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Ampeg MICRO-VR head

Discussion in 'Bass Area; The Bottom Line' started by fwguitar, Apr 15, 2013.

  1. fwguitar

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    I'm looking for a cheap but good bass amp head. I'ts for basement jams with a band. The Ampeg Micro-VR head seems very good on paper for the price I want to pay.

    Has anyone tried it?

    Or is there a good alternative?
     
  2. Lublin

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  3. fwguitar

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    Thanks for the suggestion. Of course having more flexibility is a plus for me.

    What's the Ampeg sound? I don't know much about bass amps.
     
  4. Lublin

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    In short: The Ampeg SVT (most rock) and B15 (motown) tube sounds are legendary, and that's what most of their amps offer - even if that sound is achieved with digital processing in its micro-sized heads. They're a great option if you don't want to carry an 80 lb. Ampeg SVT head to gigs.
     
  5. onemind

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    I'm seeking the same type of bass amp, good info! Any suggestions for an inexpensive cabinet as well?
     
  6. Lublin

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    With a budget in mind, I highly recommend Gallien Krueger Neo cabs. They're light (won't break your back) and have a great, thunderous sound.

    Avatar also makes a great Neo (also light) cabinet which can be had for great prices in a used market.

    I found my sound in Aguilar products. They're more expensive but I personally find their sound extraordinary.

    Lots are up for sale on TalkBass.com classifieds, so taking a peek there is a good idea.

    Best of luck to you both.
     
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    I've got a Micro VR and I would also suggest the above head Lublin mentioned. The Micro VR sounds great but it barely keeps up with a hard hitting drummer.
     
  8. fwguitar

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    So I should change my drummer?
     
  9. Lublin

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    I wish that was a feasible option sometimes.

    :)
     
  10. fwguitar

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    By doing more research on the web, I found a few more amps that seem good for the price:

    Hartke HA-2500
    Fender Rumble 350
    Warwick Profet 3.2

    Anybody tried thoses?
     
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    I had the rumble for a short while. The earlier ones. I hated it really badly. Maybe it was me but I just didn't like the sound it put out. I settled on an Ashdown Mag once I could afford one. Hartke to me is a little more cheap and I honestly 100% can say if I was in today's market I'd buy the Ampeg for tone and volume.
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    Thanks for the info. It will probably be the PF-500. I still have to try it.

    Now for the cab, I plan to use a bass speaker that was used by a DJ in clubs. I used it as a bass cab before with a drummer and it works fine.

    On the back of the speaker, it says 8 ohm, 150W RMS/300W peak.

    All the info I have on the PF-500 says 4 ohm. How will that affect the power on that speaker? Will it be louder or quieter? I don't have the old amp I used before on the speaker so I can't check what it was.
     
  15. Lublin

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    I'd recommend using a bass cabinet meant for bass guitar as the drivers are designed specifically for that use and will sound optimal.

    At 8 ohms the PF500 will be putting out 300 watts. To reap its full 500 watts you'll need a 4 ohm cabinet or two 8 ohm cabinets. Since it's a solid state amp, there are no adverse effects from plugging an 8 ohm speaker into it.
     
  16. fwguitar

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    Thanks. My big worry was damaging the amp. I'm still gonna use my speaker because as I'm buying a house, I have enough expenses as it is.
     
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    All good and understood. Congrats on the home purchase!
     
  18. fwguitar

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    I also noticed that the PF-500 seems to have a Line Out. As a solid state amp, I could also use it to plug the bass directly in my PA mixer without a cab, right?

    Edit: Never mind, I downloaded the user's manual. That thing really does everything I need!!
     
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    My wife has the pf-500 and we both use it - it's really great. She got a restocked unit for 289$ and it was pristine. She had a custom 2x10 built locally for it.
     
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    If I'm looking at buying a separate head and cab, should I be buying a cab that tolerates MORE power than the amp? For instance, if I buy a 200 watt head would I then buy a 300 watt rated cab? It seems like there should be a little extra room in the speakers.
     

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