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Been out of the loop way too long - need advice!

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by TheButler, Mar 11, 2009.

  1. Hey,

    Well, as you might've noticed i've been out of the bass loop for ages now. So long in fact i think someone stole my username (well, kinda!)

    Anyway, i've got right back into bass after some difficult personal times. I've sold all my gear - to start again :)

    So, i'm starting to look at amps, but as i mentioned it has been ages since i've been in the loop and i can't remember much :(

    I just sold my old rig - Hughes and Kettner BassBase 600 - due to it's relatively sterile tone for such a high end piece of gear. I would be trawling the shops, as i know my ear is the best judge of what sound i want - but circumstances mean that it is very difficult for me to get to said shops, therefore i'm going to do the next best thing and ask on here:

    I've been looking at a MarkBass/Aguilar set up. I fancied doing this before i had to stop playing for a bit last year. I know this site has a lot of info on it, but that has its downside as well! I'm completely drowned with opinions and what not :crying:

    Ultimately, i've got about £1500 to spend on the rig, and i'm thinking LMII and maybe an Aguilar DB210. Thoughts?

    Cheers and sorry if i've just made a '' What am bestest thread :( ''

  2. What about an Orange AD200B, with 4x10 AND, 1x15? ;-)
  3. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    I think you'd be quite happy with a LMII and an Aguilar DB210... or whatever good quality cab.

    Pickup a used LMII and you get an excellent amp for quite a reasonable price.
  4. I'm not entirely sold on the idea - i was just looking for opinions :)

    What about the GB Shuttle 6.0, instead of the MB LMII? I know for a fact i love the aggy cabs, after trying them out, but if there would be a better option, considering my wants - then feel free to suggest.
  5. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Love the LMII, love the Shuttle. Two completely different amps, though. The Shuttle sounds more traditionally solid state to me, while the LMII sounds more like a clean running Ampeg tube amp to me. Both of them are amazing. I bought an LMII because it twangs my Ampeg jones more than the Shuttle, but the Shuttle's a class act, too.
  6. Pickebass

    Pickebass Supporting Member

    Jul 12, 2004
    San Antonio, TX
    I own a shuttle 6.0, a DB112 , a GS112. From a portability standpoint, it's an awesome setup. The shuttle is a very clean sounding amp (think SWR). The DB cabs have a "hifi growl to them (think a cleanup SVT). A good sound, not necessary super warm... Don't know what sound you are looking for, but the Markbass is definitely going to take you in a different direction.
  7. Thanks for the opinions chaps :)

    I should've maybe said, i play post-rock with my band, but i'm only 18 and i've got such expanding musical tastes that i'm after something that will be versatile - who knows what i'm going to try next :)

    Well, i tried the Aguilar DB210 and really loved it, i've never tried the 112 though. I'm swaying toward the LMII, due to wanting that kinda clean, tube driven ampeg sound. I can get the LMII reasonably easy, where as the GB - not so much.

    If i got the LMII, would the Aguilars be my best bet for a reasonably versatile cab? It was a while ago since i played it. Also, the amp i was using was an Eden IIRC. I did like the fact they were warm with enough growl to suit my post-rock needs -without loosing any articulation of the sound. I'm not a typical post-rock bass player in that i'm not drowning my signal in copius amounts of distortion and what not. I like it warm, with tube grit! :D

    I can ask the shop to get the LMII in, but i think if i do that then they have a policy where by you have to buy it, if they order it in from one of their other stores :(
  8. Right, i think i've decided:

    LMII or TC Rebelhead 450
    Berg AE210 and then an AE112 at a later date

    Don't think the amp would be able to push both of those though, would i be losing out?
  9. alexclaber

    alexclaber Commercial User

    Jun 19, 2001
    Brighton, UK
    Director - Barefaced Ltd
    Both cabs are 8 ohms so should be able to be used simultaneously with a 4 ohm capable amp.

  10. I was just wondering though if i would get the most out them, given i wouldn't have as much power as other amps.

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