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Re: Half Space Guitar Power Amps?
I can't resist, Max. So, you think the Mama Bear unit is juuuuust right?
(not too cold or hot...Not too hard or soft)
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From: "max valentino" <email@example.com>
Sent: Wednesday, February 01, 2006 8:28 AM
Subject: Re: Half Space Guitar Power Amps?
> They are nice, Kris....
> At Y2K5 I was running my basses into a D-TAR Mama Bear digital acoustic
> guitar preamp which I had mounted on a mic stand for easy access. The
> Mama Bear is designed for acoustic gtrs with various type of "acoustic"
> pickups (piezos of either ribbon type or coaxial or cermamic, elec
> type piezos or sound-hole magnetics). What it does is compnesates for
> phase stability of these PUs, thus removing the "pickup" sound from the
> signal (rendereing a more acoustic tone), and then allows you to choose
> from 16 "target source" models (from parlor gtrs, various dreads and OM
> size Martin, Traugott, Taylors, Gibsons...even an '24 L5, Macaferri or
> National steels...). The modeling function actually adds the body
> resonance characteristics of these gtrs. Rather than making your guitar
> sound like a Martin D18, it adds some of the mic'd-acoustic
> characteristics of that gtr to your own sound. Of all the modelers I
> tried, it is the one I really like...and even tho it is designed for
> acoustic gtrs, I find it works wonderfully with my acoustic electric
> basses. I was using the MamaBear to tweak the tone of my basses subtly;
> moving to diffrent target models as I looped bits.
> (FWIW...I run the MamaBear in another DTAR preamp ( the Solstice; a four
> input mixer blender) and the DTAR Equinox Parametric EQ...all excellent
> preamps. I prefer them even to my Demeter Tube bass preamp....
> As to Walter Woods....tho' known for HIGH quality (and high dollar) bass
> amps, His amps are also used quite a bit by Jazz guitarists (much as
> Acoustic Image amps are). They offer "audio-phile" quality (both WW and
> AI) sound and massive amounts of headroom (my DTAR/AI set is really a
> compact but high powered PA). Woods amps will run you a couple of
> grand..they sometimes show up used on Ebay for not much less than new
> cost (they hold their value nicely). He has no website...just a phone #
> and answering machine. He bulids the amps himself (one at a time, so I
> have heard..) and builds his own transformers and other components! In
> addition to the price, the bad news is there is a long waiting list (2
> years) for these.
>>Pricey, but they look premo. Max, at Y2K5, what were those things you
>>mounted on stands that you were tweaking?
>>On the topic of botique preamps/poweramps, in the jazz world a lot of
>>guitarists swear by the hand made Walter Woods products...but they are
>>also pricey and their is a HUGE waiting line to get one. The last I
>>he hand built them to order and you order directly from him, but the
>>and guitar amps are apparently out of this world and unbelievably clean.
>>It's sort of like the amp version of what Bob is doing with the
>>Looperlative. Although I think Walter is more known for his bass amps. I
>>don't think he even has a website, just a phone number.