Best practice amps for $100 or under

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Dan_reeves, Apr 14, 2014.

  1. Dan_reeves


    Jun 14, 2013
    Hey guys, I was looking to pick up a serviceable practice amp for under $100. What, in your opinion, would fit that criteria? I am ok with either new or used. Does I really make a difference?

    I am just looking for something semi-decent to practice with at home. I am playing at my church and when I do I will use their amp/PA set up.
  2. WashburnAB95


    Nov 18, 2013
    If you want something new I would go with the Ampeg BA108. Impossible to get something smaller or sounding better without spending tons of money.
  3. kdogg


    Nov 13, 2005
    Agreed on the BA108. I was in the same boat as the OP. Picked up the 108, and couldn't be happier with it.
  4. Clark Westfield

    Clark Westfield Floyd Pepper is my mentor!

    Jan 30, 2012
    Central Jersey
    I have a Rumble 15 that is an amazing little cube.

    My buddy has the Ampeg, I just wanted to be different.

    It's a toss up between the Rumble and Ampeg.

    Play them both. There both great.
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  6. I think it depends on what kind of a deal you can get on a good used secondhand amp.
  7. +2 Best sounding (Ampeg sounding) amp I've ever heard.
  8. I know its not an "amp" so a little out of place to suggest here, but for solo practice at home, my practicing has been revolutionized by switching over to an iRig run through my iPad (although iPhones work too) and a set of headphones. Now I can play anywhere, anytime I like, and I get seamless ability to play along with songs, including speeding them up or slowing them down. All this and I'm not even taking into account the recording capabilities. :D

    If it has to be a physical amp though, I'm partial to the little Traynors. Sound great, and the price is right.
  9. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I'd say BA108, too.
  10. JCM800


    Jan 22, 2009
    Austin TX
    I have a Trace Elliot Boxer 30 a friend gave me.

    Very pleased and impressed with it. I've played a few shows with it even.

    Plenty of oomph from that lil mofo.
  11. eyeballkid

    eyeballkid Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2009
    wes virginny
    I used to have a boxer 30. Best sounding small amp ever! Way loud for a practice amp too!
  12. Woodstockz


    Sep 23, 2011
    San Diego, Ca
    I got my BA-108 for $65 at GC - used.
  13. gary m

    gary m

    Jan 17, 2011
    Mid -Atlantic
    BA108, absolutely. Above average out of the box, and even better after swapping the stock speaker for a more efficient model. Listed at 25 watts, but believe the actual output may be 35...Woodstockz, correct me if I'm wrong, but that's how I understand it.
  14. Woodstockz


    Sep 23, 2011
    San Diego, Ca
    I think that the 25 Watts is about right. The BA110 has the same amplifier, but has a hotter transformer, so the rails are higher.
  15. Bassplayer315

    Bassplayer315 Supporting Member

    Apr 4, 2014
    New Jersey
    I have the BA108 and love it. It still has that Ampeg tone and it has a volume control for cd/mp3 input to jam along with. Many small amps in this price range do not have this. I also like that it has 2 inputs and a line out. I feel it's a much better sounding amp than the rumble 15 and has more features. Jam on.