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Ashdown Pibass -240 and Mi 12 Speaker Review

Ď€ = 240 Watts Ashdown Engineering's PiBass head is the signature model of Polish bass legend Wojtek Pilichowski. I tested it along with the Mi12, a cabinet featuring a 12" speaker. The two products combine to make a 240-watt stack that costs under $900, and has a total weight of under 42 lbs, so it's not hard to see why Audiofanzine pushed me to do this review. read more…

Fender Bassman Pro 100T Amplifier Head Review

Heavy Weight Tubes are the El Dorado for all people who think that bass amps were better before. Nostalgics can take their bell-bottoms out of the closet and grow their hair long because all-tube technology is back! read more…

Eden Electronics WTX-500 Amplifier Head and EX110 Speaker Cabinet Review

Care For Your Garden When I was starting out as a bass player I didn't dream about the ideal amp. Of course, I fantasized about bass guitars but I can't remember being excited by a great combo or a bulky stack. For me, amplifiers were only useful tools: you had to plug into one to get a sound. And the most important thing was to have enough output volume, regardless of the sound quality. But the years and the road have taught me that in order to increase my skills as a musician I had to improve the most essential sense to make music: my hearing. read more…

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Phil Jones Bass D 600 (Phil Jones Bass - D-600)

By Lowfreqgeek, 19/02/2015
I've had my Phil Jones D 600 for a while now, it is a 600Wrms @ 2ohms, and it can run safely there indefinitely. I use it mostly with a PJB C4 and/or C8, though I have also driven a Bergantino HS410 with it with very good results. In short, it is fantastic! EXTREMELY quiet, and plenty loud. There is a fan, but it's so quiet that I only hear it in a dead-quiet room. As for hiss and noise from the amp, even with the volume control cranked, it's nearly non-existent.

I have 100+ gigs on my Super Flightcase, but only a handful on the D600, so I'm still getting to know the D600. However, the gigs I've done with the it range from straight up rock to Americana to funk/jazz/R&B/fusion gigs around town. At one Eric McFadden show, a friend sat in on bass and the FOH bass tone, which was through the D600 DI, was absolutely bone-crushing (fretless G&L L2500). Huge, fat, but highly controlled lows, tons of definition on every note, plenty of bite on top, etc. All the PJB amps are very quick sounding, so each note just punches right through - perfect for really fast prog/metal lines that require a lot of articulation. The 5 bands of EQ work well for me, though I rarely make big changes to any single band. I do find myself often pushing the 2.5kHz up a bit with any of the PJB amps, but that's very dependent on the cab.

I also use mine with upright, which sounds fantastic through the PJB cabs, though I don't care for the upright through my Berg. I got it for doubling, because of the 2 channels, and I used it that way with Eric McFadden, which was rather loud and raucous with the upright, but sounded really good.

One thing that is different on the D600 from many other amps on the market is the way the gain control works. It is centered at 0dB of gain: CW adds up to 18dB, CCW subtracts up to 18dB. This is generally not a problem, but it takes a little getting used to. I generally like to run the master volume hot on the PJBs and then adjust the gain to give me the most headroom and still get the volume I need. This is a little different from most amps, where you turn up the gain knob till the input clips, then back it off a bit and turn up the master volume knob as needed. That's just what I've found to give me the best results with my PJB amps, vs. the other amps I still own and the many I have owned over the years.

Something else to consider is that the PJB cabs project a LONG way. In my case, a single C4 covers most upright gigs and lots of jazz/funk/fusion in small rooms. The C8 covers most bar gigs and stage situations with PA support, and the C4+C8 will handle everything else. Personally, I haven't had any need for more than 1 C4 and 1 C8 (12 drivers), which presents a 2.67ohm load to the amp and draws ~525Wrms at full power. Since I haven't had to run my master volume up more than about 1-2 O'clock, even on the loudest of gigs, it's probably not pushing more than about 350-400W at that volume. Certainly the cabs (one C4 and one C8) can handle more power than the D 600 can put out, so there's no danger of damaging the cabs with too much power. That said, I've also considered adding a second C8 to replace my Bergantino HS410 (which is a GREAT conventional cab). Not because I feel that I need the extra 4 drivers, but because it would be fun to have 2 C8s! I do love the portability of the C4 and I play PLENTY of gigs where that alone is all that is needed. I have to push the volume knob on the amp up higher, but it handles the power with ease and sounds fantastic, even with a drummer and guitars and horns.

I love my D600.
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V8 - The Behemoth (Trace Elliot - V-Type V8)

By GT500BASS, 08/05/2016
I played Trace Elliot amps since the early 90's and I own a few amps like the RAH600SMX, AH-300, Hexa Valve and now the V-Type V8.

Next to the Trace Elliot amps I own Ampeg SVT-CL, Hiwatt DR103, DR201, Weber MyWatt 400 and Marshall 3530, so I have something to compare. With all amps I use the Ampeg SVT-810.

But there is no comparison. The V8 is a class on itself. It looks good, it feels good and it sounds monstrous. Bright highs, great mids and very solid and beefy lows. Even when it is switched to half power (200W) it has plenty power to fill any stage completely.

The amp is quite rare, only aprox. 50-60 pieces were made and it is a rare occasion when a V8 is for sale. If you want one, be patient, keep looking and prepare for the worst... You might never find one.

I always struggle to get the right sound from my amps. I use different versions Fender Precision. But with all amps mentioned above, it always takes a few minutes to find the right sound and balance. Not with the V8. All pots at 12:00 and turn up the gain and volume. After that: no need to touch it.

I found the V8 two years ago and traveled 700km to pick it up the next day. It was in mint condition and after a short clean-up it looks brand new.

But there's also bad news about the V8. It has a design flaw in the fuse holders on the PCB. The soldering and fuse holder are not capable of handling the large filament current without heating up strongly and leaving a burned PCB and molten plastic behind.
After some investigation, I noticed that TE changed production and placed the fuse holders off the PCB, somewhere else in the chassis. I did the same with my V8 and rewired the fuse holders.

Apart from this design flaw, the V8 is built with great quality. Powder coated chassis, neatly built interior (but not as great as a vintage Hiwatt) and good quality components.

Nice gadget is the EM84 tube. This snake-eye indicator works as a power-output indicator and is visible on the right side through front plate. In dark conditions, this is a nice feature next to the wide glow of the 15 (!) valves.

I transport the V8 in a custom made flight case. Because of its sheer depth and misalignment between the holes in the cab and feet on the V8, I made a ply-wood adapter covered with foam to fit on top of the SVT-810 cab to prevent it from falling off/leaning back. The adapter has rubber feet which fit in the SVT-810 holes. The adapter has holes in which the rubber feet of the V8 fit.

Verdict
Best amp ever. Buy one if you can find it and if you can afford it. However, it's not cheap and there are only a few V8's around.

Estimated price? Hard to tell. Be prepared for a EUR 2.000,- to EUR 3.000,- price tag.


Check my V-Type V8 Facebook page for more details:
https://www.facebook.com/Trace-Elliot-V-Type-V8-1615664865344974/
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Markbass could be the best amp around? (Markbass - Little Mark 250)

By tradcab, 09/05/2017
I use this for my double bass but also for the bass or left hand side of my stage piano set up. When it comes to double bass combined with my Fishman Pro bass II pre amp and driving a two by ten cab I have found this to be my ideal set up for larger gigs. The tone shaping that is possible allows the best sound to be achieved which ever of my basses I use. The amp is very light and easy to transport yet powerful enough to cover most stages and even on its own for smaller venues.
When used as a piano amp I drive a smaller 2 x 10 cab of my own design and this gives me the sound I have been searching for using my Roland RD700nx , which can be difficult to amplify well.For an amp of this price I am amazed at the quality of build and the sound it produces.
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