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Tube and micro planning

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by lax4bags, Nov 19, 2013.

  1. lax4bags

    lax4bags Gold Supporting Member

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    I am getting a Mesa 400+. This will be my amp for my 50's rock and roll band with super loud drummer and roid rage boogie woogie keyboardist. I currently have an Orange Bass Terror 500 (copping a tube amp sound). I think I am going to just sell the Orange (since I will have a real all tube amp) and get either a Carvin Bx-500 (cheap, <$300 used) or a Genz Benz Shuttle 6.2. Either micro is small and would be a perfect backup to my all tube time bomb (this is my first all tube bass amp). I used to own the Carvin and had a couple of units die on me. I have a good source for the Genz for about $100 more.

    Carvin- same power, much more versatile, not as high quality, I could skip most of my pedalboard though (compressor, eq)

    Genz- more reliable, more quality, sounds better/tighter, better resale value, I would need compression and Eq (pedalboard on a cramped stage :( )

    What should I do?
  2. mpdd

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    i haven't gotten a lightweight ss amp to back up my mesa d180 yet, so i'm gonna watch this thread to see what you eventually decide
  3. Mo'Phat

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    I use a Carvin BX-500 as my backup and rehearsal amp. It's been solid for 1.5 years. If you like the tone and the benefits of onboard comp and EQ, then it is a great option.


    I have also owned two Mesa 400+'s, and both were perfectly reliable. I wouldn't treat them like "all tube time bomb's".
  4. will33

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    I don't know that either of those will mimick much of a tube tone without some help, though the Genz may do it a bit better than the Carvin. May end up wanting a pedal for flavor anyway.

    Congrats on the Mesa. Likely find that one more plug-n-play. The tubes add a bit of natural compression and it's got plenty of eq.
  5. bherman

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    Genz Benz has plenty of eq possibilities so you should not need an eq pedal. I'd go that route given a choice - no questions about reliability. Also, seems to me that for that style of music, you should be able to get by without a compressor for backup unit...but only my opinion!
  6. lax4bags

    lax4bags Gold Supporting Member

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    Swr headlite is in my possession and way better than its reputation here on TB. Packed with features and great clear tone. Fits in my mono m80. :D

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