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Although guitardom had a brief fascination with solid-state designs around the advent of the transistor, since then the mighty tube has reasserted its authority in 6-string realms and the

Although guitardom had a brief fascination with solid-state designs around the advent of the transistor, since then the mighty tube has reasserted its authority in 6-string realms and the evolution of solid-state amplification has primarily come as a boon to bassists. But before all that—back in the first heyday of loud rock and blues—bassists had to have rigs that could not only keep up volume-wise with the rest of the band, but also have enough clean headroom and power to fill the space between the instruments. And good grief, some of those rigs weighed a ton. Because those amps used tubes in their power sections, massive and heavy transformers were required to provide the juice needed to keep everything regulated and powerful. Of course, back then tube amps were still in their infancy, and reliability issues were even greater than tube aficionados have to contend with today.

Yet, as we all know, nothing sounds quite like a bass through a good tube amp. Scarlett Amplification understands this, and has recently introduced the Bass 200 into their guitaroriented line of handbuilt, all-tube designs.

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