Best SMALL bass combo amp? Worst?

Discussion in 'Bass Area; The Bottom Line' started by bluesmandan, May 6, 2012.

  1. bluesmandan

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    Looking for something small with decent tone.

    I've got a big amp with a 4x10 cab, (older Peavey Mark IV) but it gets in the way in my music room (small room filled with guitars and amps and drums) plus I can't really crank it loud enough to get to its sweet spot tonally in that little room.

    So I'm wanting something small with a little footprint, fairly low wattage, that will put out some decent versatile tone at low volumes. What little combos do you love? Which ones do you hate?
     
  2. Drew47

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    Check Mark Bass. We got a 1x12 that is killer!
     
  3. bluesmandan

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    The Line 6 Lowdown Studio 110 seems to have everything I'm looking for. Anyone here like it?
     
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    First, lets define low volume- are we talking personal practice with some music in the back ground? Acoustic jamming? Quiet rehearsal w/ full band?

    I wouldn't use the Line 6 for anything louder than the first 2, but I know someone who used theirs as an on stage monitor, with the FOH sound from the mains/subs. The Markbass already mentioned is a full-on gigging amp. Others in that realm may be the MB series from GK, or the offerings from Genz Bens (Shuttle series) or Eden (WTX260w/ 1x12 or 1x10 is exactly p this alley, though rather spendy)
     
  5. bluesmandan

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    Yeah, it's more for personal practice, and maybe some recording. I do a lot of looping with multiple instruments to simulate a full band, sort of making my own backing tracks you might say. The bass is important for that.

    The Markbass is really cool, but also really expensive. I'm wanting something with good tone at low volumes, but without spending a thousand bucks.
     
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    There really is no "best" anything, only what's "best for you", and that can only be determined by trying out everything, and buying what suits you, based on price and sound. Have fun in the search.
     
  7. Endr_rpm

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    The Line 6 would likely be fine for you then. It has a good DI for recording, and plenty of headroom for a small amp. Just remember it is only a 1x10, so deep bass is not it's strength. For $200, its not a bad option at all.
     
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    Ampeg B-50R

    1x12" combo, 50 watts. Blue checker covering, stovetop knobs. Simple controls. Classic Ampeg sound. No longer in production but still very findable. Neat little amps.
     
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    Agreed. I remember selling those. Great little amps.
     
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    I used a friend's Bass Cube 100 at a gig recently and was really surprised how nice it sounded and how loud. My wife used to have a BA115 which was also 100 watts but with a 15" speaker and the Cube's 12" seemed louder to me.
     
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    If you have a good budget, Phil Jones makes some really impressive stuff. I have a Super Flightcase and blows my mind how deep it can sound being so small. I also have an Ampeg BA112, which is nice, but doesn't have the depth of my big Ampeg or the Phil Jones.
     
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    I second the GK MB neo combos. They are light and powerful and sound great.
     
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    Second a used Roland Bass Cube 100. Or used Roland Bass Cube 120XL
    http://www.zzounds.com/item--ROLCUBE120XL
     
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    I've been using an Ashdown Five-fifteen stack for bedroom level bass playing and for a quick SS guitar amp when I don't feel like cranking up a tube amp. Basic but very responsive EQ controls, and it does the job for me. It has a small footprint and can produce a nice tone at low volume.
     
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    I love the Fender Bassman TV ten, I bought the model with the 12" speaker but they are basically the same. Killer tones in a portable package.
     
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    I have a Genz-Benz Shuttle 3.0-10T, which works well in crowded rooms, and I can add another 10T cabinet for 300W as necessary. At the moment, my relatively small music room has this rig in it:

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    This is a Mesa/Boogie Walkabout head with two G-B 10Ts. It sounds better than the 3.0, but it's a lot pricier. Since it uses a preamp tube, it also runs warmer -- the Genz-Benz head is all solid state, and stays very cool, if heat is a problem in your room.
     
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    I third that. When I retired from bass playing and sold everything off, I went out of my way to buy one of these for my only amp (however I couldn't stay away from tubes, and recently finding a nice Pignose B100V for $255, I decided to get back in the tube game).

    The B-50R is the only small, cheap amp that sounds like a real bass amp (at 48 lbs, it is a pig by today's standards), and I assume because your user name says you like the blues, it is probably the only small, cheap amp that will satisfy you (I presume you have a P or J bass of some kind, probably with flatwound strings).

    Now if I am wrong and you like to slap also, there are many exotic rigs that would sound good to you. I haven't played one, but if I wanted a small cab with smooth highs and no piezo, plus real lows, I'd go for the EA Wizzy 12 M-Line. Because this cab is rated at 200w, there are many suitable tiny lightweight amps to match.
     
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    i have a swr workingman 15 that gets the job done. i kinda wish it was a 10", but i bought it used for the right price.
     

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