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I went back to a Marshall MB4210, as a loaner until the MB4410 comes in from Marshall.

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I really wasn't able to find any in stock around town. They seem to be going more in the way of combos. I really liked the older Bassman amps.

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Those were some great Bassman Amps from that time period. I used a Traynor back then, couldn't afford a Fender Bassman.

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Well you probably know, going back to the 60's, the Bassman was used for everything. Basses, guitars, organs, electric pianos, and PA's. Your Bassman 135 was probably one of the most popular of any of the Bassman amps. Kustom and Shure turned out their PA's, then a lot of local bands went with them.

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I use a Bassman 135, have owned it since 82 but the funny thing is I like it for my guitar and Rhodes better than for my Bass.

 

I had owned a "Superbassman" as well. I loved the tone for bass, but it still wasn't loud enough even though I played it through a Vintage Ampeg 8x10

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I use a Bassman 135, have owned it since 82 but

the funny thing is I like it for my guitar and Rhodes

better than for my Bass.

 

Not unusual. My inneress in BassMan gear was

strictly for bass, and I suffered the crazy pricing

on these low-power dinosaurs due to demand

for BassMans by tone-freak geetards.

 

I sold the last of the three heads last week. Not

that I've abandoned tube heads. I still have the

Peavey Rock Master, a MM HD-130, and an

Eggbeater Rebel 20 ....

 

I don't care at all about the nature of the preamp

distortion in these heads. Thaz for geetards. All

I care about is power tube saturation. I'll put my

own bass-friendly EQ-pre into the FX shunt and

not even drive these heads' onboard pre-amps

to anywhere near major distortion. The MM HD

doesn't even have a tube pre .... it's a SS pre,

followed by a 4-tube power stage.

 

I think the MM head will soon follow the Fenders.

The nature of tube amp bassing is such that the

value of names like Fender or MM is [for me]

best liquidated. The Peavey has a 4-tube power

stage as well, and thaz the only spec that really

matters for me. The voicing of the gain stages

comes mainly from my Aguilar DB924 outboard

pre-amp, so the "native voice" of these heads

is irrelevant anywaze. All I care about is 4 fully

heated power tubes and 10lb of copper coils.

 

 

 

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I just read that you can blend the two channels on that puppy! Very cool! Looks like you could dial in alotta different tones on that amp.

 

True with the blending. The foot switch also works to make that easier. The fan motor is running great. I played the amp for about 3.5 hours straight yesterday, and it was fantastic. No revving noises, or loud sounds from the fan motor. [thumbup]

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The fan motor is running great. I played the amp for about 3.5 hours straight yesterday, and it was fantastic. No revving noises, or loud sounds from the fan motor. [thumbup]

 

Good news there! How'd the basses sound? Is it a keeper?

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No doubt about hanging on to this one. Sounds are very good. No issues with the fan motor.

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I like the sound I get out of vintage Acoustic amplifiers, but it sure weighs a lot.

 

The Acoustics from the late 60's, early 70's were monsters. They were built like brick #%^! houses. They also sounded great. A friend had an Acoustic 361, an outstanding amp. He was running an EB0 through it.

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The Acoustics from the late 60's, early 70's were monsters. They were built like brick #%^! houses. They also sounded great. A friend had an Acoustic 361, an outstanding amp. He was running an EB0 through it.

 

That's a classic combination. I currently have a 370 running through a 408 cabinet for LOUD and a 126 combo for not quite so loud. The late '70s versions weren't a step down, either.

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Last week I played an SG Std. bass through an Acoustic 200, at a GC. It sounded very good. [thumbup]

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