Your best and cheapest amp at 60 watts?

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  1. Seryna

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    Hi guys, I'm in the process of looking for a new amp. What is the best amp that you can suggest out there? I'm gonna have to be specific that it has to be @ 60 watts.

    I'm gonna use it with practicing with my band and in my small bedroom.

    Thank you!
  2. BassmanPaul

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    This is an almost impossible question to answer. "Best" can cover a lot of territory. One player's best amp could be the polar opposite to what you are looking for. If you fill out your profile properly someone who lives in your area might be able to suggest something that ia available in your neck of the woods.
  3. okcrum

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    Older tiltback Fender Bassman 60. Used around $100-150. Nice loud little amps, good for EB or DB. Cut the bass, bump the mids, and it WILL keep up with two guitars + keys + drums at rehearsal (low) volume. I've done it.

    Ask a specific question, and you get a specific answer around here. :D

    Oh, and it's a 12" and a horn. There's a newer Rumble (75?) that's similar.
  4. Seryna

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    @BassmanPaul

    Thank you. But if I were to ask you what bass would you suggest, what would it be? I mean, straight up at the top of your head? I generally just want to know your opinion guys.

    @okcrum

    Thanks man, I'll try to search for this. I'm currently usign a 20 watt Washburn amp and as you know, it's been hell out there.
  5. JimmyM

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    Ampeg BA112. Hands down. Old ones only do 50w while the new ones that aren't out yet do 75, but the difference between 50 and 60w is nothing you'd even notice if you can't wait for a new one.
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    60 watt combo? With a band?
  7. Seryna

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    @ JimmyM

    I think I saw one of these at one of the places I have visited. I'll check this out! So the difference between 50 watts and 60 watts are almost unnoticeable?

    @CL400Peavey

    Yeah man.


    What do you guys think about FENDER RUMBLE 75W?
  8. CL400Peavey

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    What kind of music, and what is the rest of the band using?
  9. Seryna

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    We are playing Alternative rock mostly. The two guitarist uses heavy distortion though, I hope that might help.

    They are mostly using a 20W amp (I'm sorry, I might be wrong). I'm not really sure what they are using since they just recruited me.
  10. CL400Peavey

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    Are they loud? Does the drummer hit hard?

    IMHO a 60 watt amp is little more than a practice amp.

    In a band setting I want 300-500 watts and at least a good 115, 212, or 410 if I am on a budget.
  11. JimmyM

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    I've used a 35w combo with mine and we have horns. And my B-15 is only 25w.

    But I see what's going on now...the OP is going by the old idea that the bassist should have 3x the wattage of the guitarist(s). I've found this is only true if the guitarists turn their amps up all the way. It's nice to have a lot of wattage, but I don't find it totally necessary when you work with people who know what they're doing and aren't into blasting you out of the room.
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    And you have goo PA support?
  13. Seryna

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    @CL400Peavey

    The drummer is okay, I've seen drummers that hit harder. So he's okay.

    I know that 60 watts is way too much for a practice amp in my bedroom but I need an amp that can crossover to being a practice amp with a band setting and a bedroom amp. That's why I settled for 60 watts.

    @JimmyM

    That's the thing, sometimes guitarists tend to jack up their volume really high.
  14. okcrum

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    Bzzzt, Thanks for playing! 60 watts was the constraint. :D

    Actually BA was my 2nd choice.

    EDIT: Well played, Seryna!
  15. AlexanderB

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    Seems strange to make up such constraints. You can not have too much power as long as you have a volume knob. My living room practice rig is an LMII capable of pushing 500W through my Neo 210. Works great. It is only too loud if I turn it up.
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    *awaits long post on how wattage does not equal volume*

    Ummmm if you're on a budget, sounds like you need the most power/speaker area you can afford. What's your budget?

    The great thing about most bass amps is they still sound fine when you turn them down...
  17. knumbskull

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    DAMMIT beaten to it again
  18. Seryna

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    I guess $500 will be my max budget.
  19. AlexanderB

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    By the way, my old practice amp was an EBS Classic/Session 60 combo. (60 Watts!) Good amp at home, useless with a drummer.
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    New ba112v2 is 75W. Not shipping until 5/30, though.

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