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Amp for Doubling, see the smallest+lightest!

Discussion in 'Amps, Mics & Pickups [DB]' started by Spiketronic, Aug 29, 2007.

  1. Spiketronic


    Dec 18, 2003
    San Francisco
    Check it out! I sent my EA Micro 300 to Don Oatman at Low Down Sound and told him to make it into the lightest, smallest, 12" combo he could. It's 14x14x14 and 28lbs. The head slides in and out and there is space for the power and speakon cables. The premium neo speaker has a dial for the high range. There is also a spring loaded handle on the bottom that doubles as a tilt back.

    How does it sound? Well it can't hang with my SWR 350 thru my Aggie GS 112 for low end creaminess, but neither can my 61 year old back! I gig and rehearse all over the Bay Area and I double, both on acoustic upright/electric fretless in a jazz combo and stratocaster/Zon 4 in a tot rock band. This puppy is clean, loud and clear and I can just about eq most of the boxiness out of it. Hey, whaddaya want for a 14" cube you can lift up with one finger?!

    I'm saying goodbye to the Boss line selector into the trusty old GK MB 150 (which has been slamming around in my trunk for 5 years without missing a beat).

    Don dug this thing so much I think he put it up on his website
    in case any of you musical sistren and brethren want one. The whole enchilada only set me back about $1200 for the amp plus Don's work. Chump change for the Holy Grail. Until I can dream up something smaller, lighter and sweeter.

    Pix are at:


  2. B String

    B String Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Good for you and your back!
    At 1in wider and about 2in taller, with one more lb, some
    of us have had succsess with the Markbass mini 121p
    combo as a good doubling amp. The small box hasn't got
    thunderous lows but that seems to work well for upright.
    It has a woody, organic sound. The fact that it has 300
    watts into 8 ohms gives it a lot of headroom for electric
    bass. Plus you can add almost any speaker to it and get
    as loud and low as you want.
    I really like what you have there. I imagine the speaker
    and horn are much better than the MB components. Don
    probably tuned the box for the speaker too.
    How long have you been using it? Have there been any
    issues or anything lacking? (other than huge lows)
    Have you used a second speaker with it yet?
  3. Spiketronic


    Dec 18, 2003
    San Francisco
    I waited for EVER for Markbass to get here and then when I tried out the 121P, it was way too boxy sounding for me, too much midrange honk. That's when I decided to get Don to make this and I specifically asked him for something that was as small as possible that still had a good sound. I've only played one rehearsal and 2 gigs with it and neither of my bands are very loud. I don't know If I'll ever use an extension speaker with it, it seems to have a ton of headroom. It goes way beyond where my GK MB used to fart out. My only real issue (and this is ridiculous to mention on a bass board) is that I got a better electric guitar sound out of the GK when I doubled on guitar and bass. I kinda wish the the EA had a high AND low midrange control like the GK.

    And then, in true GAS fashion, I was reading the comparo in Bass Player between the EA, Markbass and Eden Micro heads and got to thinking "Hmmmm, that Eden head got a great review and it looks almost exactly the same size as this EA, I wonder if it would fit....."

  4. Does the L-pad in the side control a tweeter, if so where is it? or is it a coaxial speaker???

  5. TroyK

    TroyK Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2003
    Seattle, WA
    Man that's nice. Good going!
  6. Ben Rolston

    Ben Rolston Supporting Member

    Aug 30, 2006
    Ann Arbor, MI, USA
    I'll bet it's a coax. Last time I was in LDS, I talked to Don for a while about 14" cubes.
  7. Greg Clinkingbeard

    Greg Clinkingbeard

    Apr 4, 2005
    Kansas City area
    KC Strings
    The Eden did get a good review, but the pics are deceptive. I think it's a bit bigger and maybe a pound and a half heavier than the EA Micro.

    Does this have an Eminence Deltalite 12 in it by chance?
  8. B String

    B String Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Y'know, I just realized that the MB 121p speaker box is
    only 10in deep. The last 3 1/2 - 4in is amp, and an open
    area under it for access and porting. This make the actual
    speaker box about as big as the GK 150MB. Perhaps off by
    an inch here or there.
    I do have to say. This amp puts out a TON more sound
    than either of the GK mb's I have (and had)
    Judging by your 14 x 14 box specs, you're probably
    getting more low end out of your combo. Interesting.......
  9. Spiketronic


    Dec 18, 2003
    San Francisco
    Yeah, it's a coax and I think it's the Emminence. You can dial a 2db cut or boost from the built in tweeter. I had a Mesa Walkabout (which whas quite a bit heavier than my MicroDoom) and once I started messing with the eq I couldn't dial a good tone to save my life. Sold it the same day it arrived. Parametric just confounds me.

  10. Greg Clinkingbeard

    Greg Clinkingbeard

    Apr 4, 2005
    Kansas City area
    KC Strings
    The Neo 2512 isn't a coax. I didn't know they made a coax.
    Very cool little cab.
  11. tombowlus

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

    Apr 3, 2003
    Fremont, Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    That looks very nice! Don builds a killer cab, for sure. :cool:

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