Combo amp for bedroom practice and messing around with friends?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Peeved T-40, Jun 10, 2021.

  1. Fender Rumble 40

    33 vote(s)
  2. Orange Crush Bass 50

    4 vote(s)
  3. Ampeg BA110V2

    22 vote(s)
  4. Vox VX50BA

    4 vote(s)
  5. Other

    30 vote(s)
  1. Peeved T-40

    Peeved T-40

    Jan 12, 2021
    Primarily looking for a practice amp that I can also use for light jam sessions with friends. Not in a band, not looking to play rooms and no drummer. just messing around in a living room.

    Trying to keep it under $300, preferably closer to $200 and I think i've narrowed it down to some good options but feel free to recommend something different.

    There should be a poll up top but just in case...
    1. Fender Rumble 40
    2. Orange Crush Bass 50
    3. Ampeg BA110V2
    4. Vox VX50BA
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2021
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  2. I voted Ampeg BA110 V2 over Fender Rumble 40 as you need meat on the bone.
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  3. Peeved T-40

    Peeved T-40

    Jan 12, 2021
    why does it have more meat on the bones? aren't they both 40W with 10" speakers?
  4. I've owned both. Ampeg is more 'organic' sounding to me and sounds better at lower volumes.
  5. the new V3 rumbles are amazing , ten times better than the old models , that good I bought one last week :)
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  6. Katoosie


    Jun 12, 2020
    Fender Rumble 100
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  7. groove pump

    groove pump

    Oct 24, 2006
    I had an Ampeg BA-112 some years ago - don't know what generation it might have been - and while it sounded pretty dang nice at home as a practice amp, I couldn't do anything else with it including messing around with friends. Maybe it would have worked if somebody was playing an acoustic guitar on its own, but that was probably about it... and I wasn't playing in a Spinal Tap tribute band or anything.

    So if you're leaning Ampeg, try it before you buy it.

    Some years ago I came across a 2nd hand Genz-Benz ML-112 combo for only about $80 and this still holds up as probably the best bang-for-the-buck piece of gear I've ever found for myself. If you come across one of these ML combos near you, I recommend taking a look. Given your budget though, there will be more than one or two decent options to get you going.
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  8. Bobbadfinger


    Jan 23, 2020
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  9. sonojono

    sonojono Supporting Member

    Feb 13, 2013
    I vote other:

    GK MB108.

    Best combo in the used market game!!
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  10. mikecd1

    mikecd1 Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2009
    New England
    Love my Rumble 40 and have used it with the DI on acoustic gigs with great success through FOH.
  11. furym


    Aug 31, 2014
    Carthage, NC
    I’ll vote Rumble 40 but like someone else suggested the Rumble 100 sounds great if it fits your budget.
  12. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Take a look at PJB. Do it now.
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  13. Max budget of $300- $200 preferred.
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  14. Fender Rumble 100 V3 and you have a little extra in reserve if you decide to go bigger.
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  15. SJan3

    SJan3 Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2010
    AMPEG BA110v2 is a fantastic practice amp. Better form factor than the Rumble with the ability to pitch back in monitor mode. More focused tone, IMHO. I A/Bd them side by side and came home with the Ampeg.
    The build quality of the Ampeg is far superior to the flimsy feel of the Rumble.
    The ONLY benefit to the Rumble is lighter weight. I've had my BA110v2 for appx 5 years and still love it.
    At today's clearance prices, even a better bargain.
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  16. jeff7bass


    Apr 9, 2009
    Hartke HD75 is the best choice and a bargain for 279.99. Gets real loud and full while staying clean. Has pro features like effects send/return, 75w, nice practice features like AUX IN/headphones, and two EQ sections (3 band plus graphic) for fine tuning your sound. Built SOLID. Reviews included.
    Hartke HD75 1x12" 75-watt Bass Combo Amp | Sweetwater
  17. jeff7bass


    Apr 9, 2009
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  18. The 100 is the bare minimum if you want a good practice amp!
  19. SJan3

    SJan3 Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2010
    Respectfully disagree..
    Why would you need 100watts just to practice?
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2021
  20. Peeved T-40

    Peeved T-40

    Jan 12, 2021
    I already have. they're out of my price range
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