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(just bought a FAL) - Has anyone tried PA amp for bass?


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#1 nick

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Posted 02 December 2007 - 06:22 PM

Hello all,

Just bought a FAL Super 100 PA amp off Ebay - 7!
Couldn't resist bargain, especially as it's a valve amp.
Though, I'm not sure if it will sound any good - guess I'll find out...

Has anybody ever tried using a PA for bass with any success, & does anybody know anything about FAL?

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Posted 03 December 2007 - 09:14 AM

aaarrrggghhh - you got it!

I saw it, went for it, missed it

I love FAL stuff so if you find yourself not using it then I'll take it off your hands :huh:

My FAL gear:

Merlin 50 combo
C-40 T combo
PA150 head

I've been using the PA150 as a bass head for a while - sound sweet using a tube pre-amp (art tube mp / behringer mic200). The Merlin is the guitar combo I always use (in favour of a Marshall and other combo I have) even though the 12" driver is very near death.

Never had the joy of using the FAL valve stuff though :)
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Posted 03 December 2007 - 10:48 AM

View Postnick, on Dec 2 2007, 06:22 PM, said:

Has anybody ever tried using a PA for bass with any success, & does anybody know anything about FAL?

Some people have had varying degrees of success with Simms-Watts PA amps.

FAL were made in Cornwall, 70's / 80's I think. I have an old FAL 50W 4-channel transistor PA amp somewhere. Never tried putting bass through it. It's not great, tbh.
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Posted 03 December 2007 - 10:54 AM

Haha - amazing, I had a couple of FALs (Futuristic Aids Limited...I think) in the mid/late 70s. They were general purpose transistor amps. I think I had a couple of 50s - I didn't slave but mic'd one 15" cab and sent it through the second amp into a 15" reflex bin. I honestly can't remember what it sounded like (but the rig was huge). I actually sold my Marshall Bass 50 Head (1976 valve) to move to the FALs following a minor problem with the former!

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Posted 03 December 2007 - 10:54 AM

Never tried it but keyboard amps tend to work really well if you ever need to borrow an amp and can't find a bass player to lend you one!
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Posted 03 December 2007 - 11:35 AM

View Postcolda, on Dec 3 2007, 09:14 AM, said:

aaarrrggghhh - you got it!

I saw it, went for it, missed it

I love FAL stuff so if you find yourself not using it then I'll take it off your hands :)

Here's another!
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/FAL-super-100-PA-amp...1QQcmdZViewItem
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Posted 03 December 2007 - 11:36 AM

View Postcolda, on Dec 3 2007, 09:14 AM, said:

aaarrrggghhh - you got it!

I saw it, went for it, missed it

I love FAL stuff so if you find yourself not using it then I'll take it off your hands :huh:

My FAL gear:

Merlin 50 combo
C-40 T combo
PA150 head

I've been using the PA150 as a bass head for a while - sound sweet using a tube pre-amp (art tube mp / behringer mic200). The Merlin is the guitar combo I always use (in favour of a Marshall and other combo I have) even though the 12" driver is very near death.

Never had the joy of using the FAL valve stuff though :)

I'm sure I saw another Super 100 at 0.99, but it was up in Newcastle (I think) - too far for a pickup for me.

Guitarist in our band has a lovely old valve FAL 2x12 combo too. So now we're matching! :huh:

Not much on the net about FAL. The only thing I know is that they were made in Leeds by Fusturistic Aids Ltd!

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Posted 23 May 2014 - 08:06 PM

Hi

Used to have a FAL 100w Bass Bin( or Disco Bins which I think they originally) and it was awesome. I think they came in pairs for PA use. I am on the look out for another so if you hear anything ?

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Posted 24 May 2014 - 10:59 AM

Some info about F.A.L. here, http://www.karillon.com/fal.html and here, http://forum.speaker...topic28079.html and an advert here, http://www.vintagegu...m/adDetails/235

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Posted 26 May 2014 - 07:20 AM

Used to regarded as terrible terrible terrible, but so then, did Sound City.

I guess you are going to plug it in and see for yourself...





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