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best cheap combo?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by easternbull, May 9, 2010.

  1. easternbull


    May 5, 2010
    Looking for something small and afordable to mostly use in my home studio and for the odd jam. no dealer with theses options near enough to try out:

    -KUSTOM DE200-115

    I play an Ibanez atk300 and have mostly used a line6 pod for recording before, sold all of my gear last october now I'm geting back into playing again. No giggs just recording/jamming.

    I guess I play prog/fusion style of music,

    bands/basstones I like: tool, kyuss, love 70´s fusion but I'm not after a jaco sound.

  2. 60's Bluesman

    60's Bluesman

    Feb 7, 2010
    its not on your list but i like the crate bt-100, their cheap they perform ok. i got one for jamming and its about perfect for that. down side is its like 60lbs but id recomend one
  3. easternbull


    May 5, 2010
    thanks for the tip bluesman, not many online dealers in europe carry crate but I will give them a look.

    Any other recomendations, Ive been looking for small tube or hybrid combos. The dealer with the best prices in europe is thomann.de and they also carry ampeg and ashdown amps to name a few..
  4. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Also, check out the Acoustic combos.
  5. Dumps


    May 5, 2010
    Lawrence, Kansas
    i have an Ashdown Electric Blue 180, that i use as a practice amp that suits me just fine. i've even gigged with it a few times because it's easy to lug around, and has a built in DI. Decent Eq as well and a built in Octaver that's decently thick. i think i paid $300 for it.
  6. MNAirHead

    MNAirHead Supporting Member

    recording -- go direct.. use modelers or tone shaping DI boxes..

    jam amps.. something that kicks back with a DI
  7. easternbull


    May 5, 2010
    Thanx a lot for the tips!

    Thomann has the


    and the


    The fender is dirt cheap at 237 €, the GK is 399€ both afordable. Like I said I've mostly used the line6models and got a great sound the atk's tone is very "bright", so I'm looking for a warmer sounding amp, any comments on the tone of the GK and fender?

    Thinking of adding somekind of line6 just for recording and getting one of the above mentioned combos for songwriting/practice/jamming.

    Thanks again!
  8. Jhtjon


    May 1, 2010
    plus one on the Rumble 75
  9. easternbull


    May 5, 2010

    Any feedback on the kustom DE 200-115 for 425€?
  10. Adam Bomb

    Adam Bomb

    Mar 26, 2008
    Bezerkely, CA

    The Line6 Studio 110 doesn't get so much love here; I think that because of the fake simulated amps or w/e they are called they are viewed as more of a toy than real gear. But, FWIW, I love mine. I have almost all of my gear in the living room, including my gig rig (yeah, I'm that guy), and I still practice through the Line 6 quite a bit. In fact, I'm thinking about buying a second one, either to keep at work or to use with my other one for a "where is his amp??" rig. I think the "Rock" setting sounds great, and it gets pretty loud for what it is. And it sounds great. And it's cute.


    --Bomb :bassist:
  11. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I Grow Organic Carrots

    I have a Behringer combo for my basement. I would never gig with it but for home studio it is great. It is the BX600. I think it is 60 watts and a 1x12 speaker.
  12. easternbull


    May 5, 2010
    Thanks for the feedback guys, I went with the kustom DE 200 for 425€. not that many smallish tube combos out there and especially for that price. Will let you know how she works out.

  13. mcapote


    Sep 9, 2009
    Miami Florida
    lol, picked the 1 combo everyone that had replied to has avoided commenting on.
  14. easternbull


    May 5, 2010
    Good point mcapote, but I could not find another small tube combo for that price!? After starting out on solidstate gear 12 years ago and switching to line6 gear I just wanted to try this type of setup..

  15. Depending on your budget, you could have a Fender Bassman 150 or 100 pretty cheap these days, but not as cheap as the Rumble. Also, around 500$, there's the Marshall MB60. I heard good things about it, even that it keeps up with a moderate drummer. It's an hybrid amp if it's interresting for you.
  16. Nedmundo

    Nedmundo Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2005
    Or, get all of this (minus kick-back feature) in one box with the Roland Cube 100. Its DI is pre/post EQ and models, which makes it a great recording amp, and it's loud enough for jam sessions. The GK MB115 would be better for jamming and gigs, and possibly better for recording with a microphone, but for direct recording the Roland is great. I tried mic recording with it once too, and was happy with the results using an Audix D4.

    By modern standards, it's a little heavy and underpowered for the price, but it still offers useful features lacking on many others and is much louder than the 100 watt rating indicates.
  17. T. Alan Smith

    T. Alan Smith Guest

    Sep 9, 2001
    For the OP's goals, I personally, have found the Roland Cube100 the most fun-n-flexible li'l combo.
  18. MrRumble


    Aug 8, 2006
    Plymouth, MN
    Fender Rumble 15 or 210

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