Ampeg BA115 100w V.S. Carvin BR15 120w

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by LetsCountRox, Jan 5, 2009.

  1. LetsCountRox

    LetsCountRox Guest

    Jan 5, 2009
    well im looking to buy a new amp the one im using is from my bros dean playmate starter pack, im playing a Washburn T24 and the amp is only 10w, the volume doesnt work below 5 and above 6, i want to know if the ampeg or the carvin is better, i talked to a guy at my local guitar center and he said ampeg the other day, but i saw the carvin in a mag today and i want to know which ones batter.

    if you have nothing to say about these amps, you can give me recamendation for anamp thats at least 100w and between $350-$400, or less
  2. Bofee

    Bofee Guest

    Aug 19, 2005
    Grass Valley, CA
    You should look at Ashdown, Acoustic, GK, etc. There are many combo amps in that price range. The most bang for your buck is always going to be buying used gear. I just sold an old SWR WM12 for $200.
    Here's a nice looking Peavey combo, for example:
    Try out everything you can find to get an idea of what you like and want. Then keep your eyes and ears open for a deal.
  3. LetsCountRox

    LetsCountRox Guest

    Jan 5, 2009
    i was looking at an acoustic, and a gk, the acoustic i played was 200w and it sounded terrable compared to the ampeg 100w, and the gk if i got a id want like a goldline half stack and there $$, but have nice sound
  4. The Growler

    The Growler Guest

    Jan 26, 2008
    I have the Ampg, it's good.

    The guy at GC will tell you it's better because he doesn't sell Carvin. I would try out a Carvin if I were you. Heck, try out a bunch! You have quite a few choices as others have pointed out and half the fun of getting new gear is in the shopping and trying it out.
  5. LetsCountRox

    LetsCountRox Guest

    Jan 5, 2009
    yeah, ive been playing everything in guitar center, and the ampeg is the best there, but i also was looking at an orange crush b35, all the reviews ive read were all about 9/10 on and i know orange are good from people
  6. brisonic


    Jan 1, 2006
    san diego
    Orange stuff, assuming it is also tube (I don't know this), is going to be louder than a 35w solid state amp. Orange does have a good reputation, their website has clips to listen to so you can have an idea. This still isn't that much juice if you're going to play with others. I am debating getting a tiny terror for when I play guitar.
  7. LetsCountRox

    LetsCountRox Guest

    Jan 5, 2009
    yeah, im not sure, i think its solid state, actually im pretty sure, but i dont know if it would keep up with my friends 100 peavey valve king for guitar
  8. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    No 100 watt bass amp will keep up with a 100 watt guitar amp. Look for more juice, like 250-300 watts, and at least a 15" spkr.
  9. paganjack


    Dec 25, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    the orange 35B is a solid state amp. it sounded nice to me- a nice vintage tone. but its not going to get that loud
  10. brisonic


    Jan 1, 2006
    san diego

    If it is a 100 watt tube guitar amp, and he plays with it at like more than 1-2 you need a lot more. I have actually been blown out of practices with my previously owned 350 watt swr head where 1 player had a tube stack he played pretty loud.
  11. LetsCountRox

    LetsCountRox Guest

    Jan 5, 2009
    my friend only goes to like 3 at the loudest because its so loud so, im not sure, i reaaly like the orange stuff, but they dont have any loud enough at a reasonable price the only baas amps they have that are more than 35w, are 200, and is a stack
  12. brisonic


    Jan 1, 2006
    san diego
    Orange is definitely boutique, you either need a fat wallet or gigs lined up to help pay for one of their lod hand wired tube dealios.

  13. LetsCountRox

    LetsCountRox Guest

    Jan 5, 2009
    alright thanks but i still want to know about the carvin
  14. brisonic


    Jan 1, 2006
    san diego
    Carvin makes good stuff that is well worth the money. They have stores in larger California cities, check one out somehow. Their stuff is often firesale cheap used.
  15. I had great success with a Hartke Kickback 15 for about $400 slightly used; if it's goign through a PA, it's all you need. 120W, but would need some PA support for a larger room, whcih I always had.
  16. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Inactive

    I would take Carvin over ANY Ampeg product. The stuff is made in America by Americans. I own a lot of Carvin stuff and found it well made and totally reliable.

  17. LetsCountRox

    LetsCountRox Guest

    Jan 5, 2009
    thanx for the info, but ive read about both, and someone on a different forum had 2 defects, the one was fuzzy and distorted, and the other had power problems, is it rare to get defects from carvin, or not?
  18. humpdebump


    Jun 28, 2008
    Los Angeles
    Try a Fender Bassman, I have the 150 and its loud enough for jams. its really portable, not too huge, 40 lbs. easy to carry around. mid parametric eq, line out. I had the BA115 and it didnt work for me.
  19. LetsCountRox

    LetsCountRox Guest

    Jan 5, 2009
    idk, fender ive played and i dont like them as much as the ampeg, but i think im goin to get the carvin
  20. hbarcat

    hbarcat Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2006
    Rochelle, Illinois
    I've owned both Carvin and Ampeg and getting a nice combo amp that will serve your needs from either is just going to be a matter of your personal taste or circumstances. I genuinely like my Carvin and Ampeg amps that I have and would recommend them to anybody.

    Carvin is moderately reliable and they have a reasonably good customer service reputation. Ampeg used to be good in both departments but there is a debate about whether or not that is still true. I have no opinion on the matter and it's probably a good idea to just search one of the many, many threads here at Talkbass where the opinions run rampant rather than repeat them here.

    Still, with about 100 watts from either of these two solid state combos you listed, you'll be hard pressed to keep up with a 100 watt tube guitar amp unless he keeps it turned down to "1".