if possible. If not I could certainly live with it, the amp sounds very good on the demos.

I'm the opposite - I wasn't keen on the side handle at first for purely visual reasons (yeah, I'm shallow), but I now see that it makes perfect sense. It's a solid, quality handle, and the way it's accessible through the fitted soft case makes it a doddle to carry.

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The last one for me, but with the black faceplate surround, is it possible to have a footswitch for the drive?

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View PostBigRedX, on 19 April 2016 - 09:14 AM, said:

Is there a rack-mounting version?

Good questions.. dunno. I'll find out.

View PostBigwan, on 19 April 2016 - 09:24 AM, said:

Surprised nobody has asked this yet. How is it compared to the Walkabout WoT?

The WA is known for being inherently thick and warm, which I've always liked.

The R-400 is a different beast. With the EQ flat, it's absolutely clear as a bell. Like the WA it's very responsive, and laying back or digging in is very rewarding.

Engage a bit of drive, and a little bit of contour, and you can get into WA territory, but to be honest, I just had loads of fun playing it clean - it's clean in a smooth tube way, not SS. The bark on string slides is lovely. The lows are tight and responsive, which isn't what the WA is famed for. Again, two different flavours of goodness.

It's a great match for the TKS cabs. I can imagine needing to roll the treble or tweeters right back a bit on full-range cab for my needs. But then... others would love it.

I'm using supplied backline this weekend, but over the next few weeks I've got gigs with a number of different bands, some with more 'challenging' volume needs than others. We'll see how it goes!
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Posted 19 April 2016 - 11:50 AM

By the way, his webhost are having problems - he reckons his site will be down for 8-10 days. He's contactable by Facebook in the meantime.
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Posted 19 April 2016 - 12:41 PM

View Postwateroftyne, on 19 April 2016 - 11:50 AM, said:

By the way, his webhost are having problems - he reckons his site will be down for 8-10 days. He's contactable by Facebook in the meantime.


Tell him to look at the possibility of Microsoft hosting, it's ridiculously cheap for a really basic site these days

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Posted 19 April 2016 - 01:16 PM

Has anyone enquired about heft yet? :)
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Posted 19 April 2016 - 01:52 PM

View PostMoonBassAlpha, on 19 April 2016 - 01:16 PM, said:

Has anyone enquired about heft yet? :)

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Posted 19 April 2016 - 01:55 PM

View PostMoonBassAlpha, on 19 April 2016 - 01:16 PM, said:

Has anyone enquired about heft yet?

View Postwateroftyne, on 19 April 2016 - 01:52 PM, said:

Oh, it's got that.

I'm assuming it's European heft and not African heft..?





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