Re: Tubes for Hartke
- From: "Phil W" <x@xxx>
- Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2008 16:16:57 +0100
On Oct 28, 6:41 pm, "Phil W" wrote:
In my post, I did not mean to bash the Hartke 3500 head! It´s a lot
louder than and less smeary than my Ampeg SVT-3 - and that at about
a half to third of the price! I was rather impressed by the Hartke.
Sorry, Phil! I misread your post. I see now you did indeed say you
were impressed with the Hartke. My bad!
No problem! ;-) I was even so impressed, that I thought:
WHY the heck did I spend so much money on that Ampeg, if a much cheaper
Hartke sounds better for what I want! :-\
Well, what I dislike about the Hartke is the lack of a simple 3 band EQ. I
don´t need a graphics EQ most of the times, I prefer easy access -
especially on stage. Graphic EQs can come in handy, but I just don´t like
them in situations, when I don´t have the time to decide, which out of 3 or
4 bands will do, what I´m after.
This is a big advantage of my SVT-3: 1 knob for volume, 3-band EQ with
switchable mid-frequency, additional 7-band graphic EQ. Usually, I don´t use
the graphic EQ, just the active tone control on my instrument and the 3 band
EQ on the amp.
I certainly wouldn't claim that the Hartke 3500 is the bee's knees of
bass amps, but I found mine to be quite utilitarian, especially for
I´d second that. Not the greatest, but a solid workhorse at the price.
Also, swapping out the tube in the pre made all the
difference on mine. I NEVER used the transistor pre, frankly. It
always sounded like ass to me! LOL
Hmm, interesting! In the 3500a that impressed me so much, I did not like the
"tube" sound and turned up the transistor pre more. ;-)
Maybe, I´ll suggest to the owner to swap the tube...
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