Combo help

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by iriegnome, Jun 9, 2019.

  1. iriegnome

    iriegnome Bassstar style Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2001
    Kenosha, WI 53140
    Here is my quandary. I need a high end quality combo. My small current rig is a DNA 800 head, DNA DNS-112, and a Bag End D15-s. I am needing this rig in a combo. I was thinking SWR Red Head or Ashdown MagMon 12 are some past combos that I loved. I prefer unique or boutique. I prefer stuff not available from Musicians Friend. Just my preference. I know I am a gear snob, but I need a combo that equals my rig. Thanks
  2. barginkov


    Feb 1, 2012
    L.I. New York
    Hartke kb 12 .500 watts
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  3. srayb


    Oct 27, 2010
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  4. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    Ehat's the maximum weight you would want?
  5. spufman

    spufman Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Central CT
    I picked up a Genz Benz Contour 500 2x10 recently and it really kicks butt. Pretty lightweight too, at 52 pounds. I'm very impressed so far. Would be used, of course.
  6. iriegnome

    iriegnome Bassstar style Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2001
    Kenosha, WI 53140
    no real limit. Weight isn’t my main concern. Currently it takes me 4 trips to bring my rig in. I would like to cut it down to 1 trip.
  7. Lobster11

    Lobster11 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    Why don't you just buy a hand cart to pile all the gear on and wheel it in?
  8. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Inactive

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Try to find a Mesa Walkabout 15" combo. Truly underrated and amazing combo. It's the first rig ever to make me break my own rules. I usually have a one-in-one-out rule when it comes to buying gear. I bought an SVT rig with 610 cab and assumed I would sell the Mesa combo and matching cab. I couldn't do it.

    This guy had good reviews. The amp just isn't very "clean" so you should be able to negotiate a little. The ad says it's new. But they haven't been made in a few years so it's either used or NOS.

    Mesa Boogie Walkabout Scout 15 Bass Amp

    No affiliation.
  9. iriegnome

    iriegnome Bassstar style Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2001
    Kenosha, WI 53140
    Well, that would just add another piece of gear.. This new project I am working with plays places with very little room. No storage anywhere as of yet. Since all my gear is in road cases, that makes it just that much more difficult, but not out of the question. I am fairly sure there is no combo that will produce what my rig is giving me (IMHO) for tone and versatility. Maybe my solution would be a simple cart.. Hmmmm
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  10. iagtrplyr

    iagtrplyr Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2013
    Clinton, IA
    If you’re looking for more advice or ideas, head on over to the Combo Club. We don’t trash products but offer a lot insight based on the varied experiences of our members. Oh yeah, and we’re snobby too. In fact, we’re so snobby we allow people to join so we can kick ‘em out!
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  11. iriegnome

    iriegnome Bassstar style Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2001
    Kenosha, WI 53140
    A cart for $120 is seeming like a very inexpensive solution at this point. I can leave all my road cases in our warehouse for this new project gig. For my other band, we use a trailer, so I can just put everything back into the road cases for that. Now I am really questioning what I should do
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  12. Lobster11

    Lobster11 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    Well, you've been all jazzed up about shopping for a new rig, so it's understandable that the idea of spending a fraction of the money on something as unexciting as a cart feels a bit anticlimactic. Maybe it will help to focus on all the other ways you could spend your new-found money instead....

    If it helps, you can send the money you just saved to me, since I was the one who suggested it. I promise to buy something really cool with it! :D
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  13. 39-Bassist


    Jul 7, 2010
    Endorsing Artist for: Duncan Pickups; Line6, Hipshot, GHS Strings, Somnium Guitars
    You should get a Fender rumble 500 w/210 combo....sounds great!
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  14. dlessingmd


    Aug 19, 2014
    Hi end bass combo, boutique, very clean and revealing: Phil Jones.
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  15. GK MB212 should do the job. 500 watts out of 2 12" speakers in a compact 48lb cab. Should be all the amp you will ever need. :D
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  16. Haroldo

    Haroldo Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2005
    North Shore, MA
    If you really want to let your boutique flag fly, check these folks out:


    Detailseite - AER Music GmbH

    That being said, I really like the far more prudent path of the $120 cart.
  17. mikewalker

    mikewalker Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
    Let's see... your "small" current rig is 800WRMS into two cabs - so a salient question might be: how much of that power and SPL do your 'combo' gigs require you to actually UTILIZE?
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2019
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  18. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
  19. MarkA

    MarkA In the doghouse. Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    I like the idea of a combo that lets you remove the head, in case you'd like to use it with another cab. The Mesa Scout and Genz Benz combos did this, in different ways, and I've seen a fair number of "airhead" cabs on TB with 2-space and 3-space "racks" for mounting an amp. Sometimes the amps in there are full rack-width, but sometimes people put micros in there instead.

    There are some high-end combos available (Glockenklang, AER, etc.), but you could also get creative and see if a cab builder you like is willing to entertain the idea of building you a cab with a space (or else a small bracket) for your favorite amp. Your DNA 800 is, per its product page, 12" wide and rack-mountable. If you like that head and wanted to mount it in a narrower-than-19", air-head "rack," it would be straightforward enough to cut down (or have someone cut down) are re-drill the rack ears.

    Just a thought. A handcart and some bungee cords are also an option.
  20. PSPookie


    Aug 13, 2006
    Albuquerque, NM
    I'm currently loving my Blackstar Unity 250