Blown Combo Amp...Looking for ideas
Ok. I have been playing through a Fender Bassman 350W combo as my practice/small gig amp for about a decade. Well, it finally blew up about a month ago. When I say it blew up, I mean it fried every component in it. So, my question to all of you is this: Should I go looking for another 350W combo for practices and smaller gigs or do I buy a 1X15 Ampeg cab to use with my SVT3 Pro head for practice/small gigs and have the ability to stack it with my 800W 4X10 for larger gigs? I am leaning toward a combo for ease of transport I can't help but to think that running the SVT3 through a 1X15 is going to be an awesome rig for the smaller venues. Can't wait to hear what you guys think. Thanks .
What's your budget? How loud do you need to get?
As far as being loud, I like to have a lot of head room. As a matter of fact, the SVT3 has left me wanting in certain venues. At first, I considered selling my gigging rig and getting something louder, newer and lighter but I am not sure I am ready for that. I would think that I would want about 300W out of a combo. Could go a little less with a tube amp
From what I've been reading, asking 300 W from a combo is quite a bit to ask of one 15" speaker or 2 10"s and you may be looking at blown speakers. 300 W distributed to more than 1 cabinet more than likely is not. The science on speakers is to have two matched cabinets so the 15" with the 4x10" combo is not that great as the amp's power is sent to the cabinets equally (unless one is a 4 ohm and the other an 8 ohm cab where the four ohm cab would get 66% of the power) putting a lot of strain on the 15". I actually don't have a suggestion as I'm sure you don't want another 4x10 to lug around to practice unless you buy one and just leave it in the practice room.
Edit: go ahead with the 15" purchase for rehearsal/small gigs but don't pair it with the 4x10 for larger gigs. Only bring the 4x10 to big gigs.
A combo for $500 or so . . . there's the little Markbass Players School combo. I've tried one in the store and thought it sounded pretty good.
There's the small Ampeg combos.
The GC brand Acoustic 200 watt combo sounded good in the store but I don't know about their reliability . . . it's $499
The Peavey MAX 112 (a friend gigs with one).
There's not a lot of combos in that price range.
It would be tough to find a tube amp for that amount.
There's the Aguilar Tonehammer 350 and 500 amps. The Markbass LMKIII, Ampeg PF350 and PF500. GK amps. Probably more choice with separates but you'd still need a cab and not as convenient as a combo.
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