Battle of the Craigslist Combos

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Alcyon, Jun 21, 2008.

  1. Alcyon


    Jan 15, 2008
    Vancouver, BC
    I've got somewhat of a meagre budget for a bass amp but I want to get something I could use at a community centre/party type gig in a pinch and that could keep up with a drummer. So of course I've been crawling the used market and here's what's on craigslist locally:

    Yorkville BM400, 400w, 1x15", $350

    Peavey TNT 115 w/ a 15" Sheffield speaker (never heard of it), 150w (although I think the internal speaker is 8ohm so it could be up to 220w) $250

    Peavey TKO 65 w/ a 15" BLACK WIDOW :hyper: but only 65w! $235

    So which one should I get? I'm playing a 1993 MIJ P-bass, but that might change.
  2. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    I can only tell you that I once owned a Peavey TNT 115, and was quite satisfied with it as a practice amp and rehearsal amp. But if I had to hazard a guess as to which of these three would offer the most tone & volume for the money, I'd probably go for the Yorkville... :meh:

  3. Alcyon


    Jan 15, 2008
    Vancouver, BC
    See, my first inclination was to go for maximum watts, but I've been warned that Yorkville watt ratings are overstated, and I've also been told that Peavey watt ratings for the TNT series are understated. So.
  4. I would probably go with the Yorkville but then again I have owned the Peavey in the past. Personally I find more wattage gives you cleaner tone especially when you are competing with a drummer. Of course you will need to see the condition of the combos and play through them with your bass!
  5. Gotta go TNT all the way. It's newer than the TKO by a good couple decades, and those Peavey's will move some air. I used to have a Basic112 - 60 watts through a 12" speaker. It was pretty loud - used it for small gigs, but really didn't have a lot of body to keep up with a loud drummer.

    That said - a step up to the TNT with more wattage and a 15" should go miles for you. I imagine though, the biggest problem you will have with it will be the weight. Second problem is that the speaker will be on the ground, so you won't have it up near your ears to hear it if you stand close to your amp, like most people do. You could always get another cab in the future to prop it up on though when you reach that point.

    Peavey makes some really solid stuff. They are workhorse amps built for the long haul. And they sound decent too - not "exotic" or "wow!" - but very decent for the money. Plenty of pros use them.
  6. Hemitom


    Oct 12, 2005
    I'm out in the valley,Langley to be exact and have a Made in USA fender BXR200 1x 15" combo for sale if your interested $250.:)
    She's served me well for 10 yrs but I recently stepped up to a Marshall MB150 then the new Marshall head and cab.
    Built in shelving,graphic eq and a great chorus.
  7. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    So assuming that this is true, it's still highly unlikely that the BM400 is so underpowered relative to its rating @ 400 watts, and the TNT so overpowered relative to its rating @ 150 watts, that they these two amps would be comparable in output. Whether the Yorkville justifies its price of $100 more than the Peavey is another matter, and one to be decided only after playing through each amp first. Of course, you might still be able to negotiate that price down a bit - if you walk in with cash... :meh:

  8. Eminor3rd

    Eminor3rd BLAAAAARRGGHH!! Supporting Member

    Feb 10, 2008
    Yorkville. I wouldnt mess with used amps with mods.
  9. Busker


    Jan 22, 2007
    Get the TNT. Its a decent amp, and the Sheffield is original. Sheffield one of Peavey's speaker models. Its supposedly rated at 165 watts, has decent eq, built in chorus, etc. I had an identical one, and mine had no provision for an extension speaker, so the internal speaker is probably matched to the ohms of the amp.

    Way better buy than the TKO. I don't know anything about the Yorkville, but the TNT is the one I'd get. The only detriment is that its heavy, around 90 pounds.
  10. Check out the BXR200 in Langley. I have a BXR300C and really like the tone! Bought it over a Peavey TNT115 at the time.
  11. Gintaras


    Dec 11, 2004
    Kent Island, Md.
  12. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    I'd get the Yorkie. I used to borrow a friend's TNT 115. It was good enough, but Yorkville makes an amp that's at least as good, plus you get the extra wattage.
  13. GeneralElectric


    Dec 26, 2007
    NY, NY
    I'd get the TNT, hands down.

    its a great amp for the money. A lot of local bands use it.
  14. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    I had a TKO 65 back in the 80's. It's a good amp, a little underpowered, but solid reliability. I'm not saying, "buy that one", just that I had that one, and it was ok. Played in a garage band, as loud as I could.
  15. Adam Bomb

    Adam Bomb

    Mar 26, 2008
    Bezerkely, CA
    I just played a bandmate's TNT 115 yesterday. I've been playing my backup head (180-watt Ashdown EB) through two 12-inch PA loudspeakers, so that I don't have to haul my gigging rig around. The Frankenstein practice rig works fine against drums; I have to be careful not to push the "cabs" too hard, but I am heard and it sounds pretty good.

    Bandmate covets the PA speakers to use as studio monitors, and has been encouraging me to use his TNT 115. Halfway through practice yesterday I plugged into it without telling anybody and did a stealth A/B. Nobody noticed. I actually thought it sounded a little better than my Frankenstein rig, even though Frankentein rig has more watts and more speaker surface.

    You could do a lot worse.

    --Bomb :bassist: