About to Buy a Practice Amp

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by SRCRS, Jul 17, 2013.

  1. SRCRS


    Apr 23, 2012
    So I have decided to get myself a practice amp, and I was wondering if anyone has had some experience with a few I was looking into.

    Ampeg BA108
    Acoustic b15
    Eden EC8

    I like the Eden EC8, it supposedly has a tuned port, which seems cool, but I'm a little confused about the controls on it. There are only 3 I guess: Gain, Enhance, and Tone. If someone could tell me what that's about it would be appreciated.
    Also, If anybody has any other practice amps that they like I am open to some suggestions. I'm pretty much looking around the $100 range give or take.
  2. Jtaing562


    May 24, 2013
    I own the Ampeg ba 108. It is a killer amp. The tone is nice and full, but I warn you, it may be a little too quiet for your liking. I can honestly say that I wished it was a little louder, but for $100 you cannot go wrong!
  3. wooheehaa


    Jul 14, 2013
    try looking out for the warwick b20. i think its relatively new, might not be out in all stores. the ba108 pales in contrast
  4. 1954bassman


    Jun 7, 2004
    Hickory, NC
    I use a small Mackie mixer and a set of Yamaha headphones for a practice amp. To me, $100 bass amps a re a waste of money.
  5. Headphones get old fast with me. Ear fatigue, and I miss the wife yelling at me to turn it down.

    I say look for a used little combo with a 10 inch speaker.

    $50 and some patience on Craigs list will make you a winner.
  6. Woodstockz


    Sep 23, 2011
    San Diego, Ca
    Haha. :smug:

    I get ear fatigue, but I don't miss the wife telling me to turn it down. :cool:
  7. Chico16


    Apr 2, 2012
    Yuma, Az
    If you want it to be new have you checked out the Behringer amps? They make some good gear for the money. Some bash on Behringer, but if you're only using it for a practice amp then what do you have to lose?
  8. SRCRS


    Apr 23, 2012
    Yeah I didnt even look into behringer because i hear their stuff breaks all the time. But I suppose i'll have to check them out
  9. There is the old behringer, like 10 or 15 years ago, doing poor quality clones. They broke all the time.

    There is also the behringer of today. Very different company.

    But why not buy used? Killer deals out there dying to be had.
  10. SRCRS


    Apr 23, 2012
    I'm checking the classifieds as we speak... post... whatever.
  11. I have the Ampeg BA-108. Its pretty nice, can get a nice sound out of it. I will warn you though if you consider getting it, I occasionally get static when playing past the 9th fret on the A,D,and G strings of my bass.
  12. MakoMan


    Oct 17, 2011
    Ottawa, Canada
    The BA108 is a great amp with very nice tone for the size. I keep mine beside my computer to practice along to songs or with Songsterr etc. and use it for smaller jams.
    It has some great features usually not found on practice amps, including effects send and return and a line out. Perhaps the best feature is the volume control on the CD/Computer input. It saves me from having to adjust the volume on the computer all the time. Much easier to just adjust the dial on the amp.
  13. fret buzz, you need to do a setup on your bass. Look in the basses forum stickies.
  14. bherman

    bherman Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2009
    Grand Junction, CO
    Best way to go used is local Craigslist. There is stuff on my local one all the time for $50-100, and no shipping or tax. We all know the story - " I bought this thinking I (or my son/daughter) was going to learn bass, and never did."

    I sometimes see entire rigs (Squier bass, practice amp, cords) for $100-150. If you have the time to wait a bit, you can probably score a great deal.
  15. SRCRS


    Apr 23, 2012
    Man not much decent stuff on my local CL
  16. Chico16


    Apr 2, 2012
    Yuma, Az
    Exactly as another post said above, that was the old Behringer. I have a Behringer Amp head and a 4x10 cabinet I bought last year and they are both very well built. I upgraded to another cabinet, but the amp head I still use. Very solid and dependable. You also just need to know how to take care of your gear.
  17. thunesBARROW


    Apr 12, 2010
    New York
    Roland makes some nice practice amps. I picked up a Roland Cube 30 from CL for $100.
  18. bherman

    bherman Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2009
    Grand Junction, CO
    Where are you located? May need to wait for a bit.....
  19. SRCRS


    Apr 23, 2012
    So i think a couple of posts got deleted on this? Anywho i think im gonna focus on classifieds for a practice amp. thanks for the help guys.
  20. MostlyBass


    Mar 3, 2002
    Oak Park, IL
    That's what I have - the 4 channel Mackie 402-VLZ3. It's a great mixer and I use it not just for practicing but also when I teach to have both the student and I in the same amp where I can control the mix. It also comes in handy for recording.

    As far as headphone / ear fatigue... I felt like that too until I bought I nice set of Sennheiser headphones.

    When I want to use an amp I just use my full rig at tiny volumes.

    Another practice setup that I used recently when traveling is my Digitech Jamman. I ran my bass in to my VT pedal into the Jamman and worked really well. The Jamman has a built in metronome with different sounds so I'd put the bass / snare sound on, set it to 2/4 and think of the bass on counts 1 & 3. Easy, portable and I can record my myself instantly for feedback.