Help me decide - Best combo for my needs

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by bassphreak, Apr 14, 2014.


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Which combo is best for me?

  1. Carvin BR510

    16 vote(s)
    14.7%
  2. GK MB210ii

    24 vote(s)
    22.0%
  3. Fender Rumble 500

    19 vote(s)
    17.4%
  4. TCE BG250/210

    11 vote(s)
    10.1%
  5. Save you money for the Markbass 210

    29 vote(s)
    26.6%
  6. Other (post a better option)

    10 vote(s)
    9.2%
  1. bassphreak

    bassphreak Supporting Member

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    OK....I've been on the hunt for a decent 2x10 combo for a while. I've tried those that are available locally but there are several that aren't available.

    My 'needs':

    - 210 (2x10) combo - I've tried several 15s and I'm just not a 15 guy
    - min of 250w (to internal speakers)
    - Max weight of 65lbs
    - Versatile - I want to run clean for acoustic and small bar gigs with rock band (mod volume)
    - Quiet (I've had a lot of noisy combos recently)
    - Good DI
    - Max budget $500


    I've tried the old Fender Rumbles, Ampeg BA600, Fender 400 Pro, GK MB115, Hydrive 210c, Markbass 112, and prob a few more.

    I really like the Markbass CMD102P but they tip the scales on budget.


    So I've got my options narrowed to:

    - Carvin BR510 - great specs and the BX500 head with tube pre
    - Fender Rumble 500 - getting good initial reviews - but new model
    - TC Electronics BG250 210 - gets good reviews but haven't seen a 210 near
    - GK MB210ii - have to be used if they come up - heard about issues with this run and haven't had much luck with the MB115s
    - try to keep saving for a Markbass (I'm not a patient man)
  2. Joedog

    Joedog

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    Genz Benz Contour 210. 300W or 500W w/extension cab. I got my 115 for $325 shipped, brand new! Loud as heck, good tone. There are several threads on here about the contours. Incredible bang for the buck.
  3. bassphreak

    bassphreak Supporting Member

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    I saw those on eBay for less than $400. Haven't heard much about them.
  4. StrangerDanger

    StrangerDanger Neo Maxie Zoom Dweebie Supporting Member

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    I love my GK MB210-II. No issues whatsoever. Killer amp.
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  6. VanillaThundah

    VanillaThundah VERY enthusiastic walks... Supporting Member

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    I'm a huge GK fan, but that Fender Rumble 500 V3 is a PRETTY sick amp. Since it's in your budget, I'd suggest going with that one.
  7. bnolsen

    bnolsen

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  8. bassphreak

    bassphreak Supporting Member

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    I see that Ampeg is coming out also with an updated 210 combo. BUT given their track record I don't think I would do a first run of anything they put out.
  9. enderwaves

    enderwaves

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    I'm gonna throw my hat in the ring for the GK. I have the 400RB 2x10 combo, and it's become my go to amp. I scored it used for about 200 bucks, and it's rock solid reliable, I can play most gigs with headroom left over, and it's a heck of a lot easier on the back than dragging around the Sunn 2x15. Lots of good tone options, even better with a Sansamp in front of it.

    That said, everyone's comments about the Genz, plus that price, is pushing all of my GAS buttons.
  10. Shanebo

    Shanebo

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    Hey there,

    If you've tried it and know you like it, it's worth the wait for a Markbass, IMO.

    Yes, they cost cubic $'s, but when you know they will do what you want, the extra dough is worth it.

    Kind of like buying tools..."Buy insert expensive brand here, cry once, buy insert less-than-ideal choice here, cry twice."

    All the best,

    Shane
  11. bassphreak

    bassphreak Supporting Member

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    Shanebo: I know I know. It's hard to justify a 50% (used or 100% for new) increase in cost. It's a big dent in the budget.
  12. chaosMK

    chaosMK Supporting Member

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    Ampeg B100R. Not 2x10 but probably the best combo...
  13. gregmon79

    gregmon79 Supporting Member

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    That was my vote. GK rocks in every way IMO. Im a GK fanboy. Light, powerful, sounds awesome, great DI, not too expensive and you can add an extension cab onto I believe if you want more UMPF!
  14. bassphreak

    bassphreak Supporting Member

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    Thanks all. Keep em coming. I may have a line on something but may not work out. If you see a Markbass for a killer deal let me know. If I could find one for the $700 or less range I'd jump,,,,,but only seen that a few times over the past 2 years and was never in a position to move on it.
  15. drpepper

    drpepper Supporting Member

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    I like the BG250, but I don't think anyone should buy the BG250-210. I don't think they should get sales with the pricing.
  16. bassphreak

    bassphreak Supporting Member

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    drpepper: I agree - the pricepoint on the BG250- is too high. If GC offers a 20% coupon soon I might jump if I haven't grabbed something.

    The tough part is, except for the MB I can't try out any of the amps locally. Most combos at any of my local shops are 115.
  17. Lo-E

    Lo-E

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    BR510 is a really good amp at a really good price. The ability to pull the BX500 and use it as a standalone is a huge plus. Just know in advance that Carvin cabs can be a little boxy sounding off the shelf. Adding a bit of damping to them makes a big difference; a small investment in time and a few bucks that makes an already pretty good cab into a great one.
  18. bassphreak

    bassphreak Supporting Member

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    Lo-E - thanks. I know the head is great but not as sure about the combo cab and speakers. If I can't land a MB for a decent price, I'm leaning to the Carvin because of the head and the better DI.
  19. marcblum

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  20. Linnin

    Linnin

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    While you are saving up more $$$ for your desired MarkBass, that will give the new version 3 Fender Rumbles time to arrive at your music store. Do yourself a favor and A/B a Rumble 500 210 combo vs the MarkBass of your choice. Then you can join the Fender Rumble Club! :)
  21. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads. Supporting Member

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    If you are coming near CT, I have a killer Trace Elliot combo I am thinking of selling or trading. 300 watts, 2x10, great DI. I am looking to scale down my rig.

    Either way, spent a few bucks and get removable casters. - smartest thing to do on a big combo.

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