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Looking for a compact road rig

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by bassfacer, Feb 13, 2014.


  1. bassfacer

    bassfacer

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    Hey ya'll. I currently have a nice 4x10 b2-r rig that's just getting too big to take on the road. I'm in the market for something a little smaller. Maybe a 2x10 or 2x12. I was thinking a combo would be more convenient for the road. I'm looking for basic features, EQ, maybe a compressor (not a dealbreaker). I'll be doing most of my tone sculpting from my sans amp DI so basics are fine with me. My budget is ~600. Maybe 900 for something really nice, but I'd like to not spend that much. Any suggestions?
     
  2. bherman

    bherman Supporting Member

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    tons of good stuff out there but for me, I'd skip the combos - a compact head and 1x12 or 2x10 cab gives you more options to expand if you need to. There are lots of threads about good small head/cab combinations if you do a search, all depends on the sound you are after.....
     
  3. CL400Peavey

    CL400Peavey Supporting Member

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    What kind of music are you playing, and how loud do you need to be?
     
  4. DogBone

    DogBone

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    Keeping with your specific requirements it sounds like you should check out the Gallien Krueger MB series.

    Probably on the high end of but certiainly within your budget - 210 and 212 models available.

    Even a 410 combo if that's your thing!

    No compression but on board limiters.

    And lightweight.

    http://www.musiciansfriend.com/ampl...-mb212-ii-500w-2x12-ultralight-bass-combo-amp



    For more budget friendly options yet perfectly giggable (is that a word?) combos in general I like Ampeg's BA series and Peavey's Max series combos and would encourage anyone to check them out for smaller venue work.
     
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  6. bassfacer

    bassfacer

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    Thanks for the suggestions guys. I figure for most larger venues I can get a direct line so I'd really only be using the real power for smaller venues and on stage monitoring. I play in a proggy folk rock band... more on the rock side.
     
  7. bherman

    bherman Supporting Member

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    In that case one of the GK combos might be fine - my brother (also a bass player) plays in a klezmer band and a jazz combo and uses a GK MB115. Nice little amp, easy to carry and pretty loud.
     

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