CARLSBRO STINGRAY (2-channel/100Watts/spring reverb)
When I first started playing bass, I had a 1960s VOX AC50 head driving two ENORMOUS reflex bins ( provided by my brother Steve from his PA rig ) - impressive to look at, but highly impractical. The 'throw' of those bass bins made me singularly unpopular with the neighbours, and although I loved the AC50 to bits, I had to accept that it was never designed as a bass amp: its input stage would overload easily, making it impossible to get a clean sound at decent volume. So...and please try not to judge me too harshly here...in 1977 I went down to Danny's music shop and part-exchanged it for one of these:
A solid-state amp with no character whatsoever. Nevertheless, it served me very well over the ensuing years, handling everything I threw at it with perfect reliability, day after day. It was used on all my songwriting demos, for every type of instrument ...even vocals. I made a few mods along the way, improving the input stage S/N with ultra-quiet op-amps, tweaking the EQ circuits and finally re-building the whole thing into a custom flight case. It went in the 1989 burglary.
N.B.: When I part-exed my AC50, I got £50 for it. Recently I saw one just like it in a music shop - typical mid-60s job, rather tatty looking - and felt a pang of nostalgia. Guess how much was on the price tag... SEE PRICE