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Porchboard Bass

Postby txbluzman » Fri Nov 10, 2006 9:48 pm

I've been thinking about buying a "Porchboard Bass" and thought I'd ask if any one on this forum uses one.
I know about all the spec's and details of the product but I've never heard any opinons of a user.
Thanks in advance.
http://www.porchboard.com/
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Postby boogiechillun85 » Sat Nov 11, 2006 12:27 am

Oohhhhhh.. I dunno.. $200 sounds way over the top for something you can do just as easily with a piece of wood and $15 at Radio Shack...
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Postby txbluzman » Sat Nov 11, 2006 1:22 am

You're right about that. Thinking about building my own but would like to hear a users opinon.
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Postby Mississippi John » Thu Nov 16, 2006 4:08 pm

Hey there boogiechillun85,

This post is similar to a previous post from me (search "Stomp Box") I built a test model last weekend using two diffiernet pickups - one piezo unersaddle and one stick-on. The undersadle didn't work and the stick-on sound a little think (not enough bass response). I've been meaning to ask you what Radio shack item you're using. Also, is your box (or was it card-board??) hollow? I guess I would like to know if a sound chamber would assist the bass response or if a solid peice of pine is best.

Thanks in advance (and sorry to tak this post in a slightly diffenrent direction). FWIW - I'm sure there is someone on this forum using the porchboard - do a search as suggested above for details.
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Postby dabluz » Sat Nov 18, 2006 4:59 pm

i purchased one recently. construction is ok, made of what looks like medium density fibreboard. it's not fair to be criticle but my experience has been limited with the device. i recorded a demo http://www.soundclick.com/pro/view/01/d ... tent=music

i am actually trying a version of my own using a yamaha tom tom electronic drum head as the sensor. wil post if successful
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Postby txbluzman » Sun Nov 19, 2006 11:36 am

Thanks for the demo Dabluz.
Just a couple of questions if you don't mind.

1.I understand that you recently purchased the device but does the porchboard "appear" to be constructed well enough to withstand the rigors of steady gigin'? I'm worried that it may fall apart with steady use. "Stomping" on the board repeatedly has got to be hard on it.

2. I assume that with a quality amp or P.A. a user should be able to get a variety of tones. You know how the sound quailty changes from gig to gig, or room to room.

Thanks again
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Postby dabluz » Sun Nov 19, 2006 2:46 pm

the construction seems very good. it seems to be quite rugged. i think the material is actually a recycled vinyl product similar to trex deck. certainly seems like the product. so i don't think its going to fall appart.

http://www.trex.com/products/decking/or ... efault.asp

i have plugged it into several types of amplifiers and my PA. the resulting sound seems to be consistantly the same. the design is simple. its a metal bar suspended over a transducer type pickup which when you tap your foot on the bar it contacts the transducer pickup and makes a sound.

http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f142/ ... G_0449.jpg

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Postby txbluzman » Thu Nov 23, 2006 12:58 pm

dabluz,
Thanks for all the info. I've decided to buy one see how i like it. If I don't like it I can always return it. I,ll post my opinon once try it out.

Thanks, you've been a big help.
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Postby deltablues57 » Sat Nov 25, 2006 6:55 am

I have been using my porchboard for several years. Mine is wood not the fiberboard. It sounds great! Listen to Clapton "Mean Old World". I used to use a Microphonr in a wooden box but tended to get feedback. This thing sounds like a bass drum mic'd through a P.A. system. It is an absolute necessity for my delta style blues...Delta
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