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Looking for small bass amp -- Suggestions please?


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Ok here is the deal, I'm planning to buy a new small bass combo amp to practice here at home.

 

The thing is:

 

- I don't want a 200w amp.

- I don't want it to sound HORRIBLE, though I don't mind if it sounds fair, this is just a practice amp.

Which eliminates a lot of products since they're all too powerful, or they plain sucks.

 

I'm looking forward 35-50 watts bass amps.

Suggestion?

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Check out the Peavey Microbass combo. It is really tiny; about 15W, I think, but has the best bass sound of any combos of that size I have played. The next one up the chain might be good for you too. Remember, it is a practice amp and therefore doesn't sound like a big rig.

 

Your mileage may vary, so remember to test drive first.

 

Guy

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How much dough you wanna spend?

 

I have an Ampeg B210 digital - Perfect size for home and does the work at gigs. I bought it for $700 new. You can plug a cd player into it as well as run headphones out.

 

The Peavey backstage series was always the bedroom standby. reasonable and affordable.

 

Or a POD with a set of Headphones.

 

Behrenger, anyone?

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I picked up a Peavey Backstage + on e-bay for $78.00 plus shipping. 35W and a good sound for a practice amp. Suits my needs at a reasonable price.

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Originall posted by getz76 - My favorite practice amp is a set of headphones; I plug my bass or guitar into a SansAmp GT-2, which gets plugged into my computer's Audio-In jack... presto. Play along with MP3's or CD's or just jam.
Me too. But lately I've been listening to alot of sattelite music and have heard some tunes I wish I could jam to - I long for a small practice amp. -SWR LA8 looks cool.

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I have nothing nice to say so . . .

 

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Does the satellite radio have an output you could hook up to your computer? -getz76
Digital music channels on my TV dish.

 

I need to separate work and playing - at least for now. I need to get my practice setup away from my work space.

 

I wanna hear something and go "COOL!" and get out of this chair and run over and turn on an amp and play. An then, of course, come back to this stinkin' chair. :P

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I have nothing nice to say so . . .

 

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Ampeg BA-112. Great little practice amp that can gig in small sound situations and just sounds great.

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Peavey Micro, and GK makes (made?) some tiny units - 57pbass has one that sounds great (another of his toys I happened to try one night...). I'm not a big fan of the Ampegs, but I think would be great for what you want. Roland for sure. The amps I really disliked in this category was the SWR LA series and (even worse) the Fender Bassman 60.

 

Good Luck!

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Originally posted by music-man:

SWR Workingman's 10.

 

I went through a number of amps (bought and returned) before settling on the WM10 - I've even gigged with it in small clubs.

I think that is a bit more than he needs for a practice amp, the LA8 is probably the best thing if you want an SWR amp.

 

its 200 at musicians friend, should be able to do a it better at Guitar Center. 35 watts, simple controls, and you can plug a second bass or a CD player into it. To top it all off, it looks kinda cool.

 

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/srs7/g=bass/search/detail/base_pid/482036/

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Originally posted by music-man:

Originally posted by ChrisOfDoom:

I think that is a bit more than he needs for a practice amp, the LA8 is probably the best thing if you want an SWR amp.

Maybe so. I just can't stand the way the LA8 sounds.
I never actually played the 8 now that I think about it, but I do use an LA12 for my practice though. Oh well, just something for our friend to look into.
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I haven't been impressed w/ the SWR LA-8 or LA-12. I haven't played the 15.

 

The WM10 can be had for reasonable $$ used and pops up on eBay semi-regularly. It's small enough for practice, but w/ a DI and quality tone it can do much more (if necessary).

 

Some of the Ampeg combos (besides the B50R that I have) might work, too. Like the BA112, for example.

 

The Eden Nemesis combos are lightweight and louder than you need. However, if you can catch a used one -- snatch it up. Perhaps the 1x12 combo...

 

Also, try searching this forum using the term "practice amp" and see what comes up in past threads.

 

Peace.

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I have a GK Blackline 110 70 watts ($260 at Musician's Friends). its not bad. I got it pretty cheap so cant complain too much. after all, I just use it to practice and was better than the Fender guitar amp I was using :e

 

I'm jonesin to buy a new bigger amp. would love to get a nemesis 210 but seems to be just outta my reach (and the only place it seems I can get one is thru an online store). but been eyeballin a Ashdown MAG 210-300, looking good, just need to find one to hear what its like.

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I just got a Pignose Hog 30 from Musician's Friend for $119+s/h. Sounds pretty darn good, made for bass, Funk Bass switch, headphone jack, extra line in jack, and can run on it's own rechargeable batteries. My rhythm guitarist and I both plugged in and practiced on it. Love the Funk Bass effect. Rated 30 but peaks at 25. Will be taking it down to the beach.
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I'm happy with my Hartke B30. It was only $120, and it sounds pretty good for a practice amp. It is a little on the heavy side for its size though.

 

You would probably be good with a B30 or B20. or even a B15, the one that Hartke has with it's bass starter package.

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