Genz Benz Contour CTR500 115 vs. 2 x 10

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  1. klaatu

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    I've been reading some of the feedback about this combo, the Genz Benz Contour CTR500. If I get one it's for my Kala solid body and my acoustic/electric that is on the way. Anyone had some experience with both the 115 and the 2 x 10? Asking which is the better one to get. Looks like a tie to me but someone here may know better. Thanks.
  2. Amara

    Amara Fumble-Fingered Beginner Supporting Member

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    There's a thread about these over in the "hot deals" forum right now. They're being cleared out fast for 50% off list or more, so if you're going to grab one, this would be the time to do it.
  3. jeff7bass

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    Do a search on "Contour" and you'll find a ton of stuff, including the links I posted yesterday about scoring the GB 115 combo with a Focus 115 cab for less than 700 bucks new. Two different dealers but so what. Nobody had ordered both combos so you have to draw on your own experience with a 210 vs a 115 cab. A little more punch and clarity with the 210, and litle more round, warmth and focus with a 115 is my experience. Rock'n blues 115, slappin-jazz 210.
  4. klaatu

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    Thanks, good advice. Since my Kala solid body sounds so deep, the 2 x 10 might give it a bit more punch. Either one could be a win from what I've read here so far. I have a GK 115 and the posts here have said that many like the ability to adjust the contour on the Genz Benz as opposed to the on/off switch on the GK 115. I've been playing bass for 4 years and this is where I always go for an opinion that matters.
  5. klaatu

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    Could someone give me the dimensions of this amp? I'm wondering if it will fit in my car. Thanks.
  6. Low Class

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  7. klaatu

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    Thanks Low Class. Almost the same size as my GK115, just a bit taller. Good fit!
  8. klaatu

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    I've read just about everything I could find regarding the 115 vs 2 x 10. Leaning towards the 2 x 10. My Kala solid body sounds so deep that I'm thinking the 115 would be too deep, if that's possible. I am a bit old school, play Beatles, some Motown/Stax, classic rock, blues, maybe jazz eventually. Don't care much for music beyond the 80's. I already have the GK 115 and it's not too deep for me so maybe I'm making too big a deal about it being too deep and the contour dial would probably give me the tone I want if it sounds to deep to me. Another way that I am looking at the 2 x 10 is that the Kala has the round tone to begin with and the contour dial would give me the option for an old school tone to be dialed in. Such a toss up. Darn, it's such a close call!
  9. jeff7bass

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    Do it quick cuz they'll be gone soon.

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