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Old 15th August 2007
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rockman for bass guitar still any good?

Saw on the 'net a ROCKMAN headphone amp for sale. Good condition like new.
Wondering if those are still any good? Price was under $150.00 Wanna use it
for BASS? Any thoughts? Good or Bad. Will a NEWER unit do the same thing
for a BASS Guitar?
Old 15th August 2007
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Ive never tried the rockman but ive hear the cafe walter headphone amp blows almost everything out of the water. Im not sure if they still make them but people who have them rave about them.
Old 15th August 2007
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Originally Posted by jack steele
Wondering if those are still any good?
Whaddya mean "still"? Those were never any good!

Seriously. I bought one to practice with when I got a three month gig playing bass on a cruise ship. After two weeks I packed it away in storage, never to use it again, it was that bad. It was so bad sounding that I preferred the acoustic (unplugged) sound of a Steinberger bass. Think about that...the acoustic sound of a Steinberger was fuller, warmer, rounder, deeper, fatter -- insert whatever descriptive adjective (or over-used buzzword) you like -- than the sound of that bass plugged into a Scholtz Rockman headphone amp.

(Plus it was less noisey, obviously.)

Horrible, nasty p.o.s.

Originally Posted by jack steele
Price was under $150.00
You realize they were like $75 new, dontcha?
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They don't make the Bass Rockman anymore only the Bass Ace which I haven't used. I believe they were about 150 new. Bass Ace 70.

I have the original Bass Rockman in a rackmount unit and I do use it often on DI bass.

I will use it in the mix depending on the needs. It does thin the sound a little over the straight DI but it does give a fairly realistic amp type of sound. The Rockman has controls to adjust how much it compresses and the brightness etc.
It can be noisy but never had a problem within a mix.

The bass Sansamp will give you similiar control over the sound. Less noisy and better quality build. Different sound though. I use both depending on tone desired.

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