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Best practice/small jam amps for extended range instruments?

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by Sgroh87, Feb 12, 2014.


  1. Sgroh87

    Sgroh87

    Dec 4, 2012
    DFW, Texas
    Right now I'm playing six string basses exclusively (though I'm hoping to get a four in the near future), and I'm not too thrilled with the sound my Acoustic B30 is putting out. I'm wanting to get a new amp in the near future and I was hoping for some advice.

    First of all, I live in a one bedroom apartment t on the second floor, so something light and portable is a definite plus. I would very much like to have headphones and an aux in for play along tracks. I'm currently a bedroom warrior with the occasional visit to a friends house to jam, so I don't need a whole lot of power, and in fact I would prefer something that sounds good at low volume levels.

    I'm hoping to stay under $400 if possible. Id also be willing to consider a travel amp in addition to a practice amp if I can find them at the right price.
     
  2. okcrum

    okcrum in your chest Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2009
    Verde Valley, AZ
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    Endorsing Artist: Dark Horse strings
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  4. Greysun

    Greysun

    Jul 20, 2011
    What is the reliability factor with this amp? It looks interesting but, everyone I've known who used a Carvin amp (guitar, bass & pa) has either sent it back to Carvin for exchange / refund / repair or had it repaired locally within in 2 years of purchase. The Instruments are exceptionally nice, and the speaker cabs sound good and are reliable, but the amp units seem to have a fairly short service span.
     
  5. basscooker

    basscooker

    Apr 11, 2010
    cincy ky
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    Owner, Chopshopamps.com
    Ampeg BA combos and GK MB combos are getting lots of love on TB lately. I'm not sure they all have the aux in, but they're worth a look. I'm pretty sure they all fall into your budget, too.
     
  6. B String

    B String Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    A used Markbass CMD121P combo might work well for you.
    Its a very small 12/horn type combo but has 300 watts into 8ohms, giving the combo a solid low end and headroom while having enough high end for the rest of the bass. One of the best selling products Markbass offers.
     
  7. gary m

    gary m

    Jan 17, 2011
    Mid -Atlantic
    TC Electronic BG250 in a variety of speaker configs. Has aux in, headphone out and balanced out, switchable pre or post EQ. Can go to the gig or sit in the bedroom. Doubles as a nightstand if you're furniture challenged.
     
  8. JakobT

    JakobT

    Jan 9, 2014
    Oslo, Norway
    I use an Ampeg BA-108, which is small and light, had good sound, AUX in and a headphone jack. Inexpensive, too.
     
  9. Powered monitor and a zoom B3? Great at low volumes, very giggable, and you can use Phones with the zoom.
     



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