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oggydoggy
Intermediate Member
Username: oggydoggy

Post Number: 168
Registered: 3-2003
Posted on Sunday, November 04, 2007 - 11:33 am:   Edit Post

Currently running my F1-X and Wt-1205, but am interested in a component system. What tube power amps do you guys like? I know many of us use Qsc, Crown, solid state stuff, but any suggestions on Tube power??
Thanks,
-Ed
fc_spoiler
Senior Member
Username: fc_spoiler

Post Number: 656
Registered: 5-2006
Posted on Sunday, November 04, 2007 - 8:21 pm:   Edit Post

I use a Mesa/Boogie Strategy 400 Stereo, lots of power and lots of tone.
jet_powers
Advanced Member
Username: jet_powers

Post Number: 345
Registered: 2-2003
Posted on Monday, November 05, 2007 - 3:34 pm:   Edit Post

I like the spare "tube" of "inspiration"!

JP
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 5637
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Monday, November 05, 2007 - 8:39 pm:   Edit Post

Tube of inspiration sold separately.
811952
Senior Member
Username: 811952

Post Number: 1200
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Wednesday, November 07, 2007 - 7:02 am:   Edit Post

I have a pair of ~45 year old Bogen 200-watt mono amps that sound absolutely wonderful (when my back feels up to dragging them along, that is). I think 20 years ago my brother paid something like $35 for the rack they were in, and the amps were free. They came out of a de-commissioned IBM plant. The old Bogen and DuKane tube amps can be found at school corporation auctions and such if you're vigilant. The DuKane's are wonderful also. The most prevalent model for school PA systems is a 50-watt tube unit that really screams as a guitar amp.

John

edited to add a linky to the sweet metric-tonne of tone:
http://scarysharkface.smugmug.com/photos/184253618-L.jpg


(Message edited by 811952 on November 07, 2007)

(Message edited by davehouck on November 07, 2007)
keith_h
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Username: keith_h

Post Number: 893
Registered: 2-2005
Posted on Wednesday, November 07, 2007 - 9:59 am:   Edit Post

In keeping with the theme I guess you could say the Bogen's are a tube of perspiration.
811952
Senior Member
Username: 811952

Post Number: 1203
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Thursday, November 08, 2007 - 7:59 am:   Edit Post

"In keeping with the theme I guess you could say the Bogen's are a tube of perspiration."

If you put it that way, they're 8 output tubes of perspiration apiece! :P
edwin
Advanced Member
Username: edwin

Post Number: 292
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Sunday, February 24, 2008 - 11:07 pm:   Edit Post

McIntosh 3500! 350 watts of super clean power in a nice convenient 135lb package!

Edwin
811952
Senior Member
Username: 811952

Post Number: 1341
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Monday, February 25, 2008 - 9:42 am:   Edit Post

That thing's gotta sound awesome! I'd hate to have to move it though... ;)
thomas
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Username: thomas

Post Number: 1
Registered: 3-2008
Posted on Friday, March 21, 2008 - 10:12 am:   Edit Post

Yea my previous amp was a Mesa 400+ that i moded to use 12 6550's so yea. But now ive got my aggie DB750
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 6377
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Tuesday, March 25, 2008 - 7:11 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Thomas; welcome to the board!
danny_bryant
Member
Username: danny_bryant

Post Number: 57
Registered: 9-2007
Posted on Saturday, April 12, 2008 - 11:14 am:   Edit Post

Look at the new Mesa Boogie Fathom head. I have said it on a previous thread but it is the best sounding head I have heard in a long time. Loud as hell and tone for days. 1100 bucks and simple to use. This is the only head I use to gig now. 350 watts at 8 ohms, 600 at 4 ohms. I love this head and I cant stop singing its praises.
funkyjazzjunky
Intermediate Member
Username: funkyjazzjunky

Post Number: 130
Registered: 5-2007
Posted on Monday, July 28, 2008 - 9:56 am:   Edit Post

Peavey (yes Peavey) has a great sounding Tube Amp under a grand and made in the USA
tomhug
Junior
Username: tomhug

Post Number: 19
Registered: 7-2008
Posted on Wednesday, August 06, 2008 - 1:13 pm:   Edit Post

Vann-Di, any more specifics (model # or URL) on the Peavey you suggest? I checked out their site and didn't see any tube power amps.

FWIW, a Peavey Mark IV was my go-to Bass amp for 8 years (as an impoverished HS/College student). I probably have more music production hours against Peavey amps than any of the higher-end stuff I acquired later.
funkyjazzjunky
Advanced Member
Username: funkyjazzjunky

Post Number: 205
Registered: 5-2007
Posted on Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 10:07 am:   Edit Post

Here you are:

http://www.peavey.com/news/article.cfm/action/view/id/233/20072707.cfm

(Message edited by FunkyJazzJunky on September 23, 2008)

(Message edited by FunkyJazzJunky on September 23, 2008)
edwin
Advanced Member
Username: edwin

Post Number: 360
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Monday, November 03, 2008 - 11:26 pm:   Edit Post

Here's the one I'd want:

http://tinyurl.com/5su4am

Way beyond my means though. Starting around mid 1972 Phil Lesh used 4 of these beasts!

Edwin
lmiwa
Member
Username: lmiwa

Post Number: 79
Registered: 2-2008
Posted on Tuesday, November 04, 2008 - 2:05 pm:   Edit Post

But Edwin, you'd be getting a PAIR of them for ONLY $32,500.00! You should just jump right on that Buy It Now :-)
lbpesq
Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 3353
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Tuesday, November 04, 2008 - 3:01 pm:   Edit Post

Edwin:

You might still be able to find a good sub-prime mortgage on the pair of Macs!

Bill, tgo
edwin
Advanced Member
Username: edwin

Post Number: 362
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Tuesday, November 04, 2008 - 11:47 pm:   Edit Post

Loch and Bill are for some reason trying to ruin my back and my marriage. What gives?????


:-)

Edwin
lmiwa
Member
Username: lmiwa

Post Number: 84
Registered: 2-2008
Posted on Thursday, November 06, 2008 - 8:21 am:   Edit Post

nah... just "urging you on to greater artistic endeavors" :-)
dannobasso
Senior Member
Username: dannobasso

Post Number: 895
Registered: 3-2004
Posted on Thursday, November 06, 2008 - 10:59 am:   Edit Post

Having blown out my back in summer 07 and then being in a car accident the following November and through diet and exercise shed 45+ pounds, I am a huge fan of lightweight gear. I just bought an Epifani UL 902C head. Dual 900 watt amps @ 4 ohms each. Great sound, 14 pounds. Nuff said. If you have a crew to set up your gear, use whatever heavy gear you like. I don't think Phil lugged his gear but I could be mistaken. I'm not married so I don't have that as a variable in GAS issues. Love your spouses, your backs and your bass playing activities.
wideload
Intermediate Member
Username: wideload

Post Number: 130
Registered: 6-2003
Posted on Thursday, November 06, 2008 - 3:24 pm:   Edit Post

Danno- Your rig may be light, but your playing is heavy! Be careful out there.

Larry
mario_farufyno
Junior
Username: mario_farufyno

Post Number: 24
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Thursday, December 04, 2008 - 6:14 am:   Edit Post

I have an Ampeg SVT, but I'm convinced that solid state amps are more suitable to use with such "modern sounding" Bass.

By modern I mean bright sounding and faster attack, that may be hidden by the typical tube sound (to me they sound rounder and almost compressed).
adriaan
Senior Member
Username: adriaan

Post Number: 2018
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, December 04, 2008 - 6:24 am:   Edit Post

Mario - perhaps an SVT doesn't sound terribly bright with a fast attack, but that doesn't say anything about other tube amps. I'd also look at the 8x10 speaker enclosure that's usually parked underneath.
mario_farufyno
Junior
Username: mario_farufyno

Post Number: 26
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Friday, December 05, 2008 - 1:05 pm:   Edit Post

You're right Adrian, I should have tried other options before making such statement. To be honest, I didn't have much chances to try many diferent tube amps (and my SVT-III isn't really an all tube amp - in fact, its power section is FET driven)...

But I must say I'm not deep into harsh sounding rigs (altough I really dig fast response amps). A friend recomended me to try this Epifani Head to match my Epifani UL-210 cab (but it isn't a tube amp). Have anybody tried the Aguillar power amp?
57basstra
Senior Member
Username: 57basstra

Post Number: 788
Registered: 4-2005
Posted on Friday, December 12, 2008 - 7:01 pm:   Edit Post

Ampeg
blackelan
Junior
Username: blackelan

Post Number: 46
Registered: 7-2007
Posted on Sunday, February 15, 2009 - 8:24 am:   Edit Post

I know this is a older thread but I figure I will respond anyways.

I have a Strategy 400 for my guitars but I never thought to try it for bass...

I have a Ampeg SVT-II Pro that is supposed to do everything a Ampeg SVT head can do plus more. I never had a chance to compare side by side but my SVT II Pro is pretty much all I need with my ADA MB1 preamp.
jos
Junior
Username: jos

Post Number: 19
Registered: 4-2009
Posted on Friday, June 26, 2009 - 12:31 pm:   Edit Post

If you like to have a great tube sound and want to sound “modern” or like earlier mentioned have an “fast attack” I suggest you try out Mesa/Boogie Strategy power amp (12 tubes) together with Alembic F-1X that is just an killer tube sound a great combination, the best I have experienced so far. Everybody in my band loves it too. I did play with a Mesa/Boogie 400+ but did not like it too much I did not feel the presence (fast attack) but with Strategy and F-1X whoooow! Ampeg SVT tube amps are great too for certain kind of music like Rock or Blues but Mesa and F-1X just works for almost everything! The only thing is that it’s really heavy so I do not use it that much anymore but for certain gigs and when it’s something really special and there is a need for raw power then I use it…………..just killer stuff!!
Nowadays I do use several different amps depending on the situation… but I just happened to read this about tube amps here so I thought I share some of my experiences.

J-O-S
mario_farufyno
Intermediate Member
Username: mario_farufyno

Post Number: 129
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Friday, June 26, 2009 - 2:11 pm:   Edit Post

Great Tip
dnburgess
Senior Member
Username: dnburgess

Post Number: 633
Registered: 1-2003
Posted on Friday, June 26, 2009 - 5:49 pm:   Edit Post

My favourite tube power amp is the Demeter VTHF-300M
http://www.demeteramps.com/products/poweramplifiers/index.html

Its not small or light - but if I could afford it I'd have two for my home stereo.
garth4664
Junior
Username: garth4664

Post Number: 41
Registered: 10-2008
Posted on Sunday, October 04, 2009 - 4:57 am:   Edit Post

I have an old Mesa Bass 400 with a pair of 15 inch cabinets that was my dad's rig - he's still gigging but is too old to lug this gear around anymore. The old 400 is great, has half the number of tubes of the 400+ and gets a tone that I have never been able to find with anything else.

I love technical innovation, but have to say nothing beats the way tubes sound when they are being pushed hard and to my ears these lightweight powerful amps with clever switching power supplies don't come close.

Perhaps we can start a petition to put big tube bass amps as permanent fixtures in every pub and venue around the world. A guy can dream right?
krystoof
Member
Username: krystoof

Post Number: 72
Registered: 1-2009
Posted on Monday, January 11, 2010 - 1:30 pm:   Edit Post

Hi, folks!
I recently purchased a Aguilar rig, with the db680 ( tube preamp) and the db728 (tube power amp). Man, the sound is so huge, so rich, so.... beautiful! With my MK sig, they match perfectly, ad it's also a dream!..
christov
New
Username: christov

Post Number: 9
Registered: 6-2005
Posted on Wednesday, January 13, 2010 - 4:05 am:   Edit Post

I am an SWR junkie!! I currently use a small Basic Black combo for practice or very small gigs and my stage rig is the Megoliath 810 cabinet and the SM-1500 head. I love the transparent qualities that SWR allows me to produce. I LOVE tube amps as well, and my last tube amp was a Peavey Classic 400 which uses 8 6550 tubes in a push-pull configuration for a total of 400 watts over the 300 watt Ampeg SVT. Amps are a lot like choices of vehicles or tools. A mechanic can fix your car just as easily with Mac tools instead of Snap-On.
tmimichael
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Username: tmimichael

Post Number: 7
Registered: 3-2010
Posted on Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 7:55 am:   Edit Post

There are a couple of options that I'm certainly curious about as well:
Eden makes an all tube head, the WTB300V, and has anyone tried either of the 2 HIWATT tube bass heads?
jseitang
Advanced Member
Username: jseitang

Post Number: 310
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Sunday, January 15, 2012 - 6:25 am:   Edit Post

yes i have. i had a 200 watt. ive played through the 400. they sound huge and the tone is clear.its a little stiff but i stlll think they are pretty awesome. when you crank those amps, thats when the real power tube tone comes into play (which i have always been a big fan of.)
redcloud
Intermediate Member
Username: redcloud

Post Number: 104
Registered: 5-2011
Posted on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - 6:24 pm:   Edit Post

I have a Reeves Custom 400 and a Reeves 410. It is really something special.
benson_murrensun
Senior Member
Username: benson_murrensun

Post Number: 573
Registered: 5-2007
Posted on Friday, January 20, 2012 - 10:58 am:   Edit Post

Yeah, they sound GREAT, but they are heavy and need more maintenance compared to solid state. Which is why I no longer have my SVT rig.
redcloud
Intermediate Member
Username: redcloud

Post Number: 105
Registered: 5-2011
Posted on Saturday, January 21, 2012 - 4:26 am:   Edit Post

Yeah. THe Reeves pretty much stays put in my music room, though; for SS I have a Thunderfunk TFB-800 B-2 through a Barefaced Big Twin-T which is pretty nice, low, and loud. A really special micro rig is my EA iAMP Micro 550 and EA M- Line Whizzy 112.

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