decent light weight combos

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by cossie, Jul 3, 2008.

  1. cossie


    Apr 29, 2005

    I'm looking to buy a new amp soon and preferably one that's light (and may have casters too).

    I have a degenerative condition in my right hip that has begun to become more of a problem when lugging gear around.

    I currently own a Fender Bassman 100 (not the newer kick-back one), and that's really about the maximum weight I can handle. Also the bulk of the amp is becoming a problem - when lifting, most of the amp is at waist level which makes walking normally a problem. I did think about sticking it on a little trolley but not all gigs are stairs free, and it's more the lifting that's the problem.

    I'm looking at something in the 150 - 200 watt range. I saw an ad in the most recent bass player magazine for a Genz-Benz that looked sweet however I don't know anyone in Ireland who sells them and it would probably cost a fortune too. A few friends have suggested a Hartke or Ashdown combo but I haven't had a chance to check them out yet.

    I thought I'd ask here to see if anyone has any good recommendations or any experience in this area.


  2. jlepre


    Nov 12, 2007
    Cedar Knolls, NJ
    I just picked up the Genz Benz Shuttle 3.0-8T 300 Watt Lightweight Bass 1x8 Combo and here is my story:

    I was looking for a combo amp to go with my son's new Stealth Bongo, and I was originally looking at SWR 10, 12 & even 15 workingman combos. Just for fun I saw they had this combo with the tiny 8 (13.5 POUNDS), and I was blown away! Look at my signature and you can see that I have been gigging with the 6.0 and my UL112's. Well this little guy wasn't as loud as my current setup, but it was as loud and with better tone than it's much bigger AND heavier counterparts.

    Needless to say, you can guess which combo I walked out of the store with last night.

    As soon as I walked in the door, I sat that little baby on top of one of my 12's and was litterally rattling sconces off my livingroom wall. I do mean LITERALLY! This amp will serve my son well for years to come, and the old man might have to take it to a few rehearsals himself.
  3. texasgreg


    Oct 29, 2007
    I myself am considering a markbass 12" combo, but there are several other very lightweight contenders that would be perfect for you.

    The EA iamp 300 and the wizzy 10 are another great combo, as is the Markbass 12 combo. Basically, these weigh in at varying weights of less than 30 pounds. I love the sound of the Markbass, but I'd really like to play a shuttle 3.0 before I buy.

    Search the threads here about these outfits. Lightweight and lots of power. If you need more power than they offer you can add a lightweight extension cab. GB just started selling the shuttle cabs separate.
  4. Why not try Nemesis (by Eden) - it gives great quality and a wonderful pure sound for a reasonable price - and the NSP or newer RS-cabs weigh (the 210 and the 115) between 40 and 50 lbs!


    This is my stack, all Nemesis: the NA320 amp with the NSP 210 and 115 cabs. I don't know the prices in the USA, but in Europe the prices are relatively low for that quality!
    Anyway: I'm very happy with it!
  5. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    At this stage, most any brand of micro amp/neo spkrs combo's are all going to be high end. All those mentioned above are in this catagory. The technology is still new enough that the cheap knock-offs haven't come, yet. My favorite, though it's a bit heavier overall is the Mesa Scout combo, 1x12 around 50 lbs.
  6. Lia_G


    Oct 27, 2005
    The Shuttle 3.0-8t and 3.0-10t are amazing little combos at 13.5 and 18.5 pounds respectively. They really are something to hear, if you can find them in Ireland and if they're affordable over there.

    Over there, the new Ashdown Little Giant heads with one of the Ashdown Superfly ultralight cabs might be more affordable?

    Also, the Markbass Minimark (150 watts into 2x6" speakers, or 250 watts if you add an 8 ohm extension) really blows me away, if that's something you can find. It's a little heavier than the Shuttles at about 20 pounds, but is still very very light.

    Good luck!!!

  7. I really like my Line6 Studio 110. It's 70 watts are under the power range you mentioned but it does a nice job and with the XLR out it's quite easy to get it into a PA. At about $250 you could even get a pair of them to get you to 140 watts!
  8. cossie


    Apr 29, 2005
    Thanks for all the replies!

    I'll definitely get to checking out all your last a real reason to spend hours in music shop :hyper:
  9. jlepre


    Nov 12, 2007
    Cedar Knolls, NJ
    Well, I brought this little baby to rehearsal tonight, and my bandmates giggled when they saw it. They said, " Is that all you're using, where is your normal rig?" I told them, "Just give it a chance, you'll be surprised."

    Man were they floored when I hit the first note! They all said, ""WHOA!!!" We played the rest of the rehearsal, and I was actually told to turn down because I was too loud??:smug:

    Now as a combo alone, it would probably give enough stage volume, but you would have to use the DI for the house mix. Still a very formidable combo.
  10. lomo

    lomo passionate hack Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2006
    Without a budget limit, this is a question with a million answers.
  11. jlepre


    Nov 12, 2007
    Cedar Knolls, NJ
    Budget...what's a BUDGET???:smug:
  12. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Try an Eden WTX500 (4 lbs) and an Eden D-112XLT Neo (49 lbs). It's not a combo, but it's decent and light weight.
  13. machinehead_1


    Mar 27, 2007
    N. Ireland
    Where are you in Ireland. I'm in Belfast.

    I have a Markbass 121P combo. Very light and LOUD. Easy to carry as well.

    You could get a used one for GBP500 or around euro 625 ish.

    You're welcome to come and try mine if you live near me, or if you like long drives?

    Also, I've had lots of Markbass gear over the last 4 years, try a 102P cab with Little Mark II for a light and gret sounding mini-rig.
  14. Lia_G


    Oct 27, 2005
    And when do you think those will be generally available?
  15. First budget constraints, now the suggested item has to actually be available? I had several imaginary rigs in mind but I guess I'll just keep them to myself...
  16. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
  17. WoodyG3


    May 6, 2003
    Colorado, USA
    Markbass CMD 121P. Light, great tone with plenty of EQ options, and lots of volume if you need it. :D