G.A.S. attacks - much further apart, but they seem to get more expensive...
- From: Lynrd <Iamnot@xxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 27 Dec 2010 10:31:24 -0800
I'm pretty lucky. From a gear standpoint, I have managed to acquire
over the years the stuff to exactly deliver *my* tone, reliablely, for
most any volume level or situation, and for the most part, these have
been some sweet deals.
Every once in a great while, though, something will cross my path that
inspires incredible attacks of G.A.S. Th last one was a nearly
fatal...while cruising a used gear store looking for some PA cabinets,
I stumbled upon a dirty, torn tolex, and generally decrepit looking
1966 Ampeg B-15N. Yup, an olde flip top.
No, I don't REALLY need this...I have a low power studio rig already,
as well as an older Bass Pod Pro. Both of these things do a
Crap it's a B-15!! I've only seen one other for sale locally in my
life, and this one is, even for the condition it's in, is priced low.
The shop owner explains that it has a rattle they haven't been able to
find, and since it's a consignment, they haven't really looked at it.
The price is a bit higher than I am comforable just whipping out...so
I reluctantly leave it there...bud did pick up the PA cabinets I
I head home and inventory my gear. Looking at the rack, I have one
was-very-expensive Mic pre-amp that was purchased for a now-completed
project....Odds are good that I will not need such a thing again in
the near term. Unrack it and carry it back down there the next day,
worried some other bass player would have found the prize where I
left it, on display behind a stack of Peavey cabinets, band
instruments, and Drum cases.
Strangely, no one else had found it, so I brought in my bass and
auditioned the B-15. I heard the rattle, but it was definately
mechanical in nature, didn't seem to increase with volume, and the
electronics sounded great. And THE TONE was there. Sure, a modeler
like a Bass Pod can "sound like' thre original...until you play
through the original. This epiphany is why I own a SVT. The Bass Pod
is ok for recording, but it doesn't have the tone or feel when playing
Same with the B-15. Suprisingly loud, it has this rich, round tone
that was SOOO satisfying. In short, it had to come home...I enter
into the negotiations with the guy behind the counter, and get a fair
amount for that old Pre-amp, and a LITTLE off the B-15, then got them
to throw in an old Altec 15" at the last minute. Walked away with
lighter pockets but a new-old B15N.
The rattle, turned out to be loose grille cloth _I had no idea it
could make that much noise. After some travail, changed the worn,
torn, loose stufff for some reproduction cloth and now she just sounds
, well, like no other. A little elbow grease and contact cement on
the Tolex and she's now just looks worn enough to obviously have been
around the block a few times, while still pretty enough for
respectable society. I have a couple sessions upcoming, I believe
we'll try her out and see how she does. I'd like to A/B off of the
B-15 patch on the Bass Pod.
It's been years since my last G.A.S. attack Hope the next one, if it
ever comes, is a s satisfying as this one was...
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