What amp should I buy? Need help!

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by PandaXpress, Nov 18, 2012.


  1. PandaXpress

    PandaXpress

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    So I bought a Hartke 410TP for $125 a few days ago. This will be my first gigable rig. I am looking for an amp under $300

    A few thatI have been looking at are:

    TC Electronic BH250
    Hartke HA2500
    GK MB200

    Eventually I will replace the cabinet but not for awhile.

    Let me know which you guys would grab
  2. scottfeldstein

    scottfeldstein Supporting Member

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    I hear good things about that GK. I have the MB500. It's a lot like the 200, but with a couple fewer knobs. A lot of guys with big expensive rigs seem to advocate the 200 for a backup amp.
  3. B-string

    B-string Supporting Member

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    In order
    HA2500
    MB200
    BH250

    Better yet a used G-K 400RB, 700RB I or II, Hartke HA3500 or Peavey head.
  4. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

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    I've seen quite a few of these pairings over the years. The voicing of the GK complements that of the Hartke cab, moreso than the Hartke heads or so I've heard.

    Riis
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  6. El-Bob

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    +1

    One of those GK heads (you can find used 400RB's for dirt cheap) paired with that cab you've got will make an absolutely monstrous rig. :bassist:
  7. arai

    arai

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    TC Electronic BH250 hands down
  8. PandaXpress

    PandaXpress

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    Used GK stuff is pretty rare in my area, actually anything besides amped is pretty rare. The TC is really intriguing to me, I like the tone script idea.
  9. B-string

    B-string Supporting Member

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    What area are you in? (BTW location is a easy thing to add to your profile and helps to answer your questions).
  10. El-Bob

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    Um. Not hands down. I'm sure it's a great amp, but so are the others the OP is considering.
    If the TC is the one that interests you the most, then I say go for it. I would still suggest that in spite of the ratings, you'll probably get much louder with any of GK's offerings. I have read around here that TC is known to exaggerate their power ratings, while experience tells me that GK does quite the opposite.
  11. ptpNYC

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    I have the BH250 for studios and smaller gigs. While its plenty loud for my purposes (fusion/jazz, atmospheric instrumental), I think El-Bob is on track with tc's 250W not being the loudest 250 you'll hear. The Tone Print is pretty cool but, practically, I haven't found it all that useful outside of recording situations.

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