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Postby bobbybdazzler » 03 May 2013, 06:35

Has anyone had experience with the Goldentone Bassmaster? I have a chance to pick one up at a good price. Any idea of tone, versatility or if a 60 amp unit would cut it for smaller gigs?
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Re: Goldentone

Postby slowlearner » 03 May 2013, 11:32

Goldentones are a real collector's item these days. If you can afford it I'd grab it. And yeah, I would have thought it would be great for smaller gigs or recording. 60watts valve is pretty nice and as you crank it more, it will just sound better and better. :)
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Re: Goldentone

Postby jimmyjam » 03 May 2013, 11:35

I have a Goldnetone Bassmaster 60 and the matching 212 whizzer cab.
The cab is pretty nice for quiet playing, but rattles too much for recording.
The head can put out a fair punch, but is more suited to studio use than live.
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Re: Goldentone

Postby slave » 03 May 2013, 11:35

I'd factor into the price a cap job though... just sayin.
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Re: Goldentone

Postby slowlearner » 03 May 2013, 12:23

River music in Richmond NSW has one at the mo I think. Be worth giving them a call and sounding them out. They're valve amp specialists.
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Re: Goldentone

Postby Imaidan » 03 May 2013, 13:49

Any ideas what a Goldentone bass amp might be worth? My first amp was a Goldentone my dad had, I might let him know it's worth something.
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Postby BassLine » 03 May 2013, 14:29

Sought after by guitarists actually (like Fender Bassman amps). I've been keeping an eye out for a bargain but usually go for 4-5 hunnys - all original in great condition.

Just grab it - someone else here will probably like it if you don't.
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Re: Goldentone

Postby bobbybdazzler » 03 May 2013, 14:38

The unit I have purchased has been recently worked on by our local amp guru Al Kelly, the only down side is that it is a head only with no matching cab. Any idea how may ohms these are?
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Re: Goldentone

Postby slowlearner » 03 May 2013, 17:25

I'd give the tech a call or try aussie guitar gear forum. They know heaps about that stuff over there.

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Postby Phatbass » 05 May 2013, 13:53

I've got one of these. Mine has a transformer with taps for 4, 8, or 16 ohms so a tech put in a rotary switch for me so I could choose. I can't remember which tap was originally used (it was hard wired from the factory).
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Re: Goldentone

Postby bobbybdazzler » 05 May 2013, 16:52

I like the idea of a rotary switch, would that make it 60 watts into 4ohm and 60 in to 8ohm? Or 60 into 4 and 30 into 8?
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Re: Goldentone

Postby petersemple » 05 May 2013, 17:01

With a valve amp, you get the same power output regardless of the output impedance. The thing that changes is your risk of blowing the thing up. If you play the amp into an impedance that the output is not matched to, you may well let the smoke out. If it hard wired to 8 ohms, then you are only able to use an 8 ohm load. If there is a switch, then you can use other cabs and match it to suit.
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Re: Goldentone

Postby bobbybdazzler » 08 May 2013, 20:42

Here she is. Needs a good clean and some tender loving care but sounds magnificent . I have only had a chance to play it at low volume but the more i pushed it the better it sounded.
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Re: Goldentone

Postby LimeB » 08 May 2013, 22:17

bobbybdazzler wrote:I like the idea of a rotary switch, would that make it 60 watts into 4ohm and 60 in to 8ohm? Or 60 into 4 and 30 into 8?
I pick it up tomorrow so picks will follow.

A recessed sliding switch is a much safer idea, can't be accidentally knocked to the wrong ohm-age.
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Re: Goldentone

Postby LimeB » 08 May 2013, 22:18

They are very attractive amps.
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