battle of the small amps

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Abluesbassist, Jul 7, 2003.

  1. hey guys i'm looking to down size my current rig ( ampeg svt3pro , flite 410 and flite 118 cabs) to something smaller. i'm looking a another flite cab that is a 15" and a 5.5 midrange/high driver. it handles 500 watts rms and weighs about 30 lbs. i am looking for a small amp that can put out at least 300 watts (i'm playing in a blues/funk/classic rock band) hope you guys can help me out.
  2. a gallien kruiger 1001rb combo amp
  3. ehh i'm looking for a small head not a combo
    thanks anyway
  4. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    Smaller than an SVT III Pro but at least 300 watts? Unless you have money to burn for a Walter Woods, you should just stick with the two spaces and 26 pounds it's not THAT bulky!!!

    The competition (Eden, SWR, etc.) are just as big and heavy watt for watt. The EA iAmp is still about 18 pounds, not a huge difference for the big $$$ it costs.
  5. emjazz

    emjazz Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Boston, MA
    An Eden traveler head would be perfect for what you do.
  6. The GK1001RB also comes as a head. 700 watts at 4 ohms. 2 rack spaces. 18 pounds.
  7. beam


    Dec 29, 2002
  8. Ashdown ABM 500 EVO RC head. 575 watts RMS, weight 13.2 lbs - I think. The specs page show 2 weights, but I think the second weight (30.8 lbs is the typo - it's the same as on the full ABM 500 head).

    The 13.2 lbs I believe refers to the Rack Mount (RC model)
  9. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    Mesa Boogie Walkabout all the way. Check out the archives on this forum, and you will find a lot of discussion concerning the Walkabout. Great tone, and a lot more power than you would expect. I own one, and I am very happy with it.

  10. alexclaber

    alexclaber Commercial User

    Jun 19, 2001
    Brighton, UK
    Director - Barefaced Ltd
    I think actually 30.8 lbs is the correct weight for the head - 13.2 lbs is for the preamp only version. There's no way that an Ashdown amp (which is class A/B with a big power supply and four cooling fans) could put out that much power and weigh less than an Iamp 800.

  11. NeedMoreBass

    NeedMoreBass unregistered

    Feb 14, 2003
    Eden WT-550, Walter Woods, or the best deal is a GK 1001RB. Walkabout is good but you have to get down to 4 ohms to get the 300 watts.

  12. I think that the Ashdown website is a bit mixed up - the Rack Mount version of the amp - without any rack or chasis, cannot weigh the same as the head with all of it's own casing built in!

    Perhaps the RC weighs in somewhere between the two!
  13. alexclaber

    alexclaber Commercial User

    Jun 19, 2001
    Brighton, UK
    Director - Barefaced Ltd
    I guess the RC must weigh bit less as it's missing a plywood 2 space case. It's still got complete chassis though, just made of metal. Probably weighs about 25lbs then - have any owners weighed theirs?!


  14. Yup, you're right. The bulk of the weight will be in the transformers and fans not the plywood!
  15. how about a Gk 1001 rb and an avatar 2x10 and maby a 1x15 to go along with it?