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Small combo for an SVT guy?

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


  1. Inconnu

    Inconnu

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    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

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    Here's your solution, sir:

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  3. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

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    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

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    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

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    The TC Electronic BG250 will get you pretty close.
     
  7. BBQV

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    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

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    Ampeg B50R/100/200 Rocket - Great tone, great looks with blue tolex.
     
  9. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist Gold Supporting Member

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

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    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

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    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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