Combo, 410, or 115

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by JoeyZ, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. JoeyZ


    May 9, 2005
    So, i'm now playing in a second band, and we're getting out there with shows almost every week now.

    I currently have my main gigging rig at my house because I plan to use it for this weekends show. But lugging it around all the time is less than ideal, so I was wondering what you think I should do..

    I'm considering getting a combo for use in this band, but I'm also considering just packing my head up and bringing it between bands and getting a another cab..

    Which would be more cost effective? Beyond that though, which would you do and why?
  2. I'd get a 2nd cab. Versatile a cost effective.
    If my amp can handle the impedance, I'd try & get the 2nd cab to match the original cab-having 2 identical cabs, so I could use both if huge volume's needed in future.
    It'd help us help you if u mention the amp/cab n combo -name, model, impedance, size, power etc.
  3. cchorney

    cchorney Supporting Member

    Oct 21, 2010
    Meriden, CT
    What's your main rig? Do you like the tone and available power? Is it reliable? How much money woudl you spend if you were gonna buy something?

    Hard to recommend anything not knowing where you are coming from.
  4. JoeyZ


    May 9, 2005
    That's a good point, but unfortunately it doesn't apply to me since my amp and cab are pretty much made for eachother, in that the amp head(which i Love) is a Yorkville Bassmaster xs400 and the cab is a BSE410HLF which are both rated at 400 watts @ 4ohms..

    I'd need to switch some things around to be able to use both at once, but honestly this band doesn't really that..

    Oh, sorry, you're right..

    Amp Yorkville Bassmaster 400
    Cab Ampeg BSE410HLF

    Last night I was convinced I would get a combo, not so sure now that I've really talked out the other side...
  5. cchorney

    cchorney Supporting Member

    Oct 21, 2010
    Meriden, CT
    400 watts into a 410 really should be enough. I've never played a Yorkville but the cab is a good solid cab with that Ampeg sound.

    I have both separates and a combo. I tend to favor one for a while, then the other. If a perfect world you could have both... but this isn't a perfect world. If you have the funds and you want smaller/lighter, there are options. A micro head weighs about 7 pounds or so and you could get 2 separate 210s or 2 separate 115s to cover your needs - take the head and one smaller cab for the quieter gigs, etc. Plus your Yorkville doesn't have a direct out (I don't think it does) so you would have to mic your cab to get PA support - just about all the current heads have a direct out, which is a nice thing to have.
  6. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    i've never seen a real bass amp made in the past 30 years that didn't have at least a 1/4" line out.

    i vote head and cabs; a 1x10 cab for quiet rehearsals, a fridge for big gigs, and whatever in between. (i have two small 1x15 cabs, one for little gigs and 2 for loud stuff.)

    a light, small combo could be cool for little jazz gigs or whatever, but a bigger one just gets too heavy to lift.
  7. JoeyZ


    May 9, 2005
    My Yorkville has a XLR out for PA support.

    A fridge is pretty much always going to be overkill for this band, since the biggest amp we have is a Fender 212R, the other guy is running a Fender Acoustisonic.. So there's not much to compete with.
  8. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    Get another 410HLF. Then, when the time is right, replace the Yorkville with the 2 ohm capable big gun head of your choice, and Rule the Underworld!

    There is a link to a list of a lot of 2 ohm capable heads in the Ohm FAQ sticky. Is the Yorkie on it?