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Username: rbassman

Post Number: 1
Registered: 1-2011
Posted on Monday, January 03, 2011 - 6:35 pm:   Edit Post

Hello everyone,

i used to post here a few years ago, and now i have a dumb question sort of.

Were the series basses originally designed for their best overall sound quality to be played through tube amps? I noticed a marked difference in how that instrument responds and the overall tone seems more even coming out of the old tube amps- like the classic svt. some of my old lp's with series bass sounds were much different than today's solid state, crispy, over sterilized, bass amp sounds- jmo, no offense to anyone. The series bass is ALOT more punchy with lots of spikes as compared to a miked tube amp, which seems to me brings out a much more warm even tone (old school alembic sound).
Username: rbassman

Post Number: 2
Registered: 1-2011
Posted on Monday, January 03, 2011 - 6:43 pm:   Edit Post

the only series bass that i know of that i have heard how the sound changed over the years from a tube to transistors were Stanley Clarke's bass sound. For example, the return to forever years i assume was the series sound from a miked tube amp, then around '82 - '84, it sounded more crisp with much higher highs and lots of dynamics, spikes, and harmonics coming out big time, assuming solid state electronics and direct plug into the sound board.
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Username: bluplirst

Post Number: 116
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Monday, January 03, 2011 - 10:24 pm:   Edit Post

Back then, tube amps were more commonly used. The fact that Alembic makes tube preamps should answer your question. Nothing sounds better than a Series through an F-1x!
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Username: lembic76450

Post Number: 259
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Tuesday, January 04, 2011 - 4:08 am:   Edit Post

Except one through an F2-B

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