a very small backup/jam amp and cab?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by [email protected], Dec 4, 2005.

  1. hi fellows...i play an older svtII thru an 810 and that's the sound for me--but it's a large, heavy sound! i'm looking for a very small, maybe even micro-sized, amp and lightweight cab(s) with as close of an approximation of the ampeg sound as i can get :) --if that's remotely possible, hehe--i'm not really up on the current offerings...but i'd like a warm sound from the amp with my jazz basses--something not too different in character from what i have now

    i'd be using this mainly as something to carry along when i head across state to visit old friends for casual weekend jams...i've considered a DI box, but i don't always have a PA or powered speaker to run thru

    as i've had a recent herniated disc, i'm looking for light and small, so as not to have to wrestle bulky equipment from the car trunk :)

    any ideas?
  2. winston

    winston Supporting Member

    May 2, 2000
    East Bay, CA
    If you're looking for a warm-sounding light/little cab that really rocks, I'd recommend the Euphonic Audio Wizzy 112. It's an efficient (102 dB) 4 ohm cab so it can put out quite a bit of sound with a small head. I power mine with a GK 400RB, and it gets very loud. Tone-wise it's right in between old-school and hifi--fat but detailed. Weighs 29 pounds, costs ~$500 new. A used Eden WT-400 or Mesa Walkabout head can be found used for under $600.

    To get that Ampeg kinda tone you might want to pick up a SansAmp Bass Driver DI. I have very good luck using a SansAmp to warm up the tone of my clean-sounding SWR Workingman's 12 combo.

    Also, the Ampeg B-50 (50 watts, 12" speaker, discontinued model) and B-100 (100 watts, 15", still made) really get a good fat vintage tone. The B-50 weighs about 50 #, the B-100 is a little over 60# but has casters. I think these amps sound a lot better than Ampeg's BA series combos.
  3. Gallien Krueger MB150E. Light, old school, can get loud if it has too. Add their matching MB150 EX extension speaker--only weighs 11 pounds--and you have a 150-watt amp thru 2-12's with a total weight of about 35 pounds. These are also available used fairly frequently.
  4. tombowlus

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

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    Beat me to it! :D