Can someone just give me a quick check and tell me if I'm set for the head and cab I'm about to buy?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by ryte, Dec 26, 2014.

  1. ryte


    Oct 8, 2014
  2. Ok the Gift Card will not make any sound. Regardless how you power it. LOL...
  3. Yes. You might consider putting the head in a rack if you're going to move it around a lot.
  4. scottfeldstein

    scottfeldstein Roots and fifths and a little extra.

    Jun 20, 2011
    West Bend, Wisconsin
    Looks fine to me. Let us know what you think of that Carvin. I'm intrigued. Looks great on paper and they're pretty inexpensive. Not a huge fan of 410s, but I have owned that particular one and it was just fine.
  5. somegeezer


    Oct 1, 2009
    Well a bass and an instrument cable will help, too.

    But yep. Seems fine.
  6. bigfatbass

    bigfatbass Inactive

    Jun 30, 2003
    Upstate NY
    Endorsing Artist: Karl Hoyt Basses
    Please don't take this as disrespectful, but if you don't know if that rig will work, maybe you shouldn't be looking to spend all that cash on new gear. Until you have the knowledge and actual playing experience, you are wasting money buying new. The resale on that carvin will be a third less than you paid for it the second you take it out of the box, regardless of whether or not it's a good head. Used gear will hold value while you find your sound and preferences. I wish I'd had someone give me this advice when I was first putting a real stage rig together, take it or leave it.
  7. Sav'nBass


    Jan 18, 2009
    Virginia Beach
    Why do you feel you need a 410. Just curious.
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  8. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Dude wants a 410 because he's just starting out in jamming and wants to make sure he has enough rig for most gigs but doesn't want to go too big. A 410 is a classic starter jamming rig for a reason. Later on, when he gets a better idea of his needs and the performance of smaller (and bigger) rigs, he can snag a smaller rig or add on, depending on what he needs. But a 410 will give someone entering the jam force some insurance for handling louder situations if needed until they get a better idea.

    So yes, a bass, amp, and speaker cable are all you need to get your rig up and running. Well, that and a bass and instrument cable. Oh, and the power cable for the amp, but they always come with the amp.
  9. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    That is a great head, and a great price now, since they are pushing the 700. For me, I would prefer a 2x12, or a pair of 1x12s or 2x10s, easier to carry around, but that is a decent setup.
  10. Troph


    Apr 14, 2011
    Kirkland, WA
    As people stated in the other thread you started, there are a few things to watch out for with respect to the BX500. However, most of the replies in that thread assumed you were talking about the original 410MBE, since that's what you posted. The 410MBE-II is a new design. In all likelihood, the pair should be fine.
  11. That's a very nice rig for under $700. I have a Carvin bx 1500 which seems to have the same preamp and I love it - and it's light. The GK 410 should serve you well. I've had and have lots of GK gear and have been very happy with it. The guys above all gave good advice; your tastes may change over time and you may not love this rig in the future. I do think that rig should sound great, you should be able to dial in a lot of tones and it's all light weight, so reasonable to move around. It is also powerful enough for most gigs, so you'll have that covered too. I wish I had this rig early on. Good Luck!
  12. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    I have and love the BX500. One bit of advice: there are a lot of EQ options. I spent two days playing around with it before I decided it was a keeper. So, if you are initially unimpressed, I suggest you also spend a few days twiddling before you decide.
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  13. friendlybass


    Jul 19, 2012
    That was some badass rhyming @JimmyM
  14. Bob-I


    Sep 12, 2014
    Call Carvin and Sweetwater. In my experience with both of these vendors, the sales people are very helpful and you can even talk the price down a bit.
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  15. Koog

    Koog Supporting Member

    Dec 27, 2010
    Central Iowa USA
    I agree with most everything said here. I would add that I have used either six or four 10s for many years now and the 10s always get it for me. The sound is big, but tight and focused. If the frequency range of your cab is between about 40Hz and 18kHz, you should have all the range you need for a big sound with great tone. I have found that if the amp and cab(s) blow 500 - 800 watts, you've got enough power for most venues. Anything bigger and you're likely looking at a professional sound set up, and then your amp will go into the board anyway, so you're big enough. I have been using four 10's and putting out about 750 W for about the last 10 years exclusively, and it's always been great tone and enough power, even in outdoor and festival type shows.

    So, check the frequency and wattage specs, and make sure the ohm ratings for cab and head match. With this check and confirm, the head, cab, cables you describe, plus power cable, bass, and instrument cable should be all you need to be ready. If your bass is active, make sure to carry extra batteries and a screwdriver to open your electronics cavity, in case you have a battery failure. If your bass is passive, you don't have to worry about it. If you don't have a quick and easy tuner, I've found that the "Snark", for about $20 works very well for get on stage quick, quick set up scenes like jam sessions. Worth the money and a necessity, in my opinion. A soft cloth to wipe down the bass before and after is always helpful too.

    Good luck and have fun!

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  16. No experience with that cab, but I have that head. I just pulled it out yesterday for a little at home playing, I still like it. I would keep the eq sliders off and just adjust the parametric section 1st. If that doesn't get you a good useable tone you can try the extra eq.
  17. Koog

    Koog Supporting Member

    Dec 27, 2010
    Central Iowa USA
    I should have's also a good idea to always carry an extension cord and a power strip as well. I also usually carry and extra instrument cable....I've had them fail before.

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  18. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    LOL! I'm a poet and didn't know it!
  19. That's a great head for $300. I was very impressed with it. Huge range of eq options.

    The only problem I ever had with a Carvin product was handled promptly, with a replacement shipped same day, and a paid label included for my return. Couldn't ask for better service.

    I like used gear, but for new with a warranty, that's a nice deal.

    Good luck!
  20. SanDiegoHarry

    SanDiegoHarry Inactive Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    Yeah, going to home depot and spending that $10 on a 15 foot 3-prong AC extension has saved me many times.