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Best Portable amp for under $300

Discussion in 'Amps, Mics & Pickups [DB]' started by dalimus-thaden, Aug 1, 2005.


  1. I am getting an Eminence EUB and I am also wanting to purchase a small battery powered amp to play through for bluegrass jam sessions. I know that the PJ Briefcase is the best portable available but I don't want to spend $600 for it. I am considering the Pignose Hog 30($160), Fender Amp Can($175), and a Crate TX30BE ($250). Which would you recommend for sound quality and battery life.

    Links to each:

    http://www.music123.com/Pignose-Hog-30-Recharging-portable-Amp-i90639.music

    http://www.music123.com/Fender-Amp-Can-i63262.music

    http://www.music123.com/Crate-TX30BE-i56530.music

    Thanks.
     
  2. Tbeers

    Tbeers

    Mar 27, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    Seems like the TX50DBE might be a bad choice. There are reviews that say bass notes tend to make the unit buzz due to a production flaw in the case.

    From looking at them, the Crate TX30BE looks nicest. Not surprisingly, given the price....
     
  3. dfp

    dfp Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2004
    USA
    your price range may keep you from finding anything you really will enjoy using (or which people will enjoy hearing). good sound is a club, and it costs to join. my humble 2 cents, of course.

    good luck!
     
  4. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    Ontario
    +1

    I'm saving up enough to drop some cash on an AI Contra. I could "settle" on something, but you know what? I don't have rent to pay yet, so there's no use getting something "mediocre" and saving up for it later, when I'll be scraping every penny I can get. I thought the Briefcase was significantly more expensive, though. Anyone care to make a comparison between it and the AI combos?
     
  5. LarryR

    LarryR Supporting Member

    Feb 2, 2003
    Los Angeles
  6. See, I already have a mesa walkabout scout as my main amp, but I want I battery powered amp for those acoustic jam sessions where no power is available.

    I have also read a couple good reviews about the Carvin Stagemate used for a portable bass rig. It costs $400, but it has a battery life of over 10 hrs. when 2 batteries are used.
    http://www.carvin.com/products/single.php?ItemNumber=s400

    The battery life of the PJ Briefcase combined w/ the price is why I don't want to purchase one.
     
  7. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    Ontario
    Well, if you don't crank it and you buy a decent battery, it should have a decent life. When was the last time you actually played a gig with no power, or anything more than an hour for that matter?
     
  8. Tbeers

    Tbeers

    Mar 27, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    That Carvin actually looks pretty nice....
     
  9. This past Sunday.

    I play in a bluegrass band, we practice and have jam sessions acoustically outside all the time, not to mention the bluegrass festivals I go to where a battery powered amp that would last for a few hours would be great to have.