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Old Person - New Amp

Post by foal30 » Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:30 pm

So it's apparent I'm going to have to pack the house up again and this time probably be out for 4-6 months

I have 3 Bass Rigs but they are all big feckers so not really suited for wherever the Whanau and I stay. I can put 2 in storage and stash one at the bro's for gigging.

With these new fangled DI/Preamps like Aguilar , Noble, Olympic, Darkglass can you

Plug bass in
Run headphones out
Sorted?


Or should I get some Tiny Tim boxy practice amp I'll never use again

Anything that involves IPads or Laptops or interfaces(?) will be a bridge to far.

Simple to operate/Lightweight/ Headphones option is probably 3 things to get me by

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Re: Old Person - New Amp

Post by joppo » Wed Jan 16, 2019 8:54 pm

Hello. My names Nev and I am a preamp-aholic. :roll: I've been through a quite a few preamp/DIs looking for sonic nirvana. There are some good options for headphone practice, and all sorts of features that would make it useful when you get back to your house. It would be easy to start an argument over which one sounds best - the Aquilars, Two notes Le Bass Tech 21 VT Bass all have some great sounds, but in different ways.

The Aguilar tone hammer does have enough juice to do a little headphone practice, but that isn't what it was made for.

The Two Notes Le Bass has a headphone out, and I'm loving it. It's got a clean channel which is a poor mans Noble, a high gain channel to bring some dirt, and then you can mix them. It is a high voltage tube pedal, so right up Foals alley. I could find one to buy in NZ, so got one from Oz through reverb.com.

If I in your situation though, I'd get a Mooer Radar Cab simulation pedal. It is tiny, has a headphone out, come with a number of Ampeg bass cab sims pre-loaded, and heaps available on the internet to add if you don't like the stock ones, and has an eq section. It is all digital which isn't very Foal-esk, but at $250NZ from the Rockshop, it is under half the price of the others. And after you have finished, it does a really nice job on acoustic guitar (and cello) restoring some body resonance lost through pickups. Well worth a look.
https://www.rockshop.co.nz/gear/Mooer-Radar

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Re: Old Person - New Amp

Post by foal30 » Thu Jan 17, 2019 7:56 am

Thanks for the thorough and thoughtful reply Nev

After music tonight I'll try and have a read up on the Mooer. Tbh I have never heard of the product or company.

I think Tony had or has a Le Bass pre.
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Post by T-Dub » Thu Jan 17, 2019 7:59 pm

foal30 wrote:
Thu Jan 17, 2019 7:56 am
Thanks for the thorough and thoughtful reply Nev

After music tonight I'll try and have a read up on the Mooer. Tbh I have never heard of the product or company.

I think Tony had or has a Le Bass pre.
Yeah - ran the gamut of preamp pedals!

Tonehammer (awesome)
Mesa Subway (ok, not for me)
Le Bass (sweet but I had a hard time with all the options)
VT Bass DI (nice but hard to get awesome)
Shiftline Olympic MKIII (hot stuff, love it)

I actually am not a huge fan of the EQ on the Shiftline as it's not very flexible but it's a full voltage tube preamp with Fx loop, cab sim, aux in, headphone out. Sounds pretty amazing and is a fantastic practice tool as well as a Direct to desk tone enhancer.

I think Le Bass and Shiftline are the best out there right now

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Re: Old Person - New Amp

Post by foal30 » Fri Jan 18, 2019 7:34 am

Mooer at NZRS is well handy but I got an ongoing issue with buying Chinese made gear.

When you guys got your Le Bass/Shift Line did you get it ordered for NZ power? I see the Shiftline needs 600 which is two plugs on the brick.

Also both those two I can power up - plug bass in - headphones out = sorted??
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Re: Old Person - New Amp

Post by foal30 » Fri Jan 18, 2019 7:37 am

I had a look at Ashdown Phone Box
But you need your rig for that
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Re: Old Person - New Amp

Post by joppo » Fri Jan 18, 2019 10:05 am

The Le Bass is plug into power, bass and headphones, kick the switch for the channel you want and you are in business. As Tony said, there are lots of EQ options which are a bit overwhelming when you are using the two channels combined.

I got my Le Bass out of Australia which has the same voltage and plug as NZ so was good to go. It takes a 12Volt power supply, so wouldn't be hard to get one if you got it from some other country. It may even run OK on a 9 volts power supply, albeit with a little less headroom. I'll have a look when I get home and post the result.

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Re: Old Person - New Amp

Post by foal30 » Fri Jan 18, 2019 11:59 am

Cheers Nev :)
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Re: Old Person - New Amp

Post by joppo » Fri Jan 18, 2019 5:26 pm

Runs fine at 9 volts. Same jack as the normal Boss 9 volt power supply. The power pack needs to be at least 1000mA as it draws 500mA. Probably didn't sound quite as 'rich' to me as less voltage hitting the tube, but certainly fine for headphone practice.

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Re: Old Person - New Amp

Post by foal30 » Sun Jan 20, 2019 6:31 am

Righto, I got a bit to ponder!
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Re: Old Person - New Amp

Post by foal30 » Tue Jan 22, 2019 2:58 pm

foal30 wrote:
Fri Jan 18, 2019 7:34 am
Mooer at NZRS is well handy but I got an ongoing issue with buying Chinese made gear.

When you guys got your Le Bass/Shift Line did you get it ordered for NZ power? I see the Shiftline needs 600 which is two plugs on the brick.

Also both those two I can power up - plug bass in - headphones out = sorted??

Mooer just got hammered by EHX over copyright/clone/thieving
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Re: Old Person - New Amp

Post by foal30 » Tue May 07, 2019 1:14 am

I've not decided what to do but irresponsibly buying more Pedals and Strings
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