BBE BMAX-t Tube Bass Guitar Preamplifier  

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High-quality tube bass preamp/processor perfect for the pro recording studio and demanding live applications. Features a class A, DC regulated tube preamp section with hand-picked Groove Tubes 12AX7 t... Click To Read More About This Product

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High-quality tube bass preamp/processor perfect for the pro recording studio and demanding live applications. Features a class A, DC regulated tube preamp section with hand-picked Groove Tubes 12AX7 tube, and Jensen transformer-balanced DI output.

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  • Class A, DC regulated tube preamp section
  • Hand-picked Groove Tubes 12AX7 tube

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Honestly, I'm not thrilled with it. :-/

By TurboTim21

from Huntsville, AL

Comments about BBE BMAX-t Tube Bass Guitar Preamplifier:

I bought one of these about 6 months ago after reading many glowing reviews and had high expectations. Unfortunately, it didn't really deliver what I want. The sound I like is the tube "grind", where the low end is big and present, yet with a good midrange growl and smooth highs. That slightly overdriven sound - not outright distorted but not totally clean either. The Good: It's built really well, solid, and high quality. The Bad: Everything seems a bit off. The controls aren't linear - the first two marks on the bass and treble make all the difference, the rest very little. Volume is like that too. The mid control is 'cut' only? That sucks - what if you need MORE mid? The parametric would seem like the answer, but it lacks a Q control and it always seems like I can get two things from it: "Too much" and "not enough" - the sweet spot is elusive. The "too much/not enough" dilemma goes with the compressor too - it seems to me the preset ratio is way too high. As for the sound I'm looking for, it just isn't there. It's way too clean and difficult to get any useful overdrive - if you overdrive it, it goes nasty/farty, not sweet. So in conclusion, if you want high build quality and a very clean, fat albeit scooped sound, this is for you. It's a nice unit, but IMHO lacks the versatility to be my cup o tea.


Excellent tool for great sounding

By Oscar-XDco_

from Bucharest, Romania

Comments about BBE BMAX-t Tube Bass Guitar Preamplifier:

I bought one a few months ago, I heavily used it since and I'm very satisfied: lot of headroom, a rich and powerful tone, perfect for bass player looking for a killer sound. Go for it!I'm using it together with my MM's (Ray5 and Bongo) and it's all that I need for live performance.


Small cost, Big payoff

By ambidextrous.tones

from Louisville, KY

Comments about BBE BMAX-t Tube Bass Guitar Preamplifier:

I purchased mine used from an auction website. It joined my low-budget rig consisting of a Cort Curbow 5 Bass, Behringer Ultrabass 4500HD, SWR 2x10 cab, and a Behringer 1x15. I actually never did mind the overall sound I was getting; it wasn't necessarily ideal, but it did get heard in a very loud band situation. I stumbled onto this unit in researching the BBE Sonic Maximizer, something I thought would help define my sound. This unit offers what I desired and more. The overall sound is so much warmier with the tube, the eq, despite being boost-only on treb and bass, cut-only in mids, is very versatile, and the sonic maximizer does an incredible job of pulling the frequencies together (something of which I was skeptical until I finally heard it). The comp is limited, however, very effective, and the para mids offer alot of flexibility. For me, this unit is perfect. My tone is transformed into something much more pleasing and professional, and I didn't have to dump thousands into a new rig.

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Well built, solid pre-amp may be too "warm" for some

By Sarsippius

from Lakemoor,IL

Comments about BBE BMAX-t Tube Bass Guitar Preamplifier:

I have owned both versions of this preamp.I know this may offend some of the tube purists out there but I actually prefer the tone of the solid state version over the tube version. (For those unfamiliar the B-MaxT is the tube version and the B-Max is solid state) That being said both are extremely well built and offer great tonal options. The built in Sonic Maximiser is a great feature and does wonders to enhance the sound of your bass, so much so that even though I left the pre-power setup in favor of a lighter digital setup(GenzBenz Shuttle 6.0)I went out and bought a standalone Sonic Maximiser pedal to still have it in my arsenal. The tube version was just a bit too warm and fuzzy for me but thats strictly a personal preference. If you like that "traditional" tube sound and want to go with a pre-power setup I would highly recommend this. I found for me though, that I preferred the solid state version and used stomp boxes to get a warmer tone if I needed it. I also experimented with different tubes and i will say that I found that changing tubes influenced the sound much more on this than the Ampeg SVT I had. So by experimenting with tubes you can probably dial in exactly what you want.


Great value

By DRB-7bH2A

from Long Island, NY

Comments about BBE BMAX-t Tube Bass Guitar Preamplifier:

Great value for the money. Sonic maximizer works well, enhances bottom end very nice. Compresser is ok, however a little limited in function (only one control knob). Para mids are a nice touch, seperate frequency knob & gain control. Bright switch really boost highs well. Build quality is better than average. Overall I think you would be hard-pressed to find a pre-amp at this price with this many features.


Excellent Preamp


from Atlanta, GA

Comments about BBE BMAX-t Tube Bass Guitar Preamplifier:

Awesome piece of gear. It's got a tube, a powerful EQ (make sure you read the manual), a smooth optical Compressor, and the BBE Sonic Maximizer. What more can you ask for? Can be very warm or slightly hi-fi in tone, depending on your EQ settings. Definitely more warm than my previous solid-state gear. If you're looking for distortion, look elsewhere. This is natural, clean, warm it should be heard. Leave distortion for the guitars.


sweet tones

By Nick2

from shelton CT

Comments about BBE BMAX-t Tube Bass Guitar Preamplifier:

i was able to dial up a sound so quickly. the para mids help you sonically weave right through the mix to be supportive to the guitars yet heard very distinctively. The lows seem to never end. and the highs are crisp. the compressor has a simple one knob adjustment and the maximizer is just icing on the pastry. so far, I am very happy with the preamp, hoping it will stand the test of time on the road!

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