I'm sure someone will say I'm over-rating this, but I really feel that my first bass head was a great choice and a perfect stepping stone in discovering what real tone and flexibility is like.
I paired this head with a matching VX215, and it worked beautifully. Pushed the drivers very well, and really helped me to progress beyond a bedroom bassist.
Using a REAL eq so early in the game was pretty tricky, but as I said, this amp made it a perfect stepping stone toward proper tone.
I wish I could rate higher than 5.0 for build quality! This head was a tank and shoed me that inexpensive gear can still be gig-tough. The same can be said for its overall value.
My first REAL bass amp head. Thumbs up!
- 5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Jan 21, 2019
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- + Flexible Tone range
- + Relatively inexpensive
- + Plenty of Power
Fantastic starter amp
- 4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Oct 18, 2017
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- + Cheap affordable, great sounding, good eq
- - only 250 watts, felt like i out grow it quickly after playing some bigger shows, not a lot of tonal variety
The Hartke HA2500 was my first amp I had for shows after a string of very inexpensive practice amps! I remember getting it and the rack ears, racking it up feeling like a pro! Also had the matching 4x10 cab!
The EQ was also amazing, i was also a fan of the compression after I knew what that was!
The only downside to this amp is that its 250 watts and after playing a few shows and practices i realised id need something with a bit more power to keep up with the guitars and be heard over the kit, I still have this amp today as a backup!
All in on really good reliable and fairly priced amp and great for someone that is just getting into gigging!