I pretty much stick to Trace-Elliots
now.. and have since my first 'Boxer 30'. Tried many amps but never really been comfortable with the sound till now. I wouldn't mind a nice 'old skool' Marshall Valve stack, But if my commando
were to be stolen I'd probably go for a Trace with a GP7 or GP12 head... Though a little pricey and not too sure of the new models since gibson took over.....
Very Basic control, prehaps alittle too basic. Gain, Bass, Mid, Treble and Volume Controls. Active/Passive inputs, Effects Loop and Line Out. Also Bass(Deep), Mid, Treble(Bright) shift controls. Supprisingly Very Versitile. Usualy takes me a week or so to get my sound on an amp, With this it was almost instant.
The sound quaility is exactly what I've come to expect from Trace-Elliot amps. In my opinion some of the best sounds around. The Volume control is alittle slow at first with the majority of the power coming through at about 60%. An Irritating Hum whilst turned on... I think this may be more to do with the wiring in my house.
Very little distorion until about 60% volume 75% gain unless using an active bass in the passive input (not always wise).
As I already said... Couldn't be easier to get any sound your looking for. I sugest just plug it in, play and adjust the 3-band EQ till your happy. I recomend enabling the Deep and Bright EQ shifts.
This thing Is very solid. Mine is one of the very nice carpet covered models with good solid aluminium corner caps.
Never had any Problems with it (touch wood).
Reasonably Heavy... Not to sure about the handle on top... seems to have lasted this long....
I looked around for a while before buying this amp and found it certainly to be the highest wattage of its price bracket and in my opinion the nicest sound, I aslo consulted activebass.com and posted a message asking if the commando 15 was a good amp to go for and was told that it was. This amp could do with a few more effects, a compressor would be nice, but still with a 150watts and a 15" speaker its a damn nice combo and a good choice for someone needing a small to medium gigging amp without breaking the bank.
Model Year: 2000
Its a 150watt combo with a 15" speaker and a pretty basic EQ with only bass mid and trebble altough it does have an effects loop. Its also got inputs for passive and active basses and has a nice built in pre-amp. Its also got a line out but you would want to be doin a fairly big gig as its generally loud enough. Oh yea and I find you get the best sound when you push in the deep and bright buttons and leave the mid shift out, it gives a lovely kick sound to it and the mid shift just makes the sound a bit muckey.
All of my equipment is pretty basic i'v got a old tanglewood bass and i sometimes use my zoom 506-2 pedal but thats pretty noisy, The amp still sounds lovely though, you really cant beat that trace elliot sound. it goes up to about 3/4 way up before getting a bit distorted and it also humms when i turn on my computer although thats probably just my house. But for an amp in its price bracket it has an unbeatable sound.
As for ease of use goes its a bit too easy i suppose, with only a few knobs to fiddle with you can get the sound you want fairly easy. The only thing not easy about it is lifting the damn thing. I'v read in a few places that the amp is supposed to be quite light. Maybie im just to weak. :)
Iv only done one small gig with it so far but it didnt let me down and i sure made myself heard . Its prety heavy duty and its already taked a few bashes off me and so far no dents or scrapes.
Model Year: 2001
Where Obtained: Sounds Alive (Newcastle)
A nice combo suitable for small gigs but not too big for practising. At 150 watts, big enough to fill a small hall, but only 27Kg, so not too heavy.
Single 15" speaker gives great sound quality set to passive or active. The amp has an input for either.(Or both at once!)
Also has a line out and a send and recieve for an effects loop. I use it only for clean(ish) playing, so I havent really used this much apart from the odd bit of overdrive, but a nice punchy sound.
A few more effects might have been nice, but mustnt grumble at this price.
Nice selection of sounds are available, doesnt have any built-in effects as such, but has a bass, Mid-shift and Treble switch to kick in that bit of distortion.
Gives good clean sound with all of the switches set to the off (out) position, and some strange combinations are available.
Just plug in and play, set everything to 0 and fiddle. Fortunetely there isnt all that much to play with, but all of the controls are simple enough anyway.
Anyone should be able to use this amp straight away without any hassle at all.
Have used this amp on numerous gigs, it has performed very well, great sound quality with the volume up to 3/4.
Has a splash resistant outer casing which has withstood people resting pints and bottles on it on a few occasions.
Nice aluminium sheaths on the corners to protect the cabinet against bashes if it is accidentally dropped on a corner.