Group buy of Phil Jones BigHead from EU

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narcdor
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Group buy of Phil Jones BigHead from EU

Post by narcdor » 18 Jun 2017, 18:38

Hey y'all, looking to save some dollars and cash in on the great Euro to AUD at the moment.

Local is good and all, I am willing to take a risk, wait it out, and save $100 off the local $375 price.

Breaks down like this.
BigHead is €167, roughly AUD$245
Shipping is a flat €50, roughly AUD$74

Three units shipped to Melbourne total €551, roughly AUD$810 or $270 three ways (plus local shipping if you're not in Melb). Only three as who wants to crack $1,000 and pay GST/duties right?

So, me and two others then? Hit me up with a PM. No takers in about a week I'll reconsider my options, maybe buy local as there isn't the big saving to be had.
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Re: Group buy of Phil Jones BigHead from EU

Post by Juan Lauda » 18 Jun 2017, 20:42

I've got to say, that's great value. These are seriously wonderful practice amps, not to mention USB input devices for your computer. I bought mine almost two years ago now and would buy another in a heartbeat if I ever lost it. I use it all the time.

The headphone preamp stage for bringing in backing and source tracks is worth the price of admission alone: everything sounds far better through these than from the regular output stage of your iPhone/iPad/mobile audio source. I often use it to listen to movies and TV shows through headphones from my iPad: the quality of music and dialogue is vastly improved.

Not much in the way of tone shaping, but you really don't need it with the BigHead. It amplifies the natural sound of your bass with no perceptual colouring. Needless to say: the better the cans, the better it sounds.

Built like a tiny tank, with long battery life. Great bang for your buck!
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Re: Group buy of Phil Jones BigHead from EU

Post by narcdor » 18 Jun 2017, 21:44

I've only been keeping an eye out for one about two years now, only one has come up and snapped up in minutes, that's saying something. I'll actually be selling my forte if this works out as this does all I use the forte for, is smaller and portable, doesn't need the laptop, and is easier to use with physical controls. I have to see the interface working to be satisfied though.

I'm pretty excited.
Basses: Fender Mustangs, Narcdor Precision, Lindsey Precision, Nash Jazz, Framus Star Bass, EBMM Stingray
Amps: O'Neill B15 copy, Walkabout, Puma 900
Cabs: Ampeg Repro 15, Fender Neo 15
FX: TC Electronic clip on tuner

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Re: Group buy of Phil Jones BigHead from EU

Post by narcdor » 19 Jun 2017, 09:26

One taker pencilled in, one more and we're away.
Basses: Fender Mustangs, Narcdor Precision, Lindsey Precision, Nash Jazz, Framus Star Bass, EBMM Stingray
Amps: O'Neill B15 copy, Walkabout, Puma 900
Cabs: Ampeg Repro 15, Fender Neo 15
FX: TC Electronic clip on tuner

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Re: Group buy of Phil Jones BigHead from EU

Post by BassLine » 19 Jun 2017, 13:50

Great idea. Awesome units. :yep
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Re: Group buy of Phil Jones BigHead from EU

Post by slave » 20 Jun 2017, 09:44

Pm sent narcdor ;)

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Re: Group buy of Phil Jones BigHead from EU

Post by BassLine » 20 Jun 2017, 11:33

Check out Japan websites for prices too.

They'll also run on an external battery pack like the iPhone backup travel batteries. It gets around the slight hum when BOTH the laptop and BigHead are being charged simultaneously. Otherwise it's close to silent.
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Re: Group buy of Phil Jones BigHead from EU

Post by narcdor » 20 Jun 2017, 12:00

Looks like the magic three number has been reached, joy!

Good tip I'll hunt around Japanese sites, my language skills will hamper me but I'll do my best.
Basses: Fender Mustangs, Narcdor Precision, Lindsey Precision, Nash Jazz, Framus Star Bass, EBMM Stingray
Amps: O'Neill B15 copy, Walkabout, Puma 900
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Re: Group buy of Phil Jones BigHead from EU

Post by BassLine » 20 Jun 2017, 14:33

http://pjbjapan.com/product_bighead_top.html
JPY ¥22,500 = AUD $265.

http://global.rakuten.com/en/store/cent ... /10005144/
¥25,380 = AUD $300.

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Re: Group buy of Phil Jones BigHead from EU

Post by narcdor » 20 Jun 2017, 21:08

Bombs away! Will report back when they arrive on the experience and the unit itself.
Basses: Fender Mustangs, Narcdor Precision, Lindsey Precision, Nash Jazz, Framus Star Bass, EBMM Stingray
Amps: O'Neill B15 copy, Walkabout, Puma 900
Cabs: Ampeg Repro 15, Fender Neo 15
FX: TC Electronic clip on tuner

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Re: Group buy of Phil Jones BigHead from EU

Post by drbass » 20 Jun 2017, 21:34

narcdor wrote:Bombs away! Will report back when they arrive on the experience and the unit itself.
Thank you for organising this, Nick, looking forward to this.

Regards,
Michael
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Re: Group buy of Phil Jones BigHead from EU

Post by narcdor » 02 Jul 2017, 21:56

DHL shipping was much quicker than expected, a half beat up box used by thomann which wouldn't keep rain out, but each unit was plastic sealed and it was well padded, so ok fine they all arrived in one piece and dry.

The unit itself is incredibly small, a bit smaller than expected. Certainly pocket sized. Came with plenty of cables, two stereo 3.5mm to stereo 3.5mm one short one a bit longer. Also had a confusing 1/4" mono to 3.5mm stereo... weird.

Haven't run it through it's paces enough to get a sense of battery life, but the sound is fantastic just as a headphone amp. The detail and power of an MP3 through sennheiser hd280 pro is lovely. Plugging in a Nash J with Ultra J pickups and TI flats it just sounded full and rich and exactly like the bass, no more no less. The EQ gave a musical push to the bottom and top when used, and was quite powerful, I stopped about half way boosted as it was getting silly, plenty more to go.

Overall I can see the value for the cost, which is what I was hoping for, so very happy about it all. It also enables me to practice without setting up my Forte and laptop, and also records as well as the Forte, although one channel.
Basses: Fender Mustangs, Narcdor Precision, Lindsey Precision, Nash Jazz, Framus Star Bass, EBMM Stingray
Amps: O'Neill B15 copy, Walkabout, Puma 900
Cabs: Ampeg Repro 15, Fender Neo 15
FX: TC Electronic clip on tuner

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Re: Group buy of Phil Jones BigHead from EU

Post by drbass » 03 Jul 2017, 08:12

Once again thank you, Nick, for organising this.

Haven't had much opportunity to play around with the unit (lots of sanding going on at the moment) but first impressions are extremely positive. Smaller than expected, uncoloured sound when flat (would like a better "0 notch" though), links beautifully through to Garageband via the USB (yes, one channel only). Haven't run any music through it yet but by the sounds of it (pun intended) it should be pretty good.

There's just enough heft to it to get it above the toy feeling when handling it (it IS NOT a toy), and it seems to be made to avery high standard as well.

Regards,
Michael
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Re: Group buy of Phil Jones BigHead from EU

Post by slave » 17 Jul 2017, 00:01

Alright so I'm #3 from the group buy....
narcdor wrote:
02 Jul 2017, 21:56
The unit itself is incredibly small, a bit smaller than expected.
Plugging in .... it just sounded full and rich and exactly like the bass, no more no less. The EQ gave a musical push to the bottom and top when used, and was quite powerful, I stopped about half way boosted as it was getting silly, plenty more to go.
This is pretty much my experience. And yep - it sounds just like the bass.
I played my Rick 4003 (T.I. Jazz Flats, tuned to C), Maton JB4 Fretless (worn rounds) & a Gibson 335-clone (not-a-bass), all thru isolated Shure 840's.
They all sounded great! The EQ is good, and was surprisingly effective on my not-a-bass too.
The Bighead doesn't do drive at all, it's clean clean clean, even with the gain turned up to max (which was very helpful with the 6-stringer with it's low output), but it just sounded like me. Then I popped a comp and barbershop in line and there was my basic live tone (almost).
Now I can plug in my crazy effects like the Hog2 and play as long as I like without next door's dog howling along in unison. :rolleyes Very chuffed. :thumbup:
Thank you!

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