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battery powered bass amp + burning man = ?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by ZisBass, Jul 28, 2009.

  1. ZisBass


    May 19, 2005
    The BK lounge
    Hey I did some forum searches, like the title says:

    You've decided to go to burning man with your guitar player brother, the 4x10 cab will be tricky to get past homeland security ("neodymium- must be explosive") I'm looking for something to play in a windy, hot, sandy desert. Never been to burning man before.

    Looks like roland's got a cube, carvin has something and the high end phil jones. I imagine my brother will either have an acoustic, a pignose or both. I remember a decade ago my friend had a battery powered wooden electro harmonix amp- don't know if that's still made.

    Any thoughts? (Yeah, I noticed the phil jones is now solar, and friggin' pricey...)
  2. I don't understand...at all.
  3. Demon_Hunter

    Demon_Hunter Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2008
  4. isorokko


    Apr 6, 2009
    Turku, Finland
    Propably talking about this: http://www.burningman.com/
    Sounds like it might be fun, can't help you with the amp though, sorry.
  5. Foz


    Jul 26, 2008
    Jax FL USA

    Add a modestly sized battery array and you should be able to get a few hours out of an SVT + 8x10 per day... maybe have some power left over to make LSD margaritas for breakfast.
  6. honestjohnny


    Nov 24, 2006
    The Carvin is probably the best bet; 60 watts, a 10 inch speaker, and tweeter. Everyone on here likes the Roland, but many say it's not enough for jamming. The Pignose Hog 30 gets decent reviews, as well, but with the same complaints. I've often wondered why companies don't make a battery-powered head or even a generator/convertor combo. That's another thing to consider--a generator and power convertor. Then you could just get a bass combo.

    The Carvin is under the PA section and is called the Stagemate. Make sure you get the S400. There's also an extension cab that brings the whole thing to a 2x10, 100 watts. Get an extra battery, too.
  7. Low Main

    Low Main Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2004
    I didn't know Carvin had a battery amp. I'll go check that out.

    I'm looking forward to seeing some of the responses on this.

    A nice Phil Jones might get trashed at Burning Man. But you want to sound good, so it's a tough call.
  8. I got that part, I just didn't understand the thing about homeland security. And I don't know where, or what "The BK Lounge" is, so I wasn't sure if the op is coming from overseas or the atrium of the local burger king.

    But yeah, a 4x10 seems like a whole lot of speaker! Are you going there to be one of the artist performing, or you had just wanted to bring a bass so you could jam out with people you meet there?
  9. Jefenator

    Jefenator Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2008
    battery powered bass amp + burning man = WIN!

    I wouldn't fret over tonal nuances too much for this app - I think most of your audience is going to be visually - and chemically - distracted. ;)

    Wish I was there...
  10. newbold


    Sep 21, 2008
  11. ghiadub


    Jan 17, 2006
    Auburn, CA
    I made my own. I used a old 2x10" cab, a car amp and some plugs and jacks I picked up at radio shack. It runs off a car battery or a cig lighter plug.

    Mount the amp in the cab, run the inputs and outputs to the back crossover/speaker jack plate along with the power input. THen just rig a cable that either goes to your cig lighter or some battery clamps.

    The back of the speaker should now have the following:
    amp audio input
    amp audio output
    power input
    the old speaker input

    Plug you bass into the amp input, a small patch cord from the audio out to the speaker in and the power to your extra car battery.

    This is not a bad sounding setup, it is not a berg IP, but not bad at all. And it is very loud. Works great for IPOD as well.

    PM me if you want more deets. I posted some pix on another portable amp thread here.
  12. Jim C

    Jim C I believe in the trilogy; Fender, Stingray, + G&L Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Bethesda, MD
    What a great idea for a protable amp; would think a motorcycle battery would make it protable without a car as well.

    Wouldn't bring any decent gear to BM as I understand there can be crazy sand storms.

    Would very much like to see pictures of naked hippy chicks; I beleive you owe it to your bass palying brothers as an eductaional experience; don't need to see any dudes though.
  13. chris lykins

    chris lykins Supporting Member

    Dec 4, 2004
    phoenix az
    As someone whos been there 7 times and played there a few times I believe I can answer your questions. You can pm with specific questions/ number and Ill be glad to try and help.
  14. experimental bassist

    experimental bassist

    Mar 15, 2009
    This is the best battery powered portable "bass amp" that I know of, 100 watts, 10" speaker, will last for hours and hours...

    Carvin S400D

  15. hrgiger


    Jan 11, 2009
    Bass players don't go to burning man, that's for tambourine players...:bag:
  16. greenboy


    Dec 18, 2000
    remote mountain cabin Montana
    greenboy designs: fEARful, bassic, dually, crazy88 etc
    That's the one I'd snag. The channel 1 input matches well with passive basses or guitars and the drivers match well with the power section.
  17. Haroldo

    Haroldo Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2005
    North Shore, MA
    battery powered bass amp + burning man =

    Sun-burnt genitalia, if you're not careful.
  18. Bob Lee (QSC)

    Bob Lee (QSC) In case you missed it, I work for QSC Audio!

    Jul 3, 2001
    Chester, Connecticut
    Former Technical Communications Developer, QSC Audio
    You would need a battery- or generator-powered amp at Burning Man (along with a generator or some way to change or recharge the battery).

    Your worst enemy will be the environment itself. The heat during the day can be extreme, but the playa dust is the worst part. It gets into everything that isn't very tightly sealed. You'll need a really good cover for when you're not playing. Compounding the dust problem is the occasional high winds or rain. I would recommend stashing your gear in your locked vehicle or other secure place when you're not going to be around; that way you can go out and enjoy things without worrying if someone's stealing or tampering with your stuff.

    Burning Man can really be a blast if you're well prepared for it.
  19. phillipmorephil


    Apr 10, 2007
    Sub-scribed, and waiting for awesome BURNINGMAN photos.