backup amp for what?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Killed_by_Death, Dec 17, 2015.

  1. You don't need two amps, but why not have two?

  2. One amp head is enough!

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  1. bonz - darrell

    bonz - darrell Previously known as: darrellj

    Jun 5, 2012
    Sidney, BC, Canada
    Interesting conversation. Here's my 2-bits worth: I play occasional gigs, and belong to two bands. I play out (of my house) at least twice a week (each band practices once a week). For practice sessions I bring one bass, and one head (Mesa Walkabout) (and 2x12 and pedal board, etc, etc). For gigs I bring two basses and one head. Right now, I'm counting on the generosity of my lead guitarist -- if my amp caves he has a di box he carries.
    I played an Aguilar Tonehammer 500. It's the cutest little thing. If I could find a used one at the right price I would be entirely tempted to carry it as a spare for gigs...

    I dunno.

    I think the correct was stated above: "The correct answer is one more".

  2. Gaolee

    Gaolee Official leathers tester and crash dummy

    I have a gigging amp, a lightweight combo, a combo in the cover band rehearsal space, and an overkill amp in my music room. They all get used.
  3. bonz - darrell

    bonz - darrell Previously known as: darrellj

    Jun 5, 2012
    Sidney, BC, Canada
    Hmmm. Gaolee brings up an interesting point. I neglected to mention that I have a HoTone micro head (5 watts) that I use at home for practicing -- there's no way to keep family peace with a 300 watt Mesa head on a 2x12 + 1x15 cab (lol).

    So, I'm already at two amps. So following the logic of the OP, I should probably get a backup amp as well as a DI box. :D
  4. BadBobbyH


    Aug 27, 2015
    Omaha NE
    its called 'the brown note'
  5. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

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  6. Kragnorak


    Sep 20, 2008
    The brown note! I've been searching for that!
  7. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    as much as i hate to own up to the reality of the situation, the all tube mesa d180 will eventually need service and if i can find a really cheap ss head around 500 watts to take the pedals into that didn't require speakons, i'd probably be pretty happy i had it even though it would be a little different

    my old teacher's brown sound kit for the diy crowd

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  8. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    I remember not hearing, but feeling, the bass at a Testament concert. My first concert ever.
    A couple of us could feel it & held our hands out to watch them vibrate.
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    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

  10. keyofnight


    Jun 3, 2011
    Seattle, WA
    Backup amps are important especially when you're using tube amps. I just got my tube amp repaired, but I still don't trust it. lol.
  11. Volunteerk9


    Oct 20, 2015
    Ive got 3. If you count my practice amps 5. I play out maybe once a month. Theyre not eating anything and are all paid for so....the more the merrier!
  12. My gig rig is an Ampeg SVT-3 Pro into a GK Neo 410. I have a GK MB212-II combo in my soundguys trailer as a backup. I keep a Peavey T-Max into a Fender Rumble 410 at our practice space. I also have a Pignose B100 head into an Eden 115 in my house. So, why not have more than one?
  13. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    I'm still trying to get my head around why I think I need a second head, LOL.

    Maybe I can put one in the loo & pull out the brown note to evacuate better.
  14. pedroims


    Dec 19, 2007
    I have two amps that I use for practice at home ( ampeg Pf500 and TC BH250). The ampeg stopped working last week, I am glad that I had a backup amp :)
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  15. FerruleCat


    Mar 29, 2014
    Tulsa, OK
    On the guitar side, I have a Peavey Classic 50 410 amp, which is great, but the tubes, of course, are subject to failure. Just this week I put together a backup micro rig that doubles as a practice amp: It's a Joyo American Sound preamp pedal into an EHX Magnum 44 power amp, which is a one-knob solid-state amp in a pedal housing.

    The American Sound pedal also is well liked around here as a bass preamp, and I've tried it before with good results. So this weekend I'll run the Joyo/Magnum into one of my 112 DIY bass cabs to see how much I can get out of it. If it works well for bass, I might stack a 112 guitar cab on top of a 112 bass cab in my music space and run both cabs out of an A/B switching box, using the Joyo/Magnum as an all-purpose practice rig.

    All of which is to say, it doesn't hurt to have an emergency backup option, especially if it doubles as a good practice rig. (Obviously in a gig situation, the Magnum would have to be mic'd.)

    **UPDATE** I plugged the Magnum 44 into my bass cab, and there was no sound. When I picked up the 44, there was something rattling around inside like a marble. It's going back to Sweetwater for a refund.
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2015
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  16. jerry

    jerry Too old for a hiptrip Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    I have backup for everything.
  17. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    I'm also a freak about redundancy, and usually draw the line at two of each.
    I don't have room for a second speaker cabinet though, and right now I've got 3 basses, LOL.
  18. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    If you're not gigging or have a goal of gigging why do you have anything other than a practice amp?
  19. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

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  20. It makes sense to lug around two, i guess. My stuff is spread out at 3 spots right now, though. I've had an idea of racking a main Markbass head along with maybe just an additional inexpensive class D poweramp to pre into in the event the Markbass head quit on me all of the sudden..i really like how the Markbass head fits into a little shoulder bag right now, tho. Right now, I can walk in some place with my bass and head over my shoulder and a cab in each hand. The unexpected certainly can happen time, we were the first to ever plug into the receptacles in a new college auditorium...and the electricians had screwed up and wired the 120v receptacles at 240v. Two of our amps were fried, and I had nothing else to play out of.
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