You know the drill: a slick photo of a famous bassist, in the background bass gear. The bassist looks happy, he’s obviously a merry time with his new set. What you probably also know is that the bassist was in particular pleased with the financial side of his purchase. Presumably that he got the gear for free. He then became part of a marketing campaign. That is called endorsement. Over the years we have seen good bass players playing on bad equipment, just for the money.
Lately many musicians take action against low wages in music industry. They are rightly angry if it is suggested to play for nothing or almost nothing. Because that would generate additional publicity, or similar reasons. Endorsements are similar: too often one see bass players with bass gear that are not first choice for the player himself. Manufacturers expect to increase their turnover by offering a famous bass players an endorsement.
Hevos does not do that. We’re a relatively small company and have no budget for it. Like many musicians we take our job seriously. For us that means that we try to make perfect bass gear for a fair price. It is impossible to do that for a low price, quality costs money. At Hevos we cherish the principle that good bass gear sells itself, which is proved almost daily. Nowadays many bass players find their way to us. That a number of conservatories and their teachers and students have choosen Hevos as their house brand proofs that we are on the right track.
What we really like to do is to support young bass talents. We have been a a sponsor for many years now of ‘B International Jazz Contest’ in Leuven (formerly Jazz Hoeilaert). That’s a renowned competition for young jazz talents from all over the world, with an international jury. Every year we offer a Hevos bass backline. And we give away the Prize Best Bass Player (a Hevos combo) to the best bassist at the B-Jazz contest.
New Hevos Midget combos delivered at Amsterdam Conservatory. With bass prof David De Marez Oyens at the Blue Note hall. At the right the bass set of the hall: Hevos Compact speaker cabinets, Hevos amplifier 400D. Photo by Aart Martin
This is the smallest and lightest fully-fledged bass set for stage use: two Midget 10 loudspeaker cabinets plus the 400S amplifier. The two Midgets can be loaded continuously with 800 watts and produce a tight bass. The tweeter at the top box is dynamic and gives that smooth golden edge to your bass sound. The slottweeter can be controlled by means of an L-Pad at the back of the cabinet. The 10″ loudspeakers have no difficulty to produce a low B. The 400S is a high end bass amplifier, 400 Watts, completely noise- and hum-free. A studio quality line out, et cetera.
Power 2×10/2×10, wolf in sheep’s clothing. 1600 Watts continuous power handling, 40 Hz-20 kHz (5-string compatible), stack 84 cms height, each cab weighs max 22 kgs. Extreme tight & powerful bass, transparent sound. When you like the sound of your bass, you like the Hevos Power set.