Hi. Think I joined here years ago when we started our duo. Got some great advice then and am hoping for some more as we're now both retired but amazingly still getting employment in bars and small venues.
I play in a rock duo - covers of all sorts and we use backing tapes, mainly for drums/ bass but also a little piano ( I'm not great on it). We play the backings ( mono) from an iPad using the Onsong app for the lyrics. When we started about 8 years ago we bought:
2X L1 Model 1s ( pole and base) - the originals ? Classic ?
2 extra Bass bins
1 X Tonematch engine
The system has been great and we love it but last week one of the poles stopped working suddenly with no warning. Took it to our local music shop and the engineer there said it was the power unit. I phoned up,Bose ( in Belguim? ), from Scotland, and was on the phone for forty five minutes ! The upshot was that the original system isn't supported and that we can't get it repaired. So, reluctantly, we are in the market for a new pole.
We we have looked at the Compact but are drawn more towards the L1® Model II system with B2 bass. Reviews seem to suggest it's a bit punchier ( in sound as well as wallet damage !) so, my questions if anyone can be bothered answering are :
we would be looking to keep our two existing bass bins and the one working L1 system as well as the original Tonematch ( T1?). Can we
connect the new pole as well as the old to the Tonematch ?
Do we have to buy the new bass bin or can we still connect both existing bass bins and get away without buying the new one?
In the past we put vocals and guitars through the Tonematch and out of one pole but the backings directly through the other one. I'm aware this probably wasn't the wisest move but the sound was pretty awesome anyway.
Id' be grateful for any thoughts on this as it will be a rather hefty purchase and I'd hate to get it wrong. If you have any tips about easy ways to improve our setup that'd also be well received although neither of us are particularly up on setting up sound systems so it'd have to be pretty basic.
Thanks in in advance for any help.