Ampeg BA115 or Orange 50W
I'm a beginning bassist looking to get a small amp for college dorm room practice. It'll be used for 90% solo bedroom practice and 10% jamming with friends (but we're broke college students so mostly acoustic guitars or small amps). Actually, I'd prefer it not being any bigger because we're not supposed to use amplified instruments (thought everyone does) and there's no music practice room for half a mile (so smaller, more portable amps yay!). I'm looking at two amps right now that fit my needs and are around the same cost: a used, but good condition Ampeg BA115 and a new(ish) Orange PiX CR50BXT. I was considering the Ampeg BA115 until I started reading horror stories here about people who got the amp. It seems like every positive story I hear is immediately met with at least a couple bad ones. The Orange 50W is half the wattage but when I went to a GC and tried the two out, it was probably just as loud (though with my untrained ears, that could mean anything). Do you guys have any experiences or recommendations? Also, if any of you know of a nice combo that I can get for around $200-250, that'd be great.
Also, I saw some bass amps that are labeled "manufacturer refurbished" or "factory refurbished." Can anyone testify to the quality of those amps?