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Big Road Blues Discussion Forums 2007-09-11T15:12:54+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/feed.php?f=12&t=6425 2007-09-11T15:12:54+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6425&p=63164#p63164 <![CDATA[pros and cons for tube bass amps]]>
On the other hand, two weeks ago we played at a VFW dance in a small town north of here. While we were setting up, two separate delegations came up to the stage to warn us not to play too loud.

In the event, we were asked back...for a lot of bands, it's a one time only because when they're too loud, they don't get invited up there again.

I've gone around the area listening to other bands, and there are two faults, other than using tubes for bass amps: loudness and the "everybody play all the way through every song" syndrome. Didn't their mothers ever tell them they should play **arrangements**? Even in something as superficially simple as the 12 bar blues, tension and release is what makes music.

Again, that's why I play through a solid state bass amp.

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2007-09-11T13:57:50+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6425&p=63157#p63157 <![CDATA[pros and cons for tube bass amps]]> I think you needs to be telling these types..."hmm, more volume boys, I can't hear you at the bar" :wink:

adios,
Lovat


bosco wrote:
>>>Unfortunate that it takes some idiots 20 years to figure this out...if they ever do!<<<
Bosco

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Even though I assaulted my ears in my youth (I raced motorcycles back before silencers were required) I prefer it quieter. I have been in clubs where you could not carry on a conversation at your table -- and, I have to say, the music that was drowning us out was **not** in any way better than the lost talk.

We crank it up a little -- we're a dance band, basically -- but we don't try to fry the audience.

A lot of musicians confuse noise with...ego, I guess. Just like a lot of guitar players can't just play a **song**, they have to play an unnecessary solo on every number.

So that's why I use a solid state bass amp.

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I have been to concerts that were so loud the it made your skin hurt.
You leave with your ears ringing.
People wonder why musicians play so loud. I think it's because they have ruined their hearing from playing too loud.
Bob

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2007-09-10T12:21:06+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6425&p=63099#p63099 <![CDATA[pros and cons for tube bass amps]]> "If it's too loud, you are too old"

That's absolute BULLSH*T and I get so tired of hearing that! I'll be 52 this month and have been to more concerts in my life than the next 5 dolts who recite that cliche' added together. I know volume. And it's fine for a concert in an arena.

A bit off topic, but if your band wants to work, first and foremost you have to keep the club happy...not your fan club.

By that, I mean the bartender needs to hear drink orders and the waitresses need to be able to take orders. And as much as you would like every patron's undivided attention, they still like a little conversation with their alcohol. The minute your volume intrudes on the club's ability to function (and make money) you won't be invited back.

Unfortunate that it takes some idiots 20 years to figure this out...if they ever do!

end of rant.

Bosco

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2007-09-09T12:24:53+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6425&p=63068#p63068 <![CDATA[pros and cons for tube bass amps]]>
We play acoustically, with guitars and my Dobro ('30s Regal, actually) and various other folkie instruments. This time the vocals were amplified and the bass (ordinarily we have a standup bass player, but he's a beginner and can't handle the runs) and the B100R sounded fine at a low level.

Come to think of it, in St Louis last week I played a borrowed bass through a Pignose Hog battery-powered bass amp at a deli jam session. Just loud enough so everybody could feel it but not so loud that the mandolin disappeared.

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Bob

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2007-09-08T16:14:44+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6425&p=63050#p63050 <![CDATA[pros and cons for tube bass amps]]>
We solved the problem of "the bass player's too old" by the simple expedient of starting our own band from a core of the rhythm guitar/singer and then adding a lead player and drummer with the obvious criteria that "they have to be mature" and "we have to get along."

It's nice not dealing with girlfriends/wives [they don't clamor for attention -- they're glad we're occupied in something relatively benign], egos, or idiots. By the time you get to our age, you either pretty much know what you're doing or you've given it up.

Doesn't hurt that we can afford pro gear, either.

Me, I like tubes for g**tar and harp. Otherwise gimme solid state...especially as I know who'll be loading and unloading the damn thing.

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2007-09-08T15:46:48+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6425&p=63048#p63048 <![CDATA[pros and cons for tube bass amps]]> Or "If it's too loud, go home" on & on & on & on.
About tube amps, I like them alot.

Bob

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