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Old 05-05-2012, 10:41 PM
bluesmandan bluesmandan is offline
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Best SMALL bass combo amp? Worst?

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?
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Old 05-05-2012, 11:22 PM
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Check Mark Bass. We got a 1x12 that is killer!
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Old 05-05-2012, 11:24 PM
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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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Old 05-06-2012, 12:45 AM
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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)
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Old 05-06-2012, 08:51 AM
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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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Old 05-06-2012, 11:00 AM
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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.
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Old 05-06-2012, 05:27 PM
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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 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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Old 05-06-2012, 05:38 PM
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Many on TalkBass seem to love these:

http://www.gallien-krueger.com/products_mbCombos.html


I'm always on the lookout for the 210.
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Old 05-06-2012, 05:59 PM
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Many on TalkBass seem to love these:

http://www.gallien-krueger.com/products_mbCombos.html

I'm always on the lookout for the 210.
I love the MB series. Also a member of TalkBass but lurk mainly in the double bass area.
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Old 05-06-2012, 06:22 PM
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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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Old 05-06-2012, 06:26 PM
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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.
Agreed. I remember selling those. Great little amps.
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Old 05-07-2012, 11:52 AM
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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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Old 05-07-2012, 01:40 PM
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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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Old 05-07-2012, 06:29 PM
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I second the GK MB neo combos. They are light and powerful and sound great.
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Old 05-09-2012, 05:13 AM
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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.
Second a used Roland Bass Cube 100. Or used Roland Bass Cube 120XL
http://www.zzounds.com/item--ROLCUBE120XL
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