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Best name in bass amps

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by Ash Jazz, Feb 5, 2013.


  1. Ash Jazz

    Ash Jazz

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    Reading through a recent thread I was amazed by the great variation of opinion on various manufacters: "I love Fender", "I would never own a Fender", etc.

    My question is; what in your opinion are the best name brands for Bass amps and in what order?

    I'm really curious to see the results!

    Thank you
     
  2. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

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    There are very few truly bad bass amps these days. Mostly it's a matter of taste, although I would recommend staying away from the bottom of the barrel budget cabs since most of them suck out loud.
     
  3. CL400Peavey

    CL400Peavey Supporting Member

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  4. echoSE7EN

    echoSE7EN

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    1. CRATE
    2. Kustom
    3. Bugera

    Work your way down from these three.
     
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  6. B-string

    B-string Gold Supporting Member

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    The best amp is the one you like. :D
     
  7. Sid Fang

    Sid Fang Reformed Fusion Player Supporting Member

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    The best amp is always the one I just paid way too much money for. :smug:
     
  8. echoSE7EN

    echoSE7EN

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    That one is only good until you pay too much money for the next one.
     
  9. Rooster009

    Rooster009

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    Mesa Boogie
    Genz Benz
    Aguilar
    Mark bass
    Fender
    Peavey
    Further down the line

    Ampeg
    Behringer
     
  10. ga_edwards

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    What's the best beer?
    What's the best football team?
    Who's the best Bond?

    Entirely subjective IMO.

    I think you would need to do an unscientific poll to find out the most popular brands on these here forums. Even then, it will only be a handful of people who answer.
     
  11. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Gold Supporting Member

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    Well read a dozen more threads, your answer should be clear as mud...
     
  12. Nev375

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    I know this one!

    It's Ampeg because the word "amp" is in the name.

    That's all the logic and reasoning you need right there,
     
  13. cnltb

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    1-Glockenklang / Merlin( no longer made) on par and really quite different from one another.
    2-Hevos




    For me anyways and in this order. :)
     
  14. majortoby

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    Yuengling
    Ravens
    Connery
    :D
     
  15. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

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    Blech, blech and agreed.
     
  16. majortoby

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    Hey I hate em too but they won :p
     
  17. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member

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    I've always felt the best name in amps is Glockenklang, just because it sounds so cool and Kraftwerk-y. But I don't mean to say their amps sound or perform better than other brands, necessarily.
     
  18. Violen

    Violen Instructor in the Vance/Rabbath Method Supporting Member

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    For rock and metal and big stage stuff, i have owned an Ampeg SVT, a Peavey Mark IV and my current (to me) Mesa M-2000. The Mesa is a godsend, i hated the Ampeg and some days i miss the Peavey. It had a 4x12 dual ported cab from the 70s and i think was a full frequency amp. I sold it for money for things of vanity, not things i needed. I have also had an old school peavey 115 combo and it was a workhorse.

    I really do love my Mesa though. I've used it with my Upright even.

    I just got an Ibanez Promethean a week ago. The 5110, not the new one. Its freaking amazing!

    Hopefully i can get the 110c extension cab and that will probably set me for my big, medium and small rigs for life!

    Crate sucks.
     
  19. RickenBoogie

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    As with most things, "best" is only really "preference". Popularity is quite another thing, and not the best way to judge any piece of gear.
     
  20. SolarMan

    SolarMan Supporting Member

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    HATER!

    Best Names in Bass Amplification:

    Sears
    HeathKit
    Lafayette
    CRATE!
     
  21. lbanks

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    Any amp I don't currently own.
    (excepting Sunn)
     

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