Deluxe model available !!!11
For me it's a toss up between a blackface bassman and a Deluxe reverb.
Tweed Deluxe - Tweed Bassman depending on size of room. Gawd I miss my old Bassman...... All the new ones are too damn bright.
I agree, Stelligan... my BMRI was far too bright, but the following changes made it FAR FATTER and darker...
- Early "Blue Frame" Eminence speakers (used in the very earliest of the BMRIs)... HUGE improvement in brightness and tone.
- 5U4 Rectifer and 5881 Power Tubes. Breaks up earlier, but retains clarity and a nice silky top end.
- NOS 5751 in V1. Tames the volume and knocks a touch of High end out.
- JJ preamp tubes in the remaining slots.
- Bridge the channels using the Bright #2 into the Normal #1 holes... I plug into the Normal #2 input. This gives me much more control over the tone (bright channel volume vs normal; presence, etc..) and I can drive the volume a bit more by using the low-gain input.
This is how I drive my Bassman and I have played side by side with other BMRIs, BM LTDs, and even vintage Bassmans and, although the Vintage amp's tone is virtually unattainable, this is as close as you'll get with a newer reissue.
Give these tweaks a try and let me know what you think!