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Need amplifier recommendation!!

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by Wiegraf, Nov 8, 2013.


  1. Wiegraf

    Wiegraf Supporting Member

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    Need an AMP recommendation and I figure this would be the best place to get one.. Or figure out if this type of amp exists!

    Requirements:

    High End/Elite Sound (for home recordings + small ensemble/small venue gigs)
    Small + Lightweight (Can it fit in a bag or carry case?)

    Price is no object. I play a Conklin 7 string + Double Bass and (less frequently) a Fender Jazz Bass, if that plays a role in your recommendation.

    The only thing I have found in my research is the MiniMark and MicroMark by MarkBass.

    Thanks for reading!
     
  2. Joe Louvar

    Joe Louvar

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    Checkout the Gallien-Krueger MB110 Bass Combo Amp
    http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/MB110
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    Tiny: 14.5" x 12.5" x 12.5"
    Lightweight: 21 lbs.
    Powerful: 100 Watts
    Affordable: $299.

    Also if you want just an amp - checkout the GK MB200.
     
  3. B-string

    B-string Gold Supporting Member

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    Are you looking for just an amp or combo (amp and speaker in the same box) unit?
     
  4. Chapbass

    Chapbass

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    Price range?

    Nice final fantasy tactics reference in your name :) I hated that fight.
     
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  6. Wiegraf

    Wiegraf Supporting Member

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    It can either be just the cabinet or a combo.

    No price range limitations.

    Final Fantasy Tactics, my favorite game evaaah!
     
  7. B-string

    B-string Gold Supporting Member

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    If you are looking for a suitcase style http://www.zzounds.com/item--PJBBREFCSAMP Phil Jones over MarkBass IMO. The G-K MB combos (like Joe linked) have great sound and power in a small light package.
     
  8. Scottkarch

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    I fell in love with the MarkBass MINI CMD 121P http://www.markbass.it/product_detail.php?id=41. You could possibly put it in a big funky backpack. or at least carry around easily. pretty loud, great sound. DI, external speaker output for hooking to an additional cab. 300 watts If I had the money I'd get that.
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    I'm saving up ( and hoping they drop the price ) on the TC Electronic BG250 2x8 combo. It will fit in a good sized backback. Has good volume.. amazing for its size and weight.
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    25.9 lbs. / 11.75 kg 11.5" x 12.6" x 18.3" http://www.tcelectronic.com/bg250-208/

    2 8" speakers, external speaker plug, DI out 250 watts with an additional 8 ohm cab hooked up. Not sure what the power is to the 2x8s, I'm guessing abuot 150 watts or so, but I don't know. The GK110 looks great too.
     
  9. B-string

    B-string Gold Supporting Member

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    Just a speaker cabinet won't help you. You have to have an amp to amplify your bass(s) for the speaker cab to work (combo amps this is all in one package).
     
  10. CL400Peavey

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    Genz Benz SM9.2 and a fEARless F210.
     
  11. Fat Steve

    Fat Steve The poodle bites, the poodle chews it.

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  12. Joe Louvar

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    OP: FWIW, depending on the EQ/volume setting and which optional sealed batteries (Ah) you buy - the Briefcase only runs for about an hour, plus its bigger, weighs more, and cost much more than the GK MB110. The GK MB110 Kicks @$$. But the Briefcase is a nice amp.
     
  13. Wiegraf

    Wiegraf Supporting Member

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    Awesome replies!

    Thanks guys, I'll be doing some research and possible testing if I can.
     
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    I got in on the special deal for the Genz 6.2 at The Perfect Bass. Roughly 4 pounds of goodness that produces up to 600 watts at 4 ohms. Plus has a tube preamp section!!!
     
  16. B-string

    B-string Gold Supporting Member

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    ?? No one has mentioned an "entry level" brand yet???
     
  17. Rodger Bryan

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    +1 vote for the Acoustic Image Ten2 combo

    If I were going to spend more $:
    Jule Amps De-Monique (not so small) + Bergantino CN112
     
  18. Scottkarch

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    I'm curious what models you're talking about. I've been looking for something in the 150 -300 watt range mainly because any of the 20-50 watt practice amps I've tried were nice for practicing, but not loud enough for band practice, or didn't have direct out for playing live with PA support.. There seems to be plenty of great little practice amps, but finding one that can cover personal practice, band practice, small gigs alone or larger gigs with PA support seems to be up in the realm of more expensive amps. But I'd like to be wrong.. If I can find a 110 or 208 similar to the ones mentioned but cheaper, I'd probably pick one up.

    I've already gotten spoiled by the lightness of the BG250 115. Lots of the 112 and even 110 amps I've picked up in stores weigh similar if not MORE than the BG250 115
     
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  21. Scottkarch

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    Boy, that carvin MB10 sounds great. Compilation to the 208 I'm many ways. Price looks great. DI, external speaker and 250 watts into 4 ohms makes it very similar. I wish I could try one. Searching on TB shows good reviews. Hmm. May rethink the 208. Over $200 cheaper. 1x10 vs 2x8s. I wonder how the volume compares without an external cabinet.


     

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