How to choose the right Micro Amp

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by Ronronsola, Nov 8, 2012.


  1. Ronronsola

    Ronronsola

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    Hey guys, I want to buy a micro amp, but don't know which one.
    Could you help me out?

    I am looking for a balanced combination for power and fidelity. I tend to like more a gritty sound than a fat bass sound. With 400w is more than enough for my rig.

    Here are my options so far:

    Taurus Qube 450
    Aguilar Tone Hammer 500
    Gallien-Krueger MB800
    Genz-Benz Shuttle 9.2 / 6.2
  2. Ben Clarke

    Ben Clarke Supporting Member

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    The GK MB-Fusion would probably be better than the MB800 if you want gritty over fat.
  3. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties Supporting Member

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    The MB800 is twice the maximum wattage you specified as well...not that there's anything wrong with having more headroom. Unless you meant 400 watts @ 8 ohms, rather than @ 4 ohms (you didn't specify... :meh:)

    FWIW, at least by reputation the Tone Hammer is the grittiest amp I know on that list.

    MM
  4. darren1970

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    I'd consider the Streamliner 600 rather than the shuttle 6.2. A much nicer sounding overdrive and loads of low end grunt.

    I was gonna buy the Shuttle, but was blow away by the streamliner
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  6. SteveC

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    Genz Benz. Fantastic amps.
  7. Ronronsola

    Ronronsola

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    thanks for the replies. I tested today a little mark III. Nice gritty and punchy sound. Have any of you tested it?
  8. jlepre

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    What cab(s) are you pairing this with?
  9. CL400Peavey

    CL400Peavey Supporting Member

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    +1

    This is more important than the amp IMHO.

    I find littlemark amps too clean for my tastes.
  10. lomo

    lomo passionate hack Gold Supporting Member

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    I would not describe the LMark as "gritty" at all. If you dig it, buy it :)
  11. darren1970

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    I've always associated Markbass amps with a very clean focussed tone?

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