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Bass Amp for practice?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by SlappyDan, May 10, 2018.


  1. SlappyDan

    SlappyDan

    May 9, 2018
    I've narrowed down my search for a practice amp based on price and features: under $300, 10" speaker, at least 30 watts, light/portable. These 3 fit the bill. Which one should I get?

    Fender Rumble 40 v3
    Ampeg BA110v2 (least expensive, 30 watts)
    Hartke HD50 Bass Combo (most expensive, 50 watts)

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  2. el jeffe bass

    el jeffe bass

    Nov 22, 2013
    New Mexico
    I absolutely love my Rumble 100.
     
  3. saabfender

    saabfender Banned

    Jan 10, 2018
    Indianapolis
    Of those, the Rumble.
     
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  4. shawshank72

    shawshank72

    Mar 22, 2009
    Canada
    Rumble
     
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  5. alaskaleftybass

    alaskaleftybass Will Hanbury, Jr. Supporting Member

    Mar 21, 2012
    Sitka, Alaska
    Gallien Krueger MB112 will perform beyond your expectations.
     
  6. ThumbBum

    ThumbBum

    Dec 16, 2016
    For 300 dollars you can get a decent preamp pedal with aux and headphone capabilities. Just another option.
     
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  7. ctmullins

    ctmullins fueled by beer and coconut Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
    I'm highly opinionated and extremely self-assured
    I’m of the opinion that it really doesn’t matter. As long as it functions and sounds remotely bass-like, it’ll be sufficient for practice. I use a POS Acoustic B20 (true, the head died and a TC BH250 is in its place, but it sounded plenty good enough for practice beforehand).

    Most of the time I practice unplugged.
     
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  8. SlappyDan

    SlappyDan

    May 9, 2018
    That amp in Canada is over $600, so unfortunately over my budget. I should probably mention I'm a guitarist so basically looking for a practice amp at this point. Right now I'm using one of my guitar amps, a Fender Bandmaster 2x12. It sounds great but looking for something solid state in a smaller footprint.
     
  9. SJan3

    SJan3

    Dec 8, 2010
    Ct.
    Ampeg BA110v2 I just love mine and compared it side by side with the rumble before purchasing.
    No comparison, in my humble opinion.
     
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  10. BadExample

    BadExample

    Jan 21, 2016
    Injiana
    Get out and play before you pay.
     
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  11. pbass74

    pbass74

    Sep 19, 2015
    Sunland, CA
    Not sure about the other two, but with the Rumble, you get aux in, headphone out, and XLR out if you ever wanted to run a line to P.A. And, a jack for a footswitch for the overdrive. I have a Rumble 75 and a Rumble 200 v3. Love both of them.
     
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  12. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY
    No amp for me
     
  13. selowitch

    selowitch Supporting Member

    Aug 6, 2005
    Rockville MD
    It's not on your list, but the Markbass Micromark 801 is super-sweet.
     
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  14. SlappyDan

    SlappyDan

    May 9, 2018
    Over $700 here in the great white north.
     
  15. n1as

    n1as

    Mar 29, 2013
    Rumble 40. Mine was a better practice amp than the Rumble 100 as it gave a more accurate less colored sound.
     
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  16. SlappyDan

    SlappyDan

    May 9, 2018
    I'm really considering the Rumble 40 v3. Features and price point is very tempting.
     
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  17. selowitch

    selowitch Supporting Member

    Aug 6, 2005
    Rockville MD
    That's a bit pricey, yeah.
     
  18. vvvmmm

    vvvmmm

    Dec 6, 2016
    Chi
    I have the BA108 v.1 and hafta say it's so good it's my main recording amp - loves pedals. Therefore, I'd go for that Ampeg. (FWIW, I paid less than US$100, used.)
     
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  19. juancaminos

    juancaminos Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    USA, Phoenix, AZ
    The rumble line really intrigues me. I would go with that!
     
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  20. You don’t need a practice amp. I concur with the preamp pedal solution, or a simulator of some kind.
     
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