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TC Electronic RH450

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by vstringbassist, Nov 26, 2013.

  1. vstringbassist


    Nov 17, 2003
    Hy all. I am in the market for a light, portable and good head and cab. I have an opertunity to purchase a TC Electronic RH450 for under $400 and wanted to get some opinons on these amps. I just recently discovered TC bass amps because of an add - I had not heard of them before. From what I have read they get high marks. I would not need it for more than practice and small venues.
  2. kikstand454

    kikstand454 Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2012
    All I know is I have some serious G. A. S. for one!

    That price is fair/ good from my research.
  3. B-string

    B-string Supporting Member

  4. jay loren

    jay loren Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2011
    I have one, and I love it. I use it with an Avatar B210 or my Schroeder 210 PL.
    Plenty of power for your needs.
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  6. vstringbassist


    Nov 17, 2003
  7. vstringbassist


    Nov 17, 2003
  8. B-string

    B-string Supporting Member

    They have a signal processing routine that can quench some "meat" from the tone but doesn't bother a lot of people. They are made to "sound" like a more powerful head (450 watts but actually run 236 watts at 4 ohms). If you try to run them hard you will hit a wall. They sound okay to my ears but not my cup of tea which should mean nothing to you. No reliability troubles I have heard of and a good feature set. Half the price of a new perfect looking unit is getting more in line for price, after all no warranty.
  9. B-string

    B-string Supporting Member

  10. vstringbassist


    Nov 17, 2003
    Thanks for the reply. I was also considering a used Markbass II with a production date of 06/2006 - this is online. Apparently has no issues. I also have new Genz Benz & Eden in my sites - the prices online are pretty good.
  11. B-string

    B-string Supporting Member

    Do the Genz IMO while the prices are good. The engineering staff is now over at FMIC and those gems may not be around much longer. Service if needed will be there, but service needs are really rare with Genz-Benz (high quality stuff).
  12. vstringbassist


    Nov 17, 2003
    I have a few on my "watch list" right now!

  13. kikstand454

    kikstand454 Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2012
    There is a rh450 megathread on here somewhere thatbhas more than you ever need to know...... and you can have all your questions answered there.....
  14. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    Good price at $350.. ProAudio Star sells them for $439. blemished,B Stock.
    $470 new. A lot of neat features & one of the few heads that has taken on
    a modern design.
  15. fisticuffs


    May 3, 2011
    Madison, WI
    Gigging with one for 3 years. Great amp. Plenty of power. Great DI. Go for it.
  16. B-string

    B-string Supporting Member

  17. dlb1001


    Jan 30, 2007
    Just got a RH450 and a RS210 today (from Amazon)...guess I will find out what it can do, at my next band practice.
  18. mtb777

    mtb777 Serving bottom for the Most High. Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2010
    Sunny South Florida
    I just got an RS210 to go with my RH450 and RS212. Oh my. I've never ran my RH450 over 5 or 6 in some pretty big rooms. Can't wait for the stack the get the run through. The 210 sounds great and the 212 is a little more rounded and warm.
  19. mtb777

    mtb777 Serving bottom for the Most High. Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2010
    Sunny South Florida

    + plenty loud.
  20. masterFlash


    Jul 6, 2009
    I dig those amps. a lot of good fun sounds and 3 memory presets. Also nice small and light weight. I've used one a couple of times when it was supplied on the backline (usually I use my GK, and occasionally a really sweet bassman). Sounds like a decent deal.
    For reference the tone I use the most is like an early John Paul Jones-ish thing.
  21. singlemalt

    singlemalt Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2007
    White Salmon, WA
    I bought the TC RH750 and really wanted to love it. I tried and tried, but I ended up sending it back while it was within the return period. It just didn't work for me. The loss on the low end with my five string was a deal breaker. The baked in sound didn't offer a clean and crisp option. And the optional footswitch for presets memory and tuner didn't work at all. The finish on the amp head was very fragile and easily marked.

    If you are in love with the pretty pictures and features offered, buy it from someplace with a solid, no hassle return policy, like Zzounds. They will take it back and refund your dough, no problem. While the amp was a bust, the service from Zzounds was great. They even paid return shipping on the non functioning foot swtich.

    At the $400 mark there are tons of options. The Genz Benz streamliner 600 doesn't have all the bells and whistles but the features it does have work well. You could get a used GK 1001 for less. In my home testing, the modest Carvin BX500 smoked the TC RH 750 for power, sound and tonal options.

    Just my opinions of course... I posted a detailed review way back when.

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