Our sister site Gearnews.de recently picked up news about a new compact bass amp in the works at Trickfish Amplification. The Bullhead.5K is evidently an attempt to cram a lot of functionality into a compact housing, and the likely price point seems keen for what’s on offer. First seen at NAMM 2017, more details have now emerged on this latest offering in the increasingly popular compact amp head category. Shipping has been slated for April 2017.
In terms of features for a compact bass amp, the feature list is certainly interesting. First, there’s the Mike Pope “low-noise” solid-state preamp, and a Class D power stage delivering 500W at 8Ohms and 700W at 4Ohms. It’s allegedly “tour-proven”, whatever that means.
The amp has a four-band EQ, and it looks like each band has two bandwidth options you can select with a switch above the control knob for that band. There’s an input attenuation selector, too. In terms of I/O, the amp has an Aux Line-level 1/8” input, a pre/post balanced DI output, an amp mute option and a Neutrik Speakon combi-connector. There’s also a series FX loop and a headphone output, which are both nice options to have.
The chassis is aluminium, which helps keep the weight down to a low 5lb, or just over 2 kg. And we hear the street price should be around $799, which is very reasonable for this amount of functionality. Provided, of course, that the sound is up to scratch. These amps should be shipping in April.
There’s no official info available on Trickfish’s website, but we assume they’ll have more details available over there soon.