New Bergantino Dealer in Giebenach, Switzerland!

We want to welcome our new dealer in Switzerland – MusiX AG!! They are waiting on arrival of their first shipment soon. Call them, visit them, play some Bergantino Audio. They have a great crew, so please support them!

MusiX AG
Sägeweg 15
CH-4304 Giebenach
Tel 41 61 813 11 77

Why B|AMP?

Before any engineer worth his or her weight puts pen to paper to start any design, he or she needs to ask themselves one very simple question: “Why?” In fact, that’s exactly the first question a venture capitalist would ask a would-be entrepreneur looking for investment money… “Why X?”

For years I’ve been asked by dealers to produce a Bass Amplifier. My response was always “the industry doesn’t need another ‘Me Too’ product with another off-the-shelf power module with another voiced preamp”. The multitude of preamp voicings reminds me of my old hi-fi days when department stores had shelves lined with speaker cabinets. The most successful manufacturers of those ‘lo-fi’ speakers knew that they had at most 5-10 seconds to impress a potential customer before they moved on to the next speaker system. So what did they do? They voiced their speakers to have the boomiest bass and most sizzly treble. Why? Because they knew, given a very short audition time, this approach would put their speaker’s sound out in front of their competitors. What the unaware customer did not know was once they got these speakers home, what they initially thought was the most exciting speaker in the store would soon turn out to be the most un-enjoyable and fatiguing speaker to listen to at home! Anyone who has listened to a very well designed and engineered hi-fi system knows that a balanced, low distortion system, always wins out in the end for a long term and enjoyable, musical listening experience.

As I’ve watched and observed many bass amplifier designs evolve over the years, I can’t help but wonder if any of these manufacturers truly understand the relationship between the amp and speaker system they are attempting to power. This explains why most of them are just using their existing or slightly modified preamps, some from as far back as the ‘60s and ‘70s, and just adding a lightweight, class D power module to it. Kind of reminds me of Einstein’s definition of insanity (“doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”). So how can the same tone controls, with fixed frequencies and q’s, EQ different speakers with different frequency responses, to sound balanced, if the electrical response of the EQ is constant, but each speaker’s acoustic response is different? The simple answer is they can’t! It’s like trying to fit a square peg in a round hole! How many times have you read on the news groups and blogs that this amp works great with that speaker but no so much with this one and vice versa? That’s because one amp’s EQ points may better match one speaker’s response than another’s, but it’s still not very close, just “better”. To think of all the time these manufacturers spend trying to voice their preamps, choosing EQ filter type, q’s, and frequencies that either offer the best compromise between all their different speaker models, or worse, basing their EQ choices on specific players with specific basses and speakers!

But wait a minute… I thought these were tone controls, not speaker EQs. Exactly! And herein lies the problem. Most players don’t even realize they’re actually using their tone controls to try and EQ their speakers long before they are even EQ’ing their tone. And unfortunately, we believe most manufacturers don’t understand this either. Tone controls, with their typically wide q’s, or broad shelving filters, are no more useful to EQ’ing a speaker than are mudguards on a tortoise! You may be thinking right about now of all the time and money you’ve spent over the years, chasing your tail, searching for that tone in your head, not even realizing that you were trying to solve this very problem. And unfortunately, not even knowing there wasn’t a solution to this problem…until now!

So “Why B|AMP?” Very simple. As an engineering company we’ve identified a real world problem, and are offering a real world solution to it. That’s what the Profile concept and system is all about. We’re EQ’ing the response of your speaker for you, with very precise filters, unique to each model, based on actual, real world acoustical measurements. So now you can focus on EQ’ing your tone, and not your speaker. And the only way to implement this concept is with a 21st century amplifier architecture, utilizing the latest in DSP technology along with an embedded system to control the process. No other bass amplifier on the market has the power and control over the entire system’s response and user experience than the B|AMP. And we believe that few, if any, other bass amplifier manufacturer understands the very nature of this problem like we do nor possesses the technology to solve it.

Bergantino Announces ‘Advanced Design’ Series of Electric Guitar Speakers

Hear your guitar again for the very first time! Introducing the new AD Series (‘Advanced Design’) of guitar cabinets from Bergantino. These speaker cabinets are engineered from the ground up for performance, musicality, and definition of tone. They are not your grandfather’s guitar cabinet using an “off the shelf” speaker, stuffed into a generic box like everyone else’s. The AD112 and AD212 use our proprietary, custom drivers mated to a highly engineered cabinet which delivers articulate, accurate, and very musical tone. Notice the metal grille? This feature was deliberately chosen to ensure that the tonal transparency and accuracy of our custom engineered drivers are delivered to you, the artist, and to keep these qualities from being muffled and compromised by a cloth grille. In fact, did you know that’s exactly why grill cloth became the de facto standard for guitar cabs? To alleviate the harsh, ice-pick highs on many of the most sought after guitar speakers! We also use Baltic birch cabinetry, cut to close tolerances, to ensure our custom drivers perform to their exact intended specifications and carry forth all your musical creativity as you intended and wanted to hear!

The internal components used are extremely high quality and they are of Bergantino design. Our custom designed AD series drivers have ceramic magnets and the low-end on this series of cabinets is full and round – they can handle high power output from your amplifier. The AD series have a tight-creamy low end with an extremely balanced tone, while staying very open and articulate. Each of the AD series cabinets are covered in durable black tolex, have mounted rubber feet and include a high-impact metal grill for durability and acoustical transparency.

AD112 ‘Advanced-Design’ 1-12″ Electric Guitar Speaker Cabinet
Woofer: 1-12” AD12G-16 woofer
Cabinet Design: Sealed
Cabinet Material: Baltic Birch w/ Metal Grill
Cabinet Covering: Tolex
Impedance: 16-Ohms
Power Handling: 75W RMS
Frequency Response: 70hZ – 5.5KhZ
Sensitivity: 100db @ 1-watt / 1-meter
Dimensions: 18.5″ x 19.25”W x 12”D
Weight: 35 Lbs.
ProNet Price: $599.00

AD212 ‘Advanced-Design’ 2-12″ Electric Guitar Speaker Cabinet
Woofer: 2-12” AD12G-16
Cabinet Design: Sealed
Cabinet Material: Baltic Birch w/ Metal grill
Cabinet Covering: Tolex
Impedance: 8-Ohms
Power Handling: 150W RMS
Frequency Response: 70hZ – 5.5KhZ
Sensitivity: 103db @ 1-watt / 1-meter
Dimensions: 24”H x 26”W x 13”D
Weight: 62 Lbs.
ProNet Price: $999.00

Platinum Dealer – South Shore Music

If anyone in the Boston, Massachusetts area wants to hear every Bergantino Audio speaker currently available we recommend you go by South Shore Music. They’ve got ’em all and will be happy to help you out.

South Shore Music
13 Washington Street
Weymouth, MA 02188

Platinum Dealer – Bass Club Chicago

If anyone in the Chicago, Illinois area wants to hear every Bergantino Audio speaker currently available we recommend you go by Bass Club Chicago. They’ve got ’em all and will be happy to help you out.

Bass Club Chicago
5055 N. Western Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60625
773-561-3521 & 877-385-3521

Platinum Dealer – Bass Central

If anyone in the Orlando, Florida area wants to hear every Bergantino Audio speaker currently available we recommend you go by Bass and Central. They’ve got ’em all and will be happy to help you out.

Bass Central
181 Oxford Rd., Suite 107
Fern Park, Florida 32730
Toll Free -800-545-8813