$800 Bass Rig - as loud as possible

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  1. TravTrav

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    If you had $800 to burn, what amp/cab would you buy? Assuming you'd buy new (cuz used the options are limitless). And the main goal is to be loud as possible.
     
  2. Kevindavid3

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    Maybe look at the new ahsdown root master or the new fender rumble amps that came out this month.
     
  3. jeff7bass

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    Carvin BX500 on an Avatar B410 - the 4 ohm ceramic version with the 250 watt Eminence speakers. 500 watts into a mighty cab. The Carvin has the semi-parametric EQ so you can coax punchy loud mids out front while dialing out sub-lows which muddy things up.
     
  4. Stick_Player

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    "$800 Bass Rig - as loud as possible"

    For $800?

    $800 worth of loudness won't be very loud.

    But in you bedroom, "$800 worth of loudness" should be fine.
     
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    hartke lh1000 with any 4x10/6x10/8x10 cab
     
  7. TravTrav

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    Humor me then. What's the loudest bedroom rig I could buy on that budget?
     
  8. Rockin Mike

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    Here's an ancillary question -
    Assuming a person has an active bass, can we say the preamp is onboard the bass and it's OK to run directly into a power amp and on to speakers?

    If so, I guess the loudest rig would be comprised of no more than a big Behringer (or other off-brand) power amp and as much cone area as could be afforded. Perhaps an array of 18" speakers would be a reasonable strategy if your only goal is decibels per dollar.
     
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    GK MB210-MB212 combo will get you all the volume you can handle
     
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    Buy used. 4x10 and a Lotta watts
     
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    Hartke LH1000 used is about $350. There's 1000 watts, and you would have $450 left to use on speakers.
     
  13. Rockin Mike

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    OP specified new.

    I first thought to suggest a used 300w SVT + 8x10 fridge, then I re-read the original post.
     
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    You can buy plenty of watts for 800 go used or try the GK MB line of combos.
     
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    I would say first, buy used.

    Now.. Keep your eyes open for a good deal on an Ampeg 810 cab.

    Then, keep those same eyes open for a solid head. Maybe GK 701RB or 1001RB.

    Something like that. Plenty of people unload their fridges on CL and whatnot. More speakers with adequate watts = LOUD!
     
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    I don't mind you guys recommending used stuff. Was more just trying to come up with ideas, stuff to check out.

    I got a lead on an QSC RMX450 for $200. Seems like a decent deal (I don't care about weight), but then I gotta figure out what to use for a preamp.
     
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    An Art Tube MP for $40 works fine as a preamp (and DI), especially if you get the tone shaping you need from your bass.
     
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    +1 GK MB2x12 combo.
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    I've seen Norm Stockton at a clinic in Tustin, CA.
    Jim's Music had him come in and that combo was pretty loud!

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    GK 800RB -$300
    Ampeg 8x10 or 6x10 -$500?
     

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