Posts tagged ‘bassokombo’

25/05/2015

Review: Carvin MicroBass MB 10

Carvin MB10 Micro Bass – control panel

Carvin’s series of extremely compact MicroBass bass combos is built using the company’s lightweight BX 250 MicroBass amplifier sunk into four differently-sized speaker cabinets. Thanks to some clever design work – as well as lightweight modern bass speakers – even the largest of the MicroBass-combos, the MB210 (equipped with two 10-inch speakers and a horn tweeter), only weighs 16 kilos.

Kitarablogi received the smallest member of the MicroBass-family for testing. The MB10 is small enough to take with you on public transport, should the need ever arise.

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Carvin MB10 Micro Bass – front view

Carvin MicroBass MB10 (current price in Finland: 577 €) is compactness incarnate:

The combo’s dimensions are only 47 x 33 x 28 cm (h/w/d), and it weighs in at just below 12 kilos!

Carvin MB10 Micro Bass – side view

Despite its diminutive size the Carvin’s build is roadworthy and sturdy.

The 10-inch speaker and the horn tweeter are safely tucked away behind a chunky metal grille.

Carvin MB10 Micro Bass – back view

You can use the MicroBass MB10 both with the cabinet standing up and lying on its side, thanks to two sets of rubber feet installed to the closed-back cabinet.

Carvin MB10 colour options

Black vinyl is the MB10’s standard livrée, but if you feel more flamboyant you could also get your small Carvin in, say, fake snake hide for a small surcharge (40 €).

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Carvin MB10 Micro Bass – control panel – large

Small it may be, but Carvin’s BX 250 MicroBass amplifier comes fully equipped:

Carvin’s preamp section runs in Class A with satisfyingly low levels of hiss. Adding more Drive to proceedings will fatten up your tone and add a little bit of grind, but you shouldn’t really expect any Metal-style distortion from this combo.

The Contour-knob allows you to apply a loudness-type pre-EQ curve to your signal, which will boost both the bass and treble frequencies, while attenuating the mid-range slightly. Contour works nicely in cleaning up a crowded mid-range, as well as adding a bit of punch to your overall sound.

The EQ-department on the MicroBass is very well equipped, too. In addition to the shelving Bass and Treble filters Carvin has added a lot of flexibility in the guise of two semi-parametric mid-frequency filters. There’s ample boost and cut on tap to satisfy any bass player.

The amp also includes a nifty bass-optimised one-knob compressor. A red light in the middle of the amp’s blue jewel light gives you nice visual clues about the amounts of compression applied to your signal. Carvin’s compressor works in a very musical fashion, and it helps the player to get the most out of this little bass combo. Even small amounts of compression will go a long way in helping to clean up the MB10’s output, helping you to get even more volume out of the Carvin.

Using only the built-in speakers, the MicroBass’ Class D power amp will dish out 200 watts of power, adding a compatible extension cab will give you 50 watts more.

In addition to the speaker output, there’s also a headphone output that doubles as a tuner out, and a balanced DI-output (XLR). The output levels for the headphone and DI-output are controlled by the DI Level knob. Using the Pre/Post switch you can decide, whether to send the input signal directly to the output, or whether you’d prefer to use the preamp signal, complete with compression and EQ.

Lovers of warm vintage sounds will be pleased to hear that you can dim the Carvin’s tweeter, using a mini-switch.

Because writing about sound always seems somewhat futile, I’ve prepared different audio clips to give you an idea of the Carvin MicroBass MB10’s versatility. All clips have been recorded with a microphone:

Jazz Bass – EQ-controls in neutral

Jazz Bass – light bass boost, Tweeter-switch set to Dim

Jazz Bass – played with a plectrum, a little bit of Contour added

Jazz Bass – slapped, Contour set to 12 o’clock

Höfner 500/1 – plectrum, Tweeter set to Dim

Rickenbacker 4003

Rickenbacker – plectrum

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Carvin MB10 Micro Bass – front view 2

If you’re holding down the bass in a loud-as-f*ck Metal band, or if your usual gigs include 20,000-seater stadiums, Carvin’s little combo probably isn’t the right choice for you. The MicroBass MB10 is a loud amp – for its size – but it can only go so far…

But: The Carvin MicroBass MB 10 is a fantastic choice for the majority of us bassists, who play in small clubs, in restaurants or in pubs. In venues such as these the Carvin will be just the ticket, its tiny footprint and big sound making it a gig machine. The recording studio is also a place where a high-powered bass stack can be counterproductive, due to issues such as audible bleeding into drum mics, making a high-quality, moderate-power combo, such as the MicroBass MB10, a great choice. I’d also reckon that this little Carvin will find a place in the hearts of many Unplugged-, Folk- and (acoustic) Jazz-players.

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Carvin MicroBass MB10

577 €

Finnish distributor: Musiikki Silfverberg

Thanks to Vantaan Musiikki for the loan of the review combo!

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Pros:

+ compact size

+ lightweight

+ versatile

+ easy-to-use compressor

+ sound

30/04/2015

Testipenkissä: Carvin MicroBass MB 10

Carvin MB10 Micro Bass – control panel

Carvinin erittäin kompakteissa MicroBass-bassokomboissa firman ultrakevyt BX 250 MicroBass -vahvistin on upotettu neljään erikokoisiin kaappeihin. Hyvän suunnittelun ja nykyaikaisten (entistä kevyempien) kaiuttimien ansiosta, jopa isoin Carvin MicroBass -kombo – kahdella kymppituumaisella kaiuttimella, sekä diskanttitorvella varustettu MB210 – painaa vain 16 kiloa.

Kitarablogi sai testiin MicroBass-perheen pienimmän jäsenen, MB10-kombon, jolla pystyy matkustamaan vaikkapa julkisilla treeneihin tai keikalle.

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Carvin MB10 Micro Bass – front view

Carvin MicroBass MB10 (577 €) on oikea kompaktiuuden ruumiillistuma:

Kombon ulkomitat ovat vain 47 x 33 x 28 cm (k/l/s), ja pikku-Carvinin paino pysyy jopa alle 12 kilon!

Carvin MB10 Micro Bass – side view

Pienuudestaan huolimatta myös tämä Carvin on jämerää tekoa.

Kunnon metalliritilän takana näkyy kymppituumainen bassokaiutin, sekä kombon neodyymimagneetilla varustettu diskanttitorvi.

Carvin MB10 Micro Bass – back view

MicroBass MB10 -vahvistinta voi käyttää joko pystyasennossa tai sivullaan. Kombon suljetun kotelon kylkeen on tätä varten lisätty toinen satsi kumijalkoja.

Carvin MB10 colour options

Musta vinyylipäällyste on MB10:ssä vakiona, mutta pientä lisämaksua vastaan (40 €) voi tilata oman MicroBass-kombon vaikkapa käärmeennahka-kuvioisella vinyylillä.

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Carvin MB10 Micro Bass – control panel – large

Carvin BX 250 MicroBass -vahvistimen varustelu ei todellakaan jätä toivomiseen varaa:

Carvinin etuvahvistin toimii A-luokan periaatteella mukavan alhaisella kohinatasolla. Drive-säädintä avaamalla voi saada soundia vintage-tyylisesti vielä rouheammaksi ja mehevämmäksi, mutta säröpedaalin kaltaista Metal-säröä ei pitäisi odottaa tästä vahvistimesta.

Contour-säätimen tarkoitus on lisätä soundiin hieman loudness-maista esi-EQ:tä, jossa basso- ja diskanttirekistereitä boostataan vähän, samalla kun keskialueelta otetaan hieman signaalia pois. Signaaliin voi näin lisätä jo hieman potkua (ja siistiä keskitaajuuksia), ilman että taajuuskorjaimiin on edes koskettu.

MicroBassin EQ-osasto on hyvin varusteltu – Bass- ja Treble-hyllykorjainten lisäksi on tarjolla jopa kaksi puoliparametrista korjainta keskitaajuuksille.

Vahvistimesta löytyy myös bassolle optimoitu, helppokäyttöinen kompressori. Signaalitasosta ja kompressorin toimesta saa MicroBass-kombossa myös optista viestiä, punaisella merkkivalolla muuten violetin jewel-valon keskellä. Carvinin kompressori toimii musikaalisesti ja on oiva työkalu, jolla saadaan pikkukombosta kaikki irti. Jo hyvin maltillisesti käytettynä kompressori tekee lopputuloksesta siistimmän, ja samalla voi soittaa komboa lujempaa.

Omilla, sisäisillä kaiuttimilla MicroBassin D-luokan päätevahvistimen maksimitehoksi ilmoitetaan 200 wattia. Sopivalla lisäkaapilla voidaan saada pikkukombosta vielä 50 wattia lisää tehoa ulos.

Kaappilähdön lisäksi on tarjolla vielä kuulokelähtö (joka on samalla myös lähtö viritysmittarille), sekä balansoitu DI-lähtö (XLR). Kuuloke- ja DI-lähdölle on yhteinen säädin signaalitasolle (DI Level), ja Pre/Post-kytkimellä voi valita lähetetäänkö tulosignaali suoraan lähtöihin vai käytetäänkö EQ:lla ja kompressorilla höystetty signaali lähteenä.

Pehmeän vintage-soundin ystävät iloitsevat varmasti Tweeter-pikkukytkimestä, jolla saa haluttaessa diskanttitorvi hiljaisemmaksi.

Koska soundin kuvailu on hyvin hankalaa touhua, olen äänittänyt erilaisia audiopätkiä, joilla saa kuvan Carvin MicroBass MB10:n monipuolisuudesta. Äänitykset on tehty kahdella mikrofonilla (siis ilman DI-lähtöä):

Jazz Bass – EQ:t neutraaliasennossa

Jazz Bass – kevyt bassoboosti, Tweeter-kytkin Dim-asennossa

Jazz Bass – plektralla, pieni ripaus Contouria

Jazz Bass – slap-soittoa, Contour-säädin kello 12

Höfner 500/1 – plektralla, Tweeter-kytkin Dim-asennossa

Rickenbacker 4003

Rickenbacker – plektralla

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Carvin MB10 Micro Bass – front view 2

Jos olet todella kovaäänisen Thrash Metal -bändin basisti, tai jos olet lähdössä soittamaan seuraava keikkasi Olympiastadionilla, Carvinin pikkukombo ei ole ehkä se paras valinta. MicroBass MB10 on kyllä – etenkin kokoonsa nähden – hyvin kovaääninen bassokombo, mutta jossain tulee kuitenkin raja vastaan.

Carvin MicroBass MB 10 on kuitenkin loistava valinta meille enemmistölle, jotka soittavat säännöllisesti ravintoloissa ja pubeissa. Näissä paikoissa Carvinin maltillinen volyymi, kompakti koko ja loistava soundi tekevät MicroBass-kombosta lyömättömän keikkakoneen. Studiossakin pieni bassovahvistin on usein kullan arvoinen, koska vuotoäänet, esimerkiksi rumpumikkeihin, saa estettyä helpommin. Myös Unplugged-, Folk- ja akustisen Jazz-musiikin ystäville pikku-Carvin voi osoittautua erinomaiseksi valinnaksi.

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Carvin MicroBass MB10

577 €

Maahantuoja: Musiikki Silfverberg

Kiitos Vantaan Musiikille testivahvistimen lainaamisesta!

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Plussat:

+ kompakti koko

+ alhainen paino

+ monipuolinen

+ helppokäyttöinen kompressori

+ soundi

13/04/2015

Carvin MB10 Micro Bass – SoundCloud

Lisätiedot: Musiikki Silfverberg

08/04/2015

Carvin MB10 Micro Bass ++ testi tulossa ++ review in the works

Carvin MB10 Micro Bass – side view

Lisätiedot: Musiikki Silfverberg

04/02/2014

Namm 2014 – Hartke HD bass combos

Hartke_HD_Combos_Family

The all-new HD Series Bass Combos pack Hartke’s revolutionary HyDrive speakers in four sleek models (HD25, HD50, HD75, HD150) ideal for bedroom practice/jam sessions and small rehearsal spaces/performance venues, and capable of greatly enriching your low-end tone. The HD combos also maintain Hartke’s commitment to producing high quality bass amplification with exceptional durability. 

 The HD25 (25 watts, 8-inch driver), HD50 (50 watts, 1-inch driver), HD75 (75 watts, 12-inch driver, 2-inch tweeter) and HD150 (150 watts, 15-inch driver, 2-inch tweeter) employ Hartke’s patented HyDrive speaker technology that utilizes a hybrid paper and aluminum cone attached to a ceramic magnet. The tone produced by the HyDrive design sparked a revolution in bass speaker technology with the paper providing warmth and roundness and the aluminum offering the punchy attack that appeals to player and listeners alike.

Packed with professional features, all of the HD Series combos are designed to be user friendly and reliable for players of all levels. Each combo offers Volume, Bass, Mid and Treble controls (7-band graphic EQ available on HD75 and HD150) on their top-mounted amplifier panels, allowing for easy adjustments. The combos feature a 1/8-inch stereo Aux input for playing along with your favorite tracks via an MP3 player and a 1⁄4-inch headphone output for more intimate practice sessions. The HD150 also has an XLR direct output for routing your signal to a mixer in both live and studio settings. In addition, the combos each have a built-in limiter to ensure constant amp operation at a safe levels. Lastly, these solid enclosures are finished in a stylish fashion, each with a sleek, perforated black metal grill and convenient transport tooling (HD25, HD50, HD75: molded strap top handle, HD150: side handles and castors).

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Lisätiedot: EM Nordic
09/11/2012

Review: EBS Classic Session 30

EBS Sweden’s latest product – the Session 30 – is the company’s smallest bass combo to date, and meant for practicing, recording and home use.

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The diminutive and lightweight EBS Classic Session 30 (current price in Finland approx. 169 €) is part of EBS’ Made-in-China Classic-series.

As its name suggests, the Session 30 offers 30 Watts of rms-power.

Its eight-inch speaker sits in a front-ported baffle. The stylish grille cloth is attached in a traditional way using velcro.

The combo’s back is fully closed. EBS have added a separate grounding point next to the power connector, which may come in handy in the studio for combatting mains hum.

The Session 30 weighs just under nine kilos, so it is very easy to carry around by its top handle.

The control panel comprises of four control knobs – with a peak indicator next to the gain control.

For practicing, EBS have added a mini-jack, so you can connect an mp3-player, as well as a full-sized headphones output.

A very rare feature in this price range is the combo’s balanced XLR-output, which makes the Session 30 handy as a studio DI-box with its own monitor. Using the Ground Lift -switch enables you to break possible earth loops safely.

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It would be completely unrealistic to expect a mighty roar from such a tiny bass combo.

But I must stress that the EBS Classic Session 30 really delivers the good in terms of its sound quality. This isn’t a murky-sounding piece of junk, but a great little tool – regardless of its very fair price.

This little ’un delivers genuine EBS Classic Series -tone at levels fit for tuition and home use. The bass register is warm, the mid-range tone clear, and the top end has a nice, soft silkiness to it.

The eight-inch speaker and small cabinet will show you the white flag, if the combo is taken to its limits, by vibrating and buzzing, but used sensibly, the EBS Session 30 holds its own nicely.

The combo’s XLR-output works great, and sends a healthy, pristine signal to your console or sound-card.

In my opinion, the EBS Classic Session 30 is a fine little practice amp and a handy tool in the small project studio.

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The sound bites were recorded by mixing the combo’s DI-signal with the sound picked up by a condenser mic placed in front of the speaker:

1985 Squier Jazz Bass

1989 Höfner 500/1

1987 Rickenbacker 4003

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EBS Classic Session 30

169 €

Finnish distributor: F-Musiikki

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Pros:

+ value-for-money

+ size

+ weight

+ sound

+ DI-output

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31/10/2012

Testipenkissä: EBS Classic Session 30

EBS Swedenin uutuus – Session 30 – on firman pienin kombo tähän mennessä, joka on tarkoitettu koti-, äänitys- ja harjoituskäyttöön.

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Pieni ja kevyt EBS Classic Session 30 (169 €) kuuluu valmistajan vintage-tyyliseen, Kiinassa valmistettuun Classic-sarjaan.

Session 30 tarjoaa nimensä mukaisesti 30 wattia lähtötehoa.

Kahdeksantuumainen kaiutin istuu refleksikotelossa, jolla on auko edessä. Tyylikäs etukangas on kiinnitetty perinteiseen tapaan tarranauhoilla.

Harjoituskombon takapuoli on täysin suljettu. Virtajohdon liittimen ja virtakytkimen viereen EBS on lisännyt vielä maadoituspisteen, josta voi olla hyötyä hurinan minimoimisessa, silloin kun vahvistinta käytetään studioympäristössä.

Session 30:n paino jää alle yhdeksän kiloa, joten kombo on todella helppo kuljettaa kantokahvallaan.

Kombon paneeli tarjoaa säätimiä gainille (jolla on oma Peak-ledi), bassolle, diskantille sekä volumelle.

Harjoituskäyttöä varten EBS on lisännyt Session-vahvariin minijakin mp3-soittimelle ja kuulokelähdön.

Harvinaisuus tässä hintaluokassa on pikkukombon balansoitu XLR-lähtö, joka tekee Session 30:stä myös kätevän DI-boksin omalla monitoroinnilla studiokäyttöä varten. Ground Lift -kytkimellä saa katkaistua tehokkaasti mahdollisista maalenkeistä aiheuttavan brummin.

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Pikkuisesta, kahdeksantuumaisella kaiuttimella varustetusta harjoituskombosta ei voi odottaa seiniä vavisuttavaa bassotoistoa ja äänenpainetta – se olisi täysin epärealistinen.

Toisaalta täyttyy korostaa, että EBS Classic Session 30:stä lähtee kunnon bassosoundi. Tämä kombo ei missään nimessä ole kumiseva leluvahvistin, erittäin reilusta hinnastaan huolimatta.

Pikkuvahvistin tarjoaa aitoa EBS Classic -sarjan soundia opetus- ja harjoituskäyttöön sopivalla volyymillä. Bassorekisteri on lämmin, keskialue siisti ja yläkerta silkkisen pehmeä.

Kun vääntää master volumen täysille – tai jo vähän aikaisemmin viisikielisellä bassolla – mukaan kuvaan astuu odotetusti myös kombon (ja kaiuttimen) pienestä koosta aiheuttuvaa resonointia ja surinaa, mutta järkevässä käytössä EBS:n pienokainen pärjää mainiosti.

Session 30:n XLR-lähtö toimii sekin moitteettomasti, välittämällä kombon laatusignaalia puhtaasti eteenpäin mikserille tai äänikortille.

Mielestäni EBS Classic Session 30 on mainio harjoitusvahvistin, sekä erittäin kätevä työkalu kotistudiossa.

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Seuraavat esimerkit on äänitetty käyttämällä samanaikaisesti sekä kondensaattorimikrofonia kaiuttimen edessä että kombon suoraa XLR-lähtöä:

1985 Squier Jazz Bass

1989 Höfner 500/1

1987 Rickenbacker 4003

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EBS Classic Session 30

169 €

Maahantuoja: F-Musiikki

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Plussat:

+ hinta-laatu-suhde

+ koko

+ paino

+ soundi

+ DI-lähtö

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11/10/2012

EBS Classic Session 30 – Sounds!

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31/08/2012

TC Electronicin esittelyvideossa BG250 -bassokombo

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Lisätiedot: Soundtools

24/08/2012

Review: Orange Terror Bass TB500C-212

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Orange Amplification have a long and illustrious tradition in the building of guitar and bass amplifiers, a fact that shows in many of the company’s current products.

But that doesn’t mean that Orange are a backward-facing company – far from it. The brand-new Terror Bass combo, for example, is very much a contemporary product – a compact, yet powerful valve-hybrid amp.

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The Orange Terror Bass TB500C-212 (current RRP in Finland: 994 €) melds the company’s 500-Watt BT-500H-head with their 2 x 12″ SP-212-cabinet.

The Orange TB500C is a valve-hybrid amplifier, which in this case means that its preamp section is powered by two 12AX7 valves. The tubes imbue the combo with a warm basic tonality, nicely seasoned with mild and organic compression. I’d also wager that a bit of overdrive will be on the menu at some point.

The power amp, on the other hand, uses modern technology to its best advantage: A Class D amplifier manages to produce lots of volume in a very energy efficient way. Because this technology cuts down drastically on heat dissipation as a byproduct of amplification, manufacturers are now able to build smaller and lighter amps.

Orange’s Smart Power bass cabinets are built according to the isobaric principle.

An isobaric speaker cabinet basically uses two identical speakers – in the TB500C’s case two 12-inch neodymium speakers – mounted one behind the other in a straight line, resulting in fatter tones and more sound pressure than you’d expect from a relatively compact design.

Take a look at Orange’s own video to get more of an insight into their Smart Power cabinets:

But we bassists needn’t trouble ourselves with too much theory, we only have to use the combo.

The front panel is typical of Orange-amps: There are the famous pictograms above the clearly labelled controls for gain and master volume, as well as the three-band EQ section, which make it even easier to know your way around the amp.

The amplifier section is connected to the combo’s speaker using the provided Speakon-lead.

Because the amplifier allows you to daisy-chain two cabinets…

…you will find the necessary impedance switch on the back panel underneath the Speakon-jack.

The other connectors on the back panel are for the effects chain and the balanced DI-output.

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Whoa, watch out – this combo is a real shouter!

I’ve got to admit right away that I tend to dislike the use of single 12-inch speakers in bass amps. More often than not I find these designs to lack real bottom end and transparency in their tonal delivery.

But this isn’t a thing that you could accuse the Orange Terror Bass of, by any stretch of the imagination! The isobaric Smart Power cabinet is quite a different beast, sounding large and muscular, with more than enough clarity and punch for most applications.

In terms of its basic sound the Orange TB500C is clearly a dyed-in-the-wool, card-carrying member of the Orange-family: If you’re looking for extreme clarity and hi-fi-style response, this isn’t really the right amp for you. We’re talking about earthy and muscular bass tones here. Dialling in more gain gradually adds delicious grit and graininess to proceedings. Above 3 o’clock on the gain control any bass will drive the Orange well into classic, glorious overdrive.

Even though the Terror Bass combo is part of Orange’s cost-conscious Terror-range, I am rather sure this powerful and compact bass amp will find its way into many professional backlines.

I recorded the audio clips using my trusty Japanese 1985 Squier Jazz Bass and my own P-Man bitser equipped with a MM-humbucker and passive controls:

Jazz Bass – fingerstyle

P-Man – fingerstyle

Jazz Bass – slap

P-Man – slap

Jazz Bass – pleck

P-Man – pleck

Jazz Bass – full gain

P-Man – full gain

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Orange Terror Bass TB500C-212

current RRP in Finland: 994 €

Finnish distributor: Musamaailma

Pros:

+ size

+ power

+ valve preamp

+ sound

+ weight

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