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Music Man 65 tube head for bass


Posted on Wednesday, March 22, 2006 - 10:11 am:   

Can anybody tell me if an early 70's Music Man Sixty Five head is suitable for using with a bass guitar?
Steve Kennedy (admin)
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Posted on Wednesday, March 22, 2006 - 06:00 pm:   

It works fine for Bass and was probably designed for Bass use primarily. They added Reverb to make the "guitar" variant but they all work for either. Keep in mind that 65 watts may not keep up with a heavy-handed rock drummer, but it would work for practice, smaller venues or music softer than Ozzy Osbourne!

Posted on Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 02:24 am:   

Thanks for the advice Steve !!!
Steve Pederson
Posted on Friday, March 24, 2006 - 06:21 am:   

I use a 130 watt head (HD130) with a 2x10 (210RH) cabinet for pretty much all of our gigs. I always use the amp on the low power setting (65 watts) with the master volume at 10 and the pre at 4 at the most. This is fine for stage volume and smaller clubs. At medium to large places the bass is also run through the front end PA.

The Music Man amps have tons of head room and the 210RH cabinet is very efficient. The efficiency of the speaker cabinet makes a huge difference. I have a SWR Baby Baby Blue, about 120 watts and a single 10" speaker in a compact cabinet, that can't come close to the MM stuff in sound level.