Class d amps with tube pre

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by David A. Davis, Apr 20, 2024.

  1. David A. Davis

    David A. Davis Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2008
    Aiken, SC
    Other than Mesa, are there any lightweight class d amps with a tube pre amp currently being offered?
  2. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    GK Fusion S.
  3. Feuerbach


    Dec 7, 2023
    Orange Amps!

    (And I‘m sure there‘s more.)

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  4. Snaxster


    Nov 29, 2008
  5. Clark Westfield

    Clark Westfield Floyd Pepper is my mentor!

    Jan 30, 2012
    Central New Jersey
    Hartke LX series
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  6. kobass

    kobass Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Outside Boston
    Markbass Little Mark Vintage
  7. 6thplanet


    Aug 17, 2019
    What do you consider lightweight?
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  8. gtirard


    Feb 22, 2020
    Paris, France

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  9. shoot-r


    May 26, 2007
    G.K. MB Fusion 800.

    Big 3-D low end, power, punch, clarity with that G.K. feeling of a fast transient.

    6.3 lbs.

    (And bonus, I got this one used from the T.B. Classifieds in great condition with carry bag, foot switch, manual for well under half of what it sold for new.)

  10. gtirard


    Feb 22, 2020
    Paris, France

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  11. Danny C

    Danny C

    Oct 31, 2018
    JFA Sisma is my current but not a class D. It's class G. The Mesa heads of coarse. And I've been reading here about Fuch's new bass heads.
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  12. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    Fuchs FBT series, 300W and 700W models with an SVT based preamp. They also make the FBS series which has a solid state preamp.

    FCH FBT300.jpeg
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  13. groove pump

    groove pump

    Oct 24, 2006
    Currently being offered... in the used market on a regular basis... the Shuttle series from Genz Benz. If you've never sampled a Shuttle and you want an affordable option that's class D with tube, this could be something.

    I have a Shuttle 6.0 that gets just as much use as my tube-free GK MB 500. Love them both and they've both given me zero issues through the few years I've gigged them.
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  14. David A. Davis

    David A. Davis Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2008
    Aiken, SC
    Anything class d
  15. greggster59


    Oct 31, 2006
    New Jersey
    Ampeg SVT 7PRO
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  16. groooooove

    groooooove Supporting Member

    Dec 17, 2008
    Long Island, NY
    i owned the fuchs and that was possibly the best sounding tube-pre i've tried. my only complaint about that one was the lack of an input gain LED. amazing sounding amp if you like the SVT sound.

    the hartke one, for what it is, is a perfectly usable amp for most of us. they're inexpensive and reliable.

    i suspect more of these designs will be on the market soon. i genuinely don't know if theres new tech going into these tube preamps, but the more recent releases seem to have something more going on than the tube preamps from years ago?

    they may just be better amps, who knows.

    i don't recall if i've used the mesa subway amps with a tube in it but they seem very well received.
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  17. logdrum

    logdrum A person! Supporting Member

    Carvins. I had the B1000. I don't think the tube did anything. The BX ones may do something.

    GK Fusion S-- lots of pre tube I believe 3. - I'll get one eventually

    Genz Benz -- some models. I had a Shuttlemax 12 briefly

    If you want grind with a kick GK Fusion S
  18. Auer


    Feb 12, 2023
    Darkglass Microtubes made me forget about real tubes.

    But the Orange Terror Bass does sound sweet :)
  19. David A. Davis

    David A. Davis Supporting Member

    Apr 5, 2008
    Aiken, SC
    It’s truly a great time to be a bass player. So many options.
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  20. Gervais Cote

    Gervais Cote Supporting Member

    Oct 30, 2023
    Ashdown probably makes some nowadays but I’m not familiar with all of their products because they make so many !

    OTHO, I heard their Little Bastard tube amp with a basic USA pro II Fender Precision Bass and the sound was jaw dropping ! Extremely sweet but with authority.

    They also make a 15 watt amp similar to their Little Bastard that looks interesting………….. I might get one and use it as a preamp if that’s feasible of course.