I’m proud to offer my 3 favorite lines of bass amplification for sale here at D. Lakin Basses. I’ve been testing & using bass amps for over 40 years. It’s a great time to be a bassist as top sounding and lightweight equipment is available at very reasonable prices! I’ve known the namesakes for both lines of amps I carry, James Demeter and Nick Epifani for over 25 years. Both men are passionate and very talented at what they do. Trickfish is new to me this year and so far I’m absolutely impressed by the way they sound. Mix and match to create your ultimate bass amp solution! For example, my test rig is a Demeter 800 watt head going through an Epifani 410 DIST cabinet.

Trickfish Amplification was birthed out of the passion and imagination of founder Richard Ruse in 2014. The company is dedicated to delivering a collection of killer products that will serve as valuable tools for discerning bassists as they seek inspiration for their artistic vision. We share a common vision of intelligent design, precision, delectable tone and rugged durability in everything we build. I’m proud to off this great gear.

Demeter equipment is and has been the choice of professionals for over 40 years. James worked with Leland Sklar to develop the first iconic Demeter preamp. When Tony Garnier (Bob Dylan) put together his custom Meyer Sound Labs stage rig, it was a Demeter preamp they selected to drive the front end. It literally doesn’t get any better than this.

Nick is a true perfectionist. His amps and cabinets can be found on amazing stages from Ron Carter to Anthony Jackson, Epifani’s just work well with electric and acoustic bass rigs. As an active Deadhead it’s great seeing and hearing Oteil Brubridge rock the stadiums with his Epifani rig.

Demeter HBP1-800D

The HBP-1-800D H Series Tube Bass Pre/Power amplifier by James Demeter integrates an 800 Watt Class D amplifier, driven by Jensen Transformers, into the HBP-1 Preamplifier circuit. This unit uses the same all tube front end found in his classic VTBP-201 Bass pre-amplifier and combines it with the revolutionary H Series circuitry found in his professional audio H Series line. Utilizing the best of both the tube and solid state world, the HBP-1-800D features high voltage (250V) tube front end (providing all of the preamplifier gain and passive tone controls), a two band solid state fully parametric equalizer that is tuned for bass, a fully adjustable active effects loop with controls up front, a tuner output, a full balanced output with switchable mic or line level, both a balanced TRS line level output and an unbalanced line level output for amplifier connections and a mute switch.


Demeter VT-400D

The famous Demeter sound and quality is now much more affordable, building on the concept of our VTBP-M-800D. We wanted to come up with even a smaller more competitively priced Amplifier that could deliver the Demeter sound, while keeping the compromises to a bare minimum.


Demeter VTBP-201S

After over 20 years of production the Demeter Amplification Tube Bass Preamplifier is still the only musical instrument preamplifier to incorporate truly modern tube design technology with circuit features found on only the most expensive and esoteric hi-fi tube equipment. The VTBP-201S has the warmth and dynamic range that only tubes can produce, yet has lower noise specifications than most solid state devices. When the preamplifier is driving a quality power amplifier, it delivers the punch and clarity of the best tube amplifiers plus the almost unlimited power of today’s modern power amplifiers.


Demeter VTBP-M-800D

All tube pre-amp circuitry Hand wired in the USA using High quality components, DC filament, full 280V high voltage supply. Classic passive tube tone controls Treble, Middle, Bass with frequency selector and presence with frequency selection.


Epifani Piccolo

At just 4.5 pounds, the third generation Piccolo travels light but packs a mighty punch. A redesigned Epifani 3-band EQ gives you the flexibility to get legendary sound in any style from rock to jazz, from punk to salsa.


Epifani UL-901

The new UL 901’s engineering features modern components like a light-weight, high-reliability digital power supply, an updated PureSound D.I. section, and a refined EQ that gives you total control over your sound in any playing situation.


Trickfish Bullhead .5K

The Bullhead .5K features a Mike Pope designed, 4 band variable frequency, bass specific EQ section with switchable frequency selections integrated with a tour proven 500W @ 8 Ohm / 700W at 4 Ohm class-D power amplifier. Additional features include a studio quality DI, FX loop, aux in/HP out, 5 lbs.


Trickfish Bullhead 1K

The Bullhead 1K features a class-D amplifier rated at 1,000 watts peak driven by a Mike Pope designed, 4 band variable frequency, bass specific EQ section with switchable frequency selections. Additional features include a studio quality DI, series/parallel FX loop, aux in/HP out, 6.2 lbs.