Ampeg PBC-228 PortaBass

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by basscentric, Oct 18, 2005.

  1. basscentric


    Feb 22, 2005
    Hi all...

    I'm thinking about getting the Ampeg Portabass combo. Does anyone have it? What do you think?
  2. I'm no one, but I still have no experience w/this amp. I am curious about it, though.
  3. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Well, I rented a PB 400 head and a PB210 cab for a one-night gig. The sound was nice and clean, and everything worked well. But it wasn't very punchy and it didn't have any particular character. I would use it again for a wedding gig (for example) where clean sound and easy load-in and -out are more important than tone or punch.
  4. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    I tried a PBC-228 combo recently. It sounded a bit 'boxy', even with eq flat.
    It's certainly good, and very portable / lightweight. The sound just didn't do it for me.
  5. The Reff

    The Reff

    Feb 11, 2004
    I tried a Portabass combo with two 10's and the sound that come to my mind is - cardboard. It sounded thin and unbalanced.

    I A/B tested with a Fender Bassman 250 combo with two 10's - it was a no-contest win for the Fender Combo.