lows and a snappy high end that was nicely
rounded off. And when I played slapping,
popping riffs, the Reidmar’s EQ-bypassed
tone was highlighted by a juicy midrange
and a funk-friendly, quick attack.
Engaging the EQ was an even bigger
treat: Each control had a very impressive
range, so much so that, while I had no
trouble dialing in great tones, extreme set-
tings on each control did allow for some
less-than-savory sounds if I wasn’t careful—
especially with the treble and brightness. It
took just a little seasoning from each knob
to spice my tone, whereas too much infused
it with a pummeling low end that over-
shadowed the rest of the spectrum. Once I
became familiar with the range, I was able
to coax out some almost magical tones for
modern rock, jazz, country, and blues.
EBS is known for their impressive solid-state
amps, and the Reidmar 250 is no exception.
Both of the ClassicLine cabs paired with the
Reidmar held up quite well with their articulate, refined midrange and smooth low-end.
Though the modern edge to the response
and attack does not leave much room for
tonal mistakes, this rig is simply one kickin’
little beast, with plenty of tone and volume
to spare. It’s a blast to play, has an impressive
range under the hood, and is certainly worth
a look if you’re a bassist on the go.
Pros: Lightweight, portable, and
affordable. Tons of volume. Great voicing for funk.
EBS Reidmar 250, $459 street, ebs.bass.se
Cons: Voicing may be too modern
for some players.
Ease of Use
Pros: Great power handling, lightweight,
Ease of Use
EBS CL110, $349 street, and CL112, $399 street, ebs.bass.se
Cons: Will not fill the room like a good
4x10, 2x15, or 8x10.