Bass Amp Head

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by MrBKerth, Sep 3, 2013.

  1. MrBKerth

    MrBKerth The Gypsy Bravado

    Apr 20, 2013
    I know I ask for a lot of opinions on TB (trying to not flood the netz with my newbie questions), but I'm in a predicament :help:

    I've got 400 - 500 dollars and the need for a new head. I've got a 72' bassman 50 that works, but I've found myself nervous gigging it due to its age and perhaps false perception of fragility.

    What I'm looking for:
    - Giggable Clean
    - Fair amount of Dirty sound Rock thru 80's Metal Era (preferably a little more if possible)
    - Tube Driven (even if just the pre-amp)
    - Auto Biasing (not a deal breaker, just would be very helpful)

    I've looked at the Ashdown Ctm-15, but I find it a little dubious that a 15 watt amp would get me to giggable volume when the general consensus here is that my Bassman 50 won't be able to without a little assistance.

    Any insight from you more experience gear heads?
  2. what are you running the baseman through ? I've got a baseman 135 I rarely gig for the same reason, its probably just the idea of it though haha

    bassman not baseman lol autocorrect
  3. MrBKerth

    MrBKerth The Gypsy Bravado

    Apr 20, 2013
    Avatar 2x10 cab with neo speakers and a tweeter
  4. LakeEffect


    Feb 21, 2013
    May be able to get a used Genz Benze Streamliner, that would be my vote. Good mix between clean and tube/driven tones.
  5. Get at least a 212, 410, 215 or 810 and the Bassman will be just fine. 210 and 50 watts is a tough way to go.
  6. MrBKerth

    MrBKerth The Gypsy Bravado

    Apr 20, 2013
  7. If it was me, and that Peavey Classic was in good working order, I'd make an offer. You're still going to need more cab, though.
  8. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    The GB looks pretty cool, good power in a small, light package appeals to me. The Peavey, assuming it doesn't need to be retubed, would be amazing; I love all tube heads. As for the MarkBass I've never played one I've liked, they just aren't what I like tone-wise.
  9. MrBKerth

    MrBKerth The Gypsy Bravado

    Apr 20, 2013
    For those saying I need a new/different cab I plan to sell the 72 head (I have a blackface 65' with a leo era faceplate in excellent condition) so I would use the money off that for a 212 or 410. Not sure, I don't know much about cabs

    Has anybody played one of those peavey classic 400's? I can't find any reviews on it, and the thing weighs like 100 pounds.