Amp Advice Needed

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by BOB_013, Jul 23, 2009.

  1. Hey. I've been playing bass for about a year and a half now, and it's about time i got a decent gigging amp. I was with a band for just over a year, but they had their own bass amp, and upon leaving to move onto bigger and better things, i found myself without an amp. I'm not that knowledgable when it comes to amps, so i really need advice.

    I play a yamaha RBX-375, so i'd need an amp that supports active pickups. My price range would be around £250, but could stretch to £300.

    I was looking at a couple of Behringer amps, but the fact that they are so cheap kinda makes me think that they cant be that good. I read a few reviews, but there's so many mixed reviews that it's hard to know what to think...
  2. JulienJeff


    Mar 1, 2009
    I tried once a behringer nad it sucked.
    Look at ashdown, they are reasonably priced and are quite good
  3. bwv1013


    Mar 20, 2008
    southern cal
    i haven't read much good about behringer either. it's hard for me to make recommendations based on what's available in your area. get out and try some stuff and see what you like. as for active pickups, any bass amp will handle them fine. it really comes down to which one sounds the best to you. the tb classifieds are a good place to start in terms of pricing used gear to fit your budget. do some homework, then buy local to avoid shipping costs.

  4. It's hard to come across somewhere that sells bass amps where i'm from. I tried a couple of places, but they specialised more so in guitar than bass, so the selection was poor.

    But i shall keep looking, and maybe even find something preowned in the classifieds :D
  5. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Yes, used gear is your best option, especially for as small a budget as you've got. You won't find any decent new amps in that price range, but could strike gold searching your local ads. Good luck, hope you find what you want.
  6. MIJ-VI

    MIJ-VI Inactive Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2009
    Hi BOB_013.

    If you're looking to buy a used rig, you may find one here: > Basschat Market Place > For sale: Amps and cabs

  7. I could possibly wait a few more months, that way i could increase my budget, but to be honest i'm just really anxious to get gigging again, and without an amp that'd be hard.

    Thank you :)
  8. NKBassman

    NKBassman Lvl 10 Nerd Supporting Member

    Jun 16, 2009
    Winnipeg, MB, Canada
    Not a bad suggestion...
  9. I was looking at a Line 6 Lowdown amp on the internet. I have used some of Line 6 gear before, and was very much impressed, just wondering if anyone had any oppinion on their amps?
  10. bryceg2189


    Jul 24, 2009
    i dont like them. you dont hear your bass at all, just the amp settings and some notes been played through them...they arent all that bad, and they can get loud, but i think that you would regret getting one if you played a show and a band there had an 810...
  11. Umm... The lowdown looked really good too, and all the reviews were decent, although i did hear they had a weak casing...

    The search continues i suppose!

  12. If money is tight... I'd get a Behringer BX3000T head (300W at 4ohm) or the one that substituted it, the BX4500T (450W). They are cheap, especially second hand, and they sound pretty good. I know of a few people using them for years without a problem. I once bought a BX3000T plus a Behringer 2x10" cab for £100.

    There are better amps, but these ones I'd use without concerns. In fact, after selling mine, I am looking for another one to have as a backup (my main amp is a TC Electronic RH450).

    Have a go, try them. Don't listen to the XXXX sucks or XXXX rules people. Listen with your ears, by now you have some idea of the sounds that are good. Those two amps are cheap, sound good, and no, they don't break just by sneezing over them ;)
    If you continue playing, one day you'll want and will buy something better, and you'll still have a great backup in case you need one (you never know, my RH450 died last Saturday just before the gig, while I was getting ready... fortunately there was a backup amp, and I got a new RH450 already - service by TC Electronics is fantastic). But, hey, you see regarding reliability? I had the cheap used Behringer for a year without a hitch, then the expensive new one and died after 3 months! :D

  13. :L Thanks, i'll check that out :)
  14. octaverazor


    Jun 3, 2009
    Houma, LA
    i have have a Line 6 Lowdown 150 and i think it's awesome. I use it as my at home amp and it sounds great. Not super loud but good sounding. A great recording amp. The synth on it sucks, but to me that's just a novelty.
  15. I was looking at the 300W version, which i presume is more or less the same as the 150.

    Thanks :D
  16. Urban777


    Jun 23, 2009
    If you can stretch to £350, you could get a 307 watt Ashdown MAG 300 EvoII. Havent tried it, but the Ashdown 180 EvoII sounded fantastic.
  17. I also own a Line 6 LD150. It's really not a bad amp for practicing or even a small venue. It can also be hooked into a PA with the XLR direct output. I've have mine for well over a year and have no complaints. My favorite settings are Clean, R&B, Rock and Brit. Grind is something I noodle with as well as the chorus, which IMO is nice.

    Along with the ld150, I have an Ampeg b100r and a Fender bassman 250/210. Each of my amps sound completely different and I'm of a fickled nature, so the variety is well suited for me.

    The best thing to do is bring your bass down to the shop and try it out. It's the only way you are going to find out.
  18. Just got an old MAG250 plus an Ashdown ABM mini 15" cab (swapped them both for a 5-string Washburn bass, estimated at under £200)
    Nice amplifier. Very much in teh style of the Behringer BX3000T... whops, it should be the other way around! :bag: which I also owned a while ago.
    I liked the Behringer a lot (say what you will, my ears say it was a cool amp)... but this one is a *lot* lighter, and the cooling fan is a *lot* quieter. The Behringer was useless for quiet practice as teh fan was so loud... this one you barely hear it. Still, for rehearsal gigs, the behringer is fantastic value, but if you find one of these Ashdowns... they're pretty cool.
  19. I'm not even sure if there's any shops in the country sell this amp... :(

    There's one or two decent guitar shops, but they don't really have an awful lot of bass stuff. But i'll take a look anyway.
  20. I know this may not seem like the best advice, but if are unable to find a shop with the amps you want to test out. You might want to give youtube a shot. There are a few reviews on behringer and line 6 amps. If you have good speakers or even headphones you may be able to hear what appeals to you.