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Totally outrageous rigs: groovaphonic insanity!


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Tom Schecky Madball Slidey-Chair Capasso and I were just having an e-mail exchange about amps. I came up with an amp suggestion that is really somewhat outrageous. (See below.)

 

I thought it might be fun to post some ridiculous rigs -- not your "dream rig" per se, but rather something that would be outrageous in terms of size, cost, aesthetics, etc.

 

So, to get the ball rolling, I give you some hi-fi, tubalicious groovaphonics from Manley. Not only might one be able to reach tonal nirvana with this preamp-power amp combo, but it would weigh in at just over 100 lbs. and require almost 10U of rackspace. Bring on the roadies! (And don't forget to get $10K from the bank -- ideally from your own account! :D )

 

VOXBOX -- 21 lbs. of all-tube preamp, baby! (MSRP = $4K)

 

-plus-

 

Neo Classic 500W Tube Monoblock -- 80 lbs. of tube power! (MSRP = $12K per pair)

 

Peace.

--Sweet "All Luv All the Time" Willie

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this should be a fun thread.

 

look in the janurary issue of Bass Player and look for the GINORMOUS amp in the gear section, it's by some Germany company, it's called like the Glockenhymer, lol, its a serious paper wieght.

 

Aguilar amps:

 

Damn, these things are popular, but how can people afford them?

 

C\'mon, do they make these things with their butts?!!

 

What the hell! that\'s more expensive than my whole bass rig??!

 

not really Bass but take a look at these beasts...

 

The drummer in my band and close friend pointed this out. He says it's really over priced, but it would be a great cymbal since it's pre WWII (illegdily) This

 

:)

-BGO

 

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Music is its own reward

 

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Originally posted by Bass_god_offspring:

would be a great cymbal since it's pre WWII (illegdily) This

everything tells me that it is a 1959-1966
That would make it POST WWII
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My entire bass rig was puchased at half the cost of this amp. But this is what happens when your product is trendy lol

Originally posted by Bass_god_offspring:

What the hell! that\'s more expensive than my whole bass rig??!

The drummer in my band and close friend pointed this out. He says it's really over priced, but it would be a great cymbal since it's pre WWII (illegdily) This

:)

As for th cymbal, maybe there are collectors around. I'm not one of 'em; to me, a cymbal is only as good as its playability and at that price it becomes too valuable to risk playing. And if it's that old, it's a thin piece of metal that's been struck and vibrated for over 40 years, and therefore approaching a point where metal fatigue will kick in....

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humm, i didn't read the auction description, but my friend said that it was pre WWII, maybe he read it wrong.

 

something interesting: A lot of pre WWII cymbals were melted down and used for metal armour and such for WWII. thus, many old school cymbals don't exist anymore.

 

interesting.

-BGO

 

5 words you should live by...

 

Music is its own reward

 

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My Band: www.Myspace.com/audreyisanarcissist

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Originally posted by Dr. Sweet Willie:

I thought it might be fun to post some ridiculous rigs -- not your "dream rig" per se, but rather something that would be outrageous in terms of size, cost, aesthetics, etc.

Couldn't we just link a bunch of PJR threads? ;)
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First of all, I apologize for bandwidth gluttony. However, this thread is all about gluttony, so bite me (credits to Erik).

 

If you're going to do it, do it right:

 

Preamp

GML Model 2032 Preamp - $3.0k

http://www.sweetwater.com/images/items/GML2032-large.jpg

 

Crossover

Yamaha D1030 3-way crossover - $1.4k

PICTURE

To divide the line into highs, lows, and subs.

 

THE SUB LINE FROM THE CROSSOVER

 

(2) Crown K-1 Power Amplifer $2.2k each

PICTURE

 

(1) BagEnd ELF-1 Processor $2.8k

PICTURE

 

(2) BagEnd Bassault-R Infra 2x21" subwoofers $8.4k each

http://www.bagend.com/bagend/images/bassault-rsm.jpg

 

THE HIGHS AND THE LOWS

Compressor

 

Tube Tech LCA 2B dual channel compressor - $4.0k

http://www.sweetwater.com/images/items/LCA2B.jpg

Dual channel to separately compressor the high and lows from the cross-over

 

Reverb

Lexicon 960L Dual Channel Processor $21.7k

http://www.sweetwater.com/images/items/960L.jpg

 

Processor

Eventide DSP7500 Dual Channel Ultra Harmonizer $5.0k

http://www.sweetwater.com/images/items/DSP7500-large.jpg

 

HIGHS FROM THE PROCESSOR

(2) Crown K-1 Power Amplifer $2.2k each

PICTURE

(2)BagEnd Q10BX-D 4x10 cabinets $1.3k each

http://www.bagend.com/bagend/images/q10bxd.jpg

 

LOWS FROM THE PROCESSOR

(2) Crown K-1 Power Amplifer $2.2k each

PICTURE

(2)BagEnd S18-D 1x18 cabinets $0.9k each

http://www.bagend.com/bagend/images/s18e-d_sm.jpg

 

HOUSING AND POWER

(3) Furman AR-Pro power regulators $2.6k each

PICTURE

 

House the hold rig in a custom, shockmounted 30-space rackmount $1.0k

 

Cabling $1.0k

 

THE TOTAL BILL (RETAIL) = $82.1k

 

Now, someone call and ambulance and send them to SteveC's house. ;)

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OK, I just saw Jacqo III-X play at the accugroove booth, and he was awesome. But while I was waiting to talk with him, Mark (el Whappo) grabbed a 6 string Knuckle with those weird pickups that GB was into and proceeded to turn my intestines into powder. Never did get to say hi to him.

 

So the Accugroove mega stack would be my insane setup.

"For instance" is not proof.

 

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Now this thread is cookin' with GAS!

 

Originally posted by getz76:

 

THE TOTAL BILL (RETAIL) = $82.1k

Wow. Can we put a Z. Vex Woolly Mammoth in front of all that?

 

Call the TV producers -- Maury's ready to host "Monster Bass Rig". It'll be on between "Monster Garage" and "Monster House".

 

I still like that Manley set-up... :cool:

 

Originally posted by getz76:

Now, someone call an ambulance and send them to SteveC's house. ;)

:D

 

Peace.

--s-uu

 

PS: zeronyne -- You must go back to the AccuGroove booth and say "hi" to Mark. Must. Do. It.

spreadluv

 

Fanboy? Why, yes! Nordstrand Pickups and Guitars.

Messiaen knew how to parlay the funk.

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Here is the Guitarists' from the British band MUSE (who i still can't believe i met :eek: ), Matt Bellamy. He is a serious pedal freak. He loves to turn knobs so much he has his pedals built directly into his guitars!!!!!!

 

Here is his Ginormous rack!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v426/Bass_god_offspring/MUSE_2L2.jpg

You will noticed that there is two of everything, click Here to learn why.

 

Here is his custom Manson guitar, an exact replica would cost you 6,469.68 USD!!!!!!!!!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v426/Bass_god_offspring/chromemanson01.jpg

Click Here to see what exactly is in the guitar.

 

The 7-string custom Manson he uses (around same price) looks like this...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v426/Bass_god_offspring/blackbody.jpg

And if you are wondering what type of electronics are in it? well here's a list and a pic...

Body: Mahogany

Body covering: Matt black

Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan Hot P90

Bridge pickup: Kent Armstrong Motherbucker

Neck: Birds-eye maple, rosewood fingerboard

Special circuit 1: Zvex Fuzz Factory

Special circuit 2: MXR Phase 90

Special circuit 3: Graphtech Ghost acoustic saddles via preamp

Special circuit 4: Roland GK2 MIDI pickup internal kit

Special circuit 5: Zvex Wah Probe

Special circuit 6: Fernandes Sustainer pickup system

Special circuit 7: MIDI strip controller

Special circuit 8: Toggle kill switch

 

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v426/Bass_god_offspring/blackguts.jpg

 

And then the Bassist of Muse's Effects board (though now he has a midi controller like Matt)...

 

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v426/Bass_god_offspring/chrispedalboard03.jpg

 

NOW that's a pedalboard!!!

 

:D

 

Note: the reason i posted all of these pics is to show how amazingly expensive and huge Matt's guitars and racks were, so please fogive the bandwidth.

-BGO

 

5 words you should live by...

 

Music is its own reward

 

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My Band: www.Myspace.com/audreyisanarcissist

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Originally posted by getz76:

I'd feed the entire rig with a Squier P-Bass. ;)

If you're gonna do it, do it right.

 

Feed the whole thing with washtub bass...tuned down to at least a low F# and utilizing and extra-long broom handle.

 

Oh yeah -- don't forget that Z. Vex Woolly Mammoth between the 'tub and the rig.

 

Peace.

--SW

spreadluv

 

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Messiaen knew how to parlay the funk.

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Originally posted by zeronyne:

OK, I just saw Jacqo III-X play at the accugroove booth, and he was awesome. But while I was waiting to talk with him, Mark (el Whappo) grabbed a 6 string Knuckle with those weird pickups that GB was into and proceeded to turn my intestines into powder. Never did get to say hi to him.

 

So the Accugroove mega stack would be my insane setup.

Man...

 

You were there and I din't get to meet you.

 

:(

Just as we take advantage of what is, we should recognize the utility of what is not.

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It's what I make - it's what I play

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Hey......my rigs are not that far fetched !!

 

besides.....I'm in major downsize mode as of late.

PJR

L I E S ! ! !

 

C'mon man, don't let us down. We look up to you for rigs we would never, ever mention to our wives or roadies. :D

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One of the true gear nuts on talkbass has upgraded from Glockenklang cabs to this terrifying Meyer Sound rig:

 

http://www.meyersound.com/products/ultraseries/upa-1p/elements/upa-1p.jpghttp://www.meyersound.com/products/ultraseries/upa-1p/elements/upa-1p.jpg

http://www.meyersound.com/products/ultraseries/usw-1p/elements/usw-1p.jpghttp://www.meyersound.com/products/ultraseries/usw-1p/elements/usw-1p.jpg

 

That's two wide-coverage 1x12" active fullrange cabs and a pair of 2x15" active subs.

 

Total list price: $24,080.

 

I suspect it sounds quite nice.

 

Alex

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Originally posted by jeremy c:

Knuckle_head, looks like I missed you too. I played a Knuckle bass a little at the AccuGroove booth.

 

Next time we'll say hello.

I expect I'll be there in my own booth next winter - please do pop in. I plan on a surprise or two.

 

If Mark has the stock to lend, I hope to have Accu's in the booth so as not to disappoint. ;)

 

Oh, and I got to hear a bag end bassalt at NAMM - amazing what they do to yer innards.....

Just as we take advantage of what is, we should recognize the utility of what is not.

- Lao-tzu

 

It's what I make - it's what I play

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Originally posted by getz76:

THE TOTAL BILL (RETAIL) = $82.1k

 

Now, someone call and ambulance and send them to SteveC's house. ;)

http://images.usatoday.com/life/_photos/2004/2004-03/09-glengarry-inside.jpg

 

$82,000, huh? I'd better call up Bruce and Harriet Nyborg...then I can get finally get on the boards and get my hands on those Glengarry leads! I can do it...

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This strikes me as the ideal rig if you have a roadie (or a large van and no gigs involving stairs):

 

http://www.meyersound.com/products/concertseries/mts-4a/images/mts-4a.JPG

 

"The self-powered, four-way MTS-4A is a fully integrated loudspeaker system uniquely capable of producing extremely high sound levels across the full audio range, lower fundamentals and sub-harmonics included. Powerful yet relatively compact (17 cu. ft.), the MTS-4A offers a single cabinet solution for many applications, often eliminating the need for separate subwoofers and associated electronics. The MTS-4A contains four drivers, four amplifier channels (2480W total peak output) and a four-way, phase corrected active crossover network. Exceptionally rugged MS8xx Series cone drivers handle low- and mid frequency reproduction, with each driver placed in its own separate vented chamber for optimum response and higher combined output levels. The control electronics are optimized to allow the MS812, 815 and 818 drivers to operate together over the critical 60 Hz to 100 Hz frequency band. The combined driver output signals are kept fully in phase for increased acoustic gain, resulting in more powerful bass and drum reproduction, higher system headroom and extended driver life. The 4-inch diaphragm MS-2010 HF compression driver extends high frequency response to 18 kHz, with phase response flat to 12 kHz."

 

Add preamp of your choice. Nice.

 

Alex

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