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Gallien Krueger MB115
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Gallien Krueger MB115

Bass Guitar Combo Amp from Gallien Krueger belonging to the MB series.

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kesan-de-kas kesan-de-kas
Publié le 03/28/10 à 13:13
I do not detail the characteristics, it is a great big 200-watt digital markbass and the company (to verify I disassembled) in a 15-Gammell.
Is relatively compact, lightweight for what it is, in short nothing is super portable fart.
Weight, 17 kilograms. And one detail: The speaker is mounted in ceramic, not néodymnium this beast here.

A passive input
1 input active
1 switch Contour
1 switch Horn "horn of acute"
Limit switch 1
Equalo 4 bands
1 Knob Gain
1 knob Boost
1 Master Volume

in terms of outputs: a DI out (untested), a headphone
Bonus an auxiliary input for rocking the Zique or other source without going through the settings preamps &#39;neutral what&#39;.
Well let me turn to the critical part of the review:
The construction of Cab:

It is a well-built cab, all parts of the cabinets are glued and "tight". This is not a bass-reflex, but an opening is present in front of the cabinet. The coating quality is average, it is fine and the finish seems very good to 1 meter! loan, we see the faults of adjustment in the corners, the grid is not metal but plastic is limited. low volume in the apartment example, the grid breaks my c. ... because it vibrates a lot. Group more worries. I advocate the block with little pieces of foam.

I opened, there is no acoustic foam in the cabinet. Former follower of Markbass, I decided to put to increase the burden of low and lower midrange band. Paris stole works and the sound is more "hot" love. It&#39;s worth it. Especially since this is not wood, but rather thin plywood to make a light baffle.
Quality components:

The amp head is ultra lightweight components are to my taste good, you have a digital amp to markbass, nothing new, and the preamp connected by a Gallien Kruger map type computer power section. In short the modern.

The tweeter, honestly it is frankly not great, I plan to replace soon. He plays his role, but it sound too sharp as a group, not super super useful for my taste and it blows a lot. Especially if you play with a low active, one is tempted to push for playing the sharp slap. Nothing bad, but it&#39;s good to know, on the other hand it can be disabled: so good.

The Hp of 15, I checked, there is no clearly marked, not scoring if it is a 8ohms or 4ohms, should therefore take action. Anyway I thought it looks bad. But I&#39;ll let you see my opinion on the lowest ... As mentioned above, this is not a speakerphone in Neodymnium, but rather ceramic. When removing the HP, cab nothing weighs more, a gust of wind and it is down!
To summarize, the construction in general is average, but there is nothing playoffs, nothing daunting and hopeless.


UTILIZATION

The config is simple indeed.

The switches are clear and have their effect. Little reference to the switch "contour" great for the slap, he digs mediums, gives a very defined. I use the volume pot of boost to give the "grain" to the sound of bass, little crunchy overdrive, it&#39;s very subtle but with musicman stingray V, it goes great!

The sound is super wide and "alive". I have nothing to say on that, no galley to agree as a group either. I do not want to speculate too much, but I suspect that the HP ceramic makes the difference in terms of "heat" of living compared to neodymnium clearer, straighter, more direct. Short love

SOUNDS

The sound ... well despite the unbranded HP, etc. without scoring, the sound is great, big broad powerful dynamic, rich in harmonics.

It&#39;s 15 ", but we do not drown in sounds redundant and parasites that affect the overall clarity. I quite literally pierces the mix with my Musicman Stingray and this amp. It&#39;s really aggressive.

I use it for the Funk-Rock and is the tip-top to do that.

If my bass is extremely well defined and not oversized compared to other notes. No imbalance either between different parts of my neck. The attack is spectacular compared to HP 12 "that I used before (Markbass Traveler 121 H).

Another point for an amp of 300 euros, the sound does not answer and I do not need to push the master at 10 to hear me. 3-I already do enough damage with two guitars (on tube amp 100 watts, old MI Music Industry 750, the 15-Gammell also!) And my drummer.

No saturation in the HP so disgusting, no crash sound either. , Just a tweeter sucks when you do a break! merde alors!
I have not tested it with other basses, but I think very seriously that the character of the musicman is much better than my old Markbass respected that I always made the same complaint: they sound too smooth, give always a kind of envelope.

It is a good 8 I put the tweeter bother ...

OVERALL OPINION

Oh yes I&#39;ve tried and owned the stuff before this ... Genz Benz Shuttle, its markbass 450, Mark Little, Mark Little tube ... etc.

What I like least:

Quality of the plastic grid that vibrates, it requires a correction
Quality of the tweeter blowing a lot, we must correct this for twenty euros.
EDIT: I ordered a compression tweeter would have apparently been proven on the combos markbass 121p: the Monacor HT-30 which should fix the breath and sur&#39;aigu side of this tweeter. I will keep informed of the improvement or not. Actual Cost: 17 euros. What reasonable.
No acoustic foam: it is corrected again!
No effects loop
What I like most:

power, punch it, the definition of sound that I did not expect lightness.

Ideal for pubs, bars, hard to repeat, it&#39;s still very robust and rock&#39;n&#39;roll in spirit.
In the end, it&#39;s a purchase I recommend you have a great sound for cheap.
Just think of that base, it is perhaps not excellent. must in my opinion, it add a bit of acoustic foam (I stapled the whole interior of the cabinet with) a good tweeter, small pieces of foam at the corners and fastenings of the gate and Roll! is the best!

I hesitated with the 2x10 version, but I regret nothing, I&#39;ll buy!

I have contacted by mail with the author&#39;s previous opinion is on his return that I decided to buy this combo. Thank you!

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