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Username: rockbassist

Post Number: 90
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Sunday, September 17, 2006 - 8:20 pm:   Edit Post

I have 2 1997 Epic 5 String basses and a 1976 Fender Precision. I wouldn't trade any of these basses for anything. I am using a Gallien Krueger 1001RB-II running bi-amped through a Gallien Krueger 410 RBH and 115 RBH. The tone is the best that I have ever had but it's still not quite what I am looking for. It seems that everytime I see a band whose bass sound I love the bassist is using either Eden or EBS. I am considering switching to an Eden 800 head with an Eden 410 and 115 or an EBS rig. Seeing how Alembic is such a high end bass I figured that many of you are also using high end amps. What do you recommend?
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Username: 88persuader

Post Number: 206
Registered: 5-2004
Posted on Sunday, September 17, 2006 - 11:02 pm:   Edit Post

I use an Ampeg PRO-V head (I don't think they sell that model anymore) through an Ampeg 4X10 plus horn bottom. I run it bridged which gives me over 1,300 WTS of power at 4 ohms. Lots of head room and all the tone I could ever want. The only bad thing is it's heavy ... but the sound is worth it.
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Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 576
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Monday, September 18, 2006 - 2:39 pm:   Edit Post

At the moment I don't have a high power rig. I have a Mesa Boogie 300w walkabout, a 2x10 and a1 x15 cab with horns.

After reading many testimonials on using separates for power and pre-amps. I'm in the process of upgrading my amp.

I have so far got my F-1X and an SF-2 and saving for a QSC PLX 1804 amp to drive the speakers.

Username: davehouck

Post Number: 4414
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Monday, September 18, 2006 - 8:08 pm:   Edit Post

Kevin; there have been many threads here discussing pretty much every brand of amp and speaker. I would imagine you could find lots of useful information by running a search on a particular brand. For instance you mentioned Eden, and there have been numerous threads on Eden amps and cabs, including some interesting reviews of the differences between XST's and XLT's.
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Username: bkbass

Post Number: 121
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Thursday, October 19, 2006 - 10:42 am:   Edit Post

If your planing on auditioning Eden I would like to recommend the 4/10 XLT in combination with a 2/10 XLT(placed on top of 4/10) OR 2/10 XST (placed on the bottom with 4/10 on top).I've been very pleased everytime I've plugged into any Eden equipment. I personally own 1 4/10 XLT and 2 2/10 XLT'S(besides a lot of every body else's stuff).I've found the 115 XLT to be a very smooth sounding cab with a 500 head. But my opinion is that it wouldn't keep up with the 4/10 volume wise. To each his/her own ears.
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Username: lg71

Post Number: 157
Registered: 3-2006
Posted on Thursday, October 19, 2006 - 8:27 pm:   Edit Post

I enclose a very interesting link, check out Bill Clements through an Eden Amp, he sounds + plays amazing, great speech as well.
Check out the other guys as well, I love Bailey high energy attitude ;) http://www.bassplayer.tv/
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Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 618
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, October 19, 2006 - 11:55 pm:   Edit Post

Just had a look at the link.
Victor Bailey is an all round good guy.

Love his playing and what he has to say about it.
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Username: lg71

Post Number: 159
Registered: 3-2006
Posted on Friday, October 20, 2006 - 7:04 am:   Edit Post

This a great link I think, you can hear, watch and enjoy, and good variety of styles as well. You see what Bill Clements can do with one hand!

I like Bailey's speech, because it reminds me of myself, the way I would express feelings, with excitement and passion, this guy is a Funk brother;) Although most of the time people must think I am weirdo when I tell them the things I say, the way I say it lol So, it was nice to see that Victor "fidgeting about it" and going in deep "expression" mode :-)
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Username: keavin

Post Number: 945
Registered: 12-2002
Posted on Friday, October 20, 2006 - 11:15 am:   Edit Post

Ive just purchased this GK backline600 amp (top) for my bridge pickup and im using a CARVIN pro-bass 400amp for my neck pick-up http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/GallienKrueger-Backline-600-Bass-Head?sku=482534

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