Gone are the days of bulky heads, monster cabs, and backbreaking setups for me. After searching for a more sensible approach to great tone, power, and versatility, I chose the Ampeg Portaflex 500 paired up with Ampeg 115PF 1x15 and 210PF 2x10 cabinets. For home and small venues, I got the Fender Bassman TV Fifteen (my wife actually liked the retro look of the Bassman for our den—a first!). Both setups compliment my sound and provide everything I need. My basses include a Gretsch Broadkaster, a ’64 Fender Jazz Bass, a ’70s Fender P-Bass, and an Ibanez SR705 5-string. I use an Ashdown tuner and Rotosound strings.
My equipment, just like my life, is now simple. At 58, I now choose to approach my life and my music in a more sensible fashion, opting for better quality and portability. My sound and my tone remains the same, but with far less baggage. —Rick Kloskey
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