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$500 for an amp and cab

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by sing-modulator, May 21, 2019.


  1. sing-modulator

    sing-modulator

    Nov 23, 2014
    IL
    Hey all,

    I need a new amp and cab for gigging. I do small and medium sized gigs, nothing that requires insane power. I like portability and I prefer 12" speakers. I don't need anything fancy from my amp. $500 budget, but could go plus or minus a bit.

    Whatcha got for me, team???

    EDIT: by "new" i mean "new to me", used suggestions are totally cool :)

    EDIT 2: I mean a "combination" of an amp and a cab. Not a "combo amp". Sorry for the confusion.
     
    Last edited: May 22, 2019
  2. sing-modulator

    sing-modulator

    Nov 23, 2014
    IL
    Currently considering a PF-500 and a Gallant Sound 12" cab with a speaker I have from my busted gk 112.
     
  3. Stumbo

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  4. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Connecticut
    Fender Rumblee 200 combo is about as close as you can get new -$599.

    Used you can probably find a GK MB200 head for about $225-250, then look for a used 410.
     
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  5. abarson

    abarson

    Nov 6, 2003
    Santa Cruz
    It would help to know what style you play, etc.
    Never heard of Gallant Sound before, but looking at their website all I see are fancy guitar cabinets, no bass. Sticking a random driver in a random cabinet is an assured recipe for disappointment.

    You always get more for your money shopping the used market.
    If you liked the GK sound, get a used MB500. The Ampeg PF500 is distinctly different sounding than GK.
    If you can find them, the Acoustic BN112 is a great inexpensive 112. Never understood why they stopped making them.
    For new in that budget you should check out the Peavey Headliner 112. It's on the heavy side but sounds good.
     
  6. Linnin

    Linnin

    Jul 19, 2012
    Linningrad, Earth
    +1 Fender Rumble 200 1x15 combo at $499. If you absolutely must have a gigable 12, audition a Hartke HD12 kickback = $450.
     
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  7. sing-modulator

    sing-modulator

    Nov 23, 2014
    IL
    Thanks for the suggestions so far.

    I emailed gallant sound asking if theyd do a bass cab. I'm not set 100% on it, but I'm looking into it.

    I'm not interested in combos, and I'm not interested in 10" or 15", I'm really looking for a head and a 12" cab for small and medium-sized venues.

    I play mostly instrumental jazz/neo-soul/alt-country/solo stuff, so I will be using it for electric and upright bass. I don't need to compete with a full band blasting zep tunes or anything like that!
     
  8. sing-modulator

    sing-modulator

    Nov 23, 2014
    IL
    I currently have a nice 15" combo amp that I like, so I'm looking for a head and speaker cab.
     
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  9. Linnin

    Linnin

    Jul 19, 2012
    Linningrad, Earth
    You are going to have to go onto the used market, or seriously raise you budget to $1,000 USD+
     
  10. sing-modulator

    sing-modulator

    Nov 23, 2014
    IL
    A lot of the amps I see for big bucks are like 800w, I don't need near that much power...
     
  11. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Connecticut
    I understand a reluctance for combos, but they are cheaper. Gonna be tough, even used, to find a gigable head and cab for that price. Lots of people here gigging with Rumbles.
     
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  12. Linnin

    Linnin

    Jul 19, 2012
    Linningrad, Earth
    Watts or no, you're still going to have to fork over the cash $$$.
     
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  13. I have an eden 320 2x12 but its a combo. i think you're gonna have to spend a little more to split that up. my eden is great and bullet proof. 2 or 3 gigs a week for years now. paid tree fiddy for it.
     
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  14. okcrum

    okcrum in your chest

    Oct 5, 2009
    Verde Valley, AZ
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  15. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Connecticut
    OP wants new, separate head and cab, gig volume, and cheap.

    Ain't gonna happen with anything decent.
     
  16. sing-modulator

    sing-modulator

    Nov 23, 2014
    IL

    Used suggestions are ok!
     
  17. sing-modulator

    sing-modulator

    Nov 23, 2014
    IL
    What do y'all think of the GK MB 112?
     
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  18. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Connecticut
    Having played both, I prefer the Rumble.
     
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  19. sing-modulator

    sing-modulator

    Nov 23, 2014
    IL
    Which rumble in particular?
     
  20. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Connecticut
    Rumble 200. You are better off with more power than you think you need, rather than pushing an amp to it's limit. Head over to the Rumble club thread here. You will get good information from @Linnin @Gravedigger Dav and others.
     
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