Hartke 1410 Combo
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Hartke 1410 Combo

1410 Combo, Combo per basso from Hartke.

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mooseherman 28/01/2010

Hartke 1410 Combo : Recensione di mooseherman (content in English)

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This is a transistor amplifier. It has your basic 1/4" input, as well as an effects loop send and return. It produces 140 watts, so its respectably loud for its size, which is 25"x17.5"x16". There is a 4 band EQ (low, mid low, mid high, and high) as well as an interesting contour effect. It has switchable compression as well.

UTILIZATION

I think that this amp is pretty easy to use, and beyond that, one can really shape a good sound out of it. The 4-band EQ does a great job of really perfecting the tone that you want, and the compression and contour effects really make for a solid combination. I don't use effects when I play bass very much, so I don't know exactly how well that works.

SOUNDS

I was skeptical about this amp, as it's not a tube amp. I guess the things that hold true for me with guitar amps don't carry over to bass. This amp is pretty cool. It's got a lot of diversity, and it sounds good with a P-Bass, which is my go-to. I've heard about people having problems with hiss on this one. I haven't encountered that. I've managed to go from a really smooth clean, jazzy kind of tone (obviously later jazz that featured electric bass), to a nice solid R&B bass sound. Mostly, however, I go for the rock, and even sometimes add a little crunch with the compression and contour features. Not too much, though. Overall, this amp is diverse enough to satisfy anyone with an electric bass. I would also say, however, that it's hardly the best choice for anyone. If you aren't sure about what exactly you want, or you need one amp to create a variety of tones, then this is a really good choice.

OVERALL OPINION

I'd have to say I like some of the more fat, round tones that this amp has to offer. Mostly I think that the diversity is the best thing about it. I don't like the fact that it's not quite as punchy as I'd like it to be, and I do feel that I'll soon find a tube amp that will replace it for me. I think it's a pretty fairly priced amp. I'd say that if you're playing medium sized venues, don't get this, this is better for rehearsals and home recording. I would definitely recommend to people in those situations mostly.