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best portable lightweight amp?

Discussion in 'Amps, Mics & Pickups [DB]' started by tito mangialajo, Nov 14, 2006.

  1. tito mangialajo

    tito mangialajo

    Feb 1, 2006
    hi everybodys,
    what is in your opinion the best portable, lightweight, hi-fi combo amp for jazz club gigs in trio-quintet? i'll match it with a Rev Solo and I actually use an old GK MB 200 (very portable but not really hi-fi and up-to-date).
    thanks, Tito.
  2. Ric Vice

    Ric Vice Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2005
    Olivette, Missouri
    It kind of depends on how much you have to invest in an amplifier.
    Acoustic Image has the Claris and Focus III models that weigh in at @4lbs. Euphonic Audio has a 3.5 pound amplifier that will be avaliable in January of next year, but here is some food for thought. Although your 200 MB is older it has a very warm sound when you compare it to the newer MBE and MBS models. If I were you I'd hold on to that baby, and match it with a lighweight cabinet.

    Ric Vice
  3. I think somebody on here is selling a sweet little Polytone in the classifieds. You might think about that.
  4. hdiddy

    hdiddy Official Forum Flunkee Supporting Member

    Mar 16, 2004
    Richmond, CA
    I think you do this and it would sound great:
    1. AI Focus or Clarus
    2. Flite Sound 12" w/ tweeter

    If weight is the primary factor, this whole setup would weigh around 26 lbs. I used to use a Flite 10 but I think the 12 is better. That setup is crazy light. Otherwise, sub the Flite 12 for an Epifani UL110 and it'll still be around 25 lbs. I use the UL110 and a Focus SA + Solstice preamp myself. 1 trip from the car.
  5. In a combo amp, my vote has to be either an Acoustic Image Contra or Acoustic Image Coda. Both weigh under 20 pounds and about as Hi-Fi as you are going to find. A little pricey, but well worth it with the best product support after sale in the industry.
  6. I did that "borrow the amp from the other band" thing a few weeks ago.
    The guy had a Crate power block. It sounded so good I went out and Bought one the next day. It is 4.5lbs 150 watts mono or 2 x 75 bi-amped.
    It matches up great with my ergo 6 and my double bass.
    It costs all of $100 from guitar center.
    Not super sophiscated but very clear. I'd like to find a tough, small cabinet that I could check on plane to use with it.
    Most of situations I amplify in I wouldn't want a $2000 amp around.
    In the "better" places I end up acoustic or miked through great sound system.
    If you want hi-fi in small jazz club, try playing acoustic or a microphone. The bass puts out more sound than most of us think.
    Also, replacing or doing away with a loud drummer is far less costly than investing in new gear.
  7. I think every bass amp should come equipped with a knob for turning the drummer down :p .
  8. Dad Bass

    Dad Bass

    Jun 22, 2005
    New Jersey, USA
    Mike, Amen and Amen!
  9. Attenuable(maybe)20,000 volt tazer out line, to be connected to the drummer's______(s). :eek: 2007's most popular combo upgrade. :D
  10. Ric Vice

    Ric Vice Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2005
    Olivette, Missouri
    I always thought all drummers should have Ringo's set from the Beatles cartoons. All you have to do is let the air out of them.

  11. +1! Rick Jones' new Series III Contra or Coda amps are the best product he has ever put out--under 20 pounds, incredibly hifi, full of great features for working musicians like the HighPass filter, DI and Mute switch, and with far greater power and volume than the Series I or II models.
  12. kwd


    Jun 26, 2003
    silicon valley
    Thanks for the post. I'm intrigued by this Crate Power Block idea. But is 150 watts enough to push something like an Epiphani or Acme? The Epiphani 10" has a wattage range requirement of 100-500, putting the Power Block near the bottom. It would seem to be out of the question for two cabinets.
  13. Definitely not the Acme. From his site, describing the 2x10 (B-2) box: "350W RMS is a good starting point due to the relatively low efficiency of the cabinet. 500W RMS is ideal."
  14. Boppingtheory


    Aug 27, 2001
    Just a curiosity: why buying a sophisticated combo amp if many of us use to bypass the pre section and install an external unit connected with the effect return (normally provided with a more adequate input impedence, and effective frequency controls) such as D-Tar Solstice, Fishman EQ Platinum, Avalon etc?

    What about a good and small active speaker paired with our favourite preamp instead ?
  15. My Powerblock is on a truck, marked with an RMA number. Within it's limits it sounded very good through an outboard preamp into the CD inputs but I was afraid it would not give enough clean power in all situations. Since using the CD inputs meant that my input signal did not appear at the direct output, it left me in a bind. I'm sure I could have done some cutting and jumpering inside to either set up the DI or remove the clipping and speaker emulation filters from the main signal path but it seemed like too much effort for this particular amp. That said, I loved the weight, packaging and gig bag. If Crate ever makes a decent bass amp in the same form factor, I would probably grab one. For now, I am going to try something else that may be more versatile.

  16. mje


    Aug 1, 2002
    Southeast Michigan
    I bought one yesterday- mainly for guitar, and as a cheap monitor amp, but it sounds great with UB and BG through my Aguilar GS12 cabinet, too. I think it's the perfect budget amp for a DBer on a budget who'd like an AI amp but can't quite swing the price. Together with a 1x8 from LDS it would be a great club amp. I just might buy another for the nephew.
  17. Dave Whitla

    Dave Whitla

    Apr 25, 2006
    +1 AI Coda
    +1 Drummer Knob (but then what do you do if the drummer IS a knob?!?)

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