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SPEAKON SPEAKER CONNECTORS: what are they and why are they used?
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NEW Half-size Gollihur Bass Bags are HERE!
For many years, we've fielded requests to make our great Gollihur Upright Bass Bag in 1/2 size. We've finally been able to make it happen - you can now get the same bag in a smaller size for your half size bass. Available in black only, it features all the same design, padding, heavy-duty zippers, and other great features of our long-running, top-selling bass bag. IN STOCK NOW!
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Please note that the Doubleshot is a brand new product; once they start shipping, stock will be limited and often pre-sold, and we are suggesting that you pre-order ASAP in order to get one as quickly as possible.

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Acoustic Image DoubleShot Speaker Cabinet (and combos)
Acoustic Image DoubleShot Speaker Cabinet (and combos)
This item is made in USA! Acoustic Image never stops innovating. Building on the massive success of their tiny UpShot speaker cabinet, now we get the DoubleShot. It HAS to be the all-time smallest and lightest 2x10 cabinet (with 5" mid/high front driver!) ever made, at 11" x 12" x 12" and only 15 lbs! It's kind of unreal - a legit bass cabinet at this size... and yet, here it is.
• 600w • 4ohms • 12" side diameter, 11" wide • 15 lbs.
Pirastro Perpetual Upright Bass Strings
Pirastro Perpetual Upright Bass Strings
Pirastro's Perpetual strings, released in July of 2019, are a chromesteel/ropecore string that are designed to provide great clarity and punch for pizz playing, while offering excellent potential for arco too. With a much softer feel and flexibility when compared to similarly positioned strings, they are a new option that finds a perfect balance between the extremes.
    Extended Strings Available: Low B String Available for this string Low E String for extensions (to low C) Available for this string
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Bob's Rubber Endpin Cover for Kay and Engelhardt Basses
Bob's Rubber Endpin Cover for Kay and Engelhardt Basses
We've sourced the components for you, for Bob's special durable solution to replace the rubber tip on an Engelhardt or Kay bass with the 1/2" endpin.
speakon plugsThe humble ¼ inch Phone plug and jack are fading from use as a universal speaker connection. While these are fine for the instrument inputs, they simply were not designed for today's high current demands of speaker connections. In fact, phone plug describes their origin: use in telephone switchboards!

speakon plugsSpeakon connectors originated with Neutrik, and you'll find a wide variety of them manufactured by them and some other, compatible variations. They are often referred to as "twist and lock" connectors, but that's a bit outdated as Switchcraft and Neutrik have made versions that are inserted straight in, and lock using a little release tab. When using them for the first time, be sure to determine if the twist and lock motion is necessary to make the connection. The image on the left shows twist and lock examples in the left column, push-in lock on the right.

There are ¼ to Speakon adaptors available, perhaps something to carry as a Plan B if you lose your only cable, but I recommend using Speakons where you can. In my experience, they are quite dependable, and help avoid accidental speaker disconnects. There is also a flavor of Speakon jack that will accept a ¼ inch phone plug or Speakon connector (third one down on the right, a subtle difference). EA used them briefly, but they are not airtight and therefore can leak and even whistle, making them impractical in most high quality speaker cabinets.
But I'm sure you're asking... why is everyone using them? They've got a lot of advantages over ¼ inch phone plugs.
  • able to handle higher current.
  • conductors are covered, so the danger of getting zapped is eliminated.
  • non-shorting, since ¼ inch speaker connections should never be made with the amp on (a good rule in any case) as they can deliver a a brief short to the amp; avoid possible damage by making connections with the amp off.
  • self-wiping, so corrosion build-up can be less of a problem... and it sure is down here along the NJ shore! I've actually had speaker cabs "go dead", so I always carry a can of contact cleaner in my gig bag.
  • available in 2, 4, and 8 contact versions; this is great for bi-amplified cabinets, for instance, so there is less risk of mixing up woofer and tweeter connections.
Most of those we use are either the two or four conductor (using only two connections) variety. That means the terminals labeled +1 and -1 are used.



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