Ampeg B2R vs Carvin PB100-(10 and 15), and also the Fender Bassman 25

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Gabu, Nov 7, 2001.

  1. Gabu


    Jan 2, 2001
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    I need a little amp for the house and I see what looks like a good deal on the Ampeg B2-R. But, I am unsure if I want to drop $250 into a amp that is not a practice amp...Toegther with it's cabinet, it would end up bigger than the small practice amps I have been looking at for inside use... but it would sure have plenty of head room.

    Before running into this deal, I was comparing the Carvin PB100-10, PB100-15, and the Fender Bassman 25. These are all about the same price.

    Now it looks like the Ampeg setup would be too. I should mention that I have no need for a loud setup. This is strictly for in the house and my Carvin RC21018 already gives me all the hearing damage I need.


    Carvin PB100-10 - It sounds cool. It's portable. It has a line out. Everything I need. It's $279.

    Carvin PB100-15 - It sounds a bit better. It's not as portable. It has a line out. It's just $20 more.

    Fender Bassman 25 - It sounds good too. Probably on par with the PB100-15, but I haven't heard them together. It is small with a cool tilt back feature. It has a line out and is $279

    Ampeg B2-R - I have never heard it. It gets good reviews by many people though. It is a head, so I would have to supply a cab, which I do have. It has a line out and because it's solid state, it is small. My cab is also small... about the size of the 115 in the PB100-15. It has the most wattage, at 200w w/ 8 ohm load. It's used. I can have it for $250.

    In case anyone hasn't guessed yet I suffer from chronic indecisiveness. :D Any opinions on these items are appreciated. In addition, thoughts on small combos or whatnot that I can keep in the house... within the $300 range would also be appreciated. I am leaning towards the Fender... But the closeness of the prices have me second guessing.

    Thanks in advance for your insight.

    *edit: corrected some weird grammar*
  2. Bass18

    Bass18 Guest

    Jul 21, 2001
    I'm thinking of buying a B2R soon, but i'm considering it against the SVT-3 Pro. I'm trying them out this weekend. I've never played the other 2 though...