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FDP Forum / Fender Bass Guitars and Bass Amps / My old guy rig

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Philly/NL, CT

Jul 17th, 2018 07:46 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've been phasing in my old guy rig for a few years. Sold my old Yorkville combo bass amp and bought an Acoustic Image Ten2. At 30 lbs and 800 watts RMS it was half the weight and triple the watts. In real world use it was a bit louder than the trusty Yorkie. It also doubles as an acoustic instrument amp for guitar and dobro and was my jazz guitar amp for a few years. It stays at our CT place with my DRRI.

Our Philly condo was only 605 sq/ft and I made do with a Peavey Vypyr3 for bass, acoustic stuff and electric guitar. Fortunately my bass playing in Philly is limited to lower volume stuff and 100 watts is way more than adequate. I can handle the 35 pound load.

Even my basses are light now.



looking for career plan B
Aug 9th, 2018 09:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

I’ve played in bands for 40 years and have played electric bass for the past 16 years, and double bass for the past 3 years, so was looking for an amp that could accommodate both. Finally bought a Fender Rumble 200 V3 - weighs about 35 lbs and sounds great with both instuments. I am a happy camper....

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Aug 10th, 2018 11:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

I moved from a GK 700 RBII and two 15” cabs to a Genz Benz Streamliner 600 and two GK 112-2 NEO
cabs. I eventually changed the speakers from the 300 watt RMS GK speakers to an Eminence Kappalite 3012HO NEO in each one. 400 watts RMS with longer cone travel. Day and night difference. They worked so well that playing outside with both cabs and the Streamliner 600 (600 watts rms at 4 ohms , 385 watts rms at 8 ohms) and did really well at about 2/3 volume and an active 5 string bass with the amp on 10 db gain and surprised no distortion or overload. I love this amp and these speakers. The Streamliner 600 uses a 6 stage tube preamp running at normal voltages levels of approx. 300 + vdc (3 12AX7). I like to use a Tungsol 12AX7 in V1 slot. The output is Class D solid state making this amp have a small footprint and 6lbs weight. I can put it in the Large front zip up pocket on a gig bag is I wanted to. One thing I did add is a 17"x6" Midrange horn capable of 200 watts RMS but really only sees about 50-80 watts RMS due to the Eminence "bandwidth crossover" preselected to operate between 1,100 hz and about 4Khz. This horn actually sounds musical if you use it by itself where some of the tweeter horns sound distorted by themselves but not in the mix with the other speaker/s

(This message was last edited by Bubbalou at 03:30 AM, Aug 11th, 2018)

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Aug 15th, 2018 06:19 AM   Edit   Profile  

For those who do not know. There are two ways to get more perceived volume.
A. higher output amp
B. Very sensitive speaker (takes less power to move the cone) of 102db or greater.

Combine them both and you have an amp that you do not have to crank to insane levels where the amp distorts (which by the way solid state amp driven in excess volume produces more of a square wave output which can burn out speaker.

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Vacaville CA

Runs with scissors !!
Aug 27th, 2018 10:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

My old guy rig should show up this Thursday. A Rumble 200 1-15 with a 2-10 extension speaker.

For years I've used Sunn Model T's, Showmans, V4B's, and a whole bunch of JBL loaded cabinets.

It's time to give my back a vacation.


Omaha, USA

Oct 3rd, 2018 11:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

My old guy rig now is mostly a GK MB500 with MB200 backup. Neo115 or Neo112, which now has become my main workhorse. Actually, the 200 has recently taken a lot of the load. It really thumps! And, a five-pound Hofner Ignition that is very easy on the back. I turn 68 this month.

(This message was last edited by heynorm at 01:08 AM, Oct 4th, 2018)

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Wisconsin, USA

you'll thank me in the end
Nov 17th, 2018 07:08 AM   Edit   Profile  

Nobody uses Markbass products?

I'm newish to bass (2 years), played guitar for 45 years.

Seems great to me.

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Wichita, Kansas

Drums = pulse, Bass = heartbeat
Nov 17th, 2018 09:11 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've never tried Markbass. I have trouble getting past the yellow. It's not something I would use on a stage. There are plenty of more subdued alternatives.

Rick Knight
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St Peters, MO USA

Busy doing something close to nothing
Nov 18th, 2018 06:29 AM   Edit   Profile  

"Nobody uses Markbass products?"

The Little Mark III heads in the OP are Markbass. For whatever reason, the brand doesn't have the buzz it did a few years ago. Some people say the quality suffered when production moved from Italy to Asia, which seems to be said about most brands that move production overseas. I have one of each and don't hear a difference. I'm not a fan of the color scheme, but like the features of mine and have no issues with their performance.

(This message was last edited by Rick Knight at 04:47 PM, Nov 18th, 2018)

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