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FDP Forum / Fender Bass Guitars and Bass Amps / Bass amp stands?



Bass is the place . . .
Jul 25th, 2016 05:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

I was cleaning out my attic, and came across an angled amp stand I'd used years ago to put my bass amp (a combo) up on.

I think I used it that way to hear the amp better, as I thought it would be aimed more at my head that way. But I think I decided I liked the amp-floor connection (and subsequent low end enhancement) better with the bass amp flat on the floor.

Just curious . . . any of you low end guys/gals put your bass amp up on a stand?

I always encourage guitar players in bands I play in to do so, but haven't seen many bassists who do this.


Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Jul 25th, 2016 07:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

For the kind of tone I like, and in the interest of a sound that is solid and well-defined, not mushy and flying all over the room like playing in a high school gymnasium, I seem to get the best results with cabs connected to something solid underneath.


super mario
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tone to the bone no other way
Jul 29th, 2016 01:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

Many years ago, in my old band before I joined the bass player used a little 30watt combo on an amp stand. Of course he was going DI to FOH and his amp was a monitor for him to hear on stage. When I stepped in to do bass, I went for the connected type tone. I would either have the 2-10 cab on the floor or at worst on one of the road cases. The cool part was that I loved the thump of the cabinet when it was "solidly" connected....

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Jul 29th, 2016 02:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

I put my amps at home on those GRAMMA pad things. They de-couple the amp from the floor like a stand would.

I don't know that I'd use them on stage, but it helps keep the noise down for the neighborhood and is noticeable. It also keeps the low end clean if I'm recording something.

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Aug 9th, 2016 10:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

I tried an angled bass amp stand years ago and did not use it long. Like others I found it lost quite a bit of it's low end when using the stand as compared to the floor.

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Southern Calif

Aug 13th, 2016 11:03 AM   Edit   Profile  

I put my 1x15 Carvin bass amp on a milk crate most generally when I do a gig with a stage.
The decoupling effect works wonders with that boomy resonance you get with hollow stages.

Steve Dallman
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Merrill, Wisconsin

Age is just a number...mine is big
Aug 15th, 2016 02:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

There have been long discussions on this in other bass forums.

As for floor decoupling, some wise speaker builders described how a stand 2 feet high or less still has the floor coupling effect, due to the way bass freq's work.

The reason the cabinet sounds bassier on the floor is that you don't hear the mids and highs as much when the cab is on the floor. On a stand, your ears are closer to the spread of higher frequencies and because you can hear the mids through trebles better, the cabinet doesn't sound as deep. But the coupling with the floor is still happening.

I remain skeptical. I vertically stack my speakers and the mid and tweeter are close to my ear. I don't need a stand. My speakers are in a 14" square footprint.

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