Anybody have recommendations for a small bass amplifier that I wear on a strap?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by lordofthebass, Nov 30, 2021.

  1. lordofthebass


    Nov 9, 2021
    I found out this morning that my band class is going to be in a memorial day parade. I play electric bass in band and I need a good way to amplify it while we're going down the street. I'm thinking something akin to a pignose, or just a small amplifier that I can wear on a strap or clip to my belt. any suggestions?
  2. abarson


    Nov 6, 2003
    Santa Cruz
    You won't be heard with any amp that small. You will need some serious wattage to get over the din, even to hear yourself. The Roland Micro Cube RX might be enough but I wouldn't want to sling it over my shoulder with my bass for any period of time. I believe the Roland BA-330 has been noted as a good battery powered option but it would need wheels to be march-ready.

    Funny, I took up bass so that I wouldn't need to march with my alto sax anymore.
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  3. lug

    lug Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    Phil Jones Double4 (under 9lbs.)with a battery. Get out your wallet!
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  4. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Joyo makes a little 10w bass amp with built in strap buttons, the MA-10B. But it likely won't be loud enough. Great for a practice amp though.
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  5. vinnydbass


    Feb 4, 2008
    Check out the Blackstar mini amps. They are pretty decent for what they are. Great battery life, but it takes 6 AA batteries. They are little bigger than those mini marshall stacks. I doubt you would hear it going down the street with a band though.
  6. AGCurry

    AGCurry Supporting Member

    Jun 29, 2005
    St. Louis
    You might as well just march, smile, play your parts, and go without an amp. No amp you could wear would be heard.
  7. Analogeezer


    Jul 29, 2021
    Not to be snarky but reality is your best bet is to have someone rolling a SVT stack on a dolly, with a generator at the back of the band to supply electricity to it LOL.

    I played in band (marching and symphonic) back in HS, since when did they add bass guitar to marching band?

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  8. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    I remember seeing it in the 80s. The dolly pusher marched in sync with everyone else...It was hilarious!
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  9. bigthemat


    Jan 25, 2008
    Salt Lake City
    Pretty common these days to have a pit with marimbas, bass, timpani, or other non marchable instruments
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  10. farace

    farace Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2016
    Connecticut USA
    My college girlfriend couldn’t play an instrument, but was the amp pusher in her high school marching band. This would have been ‘74-‘78 in East Syracuse, NY.
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  11. Ampslut

    Ampslut Supporting Member

    May 15, 2017
    Barrackville WV
    When I was a hs band director, we put the bass amp on a small wagon with a battery pack. Worked well but it wasn't cheap. Since you are working with a marching band, you need something with some punch. We used a Line6 single 15 combo and needed all it could putout. Best solution is to learn the tuba/sousaphone.
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2021
  12. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    My Dog Sam Eats Purple Flowers
    get a micro amp with battery power and drag it around on a skateboard
  13. dab12ax7ef


    Sep 25, 2011
    I once had to play the cymbals in a parade in this situation. Not my finest moment.
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  14. BlueTalon

    BlueTalon Happy Cynic Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2011
    Inland Northwest
    Endorsing Artist: Turnstyle Switch
    Your best bet would be to get a good wireless system, and have a powerful amp riding nearby on a float.
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  15. wireless connection to an amp on a truck or flatbed right behind you in the parade. Generator needed for power...or an inverter (some trucks have one built in).
    No battery powered amp will do the job in a parade setting.
  16. dalkowski

    dalkowski It's "rout," not "route." Supporting Member

    May 20, 2009
    Massachusetts USofA
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  17. BlueTalon

    BlueTalon Happy Cynic Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2011
    Inland Northwest
    Endorsing Artist: Turnstyle Switch
    I beat you by about three seconds.
  18. my post arrived at the same time as the one that's now above it. Same solution too
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