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Best lightweight powerful amp?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by SeanOnBass, Jun 13, 2007.

  1. SeanOnBass


    Oct 23, 2005
    Endorsing Artist: MTD Basses, Bartolini, Genzler Amplification, GHS, Tsunami Cables, Sonic Nuance
    So, I have used many an amp, and currently have a GK 1001RBII, which is a pretty damn good amp, and really I'm pretty happy with it. However, I'm no longer using GK cabs, so the whole design point of the dual amplifiers for horn/woofer doesn't really apply anymore, and I found wasn't all that useful when I did use it, as you had to get the mixture of the two just right for any volume you wanted to play at, and was akin to tweaking high eq rather than just being overall volume.

    But I digress. My point was, I have several critria for a new amp, and I thought I'd poll the collective consciousness and see what you guys thought. I'm looking for an amp to replace this one that has all of the following features:

    Same or lighter weight - that means 18lbs or less, I think.

    Since wattage can be misleading, comparable power and volume.

    At least as many EQ options, but preferably more (the GK's main parametric controls are low, low mid, high mid, and treble, but not with assignable freq. centers)

    2 ohm stable. Might as well now, no sense in upgrading and not getting this feature at this point. I'd like to combine impedances below 4 ohms if I could.

    That's pretty much it. Any suggestions folks? Thanks!
  2. Bryan316

    Bryan316 Inactive

    Dec 20, 2006
    Eden WT550B gets 750 watts at 2-ohms

    Ampeg SVT-6PRO gets 1100 watts at 4-ohms, but it can't drop to 2 ohms

    SWR WorkingPro 700 gets 700 watts at 4-ohms, no 2-ohm capacity.
  3. ibz


    Apr 14, 2005
    Columbus, OH
    Run a T-Funk at 2.67 w/ the fan on...
  4. lame(B)ass


    Jun 18, 2004
    Peavey DPC1400 + pre-amp of your choice :bassist:
  5. I'm looking for something like that to replace my Kustom as well, Got myself a Markbass SA450, but the sound wasnt me, and it couldt go to 2 ohms. Looking for an Eden Wt550 myself. That looks like the only solution. Carvin b800 is not quite 18lb but seems like a contender.
  6. saxnbass


    Mar 9, 2006
    Nashville, TN
    MarkBass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D
  7. Markbass doesnt do 2 ohms.
  8. SeanOnBass


    Oct 23, 2005
    Endorsing Artist: MTD Basses, Bartolini, Genzler Amplification, GHS, Tsunami Cables, Sonic Nuance
    Alright, I just checked the GK site, and it says the 1001RBII is 22 lbs (although I swear I read 18 somewhere - maybe in the manual), so we can raise the weight limit requirement to 22 lbs :)
  9. atrapp


    Dec 4, 2006
    Portland, OR
  10. alembic5


    Dec 5, 2004
    Seattle, Wa.
    Perhaps a Mesa Mpulse 600or one of the Genz-Benz heads. Pretty full featured for the money.
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