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I am an attorney by day, but that's really just my "backup gig" in case this whole "musician thing" doesn't work out. ;^) I was been blessed with the opportunity to write freelance reviews for Guitar World's Bass Guitar Magazine, and I contributed regularly from the Spring of 2006 up until Bass Guitar Magazine's demise. This was, in itself, a dream come true, and an opportunity for which I am truly grateful. But this was a stepping stone to bigger and better things, and I am now the Editor-in-Chief of Bass Gear Magazine ( Our first issue came out in August of 2008, and we are now the leading bass review magazine, worldwide. Of course, on the topic of my true blessings, I have a wife and two kids, all of whom I greatly adore, so my time for music/bass/songwriting/performing, and yes, even the occasional practicing, is not infinite. Nevertheless, I really enjoy my time spent playing bass, writing and recording songs, and just getting to "play" with all that great gear! This blog is a result of these external interests...

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Bowlus Bass Borg (gear in the 'collective')


Acoustic Image Clarus SL
Aguilar DB 750
Ampeg Micro-VR (two)
Ampeg PF-500 (possibly for sale/trade)
Ampeg PF-50T
Ampeg SVT ('74)
Ampeg SVT-7Pro
Ampeg SVT-8Pro (USA-made)
Ampeg V-4B ('75)
Ampeg V-4B ('14)
Ashdown Labs Superfly
Bergantino B|Amp
Carvin B1500
Carvin BX500 (possibly for sale/trade)
Darkglass Microtubes 500
Darkglass Microtubes 900
Demeter Bass-400
Demeter VTBP-M-800D
EA iAMP 200 (possibly for sale/trade)
EA iAMP 350 (possibly for sale/trade)
EA iAMP 500 (possibly for sale/trade)
EA iAMP 600 (possibly for sale/trade)
EA iAMP 800 (possibly for sale/trade)
EBS Reidmar (possibly for sale/trade)
EBS Reidmar 750
Eden VT-300
Eden WT-405
Epiphone Valve Jr
Fender 800 Pro
Fender 400PS (getting refurb'd)
Gallien-Krueger 700RB-II
Gallien-Krueger 2001RB
Gallien-Krueger Fusion 550
Gallien-Krueger MB200
Gallien-Krueger MB500 (possibly for sale/trade)
Gallien-Krueger MB800
Gallien-Krueger MB Fusion 800
Genzler Magellan 800
Glockenklang Bass Art Classic
Glockenklang Blue Soul
Glockenklang Heart-Core (possibly for sale/trade)
Hartke HA5500 (for sale/trade)
Hartke LH1000
Hughes & Kettner B.A.T.T (possibly for sale/trade)
Markbass Big Bang (possibly for sale/trade)
Markbass Classic 300 (possibly for sale/trade)
Markbass F500
Markbass LMII
Markbass MoMark (3 systems; for sale/trade)
Markbass Studio Pre 500
Mesa/Boogie Bass 400
Mesa/Boogie D-180
Mesa/Boogie WalkAbout (three)
Mesa/Boogie Fathom (M6 Carbine)
Mesa/Boogie Titan V-12
Mesa/Boogie Prodigy
Mesa/Boogie Strategy
Mesa/Boogie Subway D-800
Mesa/Boogie Subway D-800+
Music Man Audiophile HD-500 (possibly for sale/trade)
Orange AD200B/MK3
Orange Terror Bass 500
Peavey Classic 400
Peavey MiniMega
Phil Jones Bass M-300 (for sale/trade)
Phil Jones Bass M-500
Reeves Custom 225
Reiner Studio 1200
Reiner VHF700
Sadowsky SA200
SWR Electric Blue (modded to Baby Blue II specs; possibly for sale/trade)
TC Electronic BH250
TC Electronic RH750
TecAmp Puma 900
Trace Elliot AH1200SM
Trace Elliot ELF
Trace Elliot Twin Valve
Trace Elliot V8
Trace Elliot VA400
Trace Elliot V-Type 600H (possibly for sale/trade)
Traynor YBA-200 (possibly for sale/trade)
Traynor YBA-300
Trickfish Bullhead .5k
Tube Works RT-2100-ES (for sale/trade)
Walter Woods Ultra


Acoustic Image Flex Pre
Aguilar DB659
ART Tube MP Studio
Demeter HBP-1
Demeter VTBP-201 (possibly for sale/trade)
Demeter VTBP-201s
EBS MicroBass II (possibly for sale/trade)
EBS ValveDrive (pedal)
Eden Navigator
Fender TBP-1 (possibly for sale/trade)
Gallien-Krueger PLEX
Hughes & Kettner B.A.T.T (possibly for sale/trade)
Hughes & Kettner Tubeman (possibly for sale/trade)
ISP Technologies Beta Bass Processor (possibly for sale/trade)
Jule Amps Monique
Kern IP-777
Mesa/Boogie Subway Bass DI/Preamp
Millennia TD-1
Peavey TMP-1
Phil Jones Bass Buddy
Phil Jones Bass P-1
PreSonus TubePre
Radial Bassbone (possibly for sale/trade)
Radial Bassbone V2
Raven Labs MDB-1
Skjold Pro Sound prototype tube preamp (two; possibly for sale/trade)
Stewart UDP-1a (two; one for sale/trade)
Summit Audio TD-100
The Low End custom 2-channel 12AX7 True Voice (table top)
Trace Elliot Transit-B
Trace Elliot TVT9 (guitar preamp, but sounds great on bass!)
Trace Elliot V-Type Pre
Tube Works Blue Tube (rackmount)
Warwick Jonas Hellborg Preamp

Power Amps:

Acoustic Image Focus SA
Aguilar DB 728 (tube amp)
Ashdown PM 600 (for sale/trade)
Crest CA9 (three; two possibly for sale/trade)
Crown XLS 602
Demeter Minnie 800D
Demeter VTHF-300M (tube amp)
Eden WT-1000
Mesa/Boogie M-190 (tube amp; possibly for sale/trade)
Phil Jones Bass M-5000
Stewart World 2.1 (possibly for sale/trade)
Trace Elliot VR350 (tube amp)
Warwick Jonas Helborg MP 500


Accugroove Tri 208 (for sale/trade)
Accugroove Tri 115L (possibly for sale/trade)
Accugroove Whappo, Jr. (possibly for sale/trade)
Acoustic Image Flex Cab
Ampeg B-40 ('75)
Ampeg PF-115HE (possibly for sale/trade)
Ampeg SVT-210AV (four)
Ampeg SVT-212AV
Ampeg SVT-810E
Ashdown Mini15 (two; for sale/trade)
Ashdown Mini48 (two; for sale/trade)
AudioKinesis Changeling 112T (two)
AudioKinesis Hathor 1203 (two)
AudioKinesis Hathor 1855
AudioKinesis TC112AF
AudioKinesis TC115AF (Wide Body)
Azola Super Wizzy 2x12 (two; possibly for sale/trade)
Baer Amps ML-112 (two)
Bag End D12-D
Bag End S12E-C (blemished; for sale/trade cheap)
Bergantino custom 1x15 sub's (two; for sale/trade)
Bergantino custom 3x8
Bergantino AE112 (two)
Bergantino AE210 (two; one possibly for sale/trade)
Bergantino AE410
Bergantino CN212
Bergantino EX112 (possibly for sale/trade)
Bergantino EX115
Bergantino HG310 (two)
Bergantino HD212
Bergantino HS210 (possibly for sale/trade)
Bergantino HS410 (possibly for sale/trade)
Bergantino HT110 (two)
Bergantino HT112 (possibly for sale/trade)
Bergantino HT112 ER (two)
Bergantino HT115 (two; possibly for sale/trade)
Bergantino HT210 (two; possibly for sale/trade)
Bergantino HT310 (two; possibly for sale/trade)
Bergantino HT322
Bergantino IP112 (powered cab w/ DSP)
Bergantino IP153 (powered cab w/ DSP)
Bergantino IP212 (powered cab w/ DSP)
Bergantino IP310 (powered cab w/ DSP)
Bergantino NV115 (two)
Bergantino NV215
Bergantino NV412
Bergantino NV610
Carvin LS1503 (two)
Demeter 1x12 (fliptop)
Demeter 1x12 (non-fliptop)
EA iL-110
EA NL-210 (two)
EA NM-410 (possibly for sale/trade)
EA VL-108 (two)
EA VL-110 (two)
EA VL-208 (three; one 4-ohm)
EA Wizzy (two; possibly for sale/trade)
EA Wizzy 10 (two)
fEarful 15/6/1
fEarful 12/6cube/1
Gallien-Krueger Neo112-II
Gallien-Krueger Neo212-II
Gallien-Krueger Neo410 (possibly for sale/trade)
Genzler BA12-3 (three)
Genzler BA12-3 SLT
Glockenklang 6-Box (6x10; two; one for sale/trade)
Glockenklang Double (2x12; two)
Glockenklang Duo (2x10)
Glockenklang Duo Wedge (2x10)
Glockenklang Space Deluxe (1x12)
Glockenklang Take 5 (4x10)
Hartke VX810 (for sale/trade)
Hevos Midget (4 ohm)(possibly for sale/trade)
ISP Technologies Bass Vector 115 (1,000w powered cab)(possibly for sale/trade)
Markbass CL108 (possibly for sale/trade)
Markbass NYC 604 (two; possibly for sale)
Mesa/Boogie Diesel 4x10 (Deep version)
Mesa/Boogie Diesel Powerhouse Jr. (1x12, 4x8)(possibly for sale/trade)
Mesa/Boogie Diesel 2x15 EV
Mesa/Boogie Powerhouse PH210
Mesa/Boogie Powerhouse PH212
Mesa/Boogie Powerhouse PH610
Mesa/Boogie Scout 1x12 (three)
Mesa/Boogie Subway 112 (two)
Mesa/Boogie Subway 115
Mesa/Boogie Subway 210
Mesa/Boogie Traditional Powerhouse PH410
Mesa/Boogie Traditional Powerhouse PH810 (possibly for sale)
Michael Arnopol Soundworks MAS-210Flex
Michael Arnopol Soundworks MAS-66/110
Music Man HD-210 (possibly for sale/trade)
Music Man HD-212 (possibly for sale/trade)
Orange OBC-410
Orange OBC-115 (two)
Orange SP410 (neo drivers)
Orange SP212 (neo drivers)
Orange SP210 (neo drivers)
Patterson Audio/LDS 2x8's (two, 2-way) (possibly for sale/trade)
Peavey 1820 (for sale locally)
Phil Jones Bass 4B (two; for sale/trade)
Phil Jones Bass Neo-Power 8B (two)
Phil Jones PB-300 (250w powered 6x5)
Reeves 4x10 (sealed)
Sadowsky SA210
Sadowsky SA410 (two)
SWR Henry the 8x8 (for sale/trade)
TecAmp S212 Classic
Trace Elliot 4052H (4x5 "Bright Box")
Trace Elliot 1048H (possibly for sale/trade)
Trace Elliot 1153 (two)
Trace Elliot 1524
Trace Elliot 2103H (possibly for sale/trade)
Trace Elliot 1x10 (two; one with tweeter; possibly for sale/trade)
Trace Elliot custom 1x12 (made by Steve Azola from the cab portion of a Twin Valve Combo)
Trace Elliot ELF 2x8 (two)
Trace Elliot ELF 1x10 (two)
Trickfish Small Mouth 210 (two)
Wayne Jones 2x10 (two; possibly for sale/trade)
Wayne Jones WJ110 pair (one powered, one slave)
Yamaha BBT110S (two; possibly for sale/trade)


AER amp one
Ampeg B-15N ('66)
Euphonic Audio iAMP 350 Combo (1x10)
Fender Bassman TV 12
Fender RAD Bass
Ibanez Promethean P5210
Mesa/Boogie WalkAbout Scout 1x12 (three)
Phil Jones Flightcase BG-150
Phil Jones Roadcase BG-800
Pignose B-100v (1x15)
SWR Baby Blue II
SWR Super Redhead
Trace Elliot BLX 150 (for sale/trade)
Trace Elliot Twin Valve Combo (two; one 1x15 and one 1x12)

Electric Basses:

AC Guitars Recurve Type-S 5
AC Guitars Graft Finn 4 (possibly for sale/trade)
Acoustic Black Widow
Alpher Cobia 4
Aquilina Shelby 5
Aria Pro II ZZB Custom
B.C. Rich Warlock (USA Custom; for sale/trade)
Carvin SB4000 (possibly for sale/trade)
Carvin PB5
Celinder J-Update 4
Celinder J-Update 5
Celinder Vintage Precision 4
Curbow Custom Jazz 5 Fretless
Danelectro Baritone (possibly for sale/trade)
DeArmond Pilot 5 Deluxe (w/ upgraded electronics)(possibly for sale/trade)
Dingwall Afterburner 4 (NAMM prototype)
Dingwall D-Bird
Dingwall Z3
Drake Model 7 (4-string)
Drake 32" Scale J-Bass
Epiphone El Capitan
Epiphone Viola Bass
F Bass BN4
F Bass BN5
F Bass Studio 5
F Bass VFP4 (possibly for sale/trade)
F Bass VF5
Fender Mod Shop Jazz Bass
Fender Steve Harris Precision Bass
Fender Jazz (1973)(possibly for sale/trade)
Fender Precision (1974)(possibly for sale/trade)
Fender Hollowbody Precision A/E (MIJ; with upgrades)
Fender Power Jazz Bass Special
Fibenare Globe 5 Bolt-On
Fodera Emperor 5 Standard
Fodera Monarch 4 Custom
Gibson Explorer
Gibson Thunderbird IV
Gibson Thunderbird Nikki Sixx Signature (possibly for sale)
Gibson SB Standard Bass (possibly for sale)
Gibson Grabber II (Limited Edition; possibly for sale)
Gibson Victory Custom
Gold Tone M-Bass25
Gretsch 5123B Electromatic (possibly for sale/trade)
Groove Shoppe 5 (custom)
Guild Pilot
Ibanez ATK750KOA
Ibanez USA Custom ATK 4-string (possibly for sale/trade)
Ibanez Mikro
Ibanez Road Star II DB 680 (possibly for sale/trade)
Jerzy Drozd Excellency V (possibly for sale)
Journey Instruments OB660P1 Carbon Fiber Acoustic Bass
Kala Acoustic-Electric U-Bass (solid mahogany; fretless)(possibly for sale/trade)
Kala Solid Body 5-String U-Bass (fretless)(possibly for sale/trade)
Ken Lawrence Associate 5 (possibly for sale/trade)
Kinal Kompact S (solid body; short scale)
Lakland Skyline 44-64 Custom (fka Duck Dunn Signature Model)
Lakland Skyline DJ-4 (Aero pickups)
Lotus 4-string (my first bass!)
Marleaux Consat 5 (neck-through)
Marleaux Consat 4 RTW
Marleaux Consat Soprano
MTD 435-24 (mahogany/quilted maple/maple/ebony)
MTD 535-24 (chambered alder/water cured redwood/maple/blistered ebony; Marilyn #3)
MTD 535-24 (makore body, ebony tope, flamed ash & white wenge neck, birdseye maple board)
MTD Saratoga 4 (alder body, maple neck, birdseye maple board)
Nordstrand 'Nordy' vJ5 (alder/rosewood)
Nordstrand 'Nordy' vJ5 (ash/maple)
Pedulla MVP4
Pedulla Nuance 4-string
Pedulla Pentabuzz (possibly for sale/trade)
PRS Electric Bass
Reverend Rumblefish XL
Rob Allen Mouse 30 (fretless)
Sadowsky P/J 5
Sadowsky Will Lee Model 4-string
Schecter Stiletto Diamond Series 8-string (for sale/trade)
Skjold Custom 5
Skjold Exotic Custom 4
Skjold Exotic Custom 5 (fretless)
Skjold Lion's Pride 5, Type A
Skjold Lion's Pride 5, Type B
Skjold Skjoldslayer 4 (with bottle opener!)
Skjold JP Zia 5
Smith Creek Mandolin Christopher DBG
Squier VM Precision TB
Squier VM Telecaster Bass Special
Squier by Fender '62 Jazz Bass Reissue (1983, early CIJ)
Sterling by Music Man Ray34CA
Tobias (Burbank era) Basic 4, #1992 (possibly for sale/trade)
Tobias (pre-Gibson) Basic 5, # 766 - Jimmy Haslip model
Tobias Killer-B 4, #2019 (possibly for sale/trade)
Tom Clement 4-string (fretless)
Wilkins Cheyenne 5
Wyn 5-string
Yamaha BB2025x (possibly for sale)
Yamaha TRBX504

Upright Bass:

1950's Kay C-1, with Barbera Bridge Transducer pickup


Blogger John said...

Hey Tom-
I'm glad you are putting all your gear experience into a blog. I just can't believe I'm the first to post a comment. First guy to the party. Well I like hearing your thoughts on gear because of your bass choices. I'm mainly a vintage sort of guy and I had a Gibson Ripper that I loved, but finally sold because i have never gotten comfortable with Gibson necks.

I wouldn't mind hearing you opinions between the two aggie preamps with the 728. I had a 680/728 combo for a while. I sold the 680 and the 728 is still on consignment at Bass Emporium. I'm thinking about taking it off the market and getting another tube pre to match it. I don't really need all the EQ features of the 680 and I would like to find something cheaper and lighter like the 659. Or something completly different.What do you think?

John Thomasson AKA masmasbasso

4:09 PM  
Blogger Tom Bowlus said...

Thanks for posting, John! I really need to get this blog in order, but I'm kind of new to the "blog thing", and I'm rather busy!

So far, I have only gigged out with the 659 into the 728, and I really loved this combination, especially after I played around with the preamp tubes in the 659 and settled on NOS Telefunkens. The mids improved dramatically over the Sovteks that were in it when I bought it (used). I have also driven the 728 directly from my Chandler Tube Drive, and this may be some of the best tube tone I have heard yet! Well, except for the DB 359, which is my current top dawg in the tone department.

4:16 PM  
Blogger bassthumpa said...

Holy crap dude, running out of space indeed! Tell ya what, how about you let me lift a few of those "burdens" from ya... and I won't even charge you! ;)

1:59 AM  
Blogger Alan said...

I am also an attorney bass player.

Your blog is really going to help because it is clear evidence that, in comparison to you, I am a piker. I have a few basses from the sixties decorating my living room wall which my wife is reasonably gracious about but she occassionally gripes about the equipment.

7:36 PM  
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1:48 AM  
Blogger Vernon said...

Hey Tom,
I'm looking for a new pre and I saw that you have a pjb P-1.I would be racking this with a ca-9
push an El Whappo and tri 210L.
I would appreciate your thoughts.

10:21 PM  
Blogger Tom Bowlus said...

Hey, Vernon, thanks for stopping in!

Yes, the P-1 would pair up fantastically with the CA9. In fact, the CA9 is definitely my preferred amp for driving an El Whappo, and the P-1 is one of the finest preamps I have tried. This would be a killer rig, IMHO.


10:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Tom,

First, thanks for all the help you've been to us curious bassists who don't have your gear-acquiring superpowers, both on TB and with your blog - I always appreciate your honest and well-thought observations.

Once you clear some space for more additons to the collective, might I make some selfish suggestions...I'd really like to hear your thoughts on the new Series 2 Epifani UL410 cabs (as I just bought a used SA200, but can't find any SA410 cabs for it anywhere, and I'm wondering how the Epifani would match it). And, I'd LOVE for someone to get their hands on a Phil Jones T-500! I wonder if Phil's loaded one of his folded-horn cabinets with neo-drivers yet (...mmm...folded horns) - that's my money's-no-object dream rig!

Best Wishes,
Brendan (Erkindanger!)

12:27 AM  
Blogger Tom Bowlus said...


IME, Epifani cabs in general, and especially the UL series, have not sounded their best with tube power. I have not tried the UL2-410 with a tube head, though, so it might be the exception to the rule. But I doubt it.

If you are looking for a substitute for an SA410, then I heartily recommend the Bergantino HS410. I am in love with this cab, and it most definitely excels with tube power.


12:20 PM  
Blogger Michael Boehm said...

I guess it could go on forever if people asked you to ab all the gear they are interested in.

I am playing an Alembic excel and just got a Schroeder 12+L cab. I am thinking of getting a Markbass LMK II for a DIY portable combo. I notice you dont have any Schroeders (I love this cab) and wonder why, also if you think that combo makes sense. I play rock and like a sound with clear crisp presence, and a lot of low mids for growl.



PS Let me know if you want to sell the markbass...

8:43 PM  
Blogger Tom Bowlus said...

I have tried and used numerous Schroeder cabs in the past, and they just aren't my thing. That combo may work well for you, though.

3:24 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

Hi Tom,

Wow! You have quite the collection.

I am interested in your two Bag End S18E-C's if you still have them. I already have a M2 integrator so I don't really need that. Would you be willing to ship?

Look forward to hearing back. Thanks.

7:10 PM  
Blogger Tom Bowlus said...


Yes, I would sell them without the ELF processor, and yes, I would ship. Drop me a line at


10:42 AM  
Blogger Jaime said...

Hello Tom,
Thanks for the 112 shootout and the Bergantino IP series review. I've been playing solid state for years and got the inkling to run a vintage tube 67' Fender Bassman through my Berg NV610 in an attempt to solve some crazy frequency problems in a particular venue (Nimbus Brew/pub) here in Tucson. I was also trying to avoid having to haul my 100 lb rack setup. A terrible hiss was generated from the head as a result, and at full power there was not enough volume. However, adding my Avalon U5 DI between me and the amp generated a sound I've had been searching for for years. I have no idea why this works, but now I've got the smooth tube sound of the Bassman coupled with the clean control of the U5. Would you have a clue as to why this is working? I mean I only have to turn the volume up on the tube amp to 2, as long as I've got the U5 in line. It's as though the U5 is acting like the amp and the Bassman as a second pre other than the J-Retro on board my Jazz. Almost no hiss is detectable while leaving a huge amount of room to turn up on the Bassman. I'm worried I might hurt the NV610 in some way. That is question number one.
Here's question number two. Although I don't know if I could ever bring myself to sell the Berg NV610, I'm looking to lighten my load. I'll eventually try the IP series, but for now I feel more comfortable tubed, and I feel more in control with old hard wired amps. If something goes wrong and I have to fix something, I feel better when I have at least a fighting chance of understanding the technology - it's the curse of being an engineer by training and electrical/mechanical isn't my specialty. And so, if you have the time I'd like to know what you think about substituting the NV610 with an AE112 and an AE110 or perhaps just two AE112's.
I believe I'd be sacrificing some watt capacity, but I keep thinking these configurations would be an adequate substitute for the NV610 even though the 610 is a sealed/non-tweetered cab. As soon as I plucked the first note through the NV610 I was in awe over its thumpy yet controlled clarity, and I may not want to sacrifice that for the ported/tweetered AE setups that I mentioned.
So there you have it. Any possible help would be forever appreciated as there are no retail berg distributors within 800 miles of me, and I'd like to have a better idea of what to expect before I send cash money into cyberspace. Based on your blogs I trust your ears. Peace.

6:48 AM  
Blogger Ken Hanson said...

Hi Tom,

I thought I'd say hello. I've owned a bit of equipment myself and its gratifying to see someone that makes me look like an amateur.

I've recently purchased the Hellborg system and I also own the Heart Core Head and a Quatro from Glockenklang. I am having a little bit of a challenge getting used to the Hellborg stuff. It is distinctive for sure. I haven't played out with it yet, that test will happen at the end of the week.

I notice that you don't own any of the Schroeder cabinets or any Epifini Heads. I'm curious. Do you have any opinions of either.

Also, I notice you own the Glockenklang Tedd. Do you have any opinion of the Uno Deluxe?

Hope all is well.

Ken Hanson
Milwaukee, Wi

5:56 PM  
Blogger Tom Bowlus said...

You have some nice gear, for sure!

As for Schroeder cabs, I have owned some in the past, and I have tried more than a dozen models from Jorg, but they really are not my cup of tea. I prefer a more accurate, clear, full-range tone.

9:04 PM  
Blogger Bobby said...

Hello Tom,
Beautiful collection!
I am searching for a super clean Trace Elliot VA400. Or Trace AH500 Series 6 heads. (No SMX) Any thoughts? I have a NEW Marcus Miller M2 preamp and a Crown XTi Amp. Willing to swap.
I think I have owned just about everything cool out there in the last 15 years and I keep going back to my Status basses, Wal, Trace Elliot w/ SWR cabs. (A victim of the Mark King 80's I guess)! lol!
Any ideas? would you part with your VA? Or please keep an eye out for me in your travels for one?
My band is billy's gone... check out if you ever have a moment.
Thank you for your time and all of your information over the years!

Best regards,

11:48 AM  
Blogger Edo said...

Hi Tom
I don't know if you're selling any of your Raven Labs gear but if you are and still have them, I would LOVE to take them off your hands.

Please let me know

12:53 PM  
Blogger Tom Bowlus said...

I do still have those units, but I am not looking to get rid of them. Sorry.

1:13 PM  
Blogger Murray said...

Hello Tom,

I came across your blog in my internet search an INTERSOUND IVP and noticed that in a recent posting, you had this item on a gear list for sale. I would like to know how much you want for it and if you would be willing to sell it to me. I am in Montreal, Canada and I realize that a transaction like this might be a hassle. But alas, I can't find this thing anywhere. I have a pay pal account if that helps at all. Please let meknow.

Thank You,

7:28 AM  
Blogger Murray said...

Hello Tom,

I came across your blog in my internet search an INTERSOUND IVP and noticed that in a recent posting, you had this item on a gear list for sale. I would like to know how much you want for it and if you would be willing to sell it to me. I am in Montreal, Canada and I realize that a transaction like this might be a hassle. But alas, I can't find this thing anywhere. I have a pay pal account if that helps at all. Please let me know.

Thank You,

7:32 AM  
Blogger rob755 said...

Hi Tom, Hope you can field another question for me. I am a longtime guitarist/keyboard guy now a new bassist working about every weekend. I have very little experience with bass amplification equip. I have been using a LMII and obviously it's a nice little head, but I recently built one of greenboy's fEarful 15/6 and now a gb 15Sub as well. Both enclosure have Kappalite 3015LF's and wanting more headroom for them just picked up an Ampeg SVP-CL (from "Chef" over at TB., and a used QSC PLX-3402. I just gigged last night with it and was absolutely "plastered" up against it, so really don't have much of an overall opinion yet. Just noticed in your gear listing you have no QSC products. Mind to share your thoughts on the PLX series as far as bass amplification? I do like the LMII alot, but did notice at an outdoor gig I wanted more power avail. How about the newer higher power MBass stuff? Any opinions? Thanks for ay thought you will share. Best...Rob

5:13 PM  
Blogger Tom Bowlus said...

I owned a PLX 3002 for some time, and did a lot of gigs with it, in fact. But when I started trying some other power amps, I noticed that it was much easier to get what I wanted out of other power amps. My favorite is the Crest CA9, but it is pretty heavy. If you want to go lightweight, I have had better luck with a Stewart World 2.1. In theory, if you gain match the amps, they are supposed to sound the same. But with a variety of bass preamps, I didn't seem to be able to drive the QSC hard enough to make it equal to the Stewart or Crest. So, I stuck with what worked for me and sold the QSC. Now, if I did not have those other amps, I might have looked into some mods to make the QSC work better with my pre's.


6:36 PM  
Blogger jman said...

looking to purchase a
Fender TNB-110 SPL. CIJ Thinline Hollowbody P bass
any thoughts?

1:27 AM  
Blogger piotr said...

Are you interested to sale Fender Roscoe Beck V ? Mail me:

5:35 AM  
Blogger Robby Lattimore said...

Hey Tom,

How do the Bergantino AE410's and the HS410's compare when handling tube power?

I'm looking to get a Reeves Custom 225... How would that head pair up with the Bergs? Would you suggest getting the Reeves 410 instead?

I'd REALLY like to get a Sadowsky SA200, but they are impossible to find and very very expensive... I've read that the Reeves is somewhat similar in quality and tone.. What do you think?

All of that will be used with various vintage Fenders in my collection.

I'd very much appreciate the help!

Robby Lattimore

2:04 AM  
Blogger Tom Bowlus said...


The HS410 responds better to an all-tube head and is a better sonic match, IMHO. The HS410 is fairly similar to the Sadowsky SA410, which was designed to be run with tube power. The SA410 is a little tighter in the lows, and the mids seem to growl a bit more. The HS410 is a bit more extended in the low range and a bit smoother through the midrange. Both are great with tube heads, but the HS410 tends to sound better than the SA410 with solid state heads.

Now, that Reeves 4x10 is another excellent option. It does not have a tweeter, but it extends pretty high for just four 10" drivers. It is really tight and full at the same time, and it's a strong performer with tube power. The Reeves C225 has a different tone than the SA200, but it is right up there when it comes to superb clean tube tone. The C225 doesn't really do an overdriven tone (the SA200 can dial in some really nice, but not over the top, grit/grind), but man, its clean tone is soooooo good!


8:50 AM  
Blogger Robby Lattimore said...

Thanks Tom,

After your advice, I'm leaning toward the Reeves C225 and 4x10. But I've heard excellent things about the Berg... So thats still an option.

I'm a hired gun, so I need to have a rig that is great of all kinds of styles (jazz, rock, funk, latin, ballads, the works..). Do you think that rig would be a good all-styles type amp?

Also, do you have any experience with Mike Lull basses? I'm on the hunt for a flawless, immaculately built, passive jazz bass. I have the outboard sadowsky preamp on my pedalboard, and I really love how it sounds with passive pickups. Mike Lull has come up a good bit in my hunting, as Sadowsky only makes active/passive basses, and Lakland USA is way too expensive for me. I'm interested in the V4 or UV4. What do you think?

I definitely appreciate your wisdom. It's been a huge help!

Robby Lattimore

12:28 PM  
Blogger Tom Bowlus said...


I think a Reeves C225 with either the Reeves 410 or an HS410 would be a great, great rig. But do I think that it would be a "do anything Jack of all trades?" I'm not sure. It has full, clean, rich, powerful, articulate tone, and you can dial in various EQ'd versions of that tone. But it isn't going to entirely change its stripes. There are other heads which cover a wider range of tonal palettes, but then again, if you love the compelling sound of tubes, the C225 is one of the best out there.

I do not own any Lull basses (yet!), but he certainly builds a great instrument. If you are looking for a flawless, immaculately built, passive J-bass, I strongly suggest that you also check out Carey Nordstrand ( My passive VJ5 Classic is one of my favorite instruments. But Mike Lull is another excellent choice, for sure.


12:36 PM  
Blogger Robby Lattimore said...


I decided to go with a Lull, I'll let you know how it is when I get it!

Amp-wise, I'm looking into the Aguilar DB751 now. What are your thoughts on the amp?

With that head, would you suggest getting a Berg (AE or HS 410) or the Aguilar DB 410? If Berg, which Berg is best?

How does the DB751 compare to the Reeves and or Sadowsky heads? Do you think It would be a better "jack of all trades" rig?

I very very very much appreciate your wisdom!

Robby Lattimore

12:46 AM  
Blogger Dick said...

I'm trying to find a Bergantino HT115. Can you help me find one? Would you sell one of yours?

Athens, GA

12:11 PM  
Blogger Dick said...


Looks like you have too much gear. I'm trying (unsuccessfully) to find a Bergantino HT115 cab for a sweet little rig. Would you sell me one of yours?

Athens, GA

12:14 PM  
Blogger Tom Bowlus said...

I actually use both of my HT115's on a fairly regular basis, so I'm sorry but they aren't up for grabs.

1:12 PM  
Blogger Andrea Nasso said...

Hi Tom, do you still have the Traynor Mono Block B for sale? Thanks, Andre

12:56 PM  
Blogger Tom Bowlus said...

I am sorry, but no. It has gone on to a new owner.

12:58 PM  

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