Bergantino welcomes acclaimed UK bassist Dave Swift to our family of artists

Bergantino Audio Systems is honored and excited to welcome UK bassist, Dave Swift, to Bergantino’s endorsing artist roster.

Starting with trombone as his first instrument at the age of 14, then picking up the bass a year later, Dave Swift has had an amazing musical journey and career. Consequently, he now has established himself as one of the UK’s finest high-profile bass players.

Throughout that nearly 40-year career, Dave has amassed a truly impressive performance portfolio working with some of the finest musicians and artists in the world. These include playing and recording with George Benson, Chaka Khan, Eric Clapton, Paul Simon, Adele, Michael Bublé, Smokey Robinson, Bonnie Raitt, Amy Winehouse and Ed Sheeran, to name but a few … oh and not to forget that Dave has also played with three of The Beatles and two of The Rolling Stones! Dave has also been the featured bassist on seven double platinum selling albums.

Between his professional work with Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, recording sessions, TV and radio performances, tour dates and his must-read columns for Bass Guitar and Bass Player magazines, Dave certainly is one of the busiest bassists in the UK music scene today.

Regarding his new relationship with Bergantino, Dave Swift said:
“I’m very discerning when it comes to bass amplification, particularly at this stage in my career. In recent times I’ve been craving far greater control over my sound, wanting to sculpt the tone I hear in my head in a specific way, with surgical-like precision, so I have been searching for an update to my gear that would fit me the best. For me, playing double bass, electric upright bass and bass guitar on tv, radio and on tour requires amplification that is reliable, versatile, intuitive and inspiring. It also has to be physically light, but still full-bodied & muscular sounding, yet also be an interchangeable and modular rig. Not to mention when it comes to the quality of the amplified sound itself, I need to be seriously impressed.

From the moment I auditioned the Bergantino gear, the accuracy, articulation and detail from their amps and cabs was nothing short of breath-taking. Jim Bergantino is also a genius! He’s clearly a mind reader too, because within my Bergantino B|AMP is every desired feature I would’ve chosen if I was designing the amp myself, plus when connected with my HDN-112 & HDN-210 cabinets, the immediacy, clarity, richness and definition of sound is absolutely exceptional. Congratulations Jim, you did it!”

Founder Jim Bergantino commented:
“It’s been such a pleasure getting to know Dave on both personal and professional levels. We both share the same love of great Italian food and the ability to carry on a conversation! It’s always great talking ‘shop’, learning about his amplification challenges and experiences, both live and in the studio over the course of his career. We spent one of those long conversations going over the feature set of the B|AMP, explaining how it could address these challenges and help him achieve his desired tonal goals. As an engineer, I know working with Dave so closely will certainly help to push the envelope of our bass amplification designs well into the future.

Welcome to the Bergantino family Dave, we’re all looking forward to working and growing with you in the years to come!”

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Bergantino Artist Claudio Rocha

As a session player and sideman from Sao Paulo, Claudio is best known as the bassist for the “Brazilian Idol” TV show, X-Factor Brazil and for touring with Disney Brazil’s High School Musical – A Seleção. His studio work can be found in the records of top brazilian artists including Claudia Leitte, Daniel, and many others.

Location: São Paulo, Brazil

Gear: The Bergantino B|AMP

Social Links:

Instagram: @claudioracha1




Bergantino Artist Mitch Starkman

“I have a sensitive ear and am pretty particular on the way I like my tone. My bias is for transparency and a natural organic sound. This is the main reason why I’ve gone to Bergantino head and cabs. When I plug into this rig I hear my bass the way it sounds pretty much the way it sounds when I use a very direct recording chain. Although every situation you plug into colours your bass to some degree, after years of hearing your instruments in a direct signal chain WHILE in recording environments I got to know what they basically sound like as instruments, and when I plug into Bergantino that’s what I hear. Sold! 🙂 If I’m going to spend all this time and energy and money into getting the BASS specs perfect for what I wanted in any instrument, that’s what I want to hear come out of an amp. I believe in getting the flavour of my tone from the bass specs and my hands, and the amp should just reproduce that as accurately as possible”.

Location: Toronto, CANADA

Gear: The Reference 2 10” cab, Reference 1 12” cab, and a Forte head

Interview: with Mitch on Bass Gear Magazine:

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Bergantino Artist David Goldflies

“I used the new bass rig on the gig – Blistering! If my notes were made of fluffy pastries before, they are now made out of tempered steel. Just clear, responsive, loud, nuanced — I play chords and every note is pristine. I used a Zoom B9.1ut effects pedal with it (Hartke amp pre) and the whole system gave me a new level of punch and crunch in the notes.” “The Forté has been rock solid, which is the first priority for any equipment used in performance. The sound has been clear and responsive. The Forté is providing me with all sorts of shades and nuance in my sound.”

Location: Florida

Gear: The forte’, the HG410 and the HDN212. They are both light and compact, and I can stack them for a very small stage footprint. Together they are incredible.

Bands: Allman Goldflies Band, Panama City POPS Orchestra, The New Electronic Orchestra

Bergantino interview with David Goldflies Bass Player Magazine:

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Bergantino Artist Rick Gauthier Jr.

“Bergantino is one of those names, that within the industry is well known that this brand is one of the highest quality of products. There were not a lot of dealers around where I grew up and it wasn’t until I moved to Chicago at which I spent a lot of time working at Bass Club Chicago and had the opportunity to play every product down the line side by side and choose what was best for my ears. What I found with the side by side comparison is if you were to put a blindfold on and have someone play what you will find is with this product you get unparallel clarity and really true tone. No matter what bass you plug into a Bergantino amplifier you are going to hear that bass in its purest form. What I love about the Bergantino fortè and B|AMP is that what you hear is not colored…. It amplifies the instrument you are using in the clearest way possible. I find the same thing with Bergantino Cabs. Your products are clean, transparent, and beautiful. Some amps sound like the amp no matter what you plug in. That greasy SVT tone for example. That sound is the same playing a P or a Warwick or a Lakland. The Bergantino amplifiers let you sound like your specific instrument. You’ll hear your bass more clearly than you every thought possible. Pure, transparent, and clean.”

Location: Manchester, New Hampshire

Gear: Bergantino forte’, Bergantino HG410, Bergantino HDN112


Nick Drouin a country artist from New Hampshire and we just released our first record and it’s going really well. (

Romeo Dance Cheetah! It falls into the category of comedy rock. It’s a great time for everyone involved and really good music! We get to do very interesting things which makes it fun and it’s a talented group of people. (

Social Links:

Instagram: @rickeatsbacon

Bergantino Artist Maurice Fitzgerald

“I was on this tone search and wanted my bass to sound the way it does when I hear it back in the studio—full, rich and lots of tone. I must say, this bass cab and amp exceeded my expectations. I love how Jim designed the forté head. That thing is incredible, it can handle anything and I love that big knob. It’s amazing like an old hi fi stereo. You have a hold on producing true tone, and I just love it.”

Location:  Chicago, Illinois

Gear: The HDN212, The Reference 112, The NV412T, and the forte’

Bands: The Isley Brothers Band

Bergantino Interview with Bass Player Magazine:

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Instagram @devinsdad23