fEarful question

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by sprag, Dec 29, 2014.

  1. sprag


    Sep 15, 2011
    Melb Australia
    Best micro head to drive a 12/6 and 12 sub?

    I play in 3/4 and 5 piece bands playing classic rock and prog metal. We generally have PA support apart from rehearsals so I don't need to get super loud.

    My current rig has 2 heads, 1 for clean and 1 for effects. I would prefer to have a single head and blend pedal to make this a more affordable, portable setup.
  2. Foz


    Jul 26, 2008
    Jax FL USA
    The GK MB800 gets a lot of love in the lunch box amp category for GB cab users - also Peavey has this coming on the scene

  3. lomo

    lomo passionate hack Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2006
    I would opt for maximum power and eq flexibility. That new Peavey looks interesting.
  4. monsterthompson

    monsterthompson The Eighth Note Wonder Of The World Supporting Member

    Nov 25, 2008
    that peavey is still vapor ware.
  5. What is your budget?
  6. sprag


    Sep 15, 2011
    Melb Australia
    I'm in Australia so budget changes around a lot, ie Tone hammer 500 are going for $1050 new, PF 500 $650 fusion 500 $1100. The 800 versions are 200-250 more. I'd prefer to get second hand but its a smaller market here so it can take quite a while for things to come up. in this size/weight category it may be cheaper/quicker to import as long as the voltage can be readily changed to 240V

    To answer the question I'll pay what it costs as I don't like flipping gear and buying once will make it cheaper in the long run.
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2014
  7. Terror bass 1000.
  8. Big Hoss

    Big Hoss Up note, down note, blue note, brown note...

    That is one of the wisest questions I have seen around here in a while...
  9. Based on the styles you play, plus you get dirt from external FX and not the amp, it depends on how you like your clean sound:

    • If you want your clean to be super clean (tight lows, glassy highs): Genz Benz ShuttleMax 9.2 (If you can find one used) or I'd imagine a Tecamp Puma 900 would suit you. The ShuttleMax might be better for you with it's dual channel setup.
    • If you want a thicker, more tube-amp sounding clean ("not as glassy" highs, thicker mids & lows): Genz Benz Streamliner 900 (if you can find one used).
    • Going for something in between: GK MB Fusion 800...never used one personally, but it's at the top of my GAS list as far as amps go.
    I have a LDS 15/6/1 + 15 Sub and have used the ShuttleMax and Streamliner through it. I personally prefer the Streamliner (and I prefer clean tones) for the bigger, thicker low end.
  10. Big +1 on both points; I'm just hearing about this amp. Over on the MiniMega thread a Peavey rep claimed a first quarter 2015 release date.
  11. Raf Seibert

    Raf Seibert

    Dec 16, 2013
    I've got a question mark in my mind about that Peavey. "1000 watts, continuous, 1500, peak"? What will that come down to in terms of honest root mean square power? Maybe 500w rms into 4 ohms, 350 into 8 ohms?


  12. 1000 watts rms.
  13. I really like my 12/6 with the Streamliner 600 I picked up used for $400. Sounds great through the 12/6, 15/6 stack as well (at 4 ohms).

    Like Johndough247 said, the streamliners are warmer and gooey, while the same set up with my GK 1001 rb 2 is fast and hard. More like the Shuttlemax.

    For small and inexpensive, I was impressed with the Carvin bx 500.

    The only amp I've tried that didn't do it for me with the fEarfuls was the TC rh750. I spent a couple weeks with it and returned it. I really wanted to like that amp, but it was not for me.
  14. Never mind the wattage on the Peavey, the lights CHANGE COLOR! And theres the sonic illusion knob that tricks your brain into thinking you rock, have washboard abs and thick luxurious hair.

    I've been waiting for this!
  15. dukeorock

    dukeorock Owner BNA Audio Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2011
    Nashville, TN
    Authorized greenboy designs builder/Owner of BNA Audio
    Lots of guys around here use Aggie TH500's and I think they sound really good. If they ever make a TH1000 I'd be real tempted! I also think the GK MBF800 is fantastic on those 3 way cabs. I like my Mesa M9 quite a bit with my 3 way cabs, but that ain't a mini. I also have a ShuttleMax 9.2 that sounds really good and like the Shuttle 9.2 even more. The Streamliner is a tricky one. I love em, but like many others have said, they can be tough to dial in fast in a difficult room, though they work nice with 3ways.
  16. Chef

    Chef In Memoriam

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    I use a GK MBF 800 with my 12/6/1+12 sub.
    I like quick clean clear power though. I don't do fx or grit/grind/dirty.
  17. Interceptor


    Mar 29, 2005
    Madison, WI
    If you don't want to end up flipping - pick up a preamp and a Crest Prolite 2.0 and be done with it. Put serious power in front of a Fearful and things just work. Fearful favorites for low cost preamps are used Peavey Max, BBE BMax (tube or solid state both work well) and the ART ProChannel II.

    I run a 12/6 at relatively low volume and lug a pre + power amp to get the sound I want. I own a GK MB500, and it is collecting dust.
  18. sprag


    Sep 15, 2011
    Melb Australia
    Thanks for all the input people.

    I might have to check the genz 9.0 and 9.2 out a bit more closely. Is it just a switch on the back for voltage change.
  19. dukeorock

    dukeorock Owner BNA Audio Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2011
    Nashville, TN
    Authorized greenboy designs builder/Owner of BNA Audio
    Yep, switch on the back. I take my ShuttleMax on Euro tours for this very reason. Easy to switch, but won't switch on accident :)
  20. I'm going to suggest the TH 500. I use one with my 12/6 Cube and 12 Sub. It's plug and play. It has a very good build quality. Near as I can tell, this is an unsuspecting combination of micro head and cabinetry. And when I post images of my Aguilar/fEARful rig with detailed rave reviews of the combination on any of Aguilar's threads it's just crickets for responses. I'll put in yet another plug for fEARful cabs - man, you're 2 fEARfuls are some of the very best cabs available overall. Try micros before you buy, each will have a distinct tone signature with you fEARfuls.