Small combo for an SVT guy?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Inconnu, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. Inconnu


    Nov 1, 2005
    My bass-ment
    I'll be needing the portability of a small combo with enough power for a small band practice (3 piece : mellow drummer and amplified acoustic guitar) that will have a warm tone that will not make me miss my SVT and it's 8x10 too much. I know it's impossible to reproduce the sound of an SVT out of a small box, I'm looking for something that will be satisfying...

    I want to do this on a budget, maybe around 500$. First idea I have is maybe trying one, or two (using the stereo output of my flanger), Line 6 Studio 110, which are pretty cheap and have a decent SVT emulation... but I worry about using those digital things in the long run, and wonder how it will react to the low b and the high output of my G&L L-2500...

    Any thoughts? Other ideas?
  2. xfredrikx


    Dec 9, 2009
    Here's your solution, sir:

  3. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Yep. Or the Micro CL, which isn't quite as powerful or expandable like the Micro VR, but also costs $250 less.
  4. Sid Fang

    Sid Fang Reformed Fusion Player Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2008
    When I was in exactly your situation, years ago, I searched patiently until I could pick up on an old Ampeg B-15 Portaflex for a reasonable price. It would have been great for the band situation you describe. It was a little mellow for the fusion stuff my friends and I were attempting at the time, and I migrated toward "modern" solid state amps.
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  6. StrangerDanger

    StrangerDanger Neo Maxie Zoom Dweebie Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    The TC Electronic BG250 will get you pretty close.
  7. BBQV


    Feb 13, 2010
    Uppsala, Sweden
    I totally agree with Fredrik. The Micro rig does a pretty impressive SVT impersonation, weighs next to nothing and doesn't set you back too much financially either. Give it a try, you'll love it!
  8. Woodstockz


    Sep 23, 2011
    San Diego, Ca
    Ampeg B50R/100/200 Rocket - Great tone, great looks with blue tolex.
  9. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2010
    pignose hog 30 with a mia pbass, i kid you not
  10. Inconnu


    Nov 1, 2005
    My bass-ment
    I haven't heard much about the Micro-CL, other then the cab isn't all that good (not the same speakers as the Micro-VR, not capable of putting out the same volume, etc.). True?
  11. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    True but I think they sound pretty good. Of course it won't put out the same volume as the Micro VR because that's $250 more ;) If you can swing the Micro VR, it's worth it. Might even be more worth it with a PF350 for a head, but the look of the Micro VR is quite cool. Still, the Micro CL is sweet for the money.

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