First decent amp
Hi guys! I'm new here.
I have been playing the bass for about a year now.
I really like this instrument and I'm planning an amp upgrade. Right now I have a diy 5 watt EL84 tube amp and a crappy Stagg bass amp but I usually play through my studio monitors + sub. But that's not an ideal setup either.
I want to buy something that will last a long time for me, but I don't want to spend too much.
I play a jazz bass. I mostly play vintage rock and I like a warm, fat sound like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljpO5DIPhVQ
I was thinking about buying a head and cab because that's more flexible than a combo.
I saw a second hand Hartke LH500 head for 160 euros (price new is here 300 euros). It's a really simple amp with a tube front end and 500 watts of solid state power. I thought this might be something for me because I really like my tube amp, but it's very low on power, even for home use. Will the much more powerful Hartke do it for me?
For the cabinet, I will need a 2x10 or a small 1x15, because I don't have a lot of space in my room. But i don't know what type will sound best for me.
I saw a second hand Yamaha BBT210S for 180 euros. It's a 2x10 with a tweeter and 250 watts. It's 4 ohms so my small tube amp can be connected to it, that's a plus. Is this cab something for me?
Every opinion is appreciated.
I can highly recommend the Hartke LH 500. But I never have heard it paired with the Yamaha BBT210S. Anyway, you should be very carefull with a cab that is able to handle 250 Watt @ 4 Ohm - because the LH 500 delivers twice the power, 500 Watt @ 4 Ohm.
I would look for a cab in 8 Ohm, don't know, go for what you like, I for myself would prefer a 212''-cab. The LH 500 will deliver 300 Watt @ 8 Ohm, this is a power rate lots of cabs are able to handle. Later you can purchase a second cab in 8 Ohm to get the full power out of your amp.
But be aware about rule #1, if it is possible, play that cab with your amp and your bass to make sure you like the sound.
It's also not likely that I'm going to use all the power in that amp, it's for home use and small rehearsals only. I'm more interested in the way the cab and amp sound, i don't think power will be a problem for me.
Smart move in looking at the used market. Where are you located? And does your name happen to be Francis?
Does somebody else know a good budget cab that pairs nicely with the Hartke LH500?
The amp was cranked on maximum power and full gain, I think it put out so much sub low the speaker couldn't handle it anymore. I don't exactly know the power output of the amp but it's a single ended EL84 class A amp. Can't be much more than 5 watts.
But that's a completely different story.
That was a reference to an old movie, Stripes. Funny stuff. As for a cab, have you considered building one? There are free plans around, and you should be able to find one that suits your needs and budget. The amp gurus here can point you in the right direction.
Sorry i ruined your movie reference ;)
I have considered building my own cab but the speakers people recommend are usually more expensive than an entire second hand cabinet...
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