What Combo Should I Get ?

Discussion in 'Bass Area; The Bottom Line' started by Electric I, Jun 13, 2008.

  1. Electric I

    Electric I Member

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    Need a combo to rehearse/gig with. Something not too big & heavy.

    Gotta keep up with a drummer playing hard rock/metal & preferably have a decent DI.

    Budget is $500, possibly $600, if necessary.

    What say you ?
     
  2. Funky Monkey

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    The Ampeg BA115 is quite easy to carrry, keeps up with a drummer no problem, and sounds GREAT. No rattles, speakers are up to the task, amp is reliable and the control panel/EQ is very effective. No more/no less power or features than you really need. Bonus: it's great for club gigs, too...and they usually sell for only $350.
     
  3. Alpha Audio Works

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    Ceck out the Eden / Nemesis RS series combos! GREAT tone and power, will drive extention cabs and easy to move. Might be on the higher side of your price range but WELL worth it.
     
  4. Electric I

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    Down to:

    Ampeg BA115

    SWR WorkingPro 12

    Unfortunately the Eden Nemesis is out of range.

    Thanks for the input, everyone.
     
  5. the(sims)

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    I see SWR Workingman 15's for around 250-300 on Craigslist pretty often. The aforementioned Ampegs are good, too. I'd disconnect the tweeter though. They hiss pretty loud!
     
  6. phatster

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    Ashdown makes a 120 watt combo with a 15"....I really like it as a practice amp and you can add another speaker for gigging.Check out ebay.
     
  7. d l x r e v e r b

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    Line 6 LowDown series is worth demo'ing.
    I've been considering buying a Line 6 LowDown 150 combo available new and shipped for just over 400 dollars. It's a 150 watt amp with 12 inch speaker and built-in Line 6 Bass Pod. Although a 12 inch speaker the Pod voicings create some tones more like a 15 inch speaker. Smaller size and much lighter weight than any 15 inch speaker combo. If ever needing more than 150 watts I would probably have PA support for the extra volume anyway.

    Also within your budget is the Line 6 LowDown 300 combo which is the 300 watt version with a 15 inch speaker.
     
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    The Ashdown is actually 180 watts...one on epray NOW.
     
  9. Moe45673

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    A Yorkville/Traynor 400W combo (maybe used) will do it easily. The BM or XM line fall within that price range easily, and I have yet to hear a bad word on any of them
     
  10. SgtThump

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    If it's a loud rock band, I wouldn't go any lower than 300-500 watts (solid-state.)
     
  11. Electric I

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    Thanks for the added suggestions, got some readin' to do...
     
  12. mgarrison99

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    Just picked up a Fender Rumble 100 210 at AMS for $349 shipped. It has a horn as well and some nice features. Kinda heavy, but not as bulky as my SWR Workingmans 15. Others I considered included the GK Backline 112, Fender Bassman 100, and Hartke Kickback 15. This one seemed to just have a little more features.

    Good luck!
     
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2008

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