Anyone have an opinion about the TC Electronics BG250-115 MKII Bass Combo Amplifier

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Badassbarty, Dec 25, 2014.

  1. Badassbarty


    Dec 23, 2014
    I have some christmas dough to spend and I'm thinking of getting the BG250-115. If I don't get the amp I'm thinking of the Sansamp Bass Driver.
  2. Are you sure you are posting in the right forum? (This is the DB side.)
  3. Badassbarty


    Dec 23, 2014
  4. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Either this thread got moved or it was posted on the BG side. At any rate, it's here now.

    I've played it. It's not bad. I'm not a big fan of digital preamps, though. They always sound to me like MP3 versions of analog amps. What you gain in versatility you lose in purity of tone IMHO. But as far as digital goes, it ain't bad.
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  5. Scottkarch


    Sep 11, 2012
    I purchased a BH250 115 combo over a year ago. It was used for 1-2 practices a week and 12 gigs last year. It's lightweight, has pretty flexible tone if you like the way they handle tone controls ( cutting or boosting the tone controls can effect different frequencies ). Smallish bars it carried the bar with no PA support, or very little. The only 2 gigs it couldnt handle were an outdoor festival and an outdoor bar along a river... PA picked up the slack for those. I replaced it with a RH450 and 2 cabs... but I think it will still make it out to small bars because it's so light and works well. Good DI, headphone out, aux in for playing along with an audio source. Tone prints are fun to play with and work well IMO. For the money, you get a light amp that has some unique capabilities, good DI, loud enough for many bands ( practice or small gig ). Some people complain about a 100Hz hump in the sound probably due to the cab design... easy to EQ out with a pedal... once mentioned I can tell, I think. But once we start playing loud, I can't hear it through the mix.

    If you get a chance to try it out, I think it's a very nice amp. I don't plan on getting rid of mine.
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  6. tastybasslines

    tastybasslines Inactive

    May 9, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    It could be that I only played it at Guitar Center, but I found the tone to be very dead and tubby. I was having trouble getting any good, clean sound out of it and that was with a US made stingray.
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  7. I picked one up to use with my cover band and I love it. Nice and lightweight, plus plenty loud enough for 90% of the clubs and bars out there. I can see how some posters were not happy with the tone out of the box with this amp. The trick is to use the TonePrint function to liven it up. I user one of the compressor settings to fatten up the tone a bit, give it a nice boost in volume, and a bit of an edge.

    All in all I am very happy with the amp.
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  8. I've had mine for about 4-5 months now. I think it's in the "best bang for buck" category. On it's own, it's clean and quiet with lots of flexibility. The tone prints are cool. Plenty of low end rumble (I like but not everyone taste). Sometimes too much. It works best when I use an isolation riser to tame some inherent boomy nature. I use several pedals with it and it works great with plenty of volume for most clubs sized gigs.

    It's a good amp. It isn't the dream rig though. But, it'll keep the wallet safe from amp GAS for long enough.
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  9. I own one, its nice and light, and it produces good sound. Go test one out next to some other options you are considering. Also the TonePrint option isnt terrible to have.
  10. markoc


    Jan 6, 2014
    North San Diego
    I've been using the BH 250 with the rs210 & rs112 cabs, works great. I prefer the separate cabs so I can use them alone or together.

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  11. I had one of the first versions for a awhile, before the MKII. It was a nice little standalone cab. The eq did not do as much noticeably as 'traditional' preamps. As far as TonePrints, the first version allowed you to have the TubeDrive on all the time then load a Compressor or whatever else you wanted. I think they are now only 1 TonePrint at a time. The only reason I sold it was because I wanted 2 speakers onstage, and that one does not allow for an easy addition of an extension cab.
  12. Bought one a month ago to do christmas gigs as I was filling in with a different band. Did five gigs, nice and light and never pushed it past halfway with eq settings at 12 o'clock with pa support on three gigs. OK amp and I don't use toneprint option. Selling it locally to get Fender Rumble 200 v3. I have the Rumble 100 v3 and prefer the tone of the Rumbles over the TC.
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  13. Badassbarty


    Dec 23, 2014
    What is it about the Rumble 200 you like better? How is the tone different? Is it s super light weight amp as well?
  14. 4merDrummer


    Jul 30, 2014
    I have the BG250 and may be selling it soon! I purchased it to see how I would like the TC setup, tone print, etc., I love it!. The only reason I am considering selling it is that I just bought a BH550 head!

    For the size, weight, and sound, hard to beat for the $$$
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  15. SanDiegoHarry

    SanDiegoHarry Inactive Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    I just bought my stepson a BG250-210. Great beginner amp. Loud as heck, lots of tools - not *great* sounding, but it does the job for small gig.
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  16. I haven't actually used it except in the store. I have the 100 and 25 v3's and they seem to have more presence, like one poster said the TC seems a little 'boxy'. I also just like the looks of the new version 3's over the TC. Yes, the Rumble 200 is lightweight.
  17. I just got one (bg250-115) early this month. I had a 1st generation bg250-112 before that died after only 4 days but decided to give tc another shot.
    I've used it for 2 gigs and a couple of rehearsals so far. Light and super loud especially with the spectracomp. I did notice the lower end bump that some complain about but when the band kicks in it's barely noticeable. I usually turn down the bass control a hair. I got the tc electronic ditto looper from the rebate so this amp is a really good deal. I got it a 3 year warranty from square trade to put my mind at ease.
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  18. iandusud


    Dec 17, 2009
    Hi, Ive just read your post. I'm thinking of getting either a BG250 112 or a 115 and would appreciate your thoughts on the difference in tone.

    Thanks, Ian
  19. I did an A/B at guitar center and thought the 115 sounded better.
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  20. Have to add that I've been using the 115 for gigs and rehearsals since I got it late last year and its been performing well. I recently bought an auralex gramma to go underneath. Not sure I notice a difference.
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2015