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ampendage1Normally when I get gear, I put to the test in a gig, then report on it. And while this Gig Report is no different, it’s coming three years late. There are a couple of reasons for this:

  1. It wasn’t as useful to me with my 1 x 12 cab and an amp head, so I only used it for my small combos at first.
  2. I lent it to a friend soon after I got it, and he had for over three years before I finally asked for it back so I could use it at my gig this past Saturday.

My friend’s feedback was simply that he loved it. He put his Fender SuperSonic on it for several of his gigs, and it elevated his amp just nicely; not only that, he loved the way it looked! As I said in my original article, it looked like a piece of furniture. Even now after my gig, I have it my living room with an amp on it, and it looks great!

In any case, for my gig last Saturday, I brought my big Avatar 2 X 12 cabinet, and wanted to eliminate ground effect, so I needed to get my Ampendage back so I could elevate the cabinet. To make a long story short, I got the stand back from my buddy, and I was all set to go!

The first thing I noticed when I set up my rig was that the tilt-back angle was perfect! I mean perfect. Not sure what the actual angle is, but it was back just enough to elevate the projection angle, but not so steep that I couldn’t set my head on top of it. Like I said, just perfect.

And as far as getting my sound out there, the elevation combined with the tilt angle definitely got my sound out… well… so much so that I was stepping on the rest of the band. The sound guy told me I was WAY too loud, and I even turned my amp down, but I still cut through almost too much according to him. I said I that I think it has to do with my amp cab being up off the floor and tilted slightly up. It made for much better projection than my bandmates’ amps whose amps were pointed straight ahead, and on the floor. Ground effect is real folks…

Also, having the cab tilted up, even ever so slightly, made it very easy for me to hear myself, even when the drums were pounding.

But still, while this stand is incredibly useful, it still looks KILLER!

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ampendage2 Honestly, an amp stand is a fairly utilitarian, pedestrian accessory. But why settle for purely functional when you can look good at the same time? If the opportunity exists, there’s no reason not to add some style to function. The Ampendage Amp Stand gives you the best of both worlds!

A couple of weeks ago, I got an email out of the blue from Ampendage Industries, asking if I’d like to get a sample of one of their amp stands. I read through it quickly, but I was mired in a deadline for work, so I let it drop for a few days. When I finally could come up for air, I checked out their site and… came away impressed. Very impressed.

I’ve got amp stands, but they’re those metal monstrosities that look like the tines of a forklift. What impressed me about The Ampendage when I went to the site was that it looked like furniture! So I quickly replied to Kevin (who contacted me in the first place), apologized for the tardiness of my reply. He replied a few days later, and lo and behold, the stand arrived a couple of days ago.

I would’ve actually had the amp stand assembled earlier than today but the box that it arrived in is pretty small: About a foot and a half by a foot and about two inches deep, and the delivery guy had stuck the box in an organic veggie box that was sitting on my porch for the veggie folks to pick up. I actually saw the Ampendage box sitting in there, but thought my wife had put it out for recycling. She was the one to tell me that it was a delivery for me. Oy-vay!

In any case, I brought it in this morning, and assembled it in all of 15 minutes. Super-easy to assemble, and they include an Allen wrench for the conformant screws used for assembly. All you need is a Phillips for the four screws that attach the rubber feet to the bottom.

ampendage1I gotta tell you: This thing is gorgeous! I thought they were going to send me one of their black, MDF models, but in lieu of that, they sent me the teak model, which is solid hardwood! Damn! I love teak! It has a great grain, it’s very durable, and best of all, it’s very light. The stand itself weighs just less than 8lbs (~3.5 kg for you metric folks), so lugging it to gigs will not be a problem.

For those of you who’ve never used an amp stand, I’ve them to be a must-have on stage. Yes, they do provide better sound projection by leaning the amp back a few degrees – which also helps hearing your amp better on stage, but more importantly, they eliminate ground-effect that really screws up bass frequencies.

I’ll be gigging with this all weekend. I’m pretty stoked about it, and I’m sure my band mates will want to get one for themselves. 🙂 But on the other hand, I may just keep this in my living room where I always have one of my amps for quiet practicing. It actually goes with the furniture in there. It’s really a lovely piece, and the fact that it looks like furniture makes it very tasteful indeed to place there.

In any case, I saved mentioning price until the end because I didn’t want people to dismiss it out of hand because of price. The basic, MDF model costs $59.95. Not a bad price. The hardwood models (maple or teak) cost $89.95. Before you say, “Ouch!” let me say that these are solid hardwood and they’re stained and finished like furniture. Click on the picture on the right side. It’s absolutely gorgeous. If that’s not your thing, that’s cool, but as for me, I like nice, shiny things. Sold!

5 Tone Bones - Gear has stellar performance, value, and quality. This is definitely top of the class, best of breed, and it's a no-brainer to add this to your gear lineup!



For more information, go to The Ampendage site!

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