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edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Feb 26th, 2017 07:29 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thief! You stole it!

Still loving mine. I use it all the time...here at the house for practice, winery tasting room gigs, church choir, etc.

Great amp. It has it all and I love the menu of tones you can dial up.

Lightweight to carry, heavy duty in performance.

George

BrentD
Contributing Member
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United States

By Grabthar's Hammer, what a savings.
Mar 1st, 2017 08:43 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

These are great. I have a 100 and I'm feeling tempted to sell off my Ampeg PF rig and get a 500.

BonkersBass

Tejas

Do'in the 5 string thing!
Mar 1st, 2017 11:31 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I wonder - these V3 Rumble amps seem to be a vast improvement over the original two series. I never owned one of those but did play through them a few times and found to tone to be uninspiring and just kind of bland.

A few years ago Fender bought Genz-Benz and then promptly shut the amp brand down, much to my disappointment. Then what seemed like a few months, maybe a year later, these new Rumbles are introduced to the market and they sound awesome. do you suppose there is any connection? Not necessarily saying that they are the same design, but maybe borrowed some of Genzler's circuits, eq or something.

Anyone have any insight? Just curious.

BTW - I own two Genz Benz heads, a Shuttle 6.0 and a Streamliner 900. To my ear they don't really sound like the Rumbles at all. But then, i'm playing them through other cabinets with different drivers.

BrentD
Contributing Member
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United States

By Grabthar's Hammer, what a savings.
Mar 2nd, 2017 10:16 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I believe I've read rumours about Genz circuits being involved in these, particularly in the preamps. But that just means Fender democratized some great amps. Genzler I think is back to designing under a new moniker.

In any case, it's miraculous to have:
- light
- affordable
- loud
- sounds good

We used to list three of those and say, "pick two"!

Bubbalou

USA

THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Mar 2nd, 2017 11:37 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

When Fender Bought out Genz Benz he and his chief design engineer worked for them so that is possible, however When they closed the brand down both guys moved on. Genzler now has his on new brand of amps that look pretty decent.

rockdoc11

USA

Bass is the place . . .
Mar 2nd, 2017 10:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The strangest thing about this line of bass amps is Fender's retention of the name "Rumble."

1. These amps seem to have none of the previous bass amp line's DNA in terms of either looks or sound.

2. "Rumble" is a TERRIBLE description of a bass amp's sound.

("Howzit sound?" "I dunno. It kinda rumbles ...")

Why not call them "Bassman" amps?

I guess there's a reason I'm not in marketing!

BonkersBass

Tejas

Do'in the 5 string thing!
Mar 3rd, 2017 11:20 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I actually had a brief conversation once with Jeff Genzler. Interesting guy, and extremely passionate about designing and building quality amplifiers. His new line does look very interesting - kind of a continuation of the previous theme. If I ever grow tired of my old school Genz Benz heads I might give his new line a try.

Bubbalou

USA

THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Mar 4th, 2017 12:28 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

When I had a question about my Genz Benz Streamliner amp I called support and Mr. Genzler answered my questions himself. Now that is customer service with a smile!

LHW

Southwest Florida

Alone in my principles
Mar 23rd, 2017 07:37 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just snagged a Rumble 200 v3 off Craigslist for $175. It looks brand new, and still has the cardboard template on it.

BonkersBass

Tejas

Do'in the 5 string thing!
Mar 23rd, 2017 11:16 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That is a screaming deal! Enjoy!

edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Mar 23rd, 2017 12:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

STEAL!!

George

LHW

Southwest Florida

Alone in my principles
Mar 24th, 2017 09:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah, I paid the guy, then got out of Dodge before he could reconsider!

rockdoc11

USA

Bass is the place . . .
Mar 26th, 2017 01:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Okay, I might have to modify or withdraw my earlier suggestion in this thread that the new Rumble 100 was not gig-worthy.

I rehearsed with my four piece rock band yesterday, and brought this lightweight honey with me.

With both the Gain and the Master Volume set at about 12:00 it did keep up nicely with two guitars and a moderately loud drummer.

I might try a small gig with it.

:)

LeonB
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North of Philly

Solid state = solid sound+light weight
Mar 26th, 2017 10:46 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a friend who just bought a Rumble 100 for a jazz gig he regularly plays. His weapons of choice at this venue are a pair of fretless sixes.

The 100 is replacing an Aguilar rig he recently bought. The Rumble has the tone and volume he needs for this gig with a much easier loadin.

He's also using it on upright gigs as well.

Not selling the Aggy, but he also has a Rumble 500 for his rockier gigs.(dohhh)

rockdoc11

USA

Bass is the place . . .
Apr 2nd, 2017 11:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Okay, new Rumble bass amp question.

I'm checking the prices on the line of Fender Rumble bass amps from a "major internet music retailer," and I see that the Rumble 100 combo (100 watts into a 12" speaker) sells for $299.99

But then I see that the Rumble 112 bass cab (a single 12" speaker rated at 500 watts) ALSO sells for $299.99.

How can there be no price difference between a speaker-only 12" cab and a 100 watt 12" combo?

Does the speaker-only cab have some sort of super speaker in it?

Thanks for any insights.

edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Apr 3rd, 2017 07:43 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I noticed that too. Good question.

George

LHW

Southwest Florida

Alone in my principles
Apr 4th, 2017 09:54 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Am I missing something? The speaker-only cab is 500 watts, versus the 100 watt combo.

Steve Dallman
Contributing Member
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Merrill, Wisconsin

Age is just a number...mine is big
Apr 4th, 2017 12:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

rocdoc11, The original Fender Rumble appeared in 1995. It was a 300 watt, all tube monster, designed to compete with Ampeg's SVT. Designed by the Ampeg designer if memory serves me right. Matching 8X10 cabinets or 4X10 cabinets were available. The amps were cream colored tolex with brown grill cloth.

They were expensive. They were fantastic. They did not sell well and lasted only 4 years.

They shook anything in the room, hence "Rumble."

"Bassman" was not used. Bassman amps were never good bass amps. The Rumble was.

Fender Rumble

Steve Dallman
Contributing Member
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Merrill, Wisconsin

Age is just a number...mine is big
Apr 4th, 2017 12:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Here's the 1990's Rumble head

Rumble indeed

HeavyDuty
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Northeast IL

Not very bright but does lack ambition
Apr 16th, 2017 07:23 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm looking at a Rumble 25 to mainly use with my ABG.

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