Best practice amps for $100 or under

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  1. Dan_reeves

    Dan_reeves

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    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

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    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

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    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! Supporting Member

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    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. Joe Louvar

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    I think it depends on what kind of a deal you can get on a good used secondhand amp. http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f127/
     
  7. mmukav

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    +2 Best sounding (Ampeg sounding) amp I've ever heard.
     
  8. blindrabbit

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    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

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    I'd say BA108, too.
     
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    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.
     
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    I used to have a boxer 30. Best sounding small amp ever! Way loud for a practice amp too!
     
  12. Woodstockz

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    I got my BA-108 for $65 at GC - used.
     
  13. gary m

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    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

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    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

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    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.
     

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