Practice Amp

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Shinbone, Dec 21, 2012.

  1. Peavey Minx

    14 vote(s)
  2. Ibanez SW35

    4 vote(s)
  3. Something else

    158 vote(s)
  1. Shinbone


    Dec 21, 2006
    Orange Park, FL
    I need a small practice amp. Just for playing at home. I'm looking at a couple on my local CL right now that are about the same price.
    - Peavey Minx
    Played one of these years ago. Thought it had decent sound and was surprisingly loud for such a small amp.

    - Ibanez SW35
    Never played an Ibanez amp. Don't know about the tone but it has more features than the Minx.

    Anybody have any opinions on these?
  2. gwangi


    Jul 4, 2009
    Forbidden Valley
  3. CL400Peavey

    CL400Peavey Supporting Member

    Nov 7, 2011
    Grand Rapids Michigan
  4. Shinbone


    Dec 21, 2006
    Orange Park, FL
    That's not a bad idea. I was thinking that I might need to play some small coffeehouse gigs one of these days though.
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  6. CL400Peavey

    CL400Peavey Supporting Member

    Nov 7, 2011
    Grand Rapids Michigan
    I wouldnt spend much on a small combo. The sweet spot for price/performance is a used 115 and a 200-500 watt head.
  7. mystic38


    Dec 4, 2012
    Mystic CT
    for my 2c, If you are looking on CL, and currently have nothing, then get anything you can at <$50 that has aux in (for metronome, music) and headphones out... any old ampeg, ibanez, crate, peavey etc with an 8" will do just fine.

    done even worry or care about gigs/whatever at some future will ALWAYS need a practice amp in the bedroom/den
  8. amir93smith


    Apr 17, 2012
    Ashdown After eight 15 watt mine 2nd hand for bout £30 ^_^
  9. JTE

    JTE Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    Of those two, I'd opt for the Peavey Minx. I used a couple in my lesson room years ago, and they were great sounding little amps. I believe they have a headphone out. It'll most likely last forever- at least as long as cockroaches and Keith Richards, and Twinkie filling...

  10. cm3ohana

    cm3ohana Supporting Member

    Aug 1, 2005
    I would say an Ampeg BA-108 or BA-110 or an Acoustic B-30. You can get a BA-108 new for about $100 USD. I've seen them used for between $50-$75USD. I got rid of my Ampeg B3 and replaced it with a BA-108 for practice at home. Another good used amp is an Acoustic B-20 which you can also get for less than $100USD.
  11. Hiatus


    Sep 24, 2012
    Fender Bassman with 10" Celestion 25watts Speaker
  12. vgbob


    Jan 15, 2007
    IMO one of the best practice tools/amps was the Fender B Dec 30. Of course they (Fender) pretty much dropped it.
    It is a great (relatively) sounding small combo, lots of features, I even use it with a midi keyboard.
  13. Shinbone


    Dec 21, 2006
    Orange Park, FL
    The B-DEC looks interesting. I don't think I would use the backing track loops but have effects and a built-in tuner would be nice. I'll investigate that one. Thanks.
  14. roland micro cube
  15. MODELL


    Aug 30, 2001
    Pittsburgh, PA
    This amp sounds great. I've seen them recently, used at GC for $59.00......
  16. brianerwin


    Oct 21, 2012
    How about the Acoustic B10.
    I have this one and I think it is pretty nice. I can shake some pictures on the wall, but it is not too big. It comes with a decent combo head, pretty nice for bedroom practice.
  17. FrenchBassQC

    FrenchBassQC Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Gatineau QC CA
    Ampeg B110, I got it new from Future Shop a couple of months ago for 99.99. Ampeg tone in a small package (geezzzz I sound like JimmyM). :crying:
  18. two fingers

    two fingers You tahkin 'uh me? Yeah, you. You tahkin 'uh me? Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
  19. Gonzo64

    Gonzo64 Bass Ackwards Supporting Member

    Apr 7, 2012
    Towson, MD
    I have the Ampeg BA 108 and I'm amazed how good it sounds. I keep a Fender Rumble 15 at my girlfriends house. It works fine, but the Ampeg sounds..... like an Ampeg. 'Nuff said!
  20. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Ya, the BA108 is surprisingly good for $100.
  21. Danno1985


    Aug 27, 2012
    Milwaukee, WI
    Peavey Micro Bass. I have an older one and it has surprisingly good sound out of the 8" speaker.