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Audiosprockets Tone Dexter

type: preamp
features: boost switch for solos, bass and treble EQ, sweepable notch filter for feedback suppression, character control, latency less than 1ms, 1/4″ pickup input/high impedance (1MΩ), XLR DI output, XLR mic input with 48V phantom supply (used for training the Tone Dexter)

ToneDexter is a preamp for acoustic guitar, mandolin, violin as well as upright bass. It is designed to “restores the missing body sound to an instrument’s ordinary piezo pickup”. In order to use the Tone Textet, you first play with both a mic and your pickup plugged in while ToneDexter learns the difference between your pickup sound and the mic sound. Then, put the mic away and just use the pickup … but with the sound of the mike, which is digitally rebuilt by the preamp.

www.audiosprockets.com

New York Bass Violin Choir

The NewYork Bass Viola Choir was an interesting band led in the late 1960ies by bassist and composer Bill Lee, who by the way is the father of film maker Spike Lee.

Here’s a TV show footage of this band: “Like It Is” (1972) from “One Mile East” folk opera; featuring N.Y. Bass Violin Choir. Bill Lee, director, composer; Ron Carter, Richard Davis, Milt Hinton, Percy Heath, Michael Fleming, Lisle Atkinson – bass; Consuela Lee Moorehead, piano; A. Grace Lee Mims, vocalist, Al Harewood, drums

 

 

 

 

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New speaker concept from Acoustic Image

Rick Jones, founder of Acoustic Image, has introduced a new speaker cabinet: the upshot. Acoustic Image is best known for their concept of downfiring speakers. This speaker cabinet is the same idea, but reversed: the speaker is upward firing!

I’ve tried this little beast, and what I like best is that it is so small and light. You can even put it in a back pack. But even at this small footprint, the sound is pretty big. And the up firing speaker really helps to hear yourself better.

RobPin angled endpin for double bass

Rob Anzelotti’s new angled endpin design is very easy to use. The RobPin’s key feature is the “Bottom Block Rest” which takes on most of the bass’s weight. This eliminates most of the typical stresses on the socket, bottom block, and pin.

Use: Once you have it adjusted to your preference, you only slip it in and out of the socket when you are packing and unpacking the bass. When detached, it might even fit into the accessory pocket of your bag! The set screw in your socket needn’t even be especially tight. The weight of the bass goes onto the “Bottom Block Rest”, keeping the bracket from turning.

Height and angle adjustment: The RobPin is available with interchangeable rods of different lengths. The angle of the pin going to the floor can be set at 25°, 35°, or 45°. If your endpin is not 10mm, then adapters are available. (If it doesn’t come out of the socket, which is the case for most tube endpins, then you naturally need to remove the holding pin).

Soon available at Lando Music / www.kontrabass-atelier.de.

Eich Amps

Eich B112

Type: combo, single channel
Power Rating: 300W
Drivers: 12″ + 4″ cone
Features: solid state preamp with gain, taste, lo, lo-mid, hi-mid, hi, master volume controls, “mute” switch, DI pre/post, XLR balanced DI out, 1 x effects loop, tuner out, line out, line in
Dimensions: (W x H x D): 44 cm x 45 cm x 35 cm / 17″ x 18″ x 14″
Weight: 14.1 kg / 31.06 lbs
Very lightweight amp. Special version with changed input impedance (piezo-friendly 5 MegOhms) available at www.kontrabass-atelier.de)

T-300, T-500, T-900, T-1000

Type: amp head, single channel
Power Rating: 300W/500W/900W/1000W
Features: solid state preamp with gain, taste, lo, lo-mid, hi-mid, hi, master volume controls, “mute” switch, DI pre/post, XLR balanced DI out, 1 x effects loop, tuner out, line out, line in
Weight: 1,4 kg

Special version with changed input impedance (piezo-friendly 5 MegOhms) available at www.kontrabass-atelier.de)