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Thread: My reality check with the Phil Jones Double Four.

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    I brought the new rig to rehearsal in a large room yesterday and it worked perfectly, it was on 3. It's not a big system, the speaker box is about 20 x 14 x 17 about 24 lbs. and the GK head is very compact compared to the Aguilar. It all fits in my regular size old lady shopping cart.

    When we finished the show on Sunday, I asked a couple of the members of the group who were sitting at the front of the stage if they could here me, I was on stage right third row of four, they said no, so I knew I needed a better rig. I'm looking forward to testing it at the Sept. 26 at the Los Angeles International Ukulele Festival, they will not have a PA system at all.
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    I made a major change today. One of the people on the Talk Bass forum mentioned that he has a Carvin MB15 microbass combo amp (all in one, 15" speaker, 200 watts, $402 total). When I bought the GK & Fender 12" for $820, it was the only small size in the store, and with my knee-jerk reaction to the gig problem, I bought it since none of their 15" were small or light enough.

    I did a little research and the Carvin MB15 will fit my cart, so I called Carvin this morning, boy am I glad I did. I explained my situation to Adam and he told me that Carvin makes the MB15 to order and that they could actually put in a lighter weight neodymium higher powered 15" 4 ohm speaker for $70 more, add an extra handle as well, and they have a 10% off sale, so $493.56 out the door, ready in two weeks, $308 less than I spent, wow!

    Being that it's my birthday today, I jumped on it. I'm returning the GK and Fender today.
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    Please let us know what you think of your Carvin MB15 microbass combo amp. Carvin makes some interesting amps, and I've been eyeing an AG300 for a while now. If I only had a gig to justify buying another amp...
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    OMG, does that mean my D$ is junk lol? Happy Birthday Mike and here's to many more. I'm still still searching out a proper pickup for the Chennell Bass. Perhaps an external preamp. Anyways congrats on the new amp and birthday!

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    Thanks very much all. I'll post my experience with the Carvin. I'm going to use my D4 for rehearsals and small gigs, the Carvin will be used for those larger outside gigs, like last Sunday and uke festival coming up in Torrence on the 26th.



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    Happy berfday!

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    The on going saga; Carvin didn't have a 4 ohm neo, only an 8 ohm, it's 5 pounds lighter than the standard so I went with it, making the amp 200 watts rather than 250. Now I just hope they have it to me before the 26th for my next outdoor gig.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kohanmike View Post
    The on going saga; Carvin didn't have a 4 ohm neo, only an 8 ohm, it's 5 pounds lighter than the standard so I went with it, making the amp 200 watts rather than 250. Now I just hope they have it to me before the 26th for my next outdoor gig.
    Honestly, it's probably better that you went with the 8ohm version instead. You would've never heard a difference between the 200w and 250w, because you're still only using one 15" speaker. However with the 8ohm speaker in there, should you ever need the option, you can buy the 115MBE extension cabinet to utilize the 250w but more importantly have 2 15" speakers, which will make a much larger difference than the 50w would.
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    Thanks OBM, that's exactly what both Carvin and my younger brother told me (he's a self taught sound engineer who used to manufacture speakers). I really doubt that I'll ever want to use a second speaker, and hope this 15" compact amp will do what I need, we'll see on the 26th.

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    Im an experienced bass player and I came to a point that I just accepted that as a bass player I need to haul around a lot of heavy stuff. It's not just watts that count, it's speaker surface as well. I blast 600 watts into two cabinets and that always does the trick. With my uke band I use an ampeg 115 combo which is about 100 watts. I don't understand why you shouldn't be able to go through the pa. As long as there's a di between it it should be the way to go most of the time. In large venues I use my rig as my onstage monitor and use the di out on my top to go into the pa. Or I use my Aguilar tone hammer pre-amp di.
    Good luck with finding the right solution!
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