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Greetings from sunny (no, really!) Scotland! My son, spender of all my cash and now possessor of an ever expanding collection of basses, is very shortly going to require some serious amplification. Although I intend to sell him into slavery (or at least make him get a job) to raise at least some of the cash himself, I will undoubtedly have to stump up a proportion of it. Whilst he would wish to duplicate Flea's rig, or perhaps Michael Anthony's, I would like your opinion on whether to go for a) a decent combo such as a Trace Elliott or b) start off with a modest head/cab combination, such as one of the Peavys I have listened to recently. Peavy used to be the amp the last guy into the rehersal room got, but these were good and relatively cheap! Also, given that the Astrodomes are a bit away yet, what power should he go for?
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I just bought an Avatar 2x12 speaker cab. Handles 900 watts @ 4 ohms. The price was a nice 361.00 with shipping the US. I am very pleased with it. You could probably get an inexpensive head (new or used) to go with this and he would have plenty of power for a while. Check out reviews on places like Harmony Central.

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i agree with both of them...

 

I got a Carvin R600 and an Avatar 2x10 and 1x15 for about $1300 with shipping... i think thats how much it cost...

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Peavey stuff is good straight out of the box, BUT...........

 

Every piece of older Peavey gear I've ever heard has an unrepairable scratchiness & intermittence in operation. Dunno if the stuff they make nowadays is any different, but I'm leery of it anyway.

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An Avatar cab is a good suggestion. Also, I don't have any idea how they sound, but Behringer makes a 300 watt Bass head that sells for the unbelievably low price of 200 dollars US, and I'm told the company is based out of Germany, so it seems it would be just as easy to buy one of those over in the UK as it would be to buy one here in terms of price.

 

These things are seriously tempting. I know some people don't like Behringer stuff, but I wonder how a 300 watt Behringer head through a decent 4x10 (like the Avatar) would sound? It would be much more of a rig than I had when I first started playing, that's for sure.

 

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Originally posted by coyote:

Peavey stuff is good straight out of the box, BUT...........

 

Every piece of older Peavey gear I've ever heard has an unrepairable scratchiness & intermittence in operation. Dunno if the stuff they make nowadays is any different, but I'm leery of it anyway.

About how old? I have a TNT130 I bought back in the mid 80's that I've never had a problem with!! Peavey's are pretty much built like tanks! You may have encountered a bad batch!
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Originally posted by DWBass:

About how old? I have a TNT130 I bought back in the mid 80's that I've never had a problem with!! Peavey's are pretty much built like tanks! You may have encountered a bad batch!
Ditto - the problem with old Peavey gear is that it never breaks and will producing mediocre bass sounds long after humanity has become extinct. Some of the more recent Peavey gear sounds really rather good (my Sessionbass had a nice sound, just not enough power) and appears to still have the same indestructible build quality.

 

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As a fellow Scot I wish I could help, but I have nothing like the detailed knowledge of gear of some of the folks round here. I'm guessing your son may be less interested in portability and some of the subtler refinements than some of us oldies and will be looking for bang for buck.

 

I had a Hartke set up that I was happy with for years. Hartke have a new range of cabs out that are astonishingly cheap, a 4 x 10" working out at £245 (see here)

 

http://www.netzmarkt.de/thomann/herst-791.html?iwid=2&sn=e3891766ebe79932db9fae6193b6fb74

 

Stick a 3500 bass top on top of that (c £320, also from Thomann) and you have what should be a pretty decent and loud rig for £565. I'd canvas plenty of second opinion before ordering though, some folks don't like Hartke.

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