Combo amp or just get a small cab?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by JoelFT, Apr 23, 2012.

  1. JoelFT


    Nov 12, 2011
    Newnan, GA
    I have an Ampeg SVT-4pro with an Ampeg 6x10. It sounds fantastic and I love everything about it. But, I really worry about what my neighbors think. Getting a good tone with the volume low is difficult and just cutting the bass doesn't, well, cut it either.

    Also, I originally bought the rig ten years ago when I was in a regular gigging band playing larger clubs. Now, at best, I will be playing small rooms at lower volumes.

    So, what does the brain trust think? Should I get a small combo of some sort or just get a smaller cab for my SVT. Something like a 2x10 or 1x12? Oh, and less than $500 would be nice. Thanks.
  2. iualum


    Apr 9, 2004
    So you want to downsize your cab independent of anything else. Is that right?

    Think it depends on how much you like the SVT-4Pro. If you love it or like it very much, then keep it & get a smaller cabinet. If you're not so crazy about it, then either do a combo or a different amp & smaller cab.

    Personally, I like the idea of a separate amp/cab unless there's a combo you are jonesing for. For an amp, there are lots of excellent choices. Class Ds are in great favor now. And for good reasons. Genz Benz, Gallien Krueger, T.C. Electronics, Markbass, Aguilar, & others have very loyal followings.

    As far as a smaller cabinet, a used 12/6 or 15/6 is an excellent option.

    Or if a new cab is more what you'd want, a 115 with an Eminence Kappa Lite 3015 (with or without tweeter, maybe a Selenium D220Ti with your choice of horn) would be sweet. If this route sounds good, Don Oatman @ Low Down Sound is a great guy to talk to about it.
  3. ~ Neighbors ~

    Wow, that’s a tuff call - flip a coin, either way I think you’re still going to miss your Ampeg SVT-4pro/610 rig and turning up. To bad you can’t just turn down - good luck bro.
  4. brotondo


    Feb 7, 2012
    Kimball MI
    I bought an Ampeg BA12 for a practice amp and wound up using it in a 3 piece! and it will go louder, keeps up with a drummer just fine!
    go figure? 12" combo under $200 and i get to leave the big rig at home!

    its got headphone jack, Cd input to jam along. Ampeg tone, 12 actually has great low end
  5. JoelFT


    Nov 12, 2011
    Newnan, GA
    I guess I should clarify. I will never ever ever get rid of my Ampeg rig. I love the bejesus out of it.

    What I am looking for is something in addition to the SVT and 6x10 that is more manageable for small rooms that sounds great at lower volumes.

    Also, in my research I just discovered fEARful. Cool stuff right there.

    Thanks yall.
  6. NortyFiner

    NortyFiner Drunken Sailor Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    Portsmouth VA USA
    Downsizing from an Ampeg big rig?

    Ampeg Micro VR mini-stack, or PF-350/500 with 115 or 210 cab if you want more power. Either way you end up with less power and smaller cabs.
  7. Plucky The Bassist

    Plucky The Bassist ZOMG! I'm back from the dead! Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2010
    I'd get a smaller cab. There are plenty of great 2x10 cabs to be had for under $500, especially if you buy used.
  8. brotondo


    Feb 7, 2012
    Kimball MI
    well you obviously love your Ampeg tone, and your current rig is big egough to handle basicaly everything other than tone tastes. obviously don't get rid of it find your exact gas money and search your options, Cab><Combo..
    i've hauled a big "fridge 18-2x10" cab around for years ,still got it and play it often, but it is so nice to have a compact single unit to just grab and go or carry it out on the back porch and aim it at the ~neighbors~ and quickly dart back in
    there are a lot of great combo's that are light and powerful and cool features
  9. Martin89


    Nov 8, 2010
    Glendale, AZ
    Unofficial Endorser: Ibanez, D'Addario, Zoom
    I went the cheap combo route. single 12" speakers tend to be my thing for those right now and plenty of those way under $500