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#91 Al Krow

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Posted 18 September 2017 - 02:11 PM

View Postbassbiscuits, on 18 September 2017 - 02:02 PM, said:

My best amp has been the one i've used for every single gig since i bought it back in 2011 - a Markbass LM3.

I suspect you won't realise just how much it gladdens my heart to hear you say that!! :) ...My MB Combo (AC 121 Lite) uses as its amp head pretty much a LM3 (albeit with additional aux in and headphone out sockets). It's been my trusted gigging amp since 2014 and has never let me down once, nor lacked headroom. As I mentioned a few posts above, I very recently paired the head with a TecAmp 2x12 cab which is, to be fair is a far better cab than the Markbass 121 cab (but that's completely to be expected given that the TecAmp would have been 3 x the price!) and it completely held its own against the highly rated Genzler Magellan 800.

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Posted 18 September 2017 - 03:31 PM

View PostAl Krow, on 18 September 2017 - 02:11 PM, said:

I suspect you won't realise just how much it gladdens my heart to hear you say that!! :) ...My MB Combo (AC 121 Lite) uses as it's amp head pretty much an LM3 (albeit with additional aux in and headphone in sockets). It's been my trusted gigging amp since 2014 and has never let me down once, nor lacked headroom. As I mentioned a few posts above, I very recently paired the head with a TecAmp 2x12 cab which is, to be fair is a far better speaker than the Markbass 121 cab (but that's completely to be expected given that the TecAmp would have been 3 x the price!) and it completely held its own against the highly rated Genzler Magellan 800.

The LM3 is a very nice amp indeed. I've had one in combo form or head for many years now. At one point I was LM3-less and I quickly had to fix that and got another. It may not be the absolute best, but it always does a good job.

I once compared a Streamliner 900, the LM3 and a Mesa D800 side by side through the same speakers (2x or 4x TKS S112) in a rehearsal room with a loud band. The D800 felt bigger, but I didn't feel there wasn't a huge difference in volume between the LM3 and the D800. These days my favourite amp is a D800+... I love the voice and HPF controls and the amp just sounds great, but the LM3 is not going anywhere.

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Posted 18 September 2017 - 05:28 PM

Markbass evo 1 for me.

Very loud and all the sounds you need - lm3, te800, bassman, svt, gk, trace, marshall and high quality fx too. Plus 2 channels and light as a feather.

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Posted 19 September 2017 - 04:50 AM

View PostAl Krow, on 18 September 2017 - 01:05 PM, said:

There was a 750 going recently in the FS section which I was very tempted by, but couldn't really justify the spend, but some lucky chap snapped up a (relative) bargain. Do you still own one?

Funnily enough, that's mine in the FS section. I've had to hold it for now as there's a big delay on my Barefaced FR800s due to the drivers not being made yet so I need an amp to see me through a load of gigs in October. Really considering keeping it tho if I can raise funds elsewhere.

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 10:51 AM

Best Mesa D800, worst iAmp micro 500.
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Posted 26 September 2017 - 11:29 AM

Love love love my Eich Amps T-900. Clean sound with EQ in all the right places (for my taste). Headroom for days. I probably could have got away with buying the T-300 and saving some money but decided to treat myself.

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 12:04 PM

View Postbassbiscuits, on 18 September 2017 - 02:02 PM, said:

My best amp has been the one i've used for every single gig since i bought it back in 2011 - a Markbass LM3.

I went through a load of Peavey, GK and Ashdown kit before settling on one of these, and i've never looked back. Touch wood but its never had so much as a hiccup and has never let me down in six years of being gigged loud pretty regularly.

In that time i've rehearsed and gigged with provided backline that included Orange AD200, Ampeg SVT and Marshall MBA valve heads, all of which sounded awesome but are way out of my league in terms of cost and (lack of) portability.

So the Markbass is a better fit for me and what I want/need at the mo. I love mine.

Mine is an LM2, but my sentiments are exactly the same. A true workhorse, but with everything I need. I haven't had any (serious) amp GAS since I got it :)
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Posted 26 September 2017 - 12:08 PM

View Postmrtcat, on 18 September 2017 - 12:12 PM, said:

Best is an aguilar DB750, worst was an ampeg svt6 pro and most disappointing was a hartke Kilo which sounded awesome in the brief periods where it worked. Sadly a flawed design coupled with the single worst customer service I've ever experienced (and I've had a few bad experiences) left me £800 out of pocket just four months after buying it brand new.

And i thought i was the only one that had pathetic customer service from Hartke. My Kilo didn't work at al and returned it to Thomann but had to pay the return post and the exchange costs from Europe. Hartke did not even respond to various requests thru their website and even tried direct to the man himself and nothing there either. Totally against Hartke because of that and wouldn't touch them again.

Hartke has been my worst experience of any amp.

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Posted 27 September 2017 - 03:00 PM

 dmccombe7, on 26 September 2017 - 12:08 PM, said:



And i thought i was the only one that had pathetic customer service from Hartke. My Kilo didn't work at al and returned it to Thomann but had to pay the return post and the exchange costs from Europe. Hartke did not even respond to various requests thru their website and even tried direct to the man himself and nothing there either. Totally against Hartke because of that and wouldn't touch them again.

Hartke has been my worst experience of any amp.

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Snap exactly the same here.
Hartke Kilo = the worst pos I have ever had the misfortune to own.
For me Hartke don't exist & Larry Hartke along with them.

The best amp I've had so far is my current GK MB800 Fusion through my Barefaced Big Baby 2.

Currently GASing for an all valve head,Ampeg or Laney.

Edited by artisan, 27 September 2017 - 03:01 PM.

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Posted 30 September 2017 - 09:46 PM

 dmccombe7, on 26 September 2017 - 12:08 PM, said:



And i thought i was the only one that had pathetic customer service from Hartke. My Kilo didn't work at al and returned it to Thomann but had to pay the return post and the exchange costs from Europe. Hartke did not even respond to various requests thru their website and even tried direct to the man himself and nothing there either. Totally against Hartke because of that and wouldn't touch them again.

Hartke has been my worst experience of any amp.

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I knew I wouldn't be alone in this. Absolutely atrocious service and a flawed product. I'll happily let the world know just how poor hartke really are.

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Posted 30 September 2017 - 09:47 PM

 artisan, on 27 September 2017 - 03:00 PM, said:


Snap exactly the same here.
Hartke Kilo = the worst pos I have ever had the misfortune to own.
For me Hartke don't exist & Larry Hartke along with them.

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Posted 08 October 2017 - 10:57 AM

View Postmrtcat, on 30 September 2017 - 09:46 PM, said:

I knew I wouldn't be alone in this. Absolutely atrocious service and a flawed product. I'll happily let the world know just how poor hartke really are.

Ok looks like Hartke amps need to be handled with care / avoided (although the Hartke VXL as Cuzzie says below is a mighty fine piece of kit!) :)

So here's my thing. I've effectively got a Markbass LM3 in my MB combo. Yup I should at some point think about upgrading the Markbass 1x12 speaker with a better (separate) cab, for another 1x12 or possibly a 2x10 and I think that will make a big difference to the overall sound. The LM3 is a great little workhorse head. If I want to get something that is a noticeable step up from it (and there's no real point just replacing it for the sake of it, is there, other than to experience something different?). I kinda sense that a number of the really good amp heads e.g. GM 800, Mesa D800 or Aguilar AG700 / TH500 would be a bit better but not noticeably so?

If I was looking to get a step up from the LM3 perhaps the Trickfish Bullhead 1K is one option (see really positive review below from attackbass on his .5K), but getting to try one of these out is pretty difficult (unless Dood the dude wants to hold a BC party in Amsterdam?!). Other than Trickfish (and possibly Glockenlang - which I can try out at Bass Direct) is there anything else I should be considering in terms of a noticeable "step up" from the Markbass LM3 and which hopefully will then be my goto gigging amp rig head for the next 4 or 5 years?

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After months of deliberating which light-weight amp to go for, looking at EBS, Aguilar, Genzler and Eich I went with the Trickfish Bullhead .5K and 210v cab this morning, putting the order in with Paul at Bass Matters in Nijemegan. Obviously, I have done this with some risk... I have never played the amp but through speaking with Paul and the guys of Trickfish, along with their very useful online demonstrations and great reviews I felt it was the right amp for me. It was also the case of having used Ampeg, Orange, EBS, Aguilar, EA all of which are great amps, the tone was never quite what I was after which helped me choose Trickfish! The simplicity of the the amp really appeals to me. I can't wait for it to arrive - I have been wanting to down size to a lighter cab and class D head for a while from my heavy eden 410xlt and wtp600 and I'm looking forward to the easier solo load in to venues!!

Edited by Al Krow, 08 October 2017 - 11:51 AM.

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Posted 08 October 2017 - 11:15 AM

It`s funny, amps, and how to find the ones that work best for us. I happened on mine by accident. I`d been through many Class D mini-amps, all great, but there was always something that just wasn`t quite there, tho couldn`t put my finger on what it was. And then, after using many provided rigs I suddenly realised that the ones I liked best were Ashdowns, be said Ashdowns combos, head & cab, whatever. So made sense to go down that route and am more happy with my sound now than I have been in a long time. Admittedly I use a Sansamp Para Driver for my eq & gain, but I find that the Ashdowns on their bypassed eq section really flatter the sound and after a long time, I get exactly what I want. And, sorry about this, but what I`d been looking for was the "H" word. The smaller amps in comparison just didn`t have it - though the Ashdown RM-500-EVO was the nearest (and very near too, only really notice the difference on bigger stages, in pubs it had plenty).
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Posted 08 October 2017 - 11:41 AM

I had an LH1000 no issues, cheap as chips bought for about £140 in a flight case, bloody heavy and noisy but fine, I quite like the EQ shape, and it lead me to get a Hartke VXL pedal which is the best thing ever.

Had a Darkglass M900, good but not for me.

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Posted 08 October 2017 - 12:16 PM

Al, if you're playing oldies you should definitely check out the TH500 and D800. The overdrive on the Tonehammer sounds a lot like the dirty bass sounds on the old Motown records. You could of course keep your Markbass and get the same result from a pedal!

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Posted 08 October 2017 - 01:45 PM

View Postdannybuoy, on 08 October 2017 - 12:16 PM, said:

Al, if you're playing oldies you should definitely check out the TH500 and D800. The overdrive on the Tonehammer sounds a lot like the dirty bass sounds on the old Motown records. You could of course keep your Markbass and get the same result from a pedal!

Hey buddy - I'm playing both oldies (the Retros) and more modern stuff (JBC). Links to both in my footer, so you can get a pretty good idea of the material we're doing. Thanks to you, Cuzzie and Cameron (and despite the best efforts of Osiris who would have me just use a Zoom B3n and nothing else!) I've now got a pretty good effects board, which I'm having a lot of fun getting to grips with.

So really it's about the quality of amp head "in the round" which will sport both a decent EQ and DI out but the key thing for me is something that will be a step up from my trusty MB LM3, without straying into Aggie DB751 size, weight and cost territory (unless that really is the only option).

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Posted 08 October 2017 - 07:16 PM

I'm doing really well with my Fender Bassman 500 head. It's putting out 500 Watts @ 4 ohms, going through a 4 ohms, 600 watts Ampeg SVT-212AV cab. This is a good half stack for my playing.

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Posted 09 October 2017 - 07:48 AM

I've owned: 700RBII, 1001RBII, mbfusion, traynor yba200, TC classic 450, peavey max450, Ashdown ctm100, ashdown originAL 300.

My favourite without doubt is the mbfusion.

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Posted 09 October 2017 - 08:06 AM

View PostDaniel Piper, on 09 October 2017 - 07:48 AM, said:

I've owned: 700RBII, 1001RBII, mbfusion, traynor yba200, TC classic 450, peavey max450, Ashdown ctm100, ashdown originAL 300. My favourite without doubt is the mbfusion.

Cheers Daniel - what is it about the MB Fusion that made it your stand out amp compared to the rest and which of the ones you had would you definitely not get again?

View Postgsgbass, on 08 October 2017 - 07:16 PM, said:

I'm doing really well with my Fender Bassman 500 head. It's putting out 350 Watts @ 8 ohms, going through an 8 ohms Bassman 115 Neo cab. This is a good Fender half stack for my playing.

Great looking rig, thanks for posting! This seems to be a "true hybrid" in that you have valves & class D in the power amp as well as 2 x 12Ax7s in the pre-amp (and a number of folk have said on the hybrid thread that valves in just the preamp are a bit pointless - I'm not entirely sure that's entirely correct, but they are obviously making the point for a reason). What is the valve set up in the Fender Bassman 500 power amp?
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Posted 09 October 2017 - 09:00 AM

View Postgsgbass, on 08 October 2017 - 07:16 PM, said:

I'm doing really well with my Fender Bassman 500 head. It's putting out 350 Watts @ 8 ohms, going through an 8 ohms Bassman 115 Neo cab. This is a good Fender half stack for my playing.

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I've been hearing good things about the amp heads in this range. Haven't heard much about the cabs tho.
Would kinda quite like a Fender rig to match my Fender basses but that's just being a bit too "look at me with my full Fender set up" :lol: :lol: :lol:
Better not. :(

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Posted 09 October 2017 - 11:27 AM

My 'go to' amp for the past 3 years or so has been my Tecamp Black Jag (which is basically a Puma 500 with some extra whistles and bells). Its in a big enclosure but weighs next to nothing. A punter at a gig recently observed that you simply couldn't get 'that sound' without valves - the Black Jag has none. It keeps my all valve head out of the loop but, in all honesty, mainly because valve amps always seem a bit fragile to me. It does everything from super clean and fat to gnarly and in your face. I have a GB Steamliner as a back as well which I like a lot (but it gets mixed reviews on here).
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Posted 10 October 2017 - 05:56 PM

Within the "Best amp head (500W to 1000W) you've ever owned? (Or should definitely avoid!)" headline, I'd say:

- Genz Benz Streamliner 900
- Quilter Bassblock 800

If I expand to "Best amp head regardless of wattage" I'd add following amps:

- Eden WT400 Traveler
- Eden WT800B World Tour
- Vanderkley Spartan

Eden was my first big love, but the two I use now are the lighter two: Quilter Bassblock 800 and Vanderkley Spartan. Li'l Quilter is an "all tricks pony" usable for every situation I can think about, with ANY type of bass. The Spartan is the choice for electric bass only, but then some...
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Posted 10 October 2017 - 11:16 PM

Hello,

I like Tecamp puma 500 and Mesa boogie subway d800. Mesa more classic rock vintage but versatile. Tecamp more clean and punchier.

Tecamp Very easy to transport.



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Posted 11 October 2017 - 08:23 AM

EBS Reidmar for me, all day long!

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 10:22 AM

View Postmrn1989, on 11 October 2017 - 08:23 AM, said:

EBS Reidmar for me, all day long!

I really like mine too. (Reidmar 750)

These are strangely overlooked amps that rarely get a mention here, yet the performance and features are excellent. The price is also competitive, so why aren't these more popular?

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Cabs by Barefaced Audio. (BB2 G3), (Super Midget G3) and (One10).

#116 mrn1989

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 12:19 PM

View Postmachinehead, on 11 October 2017 - 10:22 AM, said:

I really like mine too. (Reidmar 750)

These are strangely overlooked amps that rarely get a mention here, yet the performance and features are excellent. The price is also competitive, so why aren't these more popular?

Frank.

Honestly Ive never had a clue, they are great amps and extremely versatile.

I didn't go for the 750, I have the 1st gen 475w version and I haven't had that above 3 on the master, serious powerhouse!

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 12:51 PM

Mesa Boogie Titan V12

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 05:52 PM

View PostAl Krow, on 08 October 2017 - 01:45 PM, said:

Thanks to you, Cuzzie and Cameron (and despite the best efforts of Osiris who would have me just use a Zoom B3n and nothing else!) I've now got a pretty good effects board, which I'm having a lot of fun getting to grips with.


To be fair, Al, my point has always been you not throwing money away on something that you don't actually need as the B3n already has it covered. For example, at least one of your pedals (that costs more then the B3n new) significantly under performs in comparison to some of the equivalent models on the B3n. You know the one to which I'm referring ;) .

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 09:29 PM

Best amps I've owned:
GB Shuttle 6.0 -- current gig rig, lovelovelove it
SWR SM-900 -- absolute tone monster but soooooo heavy
Eden WT400 -- smooth hifi, lovely amp
Trace Elliot SMX preamp + Soundtech 800w power amp -- oh the SMX, what a thing of beauty... still my favourite preamp section of any amp
Hartke HA3500 -- current rehearsal-room rig. Yes it's a Hartke, yes I love the sound. Does this make me officially bonkers? :D

Not so keen:
Euphonic Audio iAmp350 -- ran out of puff far too quickly. Nice sound but gutless
Carlsbro Delta 600 -- should have been brilliant, but really wasn't at all. The cabs were especially crap.


Oh, and will people please stop saying how good the Genzler Magellan is. You are not helping my GAS one little bit.

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Posted 13 October 2017 - 10:28 PM

The only one I ever had in this category is my markbass R500. It is meant for rock, quite vintage, not for everyone, not bright or scooped though you can accomplish that using a pedal (such as the scr-di), but it is a very good amp that served me flawlessly for ten years..
having the 3.0 I suspect that the Genz-benz 6.0 is very good too. in a more modern way than the MB.

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