Amps you own and really dig, but you hardly hear people talk about...

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by De Teng, Nov 21, 2005.

  1. De Teng

    De Teng

    Oct 27, 2003
    Utrecht, Holland
    Perhaps this could also be named: 'Unknown but fantastic amps' ..or.. 'What to buy when having less money?'

    My personal fav is the Peavey T-Max. :bassist:

    Very dynamic powerfull piece of music. Two preamps... solid-state and tube with pregain and postgain knobs. Responsible for lovely overdriven fat bass sounds or crispy clean notes, while not leaving the musical tone out of the picture. Way better sounding than other expensive heads. :scowl:

    Nice EQ, while it even sounds better when neutral. Shelving knobs to add some bassic embedding in your room or an agressive snap in the skies. Professional DDT speaker compression to solve the problem of broken dreams. :)

    550W @ 2 ohm
    350W @ 4 ohm
    280W @ 8 ohm (approx.)

    And with my 4.10" Bag End... VERY loud with 'only' 8 ohms. Picture below is the combo version, which I do not prefer btw.


    Let's share our stories. ;)

    (And everyone knows those Fafner are ridiculously fat, so don't even try it. :p )
  2. ezstep


    Nov 25, 2004
    north Louisiana
    I'll throw in another Peavey product.

    The Max700.

    700 wts @ 2 ohms, 475@4, 275@8.
    Ridiculously loud.
    Very clean.
    Very simple, but I can get all the tones I want from it.
    Unfortunately, very heavy.
    Very affordable.

    I also have an Ampeg combo, and I have an SWR combo, and I have owned (in the past) Fender amps, MusicMan amps, G-K amps. I would place the Peavy Max700 up there alongside the SWR, not somewhere way below.
  3. BarryS


    Oct 17, 2004
    I have an H&K BassBase 400. It's a very musical amp, just requires some time with the eq to dial in some good tone, and the tube in it is good for putting some "fur" in. Work great with 2 bag end 15". :bassist: Will need to post pics when I get a chance.
  4. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    TECH21 Landmark600 with matching TECH21 B410 cabinet.

    Strongly sounding amp. Great power. Not really well known. It never fails to amaze me and the fellow local friends who play bass and have had the chance to try it.
  5. I have the Firebass700, its just the same amp with a different face plate, and yeah, its really good especially for the price! reliable as hell too!
    What do you mean its heavy? its not heavey at all, bloody nancy!! my SVT II isnt even that heavy and its double the weight of the Firebass/Max 700

    I've heard the T-Max too, dont get them in the UK very often tho, seen a few bands touring with them

    The Landmark600 is indeed a great sounding amp, would love to try one out, love my BDDI :D

    I'd post about my SVT II non-pro, but they are fairly common (as is the firebass/max 700, so i dont know why that was posted)
  6. protoz


    Nov 30, 2000
    Sunn 1200S
    Sunn Sorado
    Sunn Coliseum 300

    All of my amps aren't very common which is definately fine by me. I like having a unique setup
  7. jokerjkny


    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PA
    most anything ashdown.

    from the lower line to the upper end Mark King head, i cant get enough of their gear. :)

    yet, wassup? no love?
  8. most definitely my gk 800rb and ampeg 8x10 combo. sounds pretty damn good.
  9. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    More Peavey for me. Peavey Mark VI. Reliable workhorse. 200W @ 8 ohms, something like 240 @ 4 ohms. Killer onboard chorus and biamping.

    Love it.
  10. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

    AMP BH-420. Still in my opinion the very best sounding all SS head I've heard to date. It's also VERY loud for it's rated 400 watts...
  11. bassbully43


    Jul 1, 2005
    I just got a Peavy TNT 150 15" w chorus i run it with my GK 210 and had great punch and round bottom at band practice. Its older but in great shape has a EQ and is loud @150 watts...the chorus is cool but i doubt i will use it all for $125.00. My GK is the same size and looked cool on top of it ala mini stack :p
  12. Luckydog

    Luckydog Supporting Member

    Dec 25, 1999
    Not many folks today are using Ampeg V4's. I have an early 70's V4 (not the V4B), and it sounds wonderful through an Eden 210XLT in medium volume gigs. Say hello to my little fren....
  13. alembic5


    Dec 5, 2004
    Seattle, Wa.
    I had a Peavey Mark VIII head, with the 410TX and BW 15" cab. Man I loved that rig! Huge sound and not a single problem for almost 10 years! I love my BAM 210 as well, although it is in my car today on it's way to a new home. :( It's just too heavy, and I'm having some back problems. Picking up a Mesa Walkabout Scout combo to replace it.
  14. Fealach

    Fealach Guest

    Apr 23, 2003
    Gone to a better place
    Sound City X188.

  15. warwick. they're too expensive in the US for most stores to stock. they don't have the same allure as the basses.

    i have a quadruplet preamp, which is the preamp from the quadIV and quadVI heads. 4-band EQ with mid shifts and a 4 preset voicings. very cool preamp. good sounding heads. gig machines.

    elderly instruments in lansing, MI always had a few warwick pieces, but that's the only place i ever saw them.

  16. 4Mal

    4Mal Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2002
    Columbia River Gorge
    not exactly flying under the radar with a GK 1001 & Alesis 3630 combo but the shallow style Bag End 2x10's aren't real mainstream. 1 cab has the co-ax tweet, the other doesn't. I go back and forth on which cab goes on top. The highs of the non-tweeter'ed cab are so smoooth! The BE crossover and co-ax is the most restrained, smoothest tweeter I've heard yet though... Lot's of BE deep cab's, 15's and the occaisional 4x10. I'm the only guy I know of using the shallow 2x10 cab's though.

    I really like this rig a lot! Lot's o' punch, an honest 50 hz which for a 4 string guy works, really flexible tonally suprisingly deep. 1 hand truck trip for the rig and they fit in the back of my Outback wagon along with a bunch of PA stuff and a couple of basses, maybe a guitar rig as well...

  17. Can't say enough good things about my Yorkville XS400H - 400 Watts into 4 ohms, switchable Tube/SS Pre, counds good and dirty when you want, good and clean when you want. Loud as you need.

    - Andrew
  18. tombowlus

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

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    Well, it's not an "amp" but I don't recall anyone else ever discussing the Hughes & Kettner Fortress bass preamp. I picked one of these up at a price that I felt safe taking a gamble, and as it turns out, I really, really like it.