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Old 01-20-2007, 08:21 PM
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Hello all Ken Smith bass players. My question for all you talented bass players is what kind of amps do yall play your basses out of? I for one have an Eden head, with a Goliath III cab.
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Old 01-21-2007, 11:39 AM
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Under my Bench is an old SWR Redhead. It is actually serial no. 48 from 1988. I sent it back to SWR several years ago to get something fixed and they ended up updating the entire amp to be more like the Redhead II. Also, we have an old Babyblue from when they first came out with it and that too was modded at SWR years ago. For gigs which I mainly do only on DB (upright) I use an EBS 15 Drome that I got from Brooklyn Gear.

That about sums up what I have and use personally..
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Old 01-21-2007, 07:54 PM
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I currently play through an Ampeg BA115. It gets the job done for the most part. Especially running everything through the board. I've had it for about five and a half years. I want to enhance it with either a Sansamp or MXR M80. Eventually I would like to get the HP version. A little over twice the power, not such a strain on the speaker.

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Old 01-21-2007, 09:39 PM
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I'm currently using a GK MB150S. Lots of power in a small package and I can get a neutral sound out of it. It works for me. Although there may be better amps out there, they wouldn't make me play any better. I'm working on that.
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Old 01-21-2007, 09:49 PM
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My main setup is my Ken Smith Black Tiger 5, an Eden Navigator preamp, Carvin 1000 watt power amp, Epifani UL410 cab. I just bought the Epifani because of the transportation. My other cab is a SWR Goliath III, that stays in my room right now because its too heavy for me to carry (im only 5'10 140 lbs) and I use my Epifani because its louder. I play at church and I do a lot of traveling with the church, so I use my Epifani, but when I decide to settle down in church, ima use my Goliath. It is just gonna sit there because I wont need to carry it. I also have a MIDI system that I never use becasue I am missing a pickup. And I dont want to damage my Smith trying to install another pickup.
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Old 01-22-2007, 11:21 AM
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I run through a Peavey Firebass 700 II head driving Peavey 810TVX (8x10") and Peavey 215D-BW (2x15") cabs.
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Old 01-23-2007, 02:38 PM
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Trace Elliot Amps since 1987 exclusively, Ampeg PR 410 HLF's, PR1832 HE's, PR 115 HE's. Oh yeah, and that old Peavey Mark IV. Just for kicks ...
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Old 02-14-2007, 05:07 AM
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Hello all Ken Smith bass players. My question for all you talented bass players is what kind of amps do yall play your basses out of? I for one have an Eden head, with a Goliath III cab.
This is my rig:

Ken Smith BSR6MW
QSC RMX 2450
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Rocktron Intellifex
Schroeder 1212L
Schroeder 21012L

A BSR6MW fretless is in the making......
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Old 02-14-2007, 03:30 PM
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Hey my fellow bottom-lovers, my choice of Bass is exclusevely Smith, I've played through many different heads and cabinets, but ultamately fell in love with the warmth and overall sound of the "Classic" series head and cabinets from "AMPEG". I've never heard the richness and smoothness from any other Bass-Cab combo I own the SVT Classic all tube 300 watt bass head, which I run through a SVT-810 cab "The Truth" (old school players call it the Motown sound) when I play gigs outside of my church I use my SVT-410HLF it's easier to travel with without losing the tone and bottom. check out the pics.
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Old 02-15-2007, 03:52 PM
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Before you can know how good your electric bass can sound, it has to be run through a really good amp. Playing a Smith or other boutique bass through a rough amp is kind of a waste of the bass. I prefer Ampeg stuff. I use a Portabass 800 with a PB212H cab. The head is great and really delivers the full tone of my basses better than anything else I've tried them thru. The cab is so colorless and even that it is hard to tell a recording from the head direct out from a recording off of the cabinet with a high quality mic. I am able to run the EQ flat on this setup and just work the tone out from the bass. An upside to the Portabass series is relatively light weight compared to Ampegs older style heads and cabinets. There doesn't seem to be any compromise in the quality of the sound.
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Old 02-18-2007, 07:35 AM
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I am pretty simple and straight forward:

Epifani 4X10 cabinet
Stewart 2.1 World Amp
Demeter 1.5 space pre-amp (Set pretty flat with scooped mids).

I love my cabinet and pre-amp. I love the weight of the world amp, but may go all tube in the future, but the sound to weight trade off is something I have to get use too.

I play Gospel, Contemporary Jazz, an some R&B.

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Old 02-20-2007, 09:32 AM
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I am pretty simple and straight forward:

Epifani 4X10 cabinet
Stewart 2.1 World Amp
Demeter 1.5 space pre-amp (Set pretty flat with scooped mids).

I love my cabinet and pre-amp. I love the weight of the world amp, but may go all tube in the future, but the sound to weight trade off is something I have to get use too.

I play Gospel, Contemporary Jazz, an some R&B.

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Kraig , do you have any photos of your rig?
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Old 05-17-2007, 10:13 PM
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Eden WT405 through a Avatar 112 cab. Awesome sound.
I have played through alot of medium priced rigs at church. Most people, musicians in the service, would complain about my sound lacking or not cutting through. The first time I set this rig up everyone came up and had compliments. They were finally able to hear.
The funny thing my volume was no louder than with this setup than with any other setup.
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Old 06-21-2007, 09:28 AM
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I use Eden period. My rig consist of the following mixxed and matched depending on the situation.
WT550
WT400
WT1000 (with WT400 as the preamp)
210XST 4 ohm
dual 212XLT 4 ohm
112XLT


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Trace Elliot AH400SMX head, 1048 4x10 cab, 1153 1x15 cab, very early GP11 1x15 combo. Searching for more Trace goodies when I can afford too...
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Old 07-30-2007, 07:17 AM
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It was my wish to change my gear to a more low weight gear a few years ago.

Cabinets:
I made a switsh from 4x10 and 1x15 Glockenklang www.glockenklang.de (Made in Germany) to Epifani 212 UL (4 Ohm) and 210 UL (8 Ohm) www.epifani.com

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previus owned amp. set = Alembic F1-X and SF-2 as preamp and a Crown K1 (2x700 Watt) power-amp.
Now I use a Epifani Quest II with footboard switch for switching between two diff. channels (tone setting) and possibility to use a mid cut during life performance. As a power amp, I use a Powersoft. Very good but not cheap. I use the Digam D-4002 model (2 x 1000 Watt at 4 Ohm) www.powersoft.it

Total weight is now is less than 23 Lbs and it sounds like a dream to my ears.
This combination allows me to level the two cabinets and solves also the diff. Ohm levels. Combination of 12 and 10 Inch is great. More body as only 10" but with the same quick response.

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Old 08-22-2007, 07:31 AM
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I currently used a David Eden WT 800-C with (2) 2x10 Epifinai Cabs. My Ken Smith beauty is BT Vintage Elite 6 string (BT6EG)
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Old 08-24-2007, 11:45 PM
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Currently a super redhead dated 1997. Im going to add either an avatar 210 or the 410 neo for more push

Other amps I had at some point in time:

Sunn1200s : Loud but too easy to distort, but sounded great set flat.

Peavey Classic 400 : LOUD Good tone..but at 98 lbs...you get the idea

Aguilar DB728 w/ Kern Preamp : best setup I had so far....svt lows with swr highs. heavey and took too much damage during tours. Chitlin circuit is very unforgiving.

ideal rig now might be a glockenklang preamp and aguilar db728. I love tubes for power. Match that with an accurate solid state pre and I think I'll get that elusive tone.
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Old 11-29-2007, 04:56 PM
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Eden and Mesa

The head is a late '90s WT-500 atop a 410XLT 8 ohm. I purchased the amp from Scott Ambush and couldn't be happier with the tone. When bridged mono, the amp puts out 600 watts into 8 ohms and you must be at 8 ohms. That combination has brutal low end, very focused tight and deep. IMHO, ideal for slap... right up your alley Chris.

The mesa rig is an mPulse 600 atop a PowerHouse 212. The tone is very tastey and compliments the tone of a J. The low end is a little weak (less tight and focused), when compared to the eden, but it more then makes up for it with character and a nice mid-range growl. I use it primarily for my rock and blues gigs.

Chris, you are more then welcome to borrow it anytime. Just let me know when and where you're playing and I'll even deliver it! You can repay me with a lesson or 2


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Old 12-17-2007, 08:32 PM
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I use the all tube Mesa Boogie buster 200 combo 1x15 version, currently out of production...this may change when I start gigging again due to weight! (think it tops 100 lbs).
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