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Bedroom Amp Under $300

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Head Creep, May 9, 2005.


  1. Head Creep

    Head Creep

    Nov 6, 2004
    Los Angeles
    I'm looking into getting a good amp under $300 (my financial situation's changed in recent days), and as before I don't know where to start. A quick browse online brought up the Ashdown Perfect Ten MiniRig, which seems to be a good setup. According to Same Day Music they should be in stock on Tuesday, and at $270 it's very tempting. However, the Electric Blue 12-180 combo sounds nice too, and is only $20 more than my budget, which is easy to afford. Should I take the plunge with something that hasn't even been released, or go with something else?

    It would probably be good to note that I'm looking for a warm tone, and I would easily choose tone over volume. Quality over quantity, right?

    It might also help to note that I do have a Behringer V-Amp that I intend on using as a preamp. I'm still new to this, so I don't know if that would knock out the tone requirements or not.
     
  2. gilbert46

    gilbert46

    Sep 21, 2004
    Sacramento, CA
    swr workingmans series are good, my little 10 sounds huge at moderate volume. My full rig is at my buddies studio so I practice with the 10. Its loud enough practice with, can keep up with a drummer, and can get noise complaints.

    I saw one used local for 150, so the deal is out there!
     
  3. Bryan_G

    Bryan_G

    Apr 28, 2000
    Austin, Texas
    If it will strictly be for bedroom only, you might consider a small 2-4 channel mixer and a nice set of headphones. If you get good quality gear it will probably come pretty close to your budget. I have found I love practicing running my source and bass through the mixer. It works out even better since you already have a good pre-amp.

    I am using
    behringer ub802(I know behringer..... )
    akg 240df
    ampeg svp-pro

    and use my computer as the source when I am learning tunes.

    just thought I would give you another option.
    -Bryan
     
  4. gilbert46

    gilbert46

    Sep 21, 2004
    Sacramento, CA
    Good Idea, they have headphone amps. I paid 50 for mine, seen em on ebay for 20. called pockit rockit or something. I had to get a GOOD pair of earphones to really play but thats a good investment too.
     
  5. Plain Old Me

    Plain Old Me

    Dec 14, 2004
    I personally use a Crate 112 60 watter I picked up new for $160. For a bedroom amp, just go to a guitar center and try out some small combos, you're bound to find something.
     
  6. Head Creep

    Head Creep

    Nov 6, 2004
    Los Angeles
    I already have the V-Amp for headphone usage, and 3 good pairs of headphones (Sony V6/7506, Grado SR-60 and Shure E2c). I plan on practicing with other people in the future (high school = millions of bad garage bands needing bassists), so I want something that I can play with others. I was thinking of making a trip to Guitar Center or Bass Exchange (just found out it existed, don't know if they're any good), but I figured that some research beforehand couldn't hurt.
     
  7. toobster

    toobster Guest

    Jan 22, 2006
    I have been using a Tech21 (sansamp) Landmark 60 to play along with TV commercials in my living room for a couple of months.
    It sounds great within its volume limits. Works AWESOME for recording.
    The only bummer is the rear porting. It sounds better away from the wall than against it.
    Truly a remarkable amp for the $200 I paid for it. Like new in original package.
     
  8. Smallmouth_Bass

    Smallmouth_Bass

    Dec 29, 2005
    Canada
  9. Dan Knowlton

    Dan Knowlton Out of my mind, back in 5 minutes! Supporting Member

    The small Carvin amp is pretty good for not much $$. You can often pick one up for around $100 used.

    Dan K
     
  10. main_sale

    main_sale

    Apr 26, 2004
    Cape Cod
    Just got a SWR Workingman's 10 from MF for $249 and I'm vary pleased!
     
  11. dave_p

    dave_p

    Dec 20, 2005
    CT
    so far ive had really good luck with my backline 112. i was prepared for dissapointment and come to be more impressed with it day by day.
    279$ and has a pretty decent distortion channel. and it kicks back. and its 100 watts.

    if the wm10 was 250$ at the time, i may have gone with that instead. the 35 watt hartke was pretty nice too for 230$ but it seemed a little sensitive to hum and the flourescent lights in daddies while i was trying it out.
     
  12. joegeezer

    joegeezer

    Mar 9, 2005
    Northern Wisconsin
    Avatar Club#12 Eden Club Lucky# 13--USA Peavey Club#37 Carvin Club#5
    I keep an older Roland Cube 60 Keyboard amp in the bedroom. It has better sound than any of the cheaper new amps I've tried. I do like the Ashdown 100 watt, with the 15, but it's a little big, and mine's cheaper. The old Roland has an eminence 12 in it, and 60 watts, not 40 like the new ones, and has nice low end.