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$250 Jazz/Pep Band Amp?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by edulmes, May 13, 2005.

  1. edulmes


    Aug 21, 2004
    Oostburg WI

    I am looking for an amp for our school. They currently have a Vintage 70's Fender Bassman 100 with the Silver Face (I am pretty sure they bought it new!). They and I love it. However, the thing is huge, and traveling to games is not easy with it. Usually they haul along a Peavy 70w keyboard amp combo. EDIT: I should add that they are planning on keeping the Bassmann, for the times they need a big, warm tube amp.

    I am looking for a secondary amp for them, being the new bass player. They want something that can be easily transported, but has a very warm sound for the Jazz combo/ensemble, but also should be loud enough for a gymnasium full of people. The bass does not have to be dominating, just has to have a presence. They have around $250 budgeted for one, but that is slightly flexible.

    I am looking at an Ashdown Five Fifteen Combo. Some sites say it is 100W, others say it is 65. The Ashdown site says 100. I can't find much reliability information on it, though. I don't know if this thing will give us the sound I want, or will be loud enough.

    Also, I have a slight interest in the Behringer (GASP!) BX1200. This one looks nice because it is cheap and powerful. I myself have a BX600, and I like it. It does, however have a fuzz at higher volumes, and buzzes with high treble.

    Some of the new not-yet-released Behringers, but there is obviously no user opinions for them yet.

    There is the SWR LA15 and Drive B120, but I don't know how reliable the Drive brand is, and if the SWR will be loud enough.

    The teacher would like a Hartke or Fender, but for under 250, there's not much powerful amps.

    If any of you are in a similar situation or own one of these amps, please let me know.

    Eric Dulmes
  2. orskard


    Mar 17, 2004
    no one else is helping you out here, so i will try. YOu will need at least 100 watts, i play what you do, jazz and pep and the pep rig is a lot differnt than the jazz. I cant write more now because i have a gig at school, lol.


  3. Check out Fender combos.
  4. Joe Beets

    Joe Beets Guest

    Nov 21, 2004
    In that price range I would go for a used Ashdown Mag300 and a used Avatar. :D :D :D
  5. You should probably look at the used market. I'm no expert on amps, but when I was looking for a practice amp, it seemed like for about 250 bucks, looking at new combo amps, you'll get a small amp good enough for practice or a small intimate gig, but nothing that will come close to filling a gym.
  6. My schools jazz band uses a Kustom KBA 100X, usually retails around $340. Its got a nice sound to it, they use it for both electic bass and upright. Might be a little out of your price range, but just something to throw out there. 100 watts through a 15".
  7. edulmes


    Aug 21, 2004
    Oostburg WI
    I just got my Zzounds.com newsletter, and they have a Ashdown 307w MAGC115T Combo. It looks pretty nice, and 300w would be very nice.

    However, the Zzounds.com 'customers' give it a 6.3 out of 10, but no one posted text reviews. I know that these aren't always accurate, but that seems kinda low.

    I was wondering if Ashdowns are reliable and sound good.

    It looks like a steal, considering it is $110 more new.

    Also, there is only one left, so I need to convince my band teacher to go over budget $70. And quickly.
  8. popinfresh


    Dec 23, 2004
    Melbourne, Aus
    I'd suggest a little Ashdown combo perhaps. SMASH has some soundclips of two Ashdown combo's somewhere..

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