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TC Electronic BG250-115 Combo Amp. Any thoughts?

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by pica, Feb 4, 2014.

  1. pica

    pica Supporting Member

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    I've been looking to replace my little Fender Rumble 15 amp for a while. Came across this TC Elec. Amp on my local CL for $300. Did as much research on the internet as I could but I wanted to get opinions from the people who use them most. I've also been looking at a Carvin comb amp and a GK combos
  2. gary m

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    Experience with mine had been positive thus far. There are better deals out there on this amp...mine was $249 @ GC.
  3. BigDaddyO

    BigDaddyO Rockin' Ruben Supporting Member

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    Highly recommended.
  4. Darknut

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    I have had one since mid 2012 ... gigged with it a ton .... it has not been abused but not babied either ... great little amp will get surprisingly loud.
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    Yeah, $300 seems high... I got mine new at GC for $250 on sale last year. I've seen a few used at GC for $250. I would generally not pay any more for used equipment than what GC sells it for..

    Mine gigs once a month and practices once or twice a week. I love it.
  7. pica

    pica Supporting Member

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    So let me ask you guys, is there any difference in the 115 and the 112 besides the size. Both are 250W and seem to have all the same features. GC has a used 112 for $249.
  8. Barisaxman

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    I've had mine for about a year. I like it, but don't love it. Part of it is I REALLY love my tone through my Bassman 100T, but it's not a fair comparison. For a small gig/rehearsal amp I like the TC a bunch I just feel like I have a much harder time getting my tone from it than I do my Fender rig.
  9. Clark Westfield

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    I feel the same way.

    Our practice space has a Portaflex 115 with a Pf350 head.

    I bought the TC because it's light, loud and it fits nicely in my trunk.

    Love the sound, no. Like it, but not in love.

    Got a crazy deal on it.

    The Ampeg in our studio is what I need, sound wise.

    That Ampeg set-up is over 4 times the price I paid for the BG 250.

    It works for now.
  10. tbirdsp

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    Pretty much how I feel about my BG250-115 (v1) and my 100T...
  11. wisconsindead

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    As my first bass amp, I like it. Got it used for $250. It will get quite loud at high gain and high volume settings. I never get it past 5 for gain and master volume. Volume knob on my bass around 50-75% with a guitarist blasting his amp right at my face. Though I have little experience and nothing to really compare it to other than a hartke 4x10 and it holds up well with that, though not as good.
  12. RickenBoogie

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    The 112 will not get as loud as the 115. Otherwise, it's the same thing.
  13. Davyo

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    Agreed,, a few days ago I got to do a side by side of the bg250 115 and 112.

    The 115 was louder and bigger sounding with the 112 sounding a bit anemic in comparison.

    But with that being said the 112 was pretty impressive sounding.

    Cheers
    Davyo
  14. Ironbar

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    Well, count me as one who loves their BG250 1x15. I have the first gen. Got a crazy good deal on it. So far it's been absolute champ. I love the tone(s) I get out of it with both my basses, it's light enough to transport easily, and it's perfect for small venue gigs! Go for it!
  15. praisebass

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    $300 seems high. These are great value amps and I've used one for weekly church services or about a year. I'm using the DI to the sound system have the speaker pointing at he drummer and myself. It works great in that application. The foot switch is handy although I typically only use the mute button. Plenty of hours of live playing on ours with nary a hitch.
  16. pica

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    Even with the cover I wouldn't pay more than 250...
  18. Stinsok

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    It is gig worthy. The DI works great and is quiet (I've used that on three seperate occasions. That said, the covering is really cheap and you have to be really careful with it. Changing effects at a gig would probably be cumbersome unless you did it between sets. I like the compressors that come in the Toneprint app though. Why TC can't put a chromatic tuner on these I can't understand.
  19. pica

    pica Supporting Member

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    I don't even have a smart phone to download the different tone prints. Are there different tone prints already pre loaded in the amp?
  20. Bassmonkey16046

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    I have the 112. Terrible. I should of known. I once owned the rh450! I'm spoiled w my orange.

    Not the crush series either I owned one of those also. Not even good enough for a practice amp.

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