Remember Amplifier Courtesy Outlets?

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Remember Amplifier Courtesy Outlets?

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Need a place to charge a phone? Try doing this on a modern amp!
Cambridge Reverb Phone Charger
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The relatively new Mesa TT-800 has that ability.
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Ah, the USB port. Very handy!
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All is well until the phone on top of your amp rings and that weird RF sound comes through your amp mid-song!
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Darn phone!
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Seriously, it is not a bad idea. Those of us who have gone to wireless and digital PA systems use the phone app to adjust our personal monitor mix. The ability to keep the phone charged is a really nice aspect. All things come around. It used to be a big deal that a bass amp had a Lo-Z direct out. Especially on the newer modelling amps, If not AC, I hope the makers will continue the trend of putting USB ports on the amps so we can have digital FX in and charge the phone for the associated apps.
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I always had a hard time with newer amps that have the headphone jacks and CD inputs, etc. They always seemed so...bedroomish. Now it's easier for me to see how useful those features are for these modern times. Heck, if those types of features had been available back in the day it would have been a godsend for our downstairs neighbor! Plus, practicing with headphones may have allowed the development of a lighter touch. Playing along with the stereo on a solid body bass without an amp may have encouraged digging in too much with the right hand. I still abhor headphones though!

The wireless p.a. thing is fantastic. Controlling the sound from an iPad is really convenient. Also, having a fake book on there has changed everything when it comes to playing casuals. Many of my colleagues use iPads in the pit for musicals, etc. Unfortunately, mine is an iPad mini so it'll take an upgrade to a larger one before that works for me.

The evolution of bass amps from glorified guitar amps to their more specialized incarnation with gobs of power, dedicated eq and versatile ins and outs has been interesting to live through.
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Re: Remember Amplifier Courtesy Outlets?

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Funny the OP mentions the Vox Cambridge Reverb, I got one myself about a month ago. I use the courtesy outlet to plug in the AC adapter for my pedals.
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