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gtrguy
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Username: gtrguy

Post Number: 325
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Thursday, November 25, 2010 - 1:27 pm:   Edit Post

I am tired of lugging my rig out to practices 4 times a week and am looking for a small self-contained bass amp that can play loud enough with a band.

I have been playing a SWR working man amp at a church I play at that has a single 10 that seems pretty good. It also has a line out that goes into the house mix. Anyone have other thoughts on what might work?

I suppose this topic has popped up before. I know a pro who uses a small SWR with a sadowsky belt pack size pre that sounds very good. He travels all over with it.

Thanks,
Dave
adriaan
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Username: adriaan

Post Number: 2693
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, November 25, 2010 - 1:30 pm:   Edit Post

I've always liked the WM 12, which has a higher wattage than the 10 version - 120W (160W with an 8 ohm extension speaker).
88persuader
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Username: 88persuader

Post Number: 436
Registered: 5-2004
Posted on Thursday, November 25, 2010 - 5:06 pm:   Edit Post

Pricy but Markbass has several small combos that would work great for rehearsal and weigh very little.
hankster
Advanced Member
Username: hankster

Post Number: 247
Registered: 6-2004
Posted on Thursday, November 25, 2010 - 5:09 pm:   Edit Post

Galien-Kruger combo with a single 12. Clean, loud, versatile workhorse. A bit pricey, but worth it.
sonicus
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Username: sonicus

Post Number: 1430
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Thursday, November 25, 2010 - 5:54 pm:   Edit Post

I have an old Gallien-Kruger MB150E , it has a single 12. It is Quite amazing.
http://www.gallien-krueger.com/products_mb_series.html

I use it when I am not using my rack rig
crobbins
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Username: crobbins

Post Number: 731
Registered: 6-2004
Posted on Thursday, November 25, 2010 - 7:06 pm:   Edit Post

I like the Markbass amps.
sonicus
Senior Member
Username: sonicus

Post Number: 1431
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Thursday, November 25, 2010 - 7:21 pm:   Edit Post

Michael Manring seems to like the Markbass gear as well . That's what he had the last time I saw him . He told me that they were great for flying around to his gigs . He sounds great with his little rig. But then he is always a treat for me to hear ______and see live _____
room037
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Username: room037

Post Number: 363
Registered: 9-2003
Posted on Thursday, November 25, 2010 - 8:53 pm:   Edit Post

For practice ? no giging ?
I prefer Phil Jones Bass Briefcase or Bass cub.
Briefcase has clearness sounds at room, but if you play at open back space, you want more lowend.
Bass cub sounds are rough than briefcase, but it has 2ch with phone-3pin conposite input and AUX in.
These specs are very useful for multi instruments with MP3 or singing etc...

If you want to play with these amp at gig, Please keep a channel of Mixer for DI out.
Both amps are 100W power.

Eiji
sonicus
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Username: sonicus

Post Number: 1432
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Thursday, November 25, 2010 - 10:29 pm:   Edit Post

I recently checked out a Phil jones Briefcase , I thought that the articulation was very good, I agree with Eiji regarding connection via the DI out for a gig.
jazzyvee
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 2247
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, November 25, 2010 - 11:07 pm:   Edit Post

I've had a Phil Jones Briefcase for a good few years now and it's a great little practice amp. I've not used it live for bass yet but have used it many times mic'd up for a guitar gig when my Fender Twin was in for service. Not perfect sound for electric guitar but useable if you are playing clean. Alembic guitars seem to sound better through them than passive strats I think.

It is however great with electric acoustic guitar.

Jazzyvee
white_cloud
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Username: white_cloud

Post Number: 7
Registered: 6-2010
Posted on Friday, November 26, 2010 - 3:30 am:   Edit Post

TC Electronic BG500. Affordable, very loud and sounds fantastic.

I love mine.
davehouck
Moderator
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 9895
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Friday, November 26, 2010 - 6:08 am:   Edit Post

John; Slawie was asking about the TC Electronic RS210 in this thread. TC seems to be moving into the bass world.
murray
Junior
Username: murray

Post Number: 25
Registered: 7-2007
Posted on Friday, November 26, 2010 - 8:35 am:   Edit Post

I heard a TC Electronic rig at Bass Direct, Warwick UK two weeks ago. It was good but not in same league as when the bloke with a MM Stingray went through a Genz Benz Shuttle and a Bergantino 210. The TC amp also looked over complicated. However, when I tried my Alembic Orion 4 through the GB/Bergantino set-up, the results were not as impressive as my MarkBass or EBS stuff. I guess for one cab I like a 15". For practice and gigs I think my Markbass Mini CMD 151P combo still is brilliant - 40lbs and 18" cube but you need to shell out about 1000 over here or 800 for the lighter 12".
jazzyvee
Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 2249
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Friday, November 26, 2010 - 10:46 am:   Edit Post

Hi Murray, I've been to that bass direct place a few times and they have a lot of interesting basses there. However I've only bought strings there and a case for my mesa boogie walkabout. On that subject one of the Mesa walkabout Scout combo's would be a great small practice amp.

Jazzyvee
benson_murrensun
Advanced Member
Username: benson_murrensun

Post Number: 382
Registered: 5-2007
Posted on Monday, November 29, 2010 - 10:59 am:   Edit Post

I really like my SWR Strawberry Blonde for sound and portability, but I don't think it would hold up for bass with a drum kit nearby... 80 Watts and a single 10" speaker.

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