Thunderfunk TFB550-B

500W Head

Made by Thunderfunk

Description Powerful single channel bass amp that churns out 500 watts @ 4 ohms. Very clean with plenty of eq tweaking available. The amp is very light and is rack mountable (comes with a set of rack ears). Most definitely worth the $'s.
Posted By Marcus Hart (14398)
Directory Equipment: Amplifiers
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On 7/24/2006, Marcus Hart (14398) posted:
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I came close to going with one of the Eden World Tour amps. But after sifting through page after page of nothing but positive reviews, a phone conversation with a Thunderfunk owner and hearing sound clips, that was enough to sway me. I would buy this amp again in a heartbeat if it were lost or stolen ( and if stolen, I'd pray that I don't find the thief ). As far as improvements - I don't know what could be changed to make it better than it is already - except maybe throwing in a free rack case. The amp is ALL THAT and there's nothing negative I can say about it.
Model Year: 2006
Price: $980.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Atlanta Bass Gallery
Ok. I've had the amp for a little while now - played several gigs with it, so this review is based upon real world gig situations and is my straight up honest, and unbiased opinion. This amp has a very flexible eq section. There's also a ENHANCE knob that can fatten up the sound somewhat - has a similar effect as SWR's Aural Enhancer. Has a tuner output and a line output on the front panel - there's provisions on the rear panel for recording or running a line out to a PA. The mute button is a handy feature - just push it in, and you can unplug without torturing your speakers. There's also a solid state/tube button. I favor the tube setting ...... although not a warm as a "full blown" tube amp, it's awfully close.
Sound Quality:
I'm currently playing a Roscoe LG3005 and a Fender Jazz with this rig ( the amp is pushing an Aguilar GS2X12 4 ohm cabinet - see review ). Although I've only used it with my R&B band thus far, I have no doubt that it will fit in with our jazz quartet ..... or any other genre I can throw at it. I have a Roland DB700 combo that I'd been using ; it sounds good and it's loud. I still stand by my review on it, but in all honesty, it's not in the same league as the Thunderfunk. The "T-funk" is by far THE best sounding amp I've owned. The amp runs quiet - there's a fan in the back of it, but it's barely noticable ; can't hear it at all when playing. The amp is crisp and clean - not sterile. Just "clean". It's capable of some serious distortion, but I have no use for that sound ( doesn't sit well with Motown and jazz standards). Final analysis regarding sound ........ Swwweeett with enough power to slap the taste out of your mouth. Yeah!!
Ease of Use:
The amp requires very little tweaking to obtain a good sound ...... keep in mind that "good" is subject to differing tastes. But even with the eq set flat, the sound is truly fine. It sounded good right out of the box! If you're the type that likes to tweak, tweak, and tweak some more, you'd like the parametric eq. I find it simple to use only because I haven't had to fiddle too much with the eq section. A few minor adjustments and a dab of ENHANCE and I'm good to go.
The construction is top shelf. The amp looks and feels "industrial" - but in a lightweight package. I don't forsee any problems down the road.