Trying to upgrade my amp. Advice/Suggestions?

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by Rjbent12, Dec 9, 2012.


  1. Rjbent12

    Rjbent12

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    I just found this site a couple hours ago, and have been going through it since looking around for information on amps. I'm several bands at the moment and mostly play soul/funk stuff jazz, and blues. Just looking for some suggestions on what you guys use and like for small-medium sized gigs.
    I have a 180 watt Behringer combo amp, need something that can play with a band with a full brass and rhythm section.
    Thanks!
     
  2. IPYF

    IPYF

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    How much do you want to spend?

    This is the key thing. You can get something great for your purposes at virtually any pricepoint.

    Are you looking for a head/cab setup or a combo?
     
  3. LowBC

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    I recently fell in love with running a Tech 21 VT Bass pedal (a tubey Ampeg clone; there are a number of "preamp/DI" boxes out there) into a DI box. From the DI I send the XLR out to the house PA and the 1/4" out to a powered monitor speaker on stage with me. The speaker points up at my head so I can hear it at close range and I can carry my pedalboard and QSC K12 speaker in one trip from the car.

    This rig assumes that A) a PA system will be involved so the audience won't need to depend on a backline bass rig and B) that somebody competent will be running it, but I've never had trouble.

    good luck!
     
  4. Rjbent12

    Rjbent12

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    i am looking up to $1200, my mistake in not stating that, I'm not partial to either a combo or a head/cab setup, just want some info on what people have and what they like about it.
     
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  6. RickenBoogie

    RickenBoogie

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    Find a good bass head, 300-600 watts, and add a good 2x12 cab. If this is still not loud enough, add a 2nd identical 2x12. Brand is user preference, so go out and test some stuff and see what you like.Be sure you undertand impedance. If your amp is 4 ohms min, stick with 8 ohm cabs. If it's 2 ohms min, you have more options.
     
  7. CL400Peavey

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    +1

    First thing to do is go out and try everything you can. You need to narrow down what you want tonally. Once you have a better picture you can start looking at amp options. Finding a small, light, loud, low rig will cost you more, but depending on your volume and tonal needs you can get a pretty kick ass rig with your budget.
     

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