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Username: connor

Post Number: 48
Registered: 9-2009
Posted on Friday, October 22, 2010 - 4:42 pm:   Edit Post

Right now my rig consists of an Alembic F-2B and SF-2. Unfortunately I'm on a tight budget and can only afford a power amp in the $300-$400 range. Any suggestions?

Username: davehouck

Post Number: 9753
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Friday, October 22, 2010 - 5:35 pm:   Edit Post

Glancing at Ebay I see that in the last two weeks three QSC PLX 2402s have sold in that range. This would suggest that this is the market for that amp and that you should be able to find one fairly soon at that price. However all three listings appeared to be from 'shops' rather than individual owners; so that may be a factor.

What kind of cab or cabs are you driving? You should be looking for something that matches up with the ohm and watts ratings of your cabs.
Username: rxbassman

Post Number: 32
Registered: 1-2004
Posted on Sunday, October 24, 2010 - 7:46 pm:   Edit Post

I have a Stewart World 2.1 power amp for sale. $400.
I bought it in 2004 from Bass Northwest for $825.
Perfect condition, always in a rackcase.
400w x 2 @ 8 ohms
650w x 2 @ 4 ohms
2100w bridged @ 4 ohms
Dale in Michigan
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Username: elwoodblue

Post Number: 1113
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Sunday, October 24, 2010 - 8:57 pm:   Edit Post

Thats a good price,
I use one and have been loving it.

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Username: funkyjazzjunky

Post Number: 629
Registered: 5-2007
Posted on Monday, October 25, 2010 - 3:32 pm:   Edit Post

Check out Carvin amps

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Username: gtrguy

Post Number: 316
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 - 12:26 pm:   Edit Post

You might find an ADA B500B bass amp. They are two amps in one and sound great.

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Username: pierreyves

Post Number: 702
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 - 12:54 pm:   Edit Post

You can find the same in USA
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Username: musashi

Post Number: 101
Registered: 5-2004
Posted on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 - 2:23 pm:   Edit Post

Find an old Trace Elliot. They are beasts with lots of headroom.
Username: skyboltone

Post Number: 2
Registered: 11-2010
Posted on Sunday, November 21, 2010 - 5:10 pm:   Edit Post

This may be the worst idea ever but; with that kind of front end why not use a Crown USA made PA amp. Strapped or paralleled for proper match to your cabinet. I bought a Crown Com Tech 400 for under $100 shipped. This is no lightweight though. Easily 40 lbs and no knobs. It's meant to take your pre output (through whatever effects) and make it big. Crown has proprietary circuitry to protect the amp from subsonic oscillations too. Pretty tough animals.
Username: svlilioukalani

Post Number: 79
Registered: 6-2008
Posted on Monday, November 22, 2010 - 4:22 pm:   Edit Post

Check out a Hartke LH500 - Bass Amplifier. The guys at BassNW turned me on to em. They sound so much like my Alembic FX-1, I don't need to take one to gigs. Cheep, reliable, and sounds great. It is a big improvement over past Hartke ambs. $350 new and it blows doors.
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Username: pace

Post Number: 654
Registered: 4-2004
Posted on Monday, November 22, 2010 - 6:37 pm:   Edit Post

Get a few of these and string 'em together~

:-) :-) :-) :-)
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Username: edwin

Post Number: 817
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Sunday, December 12, 2010 - 11:54 pm:   Edit Post

My Crest CA9 was within your budget from ebay and is amazing. If you can deal with the weight, I highly recommend the CA6 or CA9.
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Username: 2400wattman

Post Number: 856
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Monday, December 13, 2010 - 12:28 am:   Edit Post

I must concur with Edwin on the Crest amps. I had a CA6 and deeply regret selling it. Weight issues aside they are the stoutest amps on the market for being two space-they are deep though. I would consider putting it in it's own rack and putting your preamps and efx in another rack to distribute the weight. They're worth every penney.
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Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 2268
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Monday, December 13, 2010 - 3:39 am:   Edit Post

I've often wondered about those Electro harmonix amps and if it is worth getting one as a backup but I assume they would get into overdrive well before getting any useful clean stage volume. Do you have any experience of them?

Username: jimbryan

Post Number: 1
Registered: 11-2010
Posted on Monday, December 13, 2010 - 5:44 am:   Edit Post

I found a QSC Power amp on ebay for 150 a couple of years ago.
Blooming weighs a ton,but a great amp!
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Username: jacko

Post Number: 2816
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Monday, December 13, 2010 - 6:31 am:   Edit Post

Hi Jim and welcome to the club from Scotland. Why not introduce yourself in the 'introductions' section and show us some pics of your distillate?

Username: hgregs

Post Number: 21
Registered: 4-2010
Posted on Monday, December 13, 2010 - 9:10 am:   Edit Post

hey connor - i see you're selling your pre and sf2 - curious what combination you decided on.
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Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 2269
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Monday, December 13, 2010 - 9:46 am:   Edit Post

I found a used QSC in a music shop a few years ago and got it for a good price and it's a great clean amp.

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Username: sonicus

Post Number: 1471
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Monday, December 13, 2010 - 10:03 am:   Edit Post

About almost a year ago we started a similar thread ;

Happy power amp hunting!
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Username: benson_murrensun

Post Number: 394
Registered: 5-2007
Posted on Monday, December 13, 2010 - 1:21 pm:   Edit Post


I have experience with the Electro-Harmonix 22 Calibre amp. I was not happy with it. Yes, it's amazing that a little pedal-sized box can do what it gets fairly loud... but... it goes into distortion very easily, and that distortion was not smooth and creamy. When I hooked it up to a real articulate speaker I was not happy with the sound the amp was sending. Another thing: E-H said the amp was compatible with a 4-ohm speaker, which turned out to be not true. I pinned them on it and they said I was correct. But they did not offer to take it back; they just said to try to return it to the dealer. Not good service.
Now they have a 44-watt version; perhaps it is far superior to the 22 Calibre. But I would need to be sure it was what I need and not trust what their ads say.
I wouldn't even bother to try it for bass guitar applications.


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