Fender Rumble - 200 or 500?

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  1. kwaping

    kwaping Guitar payer Silver Supporting Member

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    I'm looking to play jam sessions, as well as practice at home. I'm not adverse to spending money, but my wife is! With that said, should I go for the Rumble 500 or would the 200 be sufficient? How about the 1x15 in the 200 versus the 2x10 in the 500 - is that a big consideration?

    I've only played the Rumble 100, can't find the 200 or 500 nearby. I was very impressed by the 100 though!
     
  2. kcducttaper

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    The Rumble 200 has a total of 200 watts with an 8ohm extension cab and is only pushing 140 watts by itself. I had a Peavey TKO 115s that was a 15" 85 watt amp and it really struggled to keep up with non-mic'ed drums in jam sessions and small gigs, so I fear that depending on your jam sessions, you may have a similar issue with the 200.

    Also, a 15" will sound different than 2x10" speakers, so that may play a role in your decision as well. Personally, I'd much rather go with the 500 for the additional $150 although I can't bring myself to get a fender bass amp.
     
  3. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    for $150 difference it's the 500 by a mile!

    i'd skip the combo and get the head, then whatever cab you need; that way the cab could be a 1x12 or something for home noodling and coffeehouse gigs or a big ol' 4x10 for loud rock shows.

    buying something that ends up not being enough to do the job is false economy.
     
  4. kwaping

    kwaping Guitar payer Silver Supporting Member

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    Thanks guys, you've validated my own leaning. Wish I could afford the head and a cab, but that's not in the budget right now.
     
  5. walterw

    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    the 500 head and any ol' used bass cab off craigslist would likely kick butt.
     
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    kwaping Guitar payer Silver Supporting Member

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    Hmm, okay thanks, I'll check into that. Budget for the cab would be only $100 or so.
     
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    kwaping Guitar payer Silver Supporting Member

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    Just to circle back, I bought the Rumble 500 this weekend and I couldn't be happier. It's a great bedroom amp too!
     
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    500. Those Rumbles are not the loudest 500 watts. Compared to say a 500 watt GK.
     
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    I bought one of the Rumble 500 combos last month. It is plenty loud enough to cut through my bands mix at bar gigs, and it sounds fantastic. The added bonus is that it's lighter than carrying my old tube head and 410 cab!
     
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