A new head on a budget - what would you choose?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by HotTubesGrooves, Dec 1, 2005.

  1. Warwick Profet IV

    6 vote(s)
  2. Kustom Groovebass 1200

    6 vote(s)
  3. Carrots

    7 vote(s)
  1. HotTubesGrooves

    HotTubesGrooves Guest

    Jun 26, 2005
    Bristol, UK
    What would you go for? I will be pairing this with a Warwick 1 x 15" and Warwick 2 x 10", each 400w.

  2. you didn't mention what your budget is?

    I would check out the Genz Benz 600 or 400 - I have taken a liking to the awsome tone of these recently, otherwise, try out the Fender 400 PRO

    Or the Ashdown stuff is pretty affordable, but I have no preferance for it personally...
  3. HotTubesGrooves

    HotTubesGrooves Guest

    Jun 26, 2005
    Bristol, UK
    Trying to keep under £500 if possible :smug:

    Oh and at the moment I'm playing rock in the vein of early Manic Street Preachers, if that influences anything...
  4. Sorry didn't see the poll... my bad... I don't know how the Genz Benz compares to those price wise, but I would still check them out, and the Ashdown is definately available at a competitive price...
  5. HotTubesGrooves

    HotTubesGrooves Guest

    Jun 26, 2005
    Bristol, UK
    I will check out the Genz Benz, not sure how available they are in old blighty though! The 2 heads in the poll are just what I have considered so far, open to any other suggestions! :)
  6. Maybe an EBS 350HD? I dunno what they go for over there? There should be some nice amps in the used market over there in that price range too...
  7. HotTubesGrooves

    HotTubesGrooves Guest

    Jun 26, 2005
    Bristol, UK
    Ah, those EBS heads cost around £860 here ($1500)... a touch too much. Cant find a UK dealer for the Genz Benz either...

    You Americans seem to have a really nice selection of amps over there! :meh: I wish they would distribute this stuff to sell in the UK...
  8. Actually, I'm from South Africa! Yeah, those EBS heads are a tad expensive, but they are usually available at a reasonable price on the used market there in Europe (or when I was in London earlier this year anyways...)

    The Ashdown stuff is similar to the older Trace Elliot stuff if you know that tone(?), and they should definitely have an amp in your price range, or you could check out the GK stuff, there's usually quite alot of that stuff available there in Europe too...
  9. HotTubesGrooves

    HotTubesGrooves Guest

    Jun 26, 2005
    Bristol, UK
    Oops, my bad! ;)

    I tried an ashdown head, the mag300, the other week, through a GK 4x10 cab and it sounded real muddy, didnt like its tone. Too similar to my Behringer I think! I think their high end stuff is a lot better, but sadly out of my range.

    I could try and get my hands on an older Trace off ebay, but I want reliability, and you never can tell with used gear. I'd feel better buying new really.

    Thanks for all your suggestions though mate! :)
  10. have you maybe considered a pre and poweramp setup?

    Power amps tend to have a good deal more power/buck than heads, and until you get more cash, you could just drive it with a sansamp BDDI or some other cheapish preamp? Then you could shop around for the tone you are looking for in a preamp later on, which would be cheaper than buying a whole new amp.
  11. I'd stay away from the warwick (personal experience).
    I found that every warwick head i ever tried, or the one i owned, had problems with producing a nice fat low. They just seemed a little thin and flat, almost sterile for my taste. :rollno:
    Dunno - maybe they've changed in the last few years.

    Any chance of finding a nice 2nd handy somewhere?
  12. HotTubesGrooves

    HotTubesGrooves Guest

    Jun 26, 2005
    Bristol, UK
    To be honest I havent even thought of going down that road - its a bit intimidating for equipment numptys like me. I guess you would need a seperate equiliser in between with a setup like that? May be worth looking into if I can get my head around it. (I'm sure its not that complex, but technology scares me! :eek: )
  13. £500? thats what i got my ampeg SVT-II for :smug:
  14. RBASS930

    RBASS930 Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2005
    New York
    Carvin B1500
  15. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    I've been playing with a Kustom Groove Bass for a little bit, and I must say, I am very impressed with its sound/performance in that price range.

  16. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

    I totally agree. I was literally the first TBer to give one of these a shot. I'm still sorry that I sold it. I'll be getting another one someday in the not so distant future. I have yet to find a head for under $500 new (the cost of a Groove Bass) that can match it...