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A combo amp that will handle a 5 string bass

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by chi42069, May 30, 2003.

  1. chi42069

    chi42069 Guest

    Apr 23, 2000
    I've heard people say that some amps don't handle the Low B of a 5 string that well. Does it depend on speaker size/ wattage or is it just certain amp brands. I'm looking for something that will mainly be a practice amp but have gigging capabilites.


  2. jokerjkny


    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PHL
    most times a something more than a 10" speaker, like a 12" or larger speaker, or a 2x10 will handle a low B nicely.

    but of course, the EA iAMP350 combo's little 10" speaker will baffle both you and your bass' LowB. ;)

    also, if you have a DI out on the amp, you should be golden. if not, nothing like a little DI box with both a 1/4" out and XLR out wont fix.

    but how loud is your group? what kind of music? it'll help in the selection.
  3. Reefer

    Reefer Guest

    Mar 9, 2003
    Th EA iAmp 350 combo is AWESOME!! I use one with the CXL110 extension cab and it is absoultely incredible!! It will cover almost ANY gig!:bassist:
  4. justBrian


    Apr 19, 2002
    Kansas City, MO
    Ampeg B100r-- classic tone in a classic box. Great amp. :cool:
  5. ZonPlyr


    Apr 29, 2003
    Pasadena, CA
    I use a hartke kickback 12 (I know say what you will :)) for most of my small gigs and practice. has a nice xlr out and handles my zon 5 really well. It's really nice to be able to make 1 trip into a gig.
  6. Even my tiny Peavey Microbass handles the Low B well.

    The Behringer BX108 Thunderbird does NOT.
  7. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Eden Metros seem to handle Bs pretty well.
  8. NV43345


    Apr 1, 2003
    I have used this Trace Elliot since 1995, It has a 12 band EQ and 2x10,250w.
  9. BassWizard55

    BassWizard55 Guest

    Dec 21, 2002
    Rome, Ga

    If you mean 'handel' as in actually reproducing the 31hz of a 'b', then the freq. responce of the amp must go down to at least 30hz.

    BUT, if you mean 'handel' as in not bottoming out or distorting, then you just need an amp that goes down to around 45hz (to at least capture the low 'e', and also produce the 62hz of the second harmonic of the low 'b')
  10. NV43345


    Apr 1, 2003
    If you will note, in the pic. The "red" slider
    is for the "B" string 30 HZ. That is why I prefer a 12 band EQ.:)
  11. Or do they mean "Handel" as in the guy that composed the "Messiah":D

    if you wiggle the Handel will it wiggle Bach.....
  12. NV43345


    Apr 1, 2003
    I use this rig. It works very well with my 5 & 6 string basses, and is very easy on the back.
    Ampeg PB250 14lbs
    Hartke 2x10 Transporter 32lbs
    SWR Workinman's 15 45lbs. [​IMG]
  13. Try to get your hands on a Peavey Combo 115. It's big and heavy but it's loud and the bottom end is great. I bought a used one for only $250. 210W but 300 with a cabinet. Hope I helped.
  14. pshift


    May 30, 2003
    Downstate NY
    I had one of those until the electronics went. A solid unit for over 15 years! I gutted the unit and use the cabinet as past of a 2x10/1x15 setup. Real nice.
  15. JayAmel

    JayAmel Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2002
    Carcassonne, France
    I second that. My B-100R is far the most amazing combo I ever owned. Deep tone and loudness.

    Low priced, too.
  16. chi42069

    chi42069 Guest

    Apr 23, 2000
    thanks for all the replies. This would be my first bass amp. I'm still debating on getting a 5 string. I'm not in a band right now but down the road i'd like to be able to just use it at a gig then to have to upgrade.

    When i was talking about handling the B string, i i meant that it won't distort or lose bottom end. But i guess i meant all that technical stuff too.

    Right now i got my eye on a used Ampeg BA 115 with special effects.($350) How does that compare to the Ampeg 100r?

    I'm gonna check out some Peaveys too. THey seem to have some good reviews on here.


  17. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    to take that price down another notch, I'm gigging with a 5 in a pretty loud country band with a 200 watt & 1x12 Ashdown Mag combo. As long as the bass drum and guitar amps aren't miked I don't need PA support.

    it only cost me $357 shipped :eek:

    I'll soon have a Bergantino HT112 to sit on it :cool:
  18. todd 4ta

    todd 4ta

    Apr 3, 2003
    I have an Eden CXC 300 1015 that I've been happy with. It has a solid state preamp (not a tube like the Metro), and this model has a 1x15 and 1x10.

    There are other models with different speaker combinations. I've seen them sell used for $400-500. You can add an extension cab if desired.

    Eden CXC 1015 Combo
  19. Atshen


    Mar 13, 2003
    Grim Cold Québec
    I'm quite happy with my Yorkville XM200. Mucho bottom! :cool: