Trace Amps: Edumacate Me

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Re: Trace Amps: Edumacate Me

Postby Psycho Bass Guy » Tue Sep 08, 2009 6:01 am

My bad. You said you worked in music retail from 2005-2007 and that's what it sounded like you were talking about.
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Re: Trace Amps: Edumacate Me

Postby Mike » Tue Sep 08, 2009 7:05 am

Superb info here, especially from Gil.

Although I'm more of an "old" amp guy (vintage Hiwatt and Sunn Coliseum rigs--but fortunately I'm not too "old" to move these beasts), I must say that the old tolex-covered TEs are superb bass amps with killer tone and plenty of watts to get you loud!! I must admit that I now own only one of these amps as my "new" amps consist of Ashdown products (Mark's compapny after he left TE), but I love the vibtage TE bass rigs. And as has been mentioned here, they are great buys when you find them. I never had a problem with any of the older TE amps, and I suggest that you get one and prepare to love the sound you'll get.

Once again--great thread! And the info from Gil should serve as "TE 101"! [smilie=food-smiley-004.gif]

I know nothing about the "new" Peavey TEs, by the way.

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Re: Trace Amps: Edumacate Me

Postby Dimarco » Sun Jul 14, 2013 9:06 am

Zombie thread I know... But the first one I come across which has some real information on the old Trace Elliot beasties.
Also, this is my first post here so HI EVERYONE! I'm Marco. 45 years of age, Dutch as in living in the Netherlands.

My first amp, which I bought in the early nineties was a Trace Elliot AH250 with GP11 pre. This amp still works 100% today, after years of gigs and later studio use in my dad's 48 track analog recording studio.

You know how it goes, get married n have a kid. Stopped playing bass for some years but now I'm back on track.

Recently bought me a 2001 (Gibson era) AH300 12 with the great GPX pre, which was designed by Clive Button like the earlier amps so no worries there. This amp had been abused by its previous owner and I had to replace the front cover. Luckily British Audio Service still have those in stock. The amp is currently being serviced as the volume pot has fallen to pieces. Apparently the previous owner had dropped the amp at some point, the outer sleeve with its rat fur is gone completely and I'm gonna have to build a new one for it.

THIS AMP IS DA BOMB!!! Sounds better then anything I played thru before.

So... GAS developed and I just bought my third Trace in the shape of an RAH600SMX, which has a built in crossover.

As I want to learn everything about the old Trace amps I can I ended up here in this great thread.

Cheers, Marco

Here's a 1986 Trace Elliot brochure for all to enjoy:


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Re: Trace Amps: Edumacate Me

Postby GonzoBass » Sun Jul 14, 2013 12:55 pm

Welcome aboard Marco!
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Re: Trace Amps: Edumacate Me

Postby Dimarco » Mon Jul 15, 2013 6:58 am

Thank you Gonzo.

Anyone know the story before Kaman came in the picture? My first Trace was a Mk.V. After that came the series 6, SMX, SMC AND FROM 1999 the ones produced under Gibson flag, with the GPX pre. Everything before the Mk.V is a blur to me.

Also, where does the BLX combo fit in? I know the BLX was in the 1993 brochures... That means Kaman era but the BLX was probably designed just before Kaman took over?

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Re: Trace Amps: Edumacate Me

Postby Dimarco » Wed Jul 17, 2013 4:28 pm

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Re: Trace Amps: Edumacate Me

Postby Rhian Batson » Thu Jul 18, 2013 7:26 pm

Hi Marco :welcome:
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Re: Trace Amps: Edumacate Me

Postby Bajo K » Sun Jun 14, 2015 3:27 am

Gil Escalera wrote:
felig wrote:"The first units were all TOLEX. The rat fur came later."

The first Traces that I remember were in some molded, industrial plastic-looking, cabinets.

In the early 80's I was introduced to TE gear by TE's North America Regional Manager and the West Coast Product Specialist. They were two of four TE reps in the states at the time. I was introduced to them by the amp salesman at The Guitar Store in Pomona, CA (not to be confused with the Guitar Center). They were the first west coast music store to carry TE. The amp salesman soon left the Guitar Store to be a US Product Specialist for TE and tried to recruit me as well. I was pretty familiar with the product line since I had been drooling over them! They were all Tolex. [smilie=icon_wink.gif]

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Heeyyyy...i used to frequent The Guitar Store on my way home from school. My first "retail" bass was purchased there in 1984, Ibanez Roadstar II which i still have and use. Sorry its a little off topic but i'm new here. I used to drool over the awesome TE full stacks at Foothill Music up there on Baseline. I finally was able to pick up an AH150 a couple years ago, lovin it!! Cheers
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Re: Trace Amps: Edumacate Me

Postby ghiadub » Sun Jun 14, 2015 10:26 am

Welcome Marco!
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