Best Setup for Portability...
I'm sure this has probably been asked to death so I apologize. But, I'm at the point that I'd like to try to slim my rid down even more. I currently have a LMII and 2 Epifani 1x10 cabinets. For upright, I seem to have to take both 1x10s to gigs to get a deep sound that I like. Its pretty portable but I'd like to see if I can get an all-in-one setup that'll fit what I need.
Id like to go no larger than a 12in speaker. I definitely want to keep the same amount of volume I have now and I'd like to keep the weight around 25lbs. I don't have a price in mind but I don't need to go broke.
I play both upright and electric in a 16 piece jazz big band and a 4 piece quartet.
Edit: I'm looking for a combo amp. Don't think I want to do a modular setup again.
I have two Schroeder Mini12Ls that are 21lbs each and sound great with my SL900 or the Max 9.2. If I need a bit more umph I have a Tri-115 that use as a single cab most often but one time I did mix it with the 12 with the tweeter and everyone told me it sounded great..... The mini 12s are decent cabs.. a little middy but with the right tweaking you can get that bottom out of them.
TC BH250 and Little Mark traveler 210 cabinet. (For louder gigs I add another 210 light cabinet) What's not to like?
Is it volume or tone that makes you use two 1x10's? If volume - a more efficient speaker, with lower ohms and greater cone excursion will help. A direct replacement speaker may just work for you.
Or thinking outside the square....
A friend made himself a fibreglass composite 2x12" cab that I could lift with one finger (under 25lbs). Still bulky but very lightweight & big sound.
It's the deeper sound I get running the 2 10s together. Volume wise, I could probably get a away with 1 10.
I don't know if I blatantly said it, but I'd like a combo amp. Don't think I want to do a modular setup again.
I'm quite pleased with a Streamliner 900 and an F110.
Any other suggestions? I've been looking at a Markbass 121P or an Acoustic Image Ten2 setup.
Pros for the MB is its less expensive and I think the 12in would produce enough volume and low end that I need.
Cons for the MB is, last time I played one of their cabs, it had a boxy sound.
Pros for the AI is it is very compact and, from what I understand, sounds great on double bass. Also it has 2x10s, which I like the sound of tens, but I dont know if the configuration its in would be a good representation.
Cons are mixed reviews for electric bass. Some say it may not be loud enough. Price.
Anything else I might consider? Keep in mind, I'd like a combo setup. The whole goal of this is to reduce the amount of components I need to take. I'd like an all-in-one that I just plug in and go.
i've been very happy with my markbass 121P for the lows and portability, but no experience running an upright through it. i know you're looking for a combo, but consider the markbass ny121 cab since you already have the lmii which is the same as the combo head in the 121P, and will run ~ $300-400 less if you're buying new. i prefer the ny cab to the 121p combo because the solo cab has a lil more room to breath without the amp taking up space (the cab & combo are matched in overall size), and it has a tweeter attenuator which the combo does not.
I'm going to suggest you at least audition the little Ampeg BA112.
I know it's "only" 50 watts, but it's a pretty loud and deep sounding 50 watts, and the tone puts it, at least in my mind, up there with the revered Rocket series of Ampeg combos.
I wasn't even looking for a 12" combo, but I happened to audition the entire line of the Ampeg BA series last week while I was in the city for business and I was so impressed by the little 112 that I'm pretty much going to go ahead and get one for myself.
Not even because I need it, but because it sounded so good. I was that impressed, so yeah, I'd encourage you to give 'em a whirl at least.
I recently picked up a MarkBass CMD 112P. There's quite nice tone shaping controls built in. Its 30lb weight was just what I was looking for.
I use a Zoom B3 effects unit to drive the signal and add slight effects. I really enjoy the sound I get.
Definitely not cheap, but I'm very happy with my AER Amp 3. About 30-35lbs. Crazy loud for the size, and excellent tone and punch.
Anyone compared AER amps with the Arnpool Crazy 88 cabs?
I heard you. Don't know if you want modular. I've recently purchased a GK 112Neo cab which I power with a GK MB 500. I find depth, big bottom and bright articulate highs. I feel this amp adjust out weak segments to my instrument. I feel the "eureka". It's so easy to pack. Hope that helps you.
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