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Bought my first real amp yesterday...

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by catcauphonic, Jun 9, 2012.

  1. catcauphonic

    catcauphonic High Freak of the Low Frequencies Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2012
    Seattle WA
    I've been learning on a little Silvertone practice amp for the past 7 months & decided it would be a good investment at this point to step it up a little bit for when one of my several guitarist friends comes over or I find a drummer to jam with. The ST practice amp is fine & dandy for what it is, but it doesn't do justice to certain notes coming out of the bass (which is nothing too special either, but plays well & sounds better on my teachers old 12" Fender.)

    I did a bunch of research in the past few weeks mostly reading reviews & amp threads here, then finally stopped at GC last nite to test a few solid state combos that were in my price range. I played a variety of 1x12s & 2x10s including some (like Ampeg & Mark Bass) that were well above what I wanted to spend. I was surprised at how tinny sounding the 12s were, & even the SWR-WM15 wasn't impressing me much soundwise. I just couldn't dial in a satisfactory tone like I had pictured in my mind. At that point was feeling a bit disappointed.

    Going DOWN in price, I then plugged into the Acoustic B200 1x15" & was TOTALLY BLOWN AWAY by a fat punchy low end, a solid middle, & defined highs - all that with most of the 6EQ knobs in a neutral position. At that point I started plugging a variety of basses into it, then just to be sure, went around to the 12s & 2x10s again. I triple checked the price tags to make sure I wasn't transposing numbers. The B200 lists for $699, they normally sell it for $349, & this one was on sale for $199 (new in box, not the floor model!)

    After blowing my pants legs around (without any distortion or clipping) & tinkering around with the bells & whistles for a few minutes more, I whipped out the debit card & made it mine. The only bad think I can say about it is it weighs a few pounds more than is comfortably portable (67#), & it could possibly get me evicted from my apartment if I'm not careful about when i can turn it up past 1! It's definitely more than I need right now, but when the time comes I'll be ready. I'm pleased as punch with my purchase. And for that price - I almost feel like I stole it!!!

    :bassist: :hyper: :bassist: :hyper: :bassist:
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  2. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Ya, good price. The important thing to do is to find a rig that inspires you to play at a price you can afford and you accomplished that. Now you can get down to business...so get off the computer and get back to practicing!!!
  3. El-Bob


    Oct 22, 2006
    Hamilton, ON
    Good find, congrats on a sweet amp!
  4. catcauphonic

    catcauphonic High Freak of the Low Frequencies Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2012
    Seattle WA
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