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Advanced Member
Username: mint_bass

Post Number: 280
Registered: 1-2004
Posted on Sunday, April 01, 2007 - 3:46 pm:   Edit Post


i and was wondering if anyone has played through one or better still owns one so you can give me the low down.

or for that matter any solid state ampeg.

thanks in advance
Intermediate Member
Username: terryc

Post Number: 119
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Monday, April 02, 2007 - 1:49 am:   Edit Post

Senior Member
Username: ajdover

Post Number: 486
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Monday, April 02, 2007 - 5:20 am:   Edit Post

I have one. I bought it initially as a practice amp for use at home. It's OK - you'll not get the tube tone, but it will come reasonably close. Not too heavy, and I find the style knob quite useful. Ok for small clubs, but not something I'd take to a medium or large venue. I've never found the XLR out to be useful - I almost always use a direct box.

I also own an Ampeg BA210SP that I use here in Korea. You'd be better off buying one of these, or a higher powered BA115. Reason I say this is headroom. I don't have to push the BA210SP as much to get volume, though I don't need it really loud given the small venues I play here. The BA115 doesn't have the wattage (100 vs. 220 with the BA210), so if that is a concern, I'd recommend something with more power.

It's a solid amp though, great for small gigs, nice tone, fairly portable. It's served me well since 2003.

Senior Member
Username: dean_m

Post Number: 435
Registered: 7-2002
Posted on Monday, April 02, 2007 - 4:05 pm:   Edit Post

Hey Andrew,

My name is Dino Monoxelos. I'm actually the product specialist for Ampeg and full time Alembic fan!!!!!

The BA1115 is a good practice amp and can be used for some smaller gigs. It's only 100 watts. Ampeg also makes this same amp with a single 12AU7 in the preamp. It's called a BA115T. Does the tube make that much of a difference? Not a huge difference but it is subtle.

Like Alan is saying though, if you plan on using this amp as a multi purpose gig amp, you might want to consider the higher powered BA115HPT or the BA210SP. The HPT has a tube in it as well and each of these are 220 watts.

One other thing about the smaller BA115. I get a lot of complaints about the horn being "hissy". This is in part due to the piezo tweeter that they use as opposed to the 1" compression horn that is used in the high powered BA combos.

I hope this sheds some light for you. If you have any more Ampeg questions, you can hit me here or at
Advanced Member
Username: mint_bass

Post Number: 281
Registered: 1-2004
Posted on Thursday, April 05, 2007 - 5:36 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks guys thats helpful

I went to the shop today and i tried a few different ampeg combos including the Ba115, ba115t and the BA1210sp.

What i wanted it for was i am going back to university soon and i dont want to take my stack so i need something for my room but big enough for a jam if this comes about.

I liked it but the size put me off, although not as big as my stack its still a fair size.

While in the shop i tried a roland basscube and really liked that. its smaller with just a 1x12 but still 100 watts and just seemed a bit more practical for my needs so i think im going to go with that instead. Its also very light and has some cool extras.

thanks again
Senior Member
Username: ajdover

Post Number: 488
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Friday, April 06, 2007 - 9:27 am:   Edit Post


If you're looking for something to use at school, try Phil Jones Bass. I have a PJB briefcase that I absolutely love. It's small, has 100 watts, and is perfect for practice and the occasional jam at a low volume (though I probably wouldn't gig with it unless I ran the direct out into the board). You can get them used for about $450, so it's not terribly expensive and the workmanship and quality is top notch. They run off 120V, 220V, have an available internal battery that is rechargeable, and can even run off a car battery. I've taken mine to the beach, and it's a great unit.

PJB also has other small combos that would fit your needs. Give them a try, you might like them.

Senior Member
Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 807
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Saturday, April 07, 2007 - 3:10 am:   Edit Post

I too have a Phil Jones Bass Briefcase and it's a cracking good amp. I used it a couple of weeks ago for a live session at the BBC and it was fine. I was right next to the drummer and he could hear it and myself too.

I put it in the corner of a room with the bass port facing the corner and it was able to deliver significantly more bass.

DI out of the back to the desk and no complaints from the engineer about noise or anything.

If I'm honest it's not gonna give you bass you can feel like a larger combo but it's enough I would imagine for home practice and a small gig where you are playing...ahem... background music.

Interestingly, at the end of the gig I realised the mains supply extension I had plugged into wasn't live so we did the whole 1 hour session ( just 3 songs tho) on the internal battery.

I can highly recommend them.

Intermediate Member
Username: hankster

Post Number: 112
Registered: 6-2004
Posted on Saturday, April 07, 2007 - 3:51 am:   Edit Post

I would highly recommend the Gallien-Krueger microbass combos. 100 watts (150 with an extension cabinet), very small, loud, great sound for electric or acoustic bass, and durable. I have used one for years. Engineers are happy with the direct line out, it has a great, versatile, defined sound from the single 12.


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