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Best practice/small jam amps for extended range instruments?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Sgroh87, Feb 12, 2014.

  1. Sgroh87


    Dec 4, 2012
    DFW, Texas
    Right now I'm playing six string basses exclusively (though I'm hoping to get a four in the near future), and I'm not too thrilled with the sound my Acoustic B30 is putting out. I'm wanting to get a new amp in the near future and I was hoping for some advice.

    First of all, I live in a one bedroom apartment t on the second floor, so something light and portable is a definite plus. I would very much like to have headphones and an aux in for play along tracks. I'm currently a bedroom warrior with the occasional visit to a friends house to jam, so I don't need a whole lot of power, and in fact I would prefer something that sounds good at low volume levels.

    I'm hoping to stay under $400 if possible. Id also be willing to consider a travel amp in addition to a practice amp if I can find them at the right price.
  2. okcrum

    okcrum in your chest

    Oct 5, 2009
    Verde Valley, AZ
    RIP Dark Horse strings
  3. Greysun


    Jul 20, 2011
    What is the reliability factor with this amp? It looks interesting but, everyone I've known who used a Carvin amp (guitar, bass & pa) has either sent it back to Carvin for exchange / refund / repair or had it repaired locally within in 2 years of purchase. The Instruments are exceptionally nice, and the speaker cabs sound good and are reliable, but the amp units seem to have a fairly short service span.
  4. basscooker

    basscooker Commercial User

    Apr 11, 2010
    cincy ky
    Owner, Chopshopamps.com
    Ampeg BA combos and GK MB combos are getting lots of love on TB lately. I'm not sure they all have the aux in, but they're worth a look. I'm pretty sure they all fall into your budget, too.
  5. B String

    B String Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    A used Markbass CMD121P combo might work well for you.
    Its a very small 12/horn type combo but has 300 watts into 8ohms, giving the combo a solid low end and headroom while having enough high end for the rest of the bass. One of the best selling products Markbass offers.
  6. gary m

    gary m

    Jan 17, 2011
    Mid -Atlantic
    TC Electronic BG250 in a variety of speaker configs. Has aux in, headphone out and balanced out, switchable pre or post EQ. Can go to the gig or sit in the bedroom. Doubles as a nightstand if you're furniture challenged.
  7. JakobT


    Jan 9, 2014
    Oslo, Norway
    I use an Ampeg BA-108, which is small and light, had good sound, AUX in and a headphone jack. Inexpensive, too.
  8. Powered monitor and a zoom B3? Great at low volumes, very giggable, and you can use Phones with the zoom.