Friday, March 6, 2015

Electric Bass Practice Rig for NS Design WAV Bass with Fender Bronco 40

Here is my setup for practicing on the WAV Bass by NS Design.  As similarly described in the previous post, My First Record Player, A New Back Chamber, and Electric Bass Practice Setup, the NS WAV bass is connected into the Fender Bronco 40 amplifier input jack.  The Bronco's headphone jack is connected to the Lepai 2020A digital amplifier with Sound Transformer connected to the output of one channel.  You can play your backing tracks through the Bronco's Aux input where the stereo is mixed into one channel for monaural playback through the Sound Transformer.  Here is what the setup looks like:

Practice Setup: NS Design WAV Bass, Fender Bronco 40, and Sound Transformer
Practice Setup: NS Design WAV Bass, Fender Bronco 40, and Sound Transformer
Playing the bass while fully immersed in the sound coming from the horns is a pretty exciting experience.  This amplification setup appears to be a perfect match for the clean and powerful piezo signal from the WAV bass.  Playing through the Sound Transformer, you can get clean, loud, seemingly effortless sound from this instrument.  The Sound Transformer does not appear to favor or understate particular musical notes no matter what position you are playing on the fingerboard.   The Bronco amplifier lets you try several different classic bass amplifiers.

Here is another view of the Sound Transformer:

Sound Transformer Showing 2" Dust Cap on the Woofer in the Bass Horn
Sound Transformer Showing 2" Dust Cap on the Woofer in the Bass Horn

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