Clean low end, small/medium gigs

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by FlabbaFan, Jun 12, 2021.

  1. ahbradot


    Dec 14, 2019
    Here is my 2x10 500w Markbass clean tone;
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  2. Sierra Hotel

    Sierra Hotel Supporting Member

    Mar 21, 2019
    Northeast US
    +1 for both the Markbass and Fender combos. I play in a couple bands with different genres (country/Americana and classic rock), and use the Markbass CMD102P (2 x 10 combo, 350w) for the rock band, and use the Fender Rumble 500 (2 x 10 cab, 350w) for the other band. I have the Rumble 210 cabinet I can add for larger (outdoor) gigs. I am 100% confident in either rig for either band. The Rumble is the best bang for the buck, but I got the Markbass at an auction for $300 - a steal, as used they normally go for twice that.
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  3. Redbrangus

    Redbrangus Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2018
    Under The X In Texas
    Any modern amplifier has 'clean lows'; the deficiencies are in the speaker systems. The Rumble 500 recommendation is plenty workable for the situation described, IMO, and especially if you add the extension cab for reggae --you can accomplish that in stages, if necessary. For my own taste, I'd go for a small-format Class-D head and two single cabs -- a couple of modern, Uber-ish 112s or 115s. Again, you can do that in stages if you need to, and I think a modular concept would be advantageous for the situations described.

    I'm happy enough with the TC BQ-500 I bought for 2 bills as an open-box deal at the Banjo Center; I think that would be adequate enough for the situation, but there are a lot of "500-watt" Class-D amps out there.
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2021
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  4. Mesa Subway D-800 head and Subway 115 cab. You can thank me later.
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  5. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    I've got a couple spares I'll sell on-the-cheap provided the OP picks them up or arranges a "pony express" to the desired destination. Great cabs but heavier than hell compared to the new stuff on the market.

  6. This is what I use everywhere; only with an SB112 rather than the similar but likely better SB126. It is a great rig. Avatars are indestructible and not very heavy (I'm 70 and the 39 lbs is still not a problem). The Minimax has been an unbelievable workhorse, sometimes in awful and unpredictable FL weather. I use a Hartke TX300 as a backup. The latter is quieter but not noticeably lower in volume despite the 200 watts at 8 ohms rating. It is a bit more bass-heavy than the Minimax, though the Mini lows can be boosted with the "punch" button.
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  7. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Columbia, MD Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    I think I sold mine for $100.
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  8. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Columbia, MD Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Nowhere near his budget, but I agree that if possible, it would be worth it.
  9. Chris Breese

    Chris Breese Supporting Member

    Dec 12, 1999
    Farmington, IL USA
    Fender Rumble 500 will get it done.
  10. Mediocrity Man

    Mediocrity Man Master of Mediocrity Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2014
    Wantage, New Jersey

    I use a pair of Aguilar GS112's powered by a GK Fusion 500 for most gigs. The 12's have a relatively small footprint stacked vertical but the sound is huge and clear.
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  11. chris_b


    Jun 2, 2007
    IMO 500 watts, a good 112 and an option on a second 112 at a later date.

    I use Aguilar amps and Barefaced cabs, but there are a lot of great options out there these days.
  12. bearhart74

    bearhart74 Supporting Member

    Feb 26, 2009
    if you are patient you can find them cheap. I bought both of mine for under 200 each
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  13. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    My Dog Sam Eats Purple Flowers
    perhaps a small combo amp and a small powered sub will work
  14. butterfingers1


    Apr 22, 2019
    I always preferred combos.

    I play mainly motown and other 1960s stuff. My Traynor combos are wonderful, very similar to GK but cleaner. EQ neutral gives me full round articulate tone even with precision bass tone open.

    Fender Rumbles are muddy muffled and clanky no matter what I tried.

    I wouldn’t mind trying the new Ampeg Rocket Bass combos.
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  15. Hounddog409


    Oct 27, 2015
    Because Rumble 500 is the direct opposite of what the OP is looking for.

    He said mud is bad...equals no Rumble.

    I would get a Hartke HD combo or GK combo.

    The new Ampeg Rocket combos look interesting, but haven't had a chance to try one out yet.
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  16. Hounddog409


    Oct 27, 2015
    Rumble is not what the OP is asking for. Total opposite
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  17. My bad... I guess I missed the budget part!
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  18. wncBass


    Jan 2, 2015
    North Carolina
    I wouldn't want anything less than a 2x12 and 300 watts for reggae. Preferably 500 watts.
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  19. Funny, I don't get mud with my Rumble 100. But as I said, it may also be dependent on the bass. I play MusicMan basses and understand that 12 O'clock on the rumble is not "flat." It is vintage-ey, and with eq I can get a good dub sound. *Shrug* But everyone may have their opinion.
  20. butterfingers1


    Apr 22, 2019
    Maybe room acoustics plays a part. Rumbles sound fine when I try them in stores. Traynor and GK sound a bit harsh on their own and in stores.
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