new amp

Discussion in 'Ask Adam Nitti' started by connorlewis, Jun 21, 2012.


  1. connorlewis

    connorlewis

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    im looking for a new amp to use at school and church it needs to be loud enough to fill a gym type setting but i dont want to spend over 700 dollars.. do you have any suggestions?
     
  2. lowb1970

    lowb1970

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    I would go with TC ELECTRONICS RH 450 currently available for $699.00. This head has great tone and built in tuner and compressor. Also 3 programmable channels.
     
  3. JimL

    JimL

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    Aguilar's Tone Hammer 500 is in the same price range, too.
     
  4. adamnitti

    adamnitti

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    i'm with jimL. the aguilar tone hammer 500 is at the top of your price range at around $700 right now and would certainly work well in that type of setting. i really love mine... i'm always a big fan of buying used gear, too. generally can save you a lot of $$$ or get you into something even higher-end that might have been out of your price range when new.
     
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  6. olegsulimov

    olegsulimov

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    Hello, Adam. I'm looking for a new amp too. Is Tone Hammer a better choice than Markbass, Genz Benz, Tecamp or EBS Reidmar?
     
  7. adamnitti

    adamnitti

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    Well, each of those amps has its own character and sound. Personally, I play Aguilar amplifiers because I absolutely love the way my basses sound through them. They make several different models, and each of them has particular strengths/features. The Tone Hammer 500 is great because it is so lightweight that still packs a powerful punch with great tone. I use it on a variety of different types of gigs. You would need to compare it to the others to see if it works for you, but I'm a huge fan of it. :)
     
  8. SIR CHARLES

    SIR CHARLES

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    Hey Adam I have a Lakland 5 skyline bass and a gallien 2x12 combo amp that is rated at 500 watts . How should my eq' s be set on the bass and the amp to get the best tone at high volumes?
     
  9. adamnitti

    adamnitti

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    hi sir charles!

    i'm not that familiar with that combination of bass and amplifier, but generally speaking i try to do most of my tweaking using the eq on the bass guitar first. i only introduce eq changes on my amps if the room needs it... i like to always start with the amp flat and see how it sounds from there first before making extra adjustments, regardless of the volume level i am playing at. also keep in mind that boosting eq on an amplifier introduces tiny levels of distortion, which at super high volumes can aggravate your gear. hope that helps!
     

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