Monday, 07 April 2014
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Heres a little something i have learned the hard way, hopefully the info will help others. I could not keep the lipo battery charged up for the "distance claimed", heres why: i have a bad habit of leaving the bass in the stand plugged to the amp so if a good tune comes on i can flip on the amp and get jiggy, have done this for years with my old fender jazz special and my combustion both active/passive9vlt no prob with battery drain. with the eastP Retro even if switched to passive, if the plug/jack is in... it is drawing minimal power passive circuit. Now for gigs its no prob to take a break between sets and leave hooked up, not that much draw, but over the course of a few days it will zap the pack dead as hell. John East has been great to help figure out whats been up with this: [color=#008040:2f96h2k8]The battery has reasonable performance, similar to a 9V battery but the P-Retro uses a relay for active/passive as the switches on the pots used, being very small, have very limited switching. It's the relay which takes around 7 times the power of the electronics. The other thing is that the battery had to be smaller to fit in a P bass.[/color:2f96h2k8] MAybe its not good style to leave um plugged up :( but i didnt know? live and learn right. anyway now it stays charged really well !
8 years ago
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How do you like that preamp as far as tone goes?
8 years ago
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Well Bob, best way i kin think of to describe it is "fuggin Killer". thats why i have been working so hard to figure this battery thing out... cause it sounds so good. the 3 times i have gigged with it since i got , there are people waiting around to ask questions about it (but then again people seem fascinated by the "slanty" fretted basses anyway) The bass on its own is a tone monster and the U retro kicks it up another notch, when its active and you pull that bass boost on it is jaw droppin. The boost cut function on the mids lets you "dial in" so well Its so good i just ordered a 4knob u retro for my combustion. Not to Mention John East super support working thru the ruff spots. I love it can ya tell :shock:
8 years ago
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Yes, I can! :lol: I'm glad you're digging it. I thought long and hard about buying that one before deciding to spec my own. I don't think Sheldon is doing preamp any more on the Super P's, because they're so damn good passive. But I can't see how that extra versatility would hurt! 8)
8 years ago
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I don't know about the Super P, but I definitely dig the custom John East preamp I have in my ABII. [img:1mu7ff1h]http://www.liveactionhero.com/franco/Dingwall_Retro.jpg[/img:1mu7ff1h]
8 years ago
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Hello Franco looks like a EASt 4 knob delux u retro, same great sound but a regular 9volt battery.
8 years ago
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Actually it is a custom preamp with two overlapping sweepable mids (100Hz-1kHz and 150Hz-3kHz). The other two sets of stacked knobs are vol/blend and treble/bass. All EQ controls are boost and cut, and the treble control pulls out for a bright switch. Really lots of EQ options. And I'm running with 18v.
8 years ago
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Sweet! I bet it sounds likewise. Mr. East knows his stuff!
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