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Ibanez P3110 vs. EBS Classic 60

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by windplayer, Feb 18, 2014.

  1. windplayer

    windplayer

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    Hello! I am looking for a small bass-amp.
    Which of these two amps would you prefer?
    (Which is louder, has a better sound...)
    Ibanez P3110
    EBS Classic 60

    I am also planning to use these amps with a keyboard...
  2. AlexanderB

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    I had the Classic 60 for a while. It is a very functional and somewhat innovative combo for little money - at least here in Sweden where it is a bit more expensive than the BA112. The EQ section works very well, IMO and has a clever selectable "inverse" function between highs and mids, widening the impact of a seemingly simple bass / treble eq.
    Ins and outs are well catered for, and are all low noise and with a large range of level.

    It gets rather loud and sounds flatter and "better" than many comparable combos but it is not equal to ie MarkBass CMD121P (which is also a lot more money.)

    The Classic 60 has a couple of flaws. The piezo tweeter does sound like a piezo; peaky and harsh. It is not switchable and turning the highs down robs too much of the sound IMO. The second flaw is the annoying mechanical hum that comes from the transformer, at least at our 50Hz models in Sweden. It is not amplified through the speaker but originates from the transformer itself. I measured it with my SPL meter (C-weighted, slow) and it is as loud as the LMII with its fan running. But the since the transformer noise has a pitch and low frequency components, it "carries" much further and disturbes more than a typical small fan, especially with the Classic 60 sitting on a hardwood floor.
  3. windplayer

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    Concerning the EBS session 60, you mention many disadvantages.
    What about the Ibanez-amp?
  4. AlexanderB

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    No, not many, just two:
    Mechanical hum that can be disturbing and the use of a piezo tweeter.
    It is far better than many other combos of similar size, such as Peavey, Fender, Behringer, older Trace Elliot etc.

    I have not tried the Ibanez.
  5. windplayer

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    "It is far better than many other combos of similar size, such as Peavey, Fender, Behringer, older Trace Elliot etc."

    Yes, I think so because of the reviews I read.
    That is why I reduced my search to these two amps.
    But is there no one outside who tried the Ibanez amp?
  6. AMp'D.2play

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