Tuesday, 11 May 2010
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Ok, it's been a while since we've done this. We all have different tonal goals and settings, but its always fun to see what people are using to amplify their Dingwall Basses with! This is a chance to post up your current amp/cab/bass setup. If you use effects, don't forget those either! [img:s3q5vk9z]http://homepage.mac.com/burningskies/.Pictures/IMG_0055-5.jpg[/img:s3q5vk9z] [img:s3q5vk9z]http://homepage.mac.com/burningskies/.Pictures/IMG_0060-6.jpg[/img:s3q5vk9z] Dingwall Zebra 1/Voodoo with my fEarful 15/6+15/Sub setup. For now the head is a Markbass LMII, but I have one of the new Peavey IPR 4500 power amps on order. That should give me just north of 2kw of power on tap most of the time. LET'S SEE 'EM Everyone!
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I had one of the Alembic F2-B preamps for about a year. It was overkill for me and I sold it on to a guy with a Alembic series I. (I was raising cash for the first Dingwall) It was more tailored to a stereo rig. Works great as a pre for the separate pickup send of those old Alembics. Basically it was two channels, based on the Fender Showman tone circuit. Very simple design, so a non working unit wouldn't be hard to repair. There are a lot of guys who have 20 years or more on these pres. It was a great sounding unit. Very organic, warm and breathy sounding. Lots of possibilities with the two channels and the ability to route one thru the other for tons of gain. The second channel on mine had some slight mods that made for more variety. Otherwise both the channels are identical. My research turned up lots of info on both bassists and guitartists who use the F2-B. David Gilmour is probably the best known user. They don't come up that often and seem to go for $400 and up used. Not much to look at, these things are all about the sound. This one was, I think, from the early eighties.
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Thanks for the quality response. Next time I get the chance to try one, I'll definitely keep this in mind. I really like having the separate Preamp and Power amp setup. You can just keep plugging in different preamps without having to worry about power ratings and speakers. It's great!
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I have been using that Alembic preamp since the late 1990's. When I had only one bass rig, it consisted of the F-1X and the Crest CA-4 (and before long the SF-2). IMO, the Alembic F-1X yields a very nice tone, but a very nice clean tone. No real tube grit at all, unlike the Aguilar preamps, which can get a bit of tube crunch if one cranks the gain. In fact, the Alembic has no separate gain and master controls, just a volume, so the only way to increase gain without increasing volume would be to use the attenuators on the power amp. The Superfilter is a very versatile tone-shaping circuit. It has two independent filters that can be set to low-pass, band-pass, or high-pass, each with a frequency and Q control. These two filters can be wired in parallel (e.g., to have independent tone control on each of two stereo channels) or in series. It is very easy to add a subtle mid-range accent (or not so subtle if you prefer), or to give some real low-end boost to compensate for speakers that roll off the lows. It doesn't work as a notch filter, however. All in all, both pieces are quality gear.
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[quote="amodeo@mitre.org":1qzjzkul]I may have posted some of these pix on other threads, but as long as we're talking about amps, I might as well jump in. Like many of you, I have more than one bass, and like some of you, more than one amp. My most powerful rig is an Alembic F-1X preamp, Alembic SF-2 Superfilter, Crest CA-9 power amp (2 x 900w into 4ohms), and Schroeder 410 and 21012 cabs. More power than I'll ever need. When playing an outdoor concert with no PA support, I need to set the amp way off to the side or else it will just overpower everything else in the mix on stage. I also use a pair of Eden 210-XLT cabs (don't currently have a good photo to post). I have several other amps to pick from as well. Here they are (note however that the Crest CA-4 in the following photo is currently paired with an Aguilar DB659 preamp rather than the SWR Interstellar Overdrive shown). [/quote:1qzjzkul] I've always wanted to try the Alembic Preamp. What do you think about it in terms of tone and usability? How about the Superfilter?
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Amodeo - looks like a bass store!
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I have an EA iAmp800 with a 2x10 and a 1x12,EA Micro(3lbs) and a 1x10, real easy on the back. Pretty much gives me more than I need at present. The Z3 in the photo now belongs to Rollerberg2000. Still have my Prima and a Custom SJ/P 4 on order. I'll post pics when I get it as it will be the 1st custom 4 string.
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I may have posted some of these pix on other threads, but as long as we're talking about amps, I might as well jump in. Like many of you, I have more than one bass, and like some of you, more than one amp. My most powerful rig is an Alembic F-1X preamp, Alembic SF-2 Superfilter, Crest CA-9 power amp (2 x 900w into 4ohms), and Schroeder 410 and 21012 cabs. More power than I'll ever need. When playing an outdoor concert with no PA support, I need to set the amp way off to the side or else it will just overpower everything else in the mix on stage. [img:1ury038j]http://www.liveactionhero.com/franco/Alembic_CA9_Schroeder.jpg[/img:1ury038j] I also use a pair of Eden 210-XLT cabs (don't currently have a good photo to post). I have several other amps to pick from as well. Here they are (note however that the Crest CA-4 in the following photo is currently paired with an Aguilar DB659 preamp rather than the SWR Interstellar Overdrive shown). [img:1ury038j]http://www.liveactionhero.com/franco/amp_family_portrait.jpg[/img:1ury038j]
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[img:1luiaog3]http://i749.photobucket.com/albums/xx139/benedictcalland/DingwallMarkbassRig.jpg[/img:1luiaog3] Thats mine! MarkBass Little Mark C Stage Head and a MarkBass 102P Cab, never mind the cab being a one handed lift i can lift it with one finger its incredibly lightweight, and it sounds fantastic! And of course my Dingwall Combustion, which to date is the best bass i have ever played never mind owned!
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[quote="rollerberg2000":3lzcoy3u] [img:3lzcoy3u]http://i511.photobucket.com/albums/s354/rollerberg2000/Phil%20Jones%20Bass%20030509/100_3873.jpg[/img:3lzcoy3u][/quote:3lzcoy3u] That looks awesome! bet it sounds amazing!
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Its interesting to see how we all sort of have different ways of hitting the same end goal. Keeping things clean and clear, but having the volume and tonal range that we need. It's the underlying theme of all these rigs. I've not played a PJB rig, but a good friend of mine, who's a local full time player had one for a while and it always sounded great to me. It almost has a subtle sub bass to it. He ended up getting rid of it for the weight, plus it was a bit too 'boutique' for him, in a roots/blues/zydeco gig.
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[quote="rollerberg2000":32cz1wc8]DHP, I am interested in your opinion of the six pack, I notice you're running two six pack cabs with the M-500. Does that suit you for gigging? I would love to downsize my big rig when I get too old to carry around the big toys but I'm loving the PJB sound. What kind of music do you play and does the double six pack stand its ground in a live setting?[/quote:32cz1wc8] I play oldschool rock. The big PJB rig is unbeatable for open air, I reinforced the power output to 3kW and finally I changed PJB P1 preamp to Warwick Jonas Hellborg. Load the truck with big PJB rig is one hell, but the sound on the stage brings great satisfaction. Only one SixPak is not enough for the club stage, 2 boxes with good PA are better for good feel, but SixPak with M-500 amp is too heavy as well. Maybe PJB NEO boxes will bring right solution, but I didn´t test them. I love PJB sound, but every year is PJB heavier and heavier, so I prefer MarkBass Traveler instead 2x SixPak and my old, tired bones says "Thank You!!"
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[quote="DeepHeepBass":i8u3ezn7][quote="rollerberg2000":i8u3ezn7][quote="DeepHeepBass":i8u3ezn7][quote="rollerberg2000":i8u3ezn7]Those are five inch piranha speakers. Gives you roughly the same cone area as a 6x10 cab, but instead of 6 drivers you have 24 hardworking well built drivers pumping out whatever you feed it with amazing response. If you want to really hear what a Dingwall sounds like, try out a Phil Jones amp, it does nothing to color the sound of your bass, only amplifies it. Of course you can then EQ to your hearts content with parametric and graphic EQ sections, each of which can be defeated or used simultaneuosly. Weight wise, easier to get around because they are "components" but the weight is about the same as my Ampeg fridge. [/quote:i8u3ezn7] YES!![/quote:i8u3ezn7] Now that's what I'm talking about! See, it just goes to prove no matter what you have someone has a bigger one :lol:[/quote:i8u3ezn7] O.K. ...... NO! :lol:[/quote:i8u3ezn7] DHP, I am interested in your opinion of the six pack, I notice you're running two six pack cabs with the M-500. Does that suit you for gigging? I would love to downsize my big rig when I get too old to carry around the big toys but I'm loving the PJB sound. What kind of music do you play and does the double six pack stand its ground in a live setting?
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[quote="rollerberg2000":1zrzwmd8][quote="DeepHeepBass":1zrzwmd8][quote="rollerberg2000":1zrzwmd8]Those are five inch piranha speakers. Gives you roughly the same cone area as a 6x10 cab, but instead of 6 drivers you have 24 hardworking well built drivers pumping out whatever you feed it with amazing response. If you want to really hear what a Dingwall sounds like, try out a Phil Jones amp, it does nothing to color the sound of your bass, only amplifies it. Of course you can then EQ to your hearts content with parametric and graphic EQ sections, each of which can be defeated or used simultaneuosly. Weight wise, easier to get around because they are "components" but the weight is about the same as my Ampeg fridge. [/quote:1zrzwmd8] YES!![/quote:1zrzwmd8] Now that's what I'm talking about! See, it just goes to prove no matter what you have someone has a bigger one :lol:[/quote:1zrzwmd8] O.K. ...... NO! :lol:
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[quote="DeepHeepBass":1u8yhy2m][quote="rollerberg2000":1u8yhy2m]Those are five inch piranha speakers. Gives you roughly the same cone area as a 6x10 cab, but instead of 6 drivers you have 24 hardworking well built drivers pumping out whatever you feed it with amazing response. If you want to really hear what a Dingwall sounds like, try out a Phil Jones amp, it does nothing to color the sound of your bass, only amplifies it. Of course you can then EQ to your hearts content with parametric and graphic EQ sections, each of which can be defeated or used simultaneuosly. Weight wise, easier to get around because they are "components" but the weight is about the same as my Ampeg fridge. [/quote:1u8yhy2m] YES!![/quote:1u8yhy2m] Now that's what I'm talking about! See, it just goes to prove no matter what you have someone has a bigger one :lol:
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[quote="rollerberg2000":3krfcwiy]Those are five inch piranha speakers. Gives you roughly the same cone area as a 6x10 cab, but instead of 6 drivers you have 24 hardworking well built drivers pumping out whatever you feed it with amazing response. If you want to really hear what a Dingwall sounds like, try out a Phil Jones amp, it does nothing to color the sound of your bass, only amplifies it. Of course you can then EQ to your hearts content with parametric and graphic EQ sections, each of which can be defeated or used simultaneuosly. Weight wise, easier to get around because they are "components" but the weight is about the same as my Ampeg fridge. [/quote:3krfcwiy] YES!!
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Those are five inch piranha speakers. Gives you roughly the same cone area as a 6x10 cab, but instead of 6 drivers you have 24 hardworking well built drivers pumping out whatever you feed it with amazing response. If you want to really hear what a Dingwall sounds like, try out a Phil Jones amp, it does nothing to color the sound of your bass, only amplifies it. Of course you can then EQ to your hearts content with parametric and graphic EQ sections, each of which can be defeated or used simultaneuosly. Weight wise, easier to get around because they are "components" but the weight is about the same as my Ampeg fridge. [img:17s2ztrv]http://i511.photobucket.com/albums/s354/rollerberg2000/Phil%20Jones%20Bass%20030509/100_3873.jpg[/img:17s2ztrv]
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What are those - 6" speakers?
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Here's my old rig (gone) next to my Ampeg (church) rig. [img:1f8nsux8]http://i511.photobucket.com/albums/s354/rollerberg2000/Amps/100_3843.jpg[/img:1f8nsux8] Here's my main squeeze for live performance with my beloved AB1. [img:1f8nsux8]http://i511.photobucket.com/albums/s354/rollerberg2000/Amps/100_4787.jpg[/img:1f8nsux8]
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No pix with a Dingwall yet. I don't necessarily agree with the political sentiment, BTW. I did have a rig that had a sticker that said "Tattooed White Trash" on it. Picked the sticker up in Central Florida....no offense, Bubba. I love the South. :) Mark
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[quote="BurningSkies":2sey3isw]Nice! How do you like the 8x8? Twice in the past day I've been asked by different people what I think of 8x8 cabs. I really haven't played many of them...[/quote:2sey3isw] I really like the 8x8. It has a lot of clarity without losing the bottom end. Not as boomy as a 8x10. With my whole setup, I was really shooting for clarity of tone so that each note could be heard distinctly. The 8x8 really helped me achieve that... but I think the Dingwall has a HUGE part to play in it as well. :-)
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