Bugera BVV3000 vs Hartke HA5500 vs Peavey Mark IV
I am thinking about getting a decent yet cheap amp.
Right now I have a Peavey 400 Mark IV from 1980. A friend changed for me the big power capacitors and a couple of smaller ones and if I run the bass straight into the power amp (bypassing the preamp) it seems to sound OK, but the preamp section is useless, the sound is thin and twangy. I could change the capacitors in the preamp as well, hoping to get a clean sound, for about 20$ and my friend doing the work.
I have heard in the shop the Bugera BVV3000 by change when testing a bass. I was very much surprised with it, has a fat, clean, powerful tone. Sounds a bit vintage, not like the newer SS amps, but that's fine for me.
I have also played the Hartke HA5500. Very clean sound, and the features on it are there for a practical reason and not marketing (compression, contour, SS and tube pre-amp blend, etc.).
Obviously the Bugera is all tube, the Hartke is hybrid and the Peavey is solid-state (uses oval aluminum transistors, the only ones' sound I like).
I play a Fender Precision. Which one of these options do you think would be best: fixing the Peavey, getting the Bugera or the Hartke? I know a lot of people play Ampeg, I have played a couple of those, including the SVT-4 (I think) but I don't like the sound, and I'm also not very keen on buying an expensive used tube amp.
P.S. I have a Peavey 410TVX cab which is great but can't fit in my car. I will probably change it for a smaller 115.
Last edited by Noot : 02-15-2013 at 05:16 AM.