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SWR Working Pro 12-inch Combo Bass Amplifier

SWR WorkingPro 12-inch Combo Bass Amplifier

One of my first bass teachers, a grizzled East Coast jazz veteran, once told me that an amplifier is a jazz musician’s best and worst friend. On one hand, he said, it makes you louder so more people can listen to you play. On the other hand, an amplifier may mangle your notes into something you wouldn’t want anyone to hear.

For many musicians, an amplifier is an integral part of his or her musical voice. It adds something vital to a musician’s sound, whether it’s distortion, reverb or equalization. Most jazz musicians, on the other hand, desire the opposite out of their amplifiers. They want to make their instruments louder in the most unobtrusive way possible, without taking away their instruments’ natural timbre and tone.

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