And they are warranted for 20 years! Great amps, maybe higher fidelity in some ways than Macs. Similar weight class. They defined the state of the professional art for a while in the 80s.JustinJohn wrote:I believe Jeff Mattson plays the Bryston 4B. Those things cost an arm, leg, several teeth, and an eyeball.
that sure seems like a lot of hoops to jump through, i.e. extra devices in the path!SarnoMusicSolutions wrote:To help make that Bryston work, we've got Jeff playing with the Earth Drive pedal always on and also after the SMS Classic and right before the Bryston, he's got yet a second clipping/warming device I made for him that operates at line level to help reduce the ice-picky-ness of the Bryston. It does work, but even still it's a battle with the Bryston.
I wonder how it would sound for bass. I've only used them in the studio.SarnoMusicSolutions wrote:To help make that Bryston work, we've got Jeff playing with the Earth Drive pedal always on and also after the SMS Classic and right before the Bryston, he's got yet a second clipping/warming device I made for him that operates at line level to help reduce the ice-picky-ness of the Bryston. It does work, but even still it's a battle with the Bryston. Not only a bright amp, but TOO powerful at 400 watts per channel. Definitely out powering what Garcia had using a single Mc2300 channel. The Mc2300 is a very recent addition, like one week ago or so. And don't get me wrong, I LOVE Bryston amps. They're just gorgeous in the studio or they'd be a dream for driving stage monitors or a small PA.
This comment got me looking into power amps, especially the Hypex. They make one that's around 1kw that looks nice for short money. However, I was perusing Craigslist today and came across a QSC CX1202V, which is 700wpc at .05% THD from 20hz to 20khz. Pretty silly power but it's only 21lbs and was only $175! It's the install version, but upon opening it up, I discovered that the circuit boards are all set for Speakon outs and 1/4" inputs. The guy I bought it from had it lying around and wanted to clear out his garage. His gig is installing sound in major football stadiums and such, so I guess a $2k writeoff isn't too bad. He's also got an old Fender Dual Showman 12 cab for cheap that is awfully tempting.SarnoMusicSolutions wrote:Probably amazing on bass. Although these days it seems pretty hard to beat the high end class-D stuff for bass, especially the Hypex and Pascal and Icepower stuff. I don't think anything can touch good class-D when it comes to damping factor and controlling the speaker as needed with bass. This class of amplifiers is the wave of the future, I think. The latest Ncore by Hypex is said to be outta sight. You don't want to clip this type of amp though. So for Jerry style, I say stick with class-AB amplifiers.