NBD: Takamine B10 Acoustic bass

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NBD: Takamine B10 Acoustic bass

Post by BassLine » 11 Feb 2013, 19:35

BassLine wrote:
The Tak pickup is really amazing if you bypass the electronics and connect through a really high quality, high voltage, high impedance buffer. Give that sucker some headroom, get the EQ out of the way, and look out...
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Well, if Rick Turner thinks its fab then it must be good. :)
Any suggestions on a particular buffer to try for this?
^ post #22.
I'll start with Rick's suggestion first. ;-)
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Re: NBD: Takamine B10 Acoustic bass

Post by BassLine » 21 Jul 2017, 23:52

These clips got me fired up to play my Taki again. Great singing, awesome bass tone....



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Re: NBD: Takamine B10 Acoustic bass

Post by Paisley » 22 Jul 2017, 09:40

Well done; these are great old Basses, & rare as hens teeth. :thumbup:

And paulie is right on the money. I had one of these in a Music Shop I worked in up in Nth Qld sometime around 1990; retail back then was over $4500 from memory.
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Re: NBD: Takamine B10 Acoustic bass

Post by BassLine » 22 Jul 2017, 13:24

Can anyone tell me the name of the song he's playing here? From about 30secs onwards.

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Re: NBD: Takamine B10 Acoustic bass

Post by aphekgreg » 22 Jul 2017, 14:16

BassLine wrote:
11 Feb 2013, 19:35
BassLine wrote:
The Tak pickup is really amazing if you bypass the electronics and connect through a really high quality, high voltage, high impedance buffer. Give that sucker some headroom, get the EQ out of the way, and look out...
--------------------
Rick Turner
http://www.renaissanceguitars.com
http://www.acousticguitar.com/ubbcgi/ul ... 1;t=029177

Well, if Rick Turner thinks its fab then it must be good. :)
Any suggestions on a particular buffer to try for this?
^ post #22.
I'll start with Rick's suggestion first. ;-)
If the preamp is anything like the one in my '84 Tak acoustic, it has sockets from the pickup and going to the output jack, so it's quite easy to bypass.
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Re: NBD: Takamine B10 Acoustic bass

Post by BassLine » 22 Jul 2017, 14:41

aphekgreg wrote:
22 Jul 2017, 14:16

If the preamp is anything like the one in my '84 Tak acoustic, it has sockets from the pickup and going to the output jack, so it's quite easy to bypass.
Correct. I tried that, and preferred the original preamp tone.

Then I tried a piggy-back RCA to run two channels into a mixer, but only a marginal improvement. Not worth the hassle, and you need to re-EQ/set levels when you change to a different preset.

Then, Pete (slowlearner) & I tried his highly revered Ehrlund pickup and the original piezo/preamp was a lot better. Prob coz the top wasn't designed to vibrate.

Finally, I did a major shootout of my gear and found the Monique + Taki sound superb together. The tube preamp makes it more like the TB10 version.... but I have 20 presets (10 I can save) with level, 3-band semi-para EQ, & reverb at my disposal. Cherry on top is the Sensitivity knob - it goes from brighter/more attack to a warmer/fatter tone (more sag & the right kind of compression).

Taki + Thunderfunk had clearer highs/more extended treble vs Monique with EQ set flat. Not needed for the Taki but helped the Mouse (& my articulation). Tone knob/circuit has since been disconnected from Mouse giving a slightly more natural/open sound.
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Re: NBD: Takamine B10 Acoustic bass

Post by slowlearner » 24 Jul 2017, 11:59

I was pretty astounded at the quality and organic sound of the Tak from the stock pickup/preamp. Owen and I had a pretty long play with it. It gets as close to an upright sound, without too many nasal mids and clackiness usually associated with a piezo. It does miss some of the thump I like at the beginning of the note, but that's about it. Beyond that, I'd rock one for sure.
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Re: NBD: Takamine B10 Acoustic bass

Post by slowlearner » 24 Jul 2017, 12:01

BassLine wrote:
22 Jul 2017, 13:24
Can anyone tell me the name of the song he's playing here? From about 30secs onwards.

Sounds like something Level 42 would play.

P.s. he's really not playing to the Tak's strengths. Ends up sounding more keyboard moog and less upright.
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Re: NBD: Takamine B10 Acoustic bass

Post by BassLine » 24 Jul 2017, 13:48

Thanks Pete. Sounds great with the Monique amp.

That song reminds me of later Earth Wind & Fire. I'll try to find a way to Shazam it.... might need a second device
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Re: NBD: Takamine B10 Acoustic bass

Post by BassLine » 06 Apr 2018, 12:49

Found this clip on YT. They've put Thomastik Spirocore DB strings on it and just using the piezo PU (passive mode, bypassing the Preamp). Sounds really good, the G doesn't sound thin now.

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Re: NBD: Takamine B10 Acoustic bass

Post by hamo » 06 Apr 2018, 13:04

Nice one! Quality stuff...
Btw Gino Vannelli huh - always loved the fretless playing in Wild Horses....loving the clips
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Re: NBD: Takamine B10 Acoustic bass

Post by hamo » 06 Apr 2018, 13:10

BassLine wrote:
06 Apr 2018, 12:49
Found this clip on YT. They've put Thomastik Spirocore DB strings on it and just using the piezo PU (passive mode, bypassing the Preamp). Sounds really good, the G doesn't sound thin now.

They made lined ones! Even better :D :D :D
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Re: NBD: Takamine B10 Acoustic bass

Post by vin-tone » 06 Apr 2018, 18:01

So bummed they discontinued this model. :crazy:

I'd love a travel bass.
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