Best Small Combo? Carvin MB10, GK MB110, Ibanez Promethean P3110

Discussion in 'Amps, Mics & Pickups [DB]' started by rickwolff, Feb 9, 2014.


  1. rickwolff

    rickwolff Supporting Member

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    Looking for the best sounding mini grab-and-go combo for about $300.

    Has anyone compared any of these.

    I'm looking for primarily DB use with occasional light BG use.

    Haven't seen or played the Carvin but I like the para mids and contour knob as opposed to on/off contour on GK.

    Gallien-Krueger MB110 - $299.99 (Internet quote for $235)
    Size: 14.5"H x 12.5"W x 11.5"D
    Weight: 21lbs
    Power: 100W
    http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/MB110

    Ibanez Promethean P3110 - $349.99
    Size: 13.8"H x 12"W x 12.6"D (**almost all websites have wrong specs copied from the 3115 model.)
    Weight: 23.2 lbs (most websites also list this incorrectly as 37# - also from the 3115 model)
    Power: 300W

    Carvin MB10 - $329 w free shipping
    Size: 18.5"H x 12.75"W x 11.5"D
    Weight: 23 lbs
    Power: 200W
  2. Ric Vice

    Ric Vice Gold Supporting Member

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  3. rickwolff

    rickwolff Supporting Member

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    Yes, I've had insatiable curiosity regarding the powered speaker route. I actually have a small powered speaker arriving tomorrow to try out. It was a case of temporary online insanity. I ordered a 200 watt RMS 8" Pyle powered speaker. Certainly not in the category of your QSC but it will give me a chance to try the concept (and it may be a decent at-home amp for my Casio piano. (and for less than a $100 my wife has, for now, let me live). I'll let you know how it goes.
  4. dunnobass

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  5. Dave Hobbs

    Dave Hobbs

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    Got to say - the GK MB110 is a great little amp. Works well with my carved and piezo PU, without the need for a preamp. lots of bottom and clarity. Works really well, off the floor, with my archtop guitar too! Brilliant value.
  6. rickwolff

    rickwolff Supporting Member

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    As soon as I saw the 'Brilliant' value I had to look up and wasn't surprised you're in Wales.

    Nice to have a first hand testimonial from a player of a carved DB.

    Ta
  7. fuzzy beard

    fuzzy beard

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    I've been trying to find info my self about the carvin. Then again for as little as I play I out I should just continue to go through the p.a

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