Best head for tone/cost

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by groovejam, May 2, 2005.

  1. groovejam


    Apr 26, 2005
    First, I applogize for the number of new threads I have been posting recently. I should have just combined all these into one.

    I am looking for a head with good warm, tube like tone for a decent price, emphisis of tone over watts. This is a bit of an extention to my previous question of a good reggae setup, for this is the type of tone I am looking for. Here are some models I have been looking at.

    Eden Nemisis NA320
    Hartke HA2500
    Ampeg B2RE
    SWR Workingman's 2004
    Ampeg B1RE
    Warwick Profet IV
    Kustom Groovebass 1200 (max budget)

    Comments, Recomendations, eleaborations? Again, tone and quality over wattage. Thanks
  2. groovejam


    Apr 26, 2005
    I meant, Eden Nemisis NC250, new stuff on eden website, looks particularly interesting
  3. groovejam


    Apr 26, 2005
    Disregard last post
  4. 7thbass


    Nov 21, 2003
    Houston, Tx
    I have not heard the B2re yet, but had a B series had that I really liked. At 450 or so watts at 4 ohms, probably loud enough.
  5. Plain Old Me

    Plain Old Me

    Dec 14, 2004
    Check out the Traynor YBA200. It is $620, and it is all tube. 200 watts, sounds like 800 SS watts. Sounds just awesome. If you wante tube sound, there is not better way to get it than with tubes themselves.
  6. NOLA Bass

    NOLA Bass Mr. Worst Case Scenario Man Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2005
    New Orleans LA
    Eden Nemisis NA320-good stuff but I haven't played this model
    Hartke HA2500-Not warm or tubelike
    Ampeg B2RE-I think any of the Ampegs would satisfy you
    SWR Workingman's 2004-Like Hartke, much brighter and more modern than you are likely looking for
    Ampeg B1RE-IF you like the classic tone, Ampeg will suit you
    Warwick Profet IV-Very bright, very modern or hi fi
    Kustom Groovebass 1200 (max budget)-No experience with this one.

    I also think you'd like the Ashdown heads from a tonal standpoint.
  7. Jazzin'

    Jazzin' ...Bluesin' and Funkin'

    Yeah, the higher end Ashdowns should do the job.
  8. Plain Old Me

    Plain Old Me

    Dec 14, 2004
    The higher end Ashdowns are out of his budget though...
  9. protoz


    Nov 30, 2000
    Peavey Firebass 700 is also a good choice on a budget
  10. Willie_the_Pimp


    Apr 19, 2005
    Carvin Redline 600, with tube emulator circuit
  11. ddayseb


    Mar 18, 2003
    Los Angeles
    I might suggest the AMP BH420, basis for the Thunderfunk amps, though they're not always easy to find.
  12. Aenema


    Apr 18, 2001

    with this head your tone would be more then just "tube like". it would be pure tube goodness and for around only 600$ new!
  13. Anything Eden will work. Traynor YBA would be nice too. You want warmth. Some of those others are not known for warmth.