A good head, about 600 watts...

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Obsolex, Jun 29, 2003.

  1. Obsolex

    Obsolex Guest

    Nov 17, 2002
    I am getting an Ampeg PR410hlf, and I wanted to know if anyone could suggest a head that is either 600 watts, or around there. I don't want to waste the power of the cab. I was actually thinking of an SWR 550x...
  2. Trevorus


    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    It's preferecne, but I suggest a Gallien Krueger, as I always do. Very clean and punchy. Ampegs are fat round and bottom heavy. Which, if you want that sound, is awesome. Any of the amps in that area, of any quality should sound pretty good. It's just a matter of preference.
  3. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
  4. lo-freq

    lo-freq aka UFO

    Jan 19, 2003
    SW, OK
    Check out as many as you can (preferably with your bass and either your cabs or the same cab as yours at the store). Recommend listening to Mesa Boogie M-2000 (new or used), EA iAmp-600 (used), EBS Fafner or TD-650 (new or used), Eden WT-550 and then there's always preamp/power amp solutions that offer more flexibility.
  5. SlavaF


    Jul 31, 2002
    Edmonton AB
    Mesa Boogie M-Pulse 600?

    Edit: should probably elaborate a bit. A bit pricey, and about 40 pounds, but it has a GREAT rock tone, is quite versatile, and has gobs of power and volume (the 600 rating is a bit conservative)
  6. todd 4ta

    todd 4ta

    Apr 3, 2003
    I would try to find an Ashdown ABM 300 or 500. The 300 is suprisingly powerful (600w peak), and the 500 even more so. You cannot get bad tone out of an Ashdown.
  7. Jason Carota

    Jason Carota Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2002
    Putnam, CT
    I agree with Todd. You cannot go wrong with the ABM 500. It is listed at 575w, but that is a very conservative rating, imo.
  8. lo-freq

    lo-freq aka UFO

    Jan 19, 2003
    SW, OK
    Yeah (oops! I forgot Ashdown ABMs).

    Do check 'em out. Very good amps.
  9. iplaybass


    Feb 13, 2000
    Houston, TX
    If you do get the SWR, just get the straight 550. The extra 'x' is more expensive because of some onboard effects that are of questionable usefulness.
  10. Eric Cioe

    Eric Cioe Supporting Member

    Jun 4, 2001
    Holland, MI
    I don't believe SWR makes a Bass-550- this was a new item after they added the X to the 350 and 750. You may be thinking of the SM-500.

    Anyway, I'd go with the preamp of your choice and a Carvin DCM600 or DCM100, depeneding on what ohm load you are running, and if you are planning on adding speakers.
  11. neptoon


    Jul 25, 2000
    Kings Bay, GA
    i second the mesa m-pulse 600. great sounding head
  12. Mcrelly


    Jun 16, 2003
    Minnesota, USA
    I'd suggest a Tech21 Landmark 600, it combines the RBI and their Accoustic DI and a 600w into 4ohms all in one amp!! I heard the landmark300 (just a smaller amp) with the tech21 410 and it sounded BETTER than a eden 410xst/RBI/1000w yamaha amp! the tech21 had more mids than the eden so it will probably cut through better and I loved the tone!!
  13. Obsolex

    Obsolex Guest

    Nov 17, 2002
    Man heads are expensive :(

  14. Jason Carota

    Jason Carota Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2002
    Putnam, CT
    Go for used stuff. Makes everything a bit easier on the wallet.
  15. Mesa 400+

    It says 500W (peak), so it's more like 300W (RMS) But it's tube, so it sounds like around 600W, LOL.

    Anyways, i didn't have a chance to try an MPulse 600, but i'm sure it sounds sweet.

    However, still.... 12 - 6L6's can't hurt. To say the least, it rapes. OOOH, remember though, it's Fat. Fatter than my mom, and that's sayin something.

    my 2C

  16. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania
    Consider the Peavey Pro 500.
  17. Just went through 3 months of pleasure/pain trying to find the right amp at the right price,

    If somebody else was paying it would have been over in about a second, but hey, the sky is blue in my world.......

    What I have taken from the whole experience is that most companies work on a "bull**** baffles brains theory".....

    THe only way to buy is with your ears, from a dealer who gives you the lattitude to try stuff out no pressure....its worth paying a little extra if you have too....

    Try all amps with no affects and flat eqs

    TB was an invaluable resource for me, and gave me a lot of peace of mind with what I eventually went for.....but just let your ears be the judge and you will be sweet.....

    Heres what I ended up with

    Fender BXR300R
    Tech21 Sansamp as Preamp
    EV TL 15" box
    Marshall 210/tweeter box

    Cost me about $1600 aus, all near new, kicks ass I think!

    Im just glad its over! CYA LUkaas
  18. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    i would name:

    MEsa Mpulse 600
    H&K BASSBASE (Great tone)
    Ashdown ASM 500
    Markbass P501
  19. I'd chime in for a the Ashdown ABM EVO 500! Afabulous amp that I only recently demoed and now have GAS for! Alternatively, you could get a Trace Elliot AH500 - like the one I'm selling;)

    But seriously, the Ashdown is one hell of an amp for the money!
  20. oddio

    oddio Guest

    Lots of good recommendations have already been made, so you have lots to consider. Personally I would go for the EBS Fafner. I believe there's still a lightly-used one listed for sale in the classifieds here.