Lightweight Bass Head Recommendation

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  1. LowEndGroover

    LowEndGroover Gold Supporting Member

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    Hello all,
    I'm looking for something powerful/lightweight and that can run max power with only one cab. My price range is around $500.

    Any recommendations are greatly appreciated.
     
  2. jlepre

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    Used. Genz Benz makes a bunch that fit your criteria. You would need a 4 ohm cab if running only one.
     
  3. IanA

    IanA Supporting Member

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    Shuttle or streamliner depending on taste. Excellent products with great support, I recommend without hesitation.
     
  4. JWP

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    Ampeg pf500 is a solid choice and well within your budget...
     
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    used Mesa Walkabout for analog oomph?
     
  7. darius8

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    Carvin BX500 or BX1500
    GK MB500
    MarkBass LM III
     
  8. main_sale

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    +1 for the Genz-Benz line. I just got a Streamliner 900 to replace a shuttle 6.0. That one is for sale for $400. You can't go wrong with Genz-Benz.
     
  9. darius8

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    Hartke LH1000 is 700 watts with an 8 ohm single cab in bridged mode. $499 new and about 20lbs.
     
  10. PotsdamBass8

    PotsdamBass8 Supporting Member

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    There are a lot of lightweight heads that run 500 watts from different companies... is there a specific sound or "standard" head that you prefer?
     
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    aguilar tonehammer or genz
     
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    1. Streamliner 900
    2. LMIII
    3. GK MB Fusion
     
  13. LowEndGroover

    LowEndGroover Gold Supporting Member

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    Outside of what I already mentioned, versatility is definitely key for me. Playing everything from Top 40, Funk, Rock in a cover band and like to "try" to play Jazz @ home.

    Also, do any u recommend come with a built in compressor?
     
  14. darius8

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    Carvin BX1500 or BX500, they both have compressors and the BX1500 has 3 semi-parametric eq while the BX500 has 2. Both have a graphic eq section on top of that. Versatility they are.
     
  15. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

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    Genz-Benz Shuttle 6.0 amps are available used and they are fantastic. At an incredible 3.75 pounds (yes...under 4 pounds), they put out 375W peak into 8 ohms, 600W peak into 4 ohms.

    LOVE my Shuttle 6.0. Fantastic amp!
     
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    Ampeg PF500 has a built in compressor.
     
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    Look for a deal on a Genz-Benz! I picked up a new one for about $600 a while back. I am still scratching my head as to how this thing can sound so great, weigh so little, and not break.
     
  18. two fingers

    two fingers Loud Mouth Know It All Blowhard

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    I own both the Walkabout and the GB Shuttle 6.0. While I like the Walkabout more, you can't really go wrong with either. You might be able to find a Walkabout for that used. The GB you can find in your range all day long no problem.
     
  19. ScottTunes

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    Used TC Electronics RH450, if you like the Ampeg SVT tube tone and feel.

    Used Eden WT550 or WT400 if you prefer a more uncolored sound...

    Can't go wrong with any of the feather-weight amps listed in this thread though. Best to let your ears decide.
     
  20. darren1970

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    Second-hand Genz Benz
     
  21. Sav'nBass

    Sav'nBass Supporting Member

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    Genz all the way. From what I have read the LMks and the TCs and the GKs and the Aggies are all good too but I have owned 3 GB heads and were all great.
     

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