Since the A1 Packlite Amp came out a few years ago, I'd been using and loving it.
But about a year back I went back to just using two B1s with my Model II.
Got tired or lugging extra things around, and felt that, with the kick gate, I didn't need the extra B1s.
Last year when I quit using them, I thought no one would notice the difference.
Honestly, the band and the audience didn't really notice, or didn't mention it, only I seemed to notice.
But today I used four B1s again at an outdoor gig, and my little 18" Gretche kick sounded absolutely awesome!
Big, fat, round, warm tone, and punch...it wasn't even up that loud, yet I felt surrounded by it.
I'd been missing that warmth all along, but kept telling myself I didn't need it anymore.
But I have to say, that using the extra bass modules feels SO good, and that's what it's all about.
I played better, and I don't really care if the band or the audience noticed.
Bringing along that extra gear only costs me a few more minutes of set up and tear down, well worth it.
I'm just sayin'...it's the little things that make a big difference.
It's a strange phenomenon isn't it? I always use 4 on the side with the bass and drums. My bass player sometimes says he thinks it's fine with just 2 and yet I wouldn't dream of playing a gig without all 4. And I'm not even playing bass or drums, I just like the sound of it.
I only use 1 B1 on my side but I know I'm gonna get another one in the near future, and I have a fantasy in which I get another packlite and 2 more B1's after that. I think just the fact that it's moving more air in those low frequencies helps you feel that thump and just makes it sound a little bigger.
Anyway glad you found your way back to the goodness. It really doesn't take that long to set up. Last night we set up in about 40 min and tore down (loaded into our vehicles) in 30 and that's everything not just the L1's, so the packlite and extra B1's is just a fraction of that. It's worth it!!
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