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Anybody using an amp stand for gigging?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by meterman, Apr 21, 2005.

  1. meterman

    meterman Member

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    I'm thinking of trying to get my combo amps up off the floor and angled so I can hear myself better without killing the front row. Anybody use something they really like? Ideally it would be able to be used with both a 2x12 and 1x12 open back combo, and be folding or portable enough not to add a lot to the load in.

    Thanks!
     
  2. chedgeco

    chedgeco Silver Supporting Member

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    This is the one that I've been using for the past 2 years with my Mesa Mark III (75 lbs.).

    http://www.ultimatesupport.com/genesis_amp.html

    Points the amp right at your head instead of at you knees. Cut down on my stage/rehearsal volume quite a bit.

    chedgeco... :cool:
     
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    It's funny, I'm heading the opposite direction. Have used an amp stand of one kind or another for years, but now am back to setting the amp on the floor. We mic guitar amps, so it's not that much of an issue. If we didn't mic I think I'd want it up off the floor and to the side.
    I just have finally realized that I like the sound better with amp on the floor.
    Maybe my ankles have sprouted ears without my knowledge.

    :cool:
     
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    cvansickle Supporting Member

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    I saw a really cool device at the Dallas Guitar Show. It was a cart that you could mount your amp and gear bag on, and roll it right on to stage and start playing. It was called the StageRig.

    www.stagerig.com
     
  5. hemlock

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    I use a Peavey amp stand that I bought years ago. It would be hard for me to go back to just having the amp on the floor. I wish our other guitarist would get one! He's about 6'5" and stands right above the blast from the 4/10s.
     
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    I use one all of the time
    carvin amp stand
    for gigs and for rehearsal. It does help with volumes and letting me hear what is going on.
     
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    gitarboy Silver Supporting Member

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    + 1 for the ultimate support stand... takes up virtually no room and adjusts to 3 different angles... the best thing is that it won't "kill" the first row...

    Steve :cool:
     
  8. meterman

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    Thanks for the replies guys. That Ultimate stand looks nice and compact, but those support arms look awfully skinny! Is it sturdier than it looks in the pictures? Will it hold an 80 lb amp without worries? Thanks!
     
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    as attractive as the design is for the ultimate stand, I have used one that self-destructed...
     
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    gitarboy Silver Supporting Member

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    I'm pretty sure thay claim a 75 lb limit... my amp is about 50lbs, I agree... I wouldn't want to go too much heavier...

    Steve
     
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    Blueswede Gold Supporting Member

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    I just went shopping at GC for some items; another amp stand was one of them. I use two, both made by Ultimate Stand, I believe. Only about $30 each, and they're pretty well made. Weight shouldn't be an issue. BTW- I only use GC for odds and ends, not for guitars or amps. Steve
     
  12. John Phillips

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    IMO the best amp stand you can buy is a good road case - and put the amp on the lid. It lifts it to the right height, but doesn't tilt it... which IMO is a good thing - tilting the amp towards your ears totally distorts your perception of its tone as it will be heard out-front. My personal experience is that waist-high and not tilted gives the most accurate indication of out-front tone with a smaller combo.

    And, when you're not using it as a stand, the case doubles as a handy protector for your amp which makes it easier to load without worrying about it. :)


    (You don't need a massively heavy, oversize full flightcase BTW - a lightweight one will work perfectly well. If you can stand on it, it's strong enough.)
     
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    Thanks for the replies guys. I had several gigs this weekend so I had a chance to try some stuff. Picked up one of the Ultimate folding stands but think I'll be returning it. I thought that angling the amp up towards me was a good idea but it was cutting my freakin head off!! Plus it seems a little flimsy, it appears that most of the weight is focused on the little cap that holds the arms to the frame, one of mine came off and the arm fell off, not good. Probably OK for small amps but not my 55lb 2x12 TopHat Super Deluxe.....I ended up using a milk crate on the last gig, carried all my cords and stuff in it and then just turned it over and put the amp on top, perfect. Gets it off the ground high enough where I can hear it better but doesn't point it right at my head. Plus it's cheap, convenient and stable, which I like. I like the roadcase idea but I priced them out at about $350 and I can't really justify that expense right now for the occasional local gigs.....
     
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    Doesn't have to be that expensive. Check out Affordable cases, they have a wide range and levels of quality cases:
    http://www.affordable-cases.com/catalog/viewItem.html?styleId=1&productId=336
     
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    A very different (and IMHO effective) "amp stand" is a Weber Beamblocker with the amp on the floor. Around $15 each--try one, two..
    Jeff
     
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    I'm was thinking of trying out "nycase" from ebay. They appear to have some el-cheapo cases (about 80 bucks) that are carpet lined.
    I'm going to put a hardwood 2x12 from Sultone in there covered with a Tuki or something similar.
    I'll be moving it myself so the only thing I expect it to do is keep the cab from getting scratched on load in and load out as well as serve as an stand.
    I'll update this thread with a review when I get it. Also if anyone has used them, info would be appreciated.

    Ebay Link: http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZnycase

    chedgeco... :cool:
     
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    shallbe Deputy Plankspanker Gold Supporting Member

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    I don't like them. I own one, but have never used it on a gig. I don't like the sound of any of my amps on it.
     
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    +1 on this one. I've been using this with a Super Z which is the size of a Bassman and it works great.
     

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