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jhawkr
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Jul 21st, 2016 04:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm looking hard at these amps. I really like what I hear on YouTube. The people doing the videos really seem to be impressed. The only thing that holds me back is the MIM manufacture. Not that they can get good at it but its a new undertaking and the amp line would seem ripe for errors early-on. So, has anyone here heard anything about reliability, quality of the Bassbreaker line?

reverendrob
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Jul 21st, 2016 08:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Mexico has been making Fender tube amps for ages.

I have one of the first MIM HRDs.

It's still going strong over a decade later.

Mick Reid
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Jul 22nd, 2016 02:22 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah, you & me both jhawkr!
Ever since they came out at NAMM I've been watching the shops here. Haven't had the chance to play one yet. They're *just* over what I'd like to pay (import prices are stupid here) but if they come down over time, I'd be *really* tempted.

It's the 15 that really has my attention.
If the 18/30 was available in a 1x12, it would be a different story.
Also, I was under the impression MIM amps are nothing new.

jhawkr
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Jul 22nd, 2016 05:58 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The 15 is my 1st look as well. Thing is, the 18/30 only weighs 10 lbs more than the 15. But, the 15 is already hefty @ 40 lbs. The 15 is more "usable" for me.

Mick Reid
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Jul 22nd, 2016 06:20 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"...the 15 is already hefty @ 40 lbs."

Hadn't noticed that, but my VOX Night Train 15 combo comes in at 38.58 lbs.

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Jul 26th, 2016 06:36 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ordered a Bassbreaker 15 combo today from Musician's Friend. They sell really fast and I've been waiting for them to show stock. Should be here Thursday. How can I not buy one of these! Got 6 months free financing with MF Platinum Card.

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Jul 26th, 2016 10:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Platinum Card" Oh yeah, temptations abound!

BrentD
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Jul 26th, 2016 11:35 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've played the 7s a lot. They sound great!

Mick Reid
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Jul 26th, 2016 04:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The green-eyed monster has reared it's ugly head here...

Be sure and give us a review after you've had some time with it though!

jhawkr
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Jul 28th, 2016 04:05 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Amp is due in today and wife leaves this morning for Bloomington, Illinois. 600+ miles. She'll be gone a week and I will be making serious noise!

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Jul 28th, 2016 06:20 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm very curious but have significantly good "Marshall in a box" sounds on tap.

Doesn't mean I'm not tempted anyway!

jhawkr
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Jul 28th, 2016 06:38 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I can A-B it with a 15 watt Marshall with 2 1x12 cabs. I also want to run it into my repro Fender 2x12 cab with 2 Greenbacks @ 4 ohms.

jhawkr
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Jul 28th, 2016 10:36 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

And it's here!

Bassbreaker 15 @ Office

Mick Reid
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Jul 28th, 2016 04:04 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Bassbreaker 15 @ Office"

OK, we know what it *looks* like...

how's it SOUND???

;^)

jhawkr
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Jul 29th, 2016 07:58 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic


"how's it SOUND???"

All in good time. I want to play with it all weekend 1st. The picture was obligatory. Don't want one of those "TTIWWP" posts! ;o)


Stratopastor

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Jul 30th, 2016 05:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

jhawkr, is there any clue as to whether it's cathode or fixed bias? If the latter, are there external bias points? A young friend is about to leave for college with his and I want to send him off with a set of spare tubes, but not if he can't swop them himself, and he's not experienced in that department!

jhawkr
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Jul 31st, 2016 07:16 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

No clue. Nothing in the manual. It's class A-B if that's any help. Usually EL-84's are cathode bias I think but all my EL-84 amps are class A. Amp is so new not a lot of info on it yet and I don't know how to tell from the circuit board.



Stratopastor

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Jul 31st, 2016 08:38 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks, j. I figured it was class AB by reason of the pair of output tubes. I've looked at the manual on the web and am surprised there's nothing in there by way of instructions/warnings about changing tubes... not even 'take it an authorised etc etc...'. To tell from the circuit board I guess you'd be looking for one or two big fat resistors 'near' the power tubes but I wouldn't ask you to open the thing up during the warranty period!

Tony Wright

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Aug 2nd, 2016 08:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

YouTube shootout between Blues Jr and Blues Breaker 15.

I have NO DOG IN THIS FIGHT...

Well, I did recently purchase a new Blues Jr with lacquered Tweed when Guitar Center offered some special Fender pricing.

Pretty fair deal for me...and I was not tempted by the Blues Breaker 15 until I started watching some YouTube regarding the Blues Jr.

For my investment, I am happy. (After all, "I" play bass, so no one pays any attention to me.)

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Aug 2nd, 2016 10:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

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