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57basstra
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Username: 57basstra

Post Number: 1002
Registered: 4-2005
Posted on Wednesday, June 17, 2009 - 8:41 pm:   Edit Post

A few good pickers I used to jam live with have come up with a young hot rod guitar player and they want to give it a go and I am onboard as the bass player/singer. I really do not want to leave my GK, Ampeg, Sunn and/or Fender rigs at the practice place and these stacks are too big to haul around each time we get together.

Please, what are some recommendations for powerful, good sounding yet portable bass amps? Price is always a consideration, but not necessarily the driving factor.

Any help would be appreciated.

(Message edited by 57basstra on June 17, 2009)
lidon2001
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Username: lidon2001

Post Number: 413
Registered: 4-2005
Posted on Wednesday, June 17, 2009 - 9:01 pm:   Edit Post

Check out www.carvin.com

BX500 head has a good weight/power/price ratio.

Add cabinet of your choice.

T
57basstra
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Username: 57basstra

Post Number: 1003
Registered: 4-2005
Posted on Wednesday, June 17, 2009 - 9:11 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks, Tom.

I may be looking for an all-in-one combo unit rather than another head and cabinet. I would like to be able to grab and go (80ish pounds thereabouts or less)...

It needs to have some power because these guys are loud...

...this would be for practice and perhaps small gigs (if it goes that far.)

If we get any large venues, I already have several amp (and DI) options
john_judge
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Username: john_judge

Post Number: 92
Registered: 4-2009
Posted on Wednesday, June 17, 2009 - 9:57 pm:   Edit Post

check out the TRI 115L Accugroove, combo, specs are as follows:
3-Way Studio Monitor Sound w/ 15 woofer, 6.5 mid & 2 Tweeters
Power: 500 Watts (Up to 1,100 w/ 2nd cab) ; Weight: 58 Lbs.
Dimensions: 24.75W x 25.5H x 18.25D
this thing kicks butt!
sonicus
Intermediate Member
Username: sonicus

Post Number: 119
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Wednesday, June 17, 2009 - 11:30 pm:   Edit Post

The G-K Micro Bass series such as the MB150E is a very popular small session amp and is just about the industry standard among Double Bass players (acoustic bass). if you want a bit more volume in a small combo then there is the SWR RED HEAD with quite a bit more punch . I have three of the small G-K's. I like both the SWR RED HEAD and the little G-K's for small applications.
slawie
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Username: slawie

Post Number: 82
Registered: 8-2002
Posted on Thursday, June 18, 2009 - 1:20 am:   Edit Post

There was some discussion here that may be interesting to you.

http://alembic.com/club/messages/393/62421.html?1241506062

slawie
dnburgess
Senior Member
Username: dnburgess

Post Number: 623
Registered: 1-2003
Posted on Thursday, June 18, 2009 - 2:29 am:   Edit Post

For micro combos I can recommend any of Acoustic Image, Phil Jones and AER.
svlilioukalani
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Username: svlilioukalani

Post Number: 59
Registered: 6-2008
Posted on Thursday, June 18, 2009 - 3:13 am:   Edit Post

Check out the Genz Benz Shuttle. Great sound and small.
andbassforall
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Username: andbassforall

Post Number: 51
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Thursday, June 18, 2009 - 3:21 am:   Edit Post

I second the proposal for the GB Shuttle series! I have a 1X12 combo and it's done it's job and more at all sorts of gigs. Good luck in your search.
crobbins
Advanced Member
Username: crobbins

Post Number: 383
Registered: 6-2004
Posted on Thursday, June 18, 2009 - 10:07 am:   Edit Post

Markbass.

http://www.markbass.it/
lidon2001
Senior Member
Username: lidon2001

Post Number: 414
Registered: 4-2005
Posted on Thursday, June 18, 2009 - 2:20 pm:   Edit Post

The Carvin head is available in combos as well. I just think it's hard to beat a 500w @ 4 ohm combo with 2x10 that weighs around 50 lbs for about $620, and "made" in the USA. Of course, price is my determining factor these days.

All of the others that are mentioned are great per the many reviews about them. I'm an AccuGroove fan and owner myself, Tri112, and would like to try the Genz Benz and Markbass offerings.

115 210
olieoliver
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Username: olieoliver

Post Number: 2513
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Thursday, June 18, 2009 - 2:28 pm:   Edit Post

I've played through a Markbass combo. They do sound good and are very powerful. I can't speak for how durable they are. They aren't cheap either.
I've never used a CArvin amp but have heard good things from people who have. The price is right.

OO
mike13
Junior
Username: mike13

Post Number: 47
Registered: 11-2007
Posted on Thursday, June 18, 2009 - 6:54 pm:   Edit Post

Check out A.E.R.Amp One,I,ve had one on trial for 3 weeks, 13 kilos, great EQ just got back from a 4 day jazz festival where I played 10 x 1 hour sets with 4 bands in 8 venues with my S2 really good,got heaps of good comments about it from other musos,so I bought it from the Bass People in Sydney OZ (Dave Burgess)
davehouck
Moderator
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 8207
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Thursday, June 18, 2009 - 7:03 pm:   Edit Post

You just played ten one hour sets with four bands in eight venues over four days. Wow!
olieoliver
Senior Member
Username: olieoliver

Post Number: 2516
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Thursday, June 18, 2009 - 7:12 pm:   Edit Post

WOW,thats a lot of playing. Glad to see someone staying busy. I'm not sure I could do that anymore. I'm so out of shape it's crazy.

Need to start calling you Mighty Mike.

OO
mike13
Junior
Username: mike13

Post Number: 48
Registered: 11-2007
Posted on Thursday, June 18, 2009 - 7:13 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Dave,how are you?,yeah it was great,it was on the south coast,did you sell your fretless?
mike13
Junior
Username: mike13

Post Number: 49
Registered: 11-2007
Posted on Thursday, June 18, 2009 - 7:20 pm:   Edit Post

Hey Olie,it's a fair bit of playing,but the sets were not back to back so you get chance for a beer or two in between
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 8209
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Thursday, June 18, 2009 - 7:23 pm:   Edit Post

I'm fine, thanks! I'm like Olie, that sounds like a bit more of a workout than I could pull off. The fretless Series I? No, it's still here.
mike13
Junior
Username: mike13

Post Number: 50
Registered: 11-2007
Posted on Thursday, June 18, 2009 - 7:38 pm:   Edit Post

I think it depends on the guys around you,two of the bands are 7 piece,4 rythym 3 front line trad jazz plenty of freedom in the music to move around and we only work festivals,do about 7 a year all over OZ
gare
Senior Member
Username: gare

Post Number: 451
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Friday, June 19, 2009 - 10:44 am:   Edit Post

I'll second the Markbass. I've used a LMII head for 4 years and have had no problems. Also like the 2x10 combo and the Jeff Berlin model. Both are 300 watts @ 8 ohms and outputs for an additional 8 ohm cabinet..bumping it up to 500 watts.
But like Olie said, not the cheapest on the market.
kilowatt
Intermediate Member
Username: kilowatt

Post Number: 104
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Friday, June 19, 2009 - 1:47 pm:   Edit Post

I have an Eden Metro and the thing has punch to spare. It's not cheap, or light, but it sounds great. If needed, and I know you have larger rigs, you can drop a 410 under the metro and cover just about any gig. You could then unload some larger stuff to free up some funds.
Good luck. Let us know what you come up with.

Regards,
Pete
57basstra
Senior Member
Username: 57basstra

Post Number: 1005
Registered: 4-2005
Posted on Friday, June 19, 2009 - 4:41 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks guys for all of the tips. I am still shopping and looking and as we all know that is a good deal of the fun.

Has anyone had any experience with an Ashdown? This one would be a Mag 300 with a 15 speaker. Supposed to be 308 watts at 4 ohms at about 65 pounds. (This one is nearby driving distance at a good price it seems.)

I may just set up one of my stacks and have at the guitar players.

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