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Decisions, Decisions

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by schlep, Jun 29, 2003.

  1. schlep

    schlep Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2002
    I’m looking to get an amp and cabinet or a combo. While alternating between a Pandora and a Midiman OmniStudio w/headphones is fine most of the time, one needs to annoy others in the household every once in while.

    I’m torn between the simplicity of a GK MB150E or the expandability of an Eden Traveler with an Epifani ultra light 10. I’m a bit concerned the mini GK won’t handle the low B well enough ( though it seemed fine to me at the store ). Those who have them seem to love ‘em. Now that 150E’s are on the endangered species list, it seems like the time is right to get one.

    I’m unable to try the Eden/Epifani combination for comparison. How would others weigh these two options?

    Oh, if it helps, I’m a jazzer with the occasional funk stuff thrown in. I’m trying to get back in to playing after many, many years away from the bass. ;)
  2. lo-freq

    lo-freq aka UFO

    Jan 19, 2003
    DFW, Texas
    Pardon my ignorance (don't know how much the mentioned items sell for); how much money are you looking to spend?

    Is portability a major issue?

    [Just trying to get a line on why you're looking at these particular items.]
  3. schlep

    schlep Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2002
    yep, portability is an issue; too many Peavey heads in my past I guess. Not that i'm slamming Peavey, if it works for Stu Hamm (he's a BAM-210 endorser) I'm all for it. ;)

    GK is around $800, Eden/Epifani $1200. So I'd like to keep it under $1200. yes that's EBS Drome territory, but I don't like the fact that it's non-extendable without a powered cab (same for EA combos).

    I'm looking at these two items mainly because of size/weight, tone and they have lots of in/out options plus a headphone jack.
  4. lo-freq

    lo-freq aka UFO

    Jan 19, 2003
    DFW, Texas
    Mesa Boogie has a new combo you might want to check out, but I'm not sure how much they cost. It's called a Walkabout Scout, uses the Walkabout head and they have 12" & 15" versions.

    I have heard some here say that Eden Amps match-up pretty well with Epi speakers.

    Major options would be available going with 2nd hand equipment.

    A lot of TBers like the Agie GS112's, but with an Eden head you might get too wooly and warm for some jazz (probably mate better with a cleaner amp like SWR or whatever).

    The SWR Workingman 12 is a pretty good combo (not sure, but I think it might kick the GK's arse).

    Do as much shopping around and listening to stuff as you can (and take your bass with you).
  5. schlep

    schlep Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2002
    > Mesa Boogie has a new combo... Walkabout Scout, uses the Walkabout head...

    yeah, I saw that on their site. I'm intrigued by it and its bottom mounted passive woofer.
  6. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    Fremont, Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    I'd recommend getting the Walkabout and the T-110UL. After all, it's what I did!;) :D

    Of course, I also added a T-112 to the mix, which I think made a dramatic impact down in 5 string range. With a 4, one or two T-110UL's would be great, but if you are going to be thumping it down low, you are going to want more than what the T-110UL has to offer.