Best Small Combo? Carvin MB10, GK MB110, Ibanez Promethean P3110

Discussion in 'Amps, Mics & Pickups [DB]' started by rickwolff, Feb 9, 2014.

  1. rickwolff

    rickwolff CGJ (Certified Gear Junkie) Supporting Member

    Looking for the best sounding mini grab-and-go combo for about $300.

    Has anyone compared any of these.

    I'm looking for primarily DB use with occasional light BG use.

    Haven't seen or played the Carvin but I like the para mids and contour knob as opposed to on/off contour on GK.

    Gallien-Krueger MB110 - $299.99 (Internet quote for $235)
    Size: 14.5"H x 12.5"W x 11.5"D
    Weight: 21lbs
    Power: 100W

    Ibanez Promethean P3110 - $349.99
    Size: 13.8"H x 12"W x 12.6"D (**almost all websites have wrong specs copied from the 3115 model.)
    Weight: 23.2 lbs (most websites also list this incorrectly as 37# - also from the 3115 model)
    Power: 300W

    Carvin MB10 - $329 w free shipping
    Size: 18.5"H x 12.75"W x 11.5"D
    Weight: 23 lbs
    Power: 200W
  2. Ric Vice

    Ric Vice Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2005
    Olivette, Missouri
  3. rickwolff

    rickwolff CGJ (Certified Gear Junkie) Supporting Member

    Yes, I've had insatiable curiosity regarding the powered speaker route. I actually have a small powered speaker arriving tomorrow to try out. It was a case of temporary online insanity. I ordered a 200 watt RMS 8" Pyle powered speaker. Certainly not in the category of your QSC but it will give me a chance to try the concept (and it may be a decent at-home amp for my Casio piano. (and for less than a $100 my wife has, for now, let me live). I'll let you know how it goes.
  4. dunnobass


    Mar 1, 2012
  5. Dave Hobbs

    Dave Hobbs

    Jan 18, 2008
    Wales UK
    Got to say - the GK MB110 is a great little amp. Works well with my carved and piezo PU, without the need for a preamp. lots of bottom and clarity. Works really well, off the floor, with my archtop guitar too! Brilliant value.
  6. rickwolff

    rickwolff CGJ (Certified Gear Junkie) Supporting Member

    As soon as I saw the 'Brilliant' value I had to look up and wasn't surprised you're in Wales.

    Nice to have a first hand testimonial from a player of a carved DB.

  7. I've been trying to find info my self about the carvin. Then again for as little as I play I out I should just continue to go through the p.a