Roland CB-100
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Roland CB-100

CB-100, Bass Guitar Combo Amp from Roland in the Cube Bass series.

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linkcommander 02/24/2007

Roland CB-100 : linkcommander's user review

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Value For Money : Excellent
It is a 100W transistor amp using COSM modeling technology. The integrated speaker is a 12 ".
We are left with many connections (Line Out, HP additional footswitches, headphones, XLR ...) that is sufficient.
The models are 8 in number:
- Super Flat (original amp delivers the most bandwidth possible)
- Flip Top (Ampeg B-15)
- B Man (Fender Bassman 100)
- TE (Trace Elliot AH600SMX 1048 + 1518)
- Bass 360 (360 Acoustic)
- Session (SWR SM-400 + Goliath + Big Ben)
- Concert 810 (AMPEG SVT + 810E)
Octave Bass (another original amp that simulates an octave).

The amp has a button that changes shape somewhat the sound of each amp model according to which it is applied.
The effects are the number of 5, except the octave: Chorus, Flanger, Auto Wha, Reverb and Delay, Compression plusune quite effective equalization is done in four steps (Bass, low and high mids, treble).
The amp has so many connections and possibilities.

UTILIZATION

The configuration is relatively simple, since there is to choose its simulation and set the EQ accordingly. Compared to the Line 6 LowDown, I like the fact that equalization is indeed what is shown on the front, it is not necessary to its presets in memory.
His level, some models are quite disappointing, as the Super Flat and Trace Elliot, but these aside, the simulations are quite convincing.
A downside, however, I still have not managed to get a preset that works for the distortion and the clean.
The octave is unfortunately difficult to use because not activated by footswitch. It's a shame because it is very compelling.
Manual level, no problem is clear and precise.

SOUNDS

This is an extremely versatile amp, no doubt about it. I play it with a MM Stingray and a Cort Action Bass with a Big Muff and a Dunlop Wha. As I said, I still have not managed to get good sound in distortion, which is quite annoying since I use it regularly, but the clean sound is very convincing, especially on the modeling session or Bass 360. Other models are nice, but it is clear that not all useful (Octaver for example).
Side effects, they are used despite the lack of settings, and they do not sound too synthetic.

OVERALL OPINION

I use deuis a year and a half. I love some simulations, but unfortunately the problem of distortion pushes me to sell it. In addition, this amp may not be suitable at a low to a higher range and has an unfortunate tendency to saturate when you push the volume, giving a very "Rickenbacker" not necessarily unusable.
This is my second amp, a Behringer after he m'apermis to a concert and took the blow without flinching.
Its price / quality ratio is excellent, however, given its many effects, both in terms and in terms of equalization and simulations available.
If I had the choice again, I think I would do if I had the same budget requirements, in my opinion it is hard to beat in its price range.