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$800 Bass Rig - as loud as possible

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by TravTrav, Feb 16, 2014.

  1. TravTrav


    Jun 6, 2010
    If you had $800 to burn, what amp/cab would you buy? Assuming you'd buy new (cuz used the options are limitless). And the main goal is to be loud as possible.
  2. Kevindavid3


    Jul 11, 2010
    Maybe look at the new ahsdown root master or the new fender rumble amps that came out this month.
  3. jeff7bass


    Apr 9, 2009
    Carvin BX500 on an Avatar B410 - the 4 ohm ceramic version with the 250 watt Eminence speakers. 500 watts into a mighty cab. The Carvin has the semi-parametric EQ so you can coax punchy loud mids out front while dialing out sub-lows which muddy things up.
  4. Stick_Player

    Stick_Player Banned

    Nov 13, 2009
    Somewhere on the Alaska Panhandle (Juneau)
    Endorser: Plants vs. Zombies Pea Shooters
    "$800 Bass Rig - as loud as possible"

    For $800?

    $800 worth of loudness won't be very loud.

    But in you bedroom, "$800 worth of loudness" should be fine.
  5. hartke lh1000 with any 4x10/6x10/8x10 cab
  6. TravTrav


    Jun 6, 2010
    Humor me then. What's the loudest bedroom rig I could buy on that budget?
  7. Rockin Mike

    Rockin Mike

    May 27, 2011
    Here's an ancillary question -
    Assuming a person has an active bass, can we say the preamp is onboard the bass and it's OK to run directly into a power amp and on to speakers?

    If so, I guess the loudest rig would be comprised of no more than a big Behringer (or other off-brand) power amp and as much cone area as could be afforded. Perhaps an array of 18" speakers would be a reasonable strategy if your only goal is decibels per dollar.
  8. dagovna659


    Mar 2, 2011
    New Jersey
    GK MB210-MB212 combo will get you all the volume you can handle
  9. TinyE


    Jan 31, 2013
    Buy used. 4x10 and a Lotta watts
  10. 1bassplayin

    1bassplayin -Nowhere Man-

    Buy used...
  11. miner


    Oct 26, 2008
    Hartke LH1000 used is about $350. There's 1000 watts, and you would have $450 left to use on speakers.
  12. Rockin Mike

    Rockin Mike

    May 27, 2011
    OP specified new.

    I first thought to suggest a used 300w SVT + 8x10 fridge, then I re-read the original post.
  13. 1bassplayin

    1bassplayin -Nowhere Man-

  14. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    You can buy plenty of watts for 800 go used or try the GK MB line of combos.
  15. Road Bull

    Road Bull

    Jul 24, 2011
    Seattle, WA.
    I would say first, buy used.

    Now.. Keep your eyes open for a good deal on an Ampeg 810 cab.

    Then, keep those same eyes open for a solid head. Maybe GK 701RB or 1001RB.

    Something like that. Plenty of people unload their fridges on CL and whatnot. More speakers with adequate watts = LOUD!
  16. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Eastwood Guitars, CHC Guitars, GHS strings
  17. TravTrav


    Jun 6, 2010
    I don't mind you guys recommending used stuff. Was more just trying to come up with ideas, stuff to check out.

    I got a lead on an QSC RMX450 for $200. Seems like a decent deal (I don't care about weight), but then I gotta figure out what to use for a preamp.
  18. middy


    Mar 14, 2007
    An Art Tube MP for $40 works fine as a preamp (and DI), especially if you get the tone shaping you need from your bass.
  19. +1 GK MB2x12 combo.
    I've seen Norm Stockton at a clinic in Tustin, CA.
    Jim's Music had him come in and that combo was pretty loud!

    GK 800RB -$300
    Ampeg 8x10 or 6x10 -$500?