Flatulence-free Practise Amp?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by ZenG, Dec 31, 2014.

  1. Practise amp I have is good (Marshall MB15) but has lower intestine gas problems when playing dialed-in low tones at any volume or intensity.

    Could get bigger amp that could handle that........but I don't want anything excessively overkill for practise.

    Any recommendations on a small practise amp that can totally take the low vibes?
  2. AlexanderB


    Feb 25, 2007
    I would personally recommend something that can double as both practice amp as well as backup/gigging amp. One popular, affordable and compact model is the GK MB200, to which I would recommend a decent 110, 112 or 210 cab. Flexible amp (Aux in / headphones out) and you can run it without cabinet, if you need to bring it with you on the bus, train whatever.
    If money is tight, that amp can be used with an old floor monitor, sturdy home stereo speaker or similar "backyard sale" bargain to give you something far better than the MB15.
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  3. If you like the features and size of this amp, just replace the driver with something more capable. Looks like you have about 0.6 cf internal volume, and the cab is ported (2" dia. ?). The Faital 8fe200, Eminence Beta 8a, and Dayton PA 200-8 come to mind as good options. Otherwise, something like a Fender Rumble 40 V3 would be a major step up in performance at a modest cost.
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  4. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    To get low sounds with any intensity, you need something bigger in a practice amp. I might recommend checking out Ampeg's BA series. I've got a couple and they all have good low end, even the little BA108. But the bigger you go, the louder and more intense about it you can be.
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  5. Linnin


    Jul 19, 2012
    Linningrad, Earth
    +1111 on the Fender Rumble 40 recommendation :thumbsup:
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  6. Scottkarch


    Sep 11, 2012
    I've heard good things about the Carvin MB10. It can handle an external speaker, so could be a 110 for home/practice and use with an external cab as a backup amp. 250 watts into 4 Ohms.
  7. tfer


    Jan 1, 2014
    I've found that with most combos you buy, you need ample headroom. If you need to turn it up over half way, get a bigger amp.
  8. Scottkarch


    Sep 11, 2012
    ... and depending on how full you want the bass, and how loud you plan on going... you may even need a 112 to get there. I'd highly recommend a combo that supports an external cabinet so you can use the amp as a backup for a gig for more volume.
  9. SVTbird


    Dec 17, 2014
    Joliet IL
    I've jammed on these a little and they really aren't bad.
    If you go this direction you should look at the BA-115 or BA-210. Both have the xlr out so you can plug into the house pa or record.
  10. bassrich


    Nov 20, 2011
    Sarasota, FL
    +1 for the BA-108 Plenty for home use but for actual band practice depending on your drummer the BA-110 could be better
  11. 1960jbass


    Mar 28, 2013
    Berwick, PA
    GK MB108. Played an open B through it the day I bought it and it shook the room with no farting. It has a headphone jack and an accessory input. And it's built in the USA!!
  12. Coolhandjjl


    Oct 13, 2010
    Does it have to be a combo amp?
  13. iagtrplyr

    iagtrplyr Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2013
    Clinton, IA
    This was the combo I had on my short list before greed and lack of self-discipline won out and I wasted my $$ on an Ashdown TourBus 15. :spit:
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  14. HereIGoAgain


    Oct 16, 2011
    I've found that the small amps are all about the settings (just like the big amps). When using my little Peavey 15-watt 8-incher, I have to turn my bass on the EQ all the way down and leave the mid and treble pretty much flat.
  15. I'm glad to see a thread like this. Not to hijack it but speaking for myself, I need a an affordable practice amp that actually SOUNDS like a bass amp and not a toy. Don't really need it to do double duty outside the home as the only place I play already has an adequate rig. Keep any suggestions coming!
  16. iagtrplyr

    iagtrplyr Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2013
    Clinton, IA
    Anthony, I'll loan you my pre-Christmas list for amp nominees in the $99-150 range: Fender Rumble 25, Ampeg BA-108 v2, Hartke HD-25, and the GK MB108. There are obviously others available, but I thought these represented a decent value and would do well as a bedroom practice amp. Good hunting!
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  17. Big Hoss

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

    I would consider something like a Fender Rumble 40 a bare minimum for good no fart tone. If you can get the 100... plenty for practice. Light and easy to move...
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  18. Find yourself a good used SWR Workingman's 10. That's my home practice amp and it handles my Musicman SR5 with no trouble, and sounds great with enough volume for me.
  19. Good info thus far......

    I'm no amp expert but a while back I did the tour of my music stores checking out small combo amps.

    There wasn't too much variety in brands......but I checked out some small Ampegs and Fenders.

    Ampeg:- solid tone but a little too punchy overall for my tastes....tried the 8 up to the 10.

    Bronco 40........I could get that to fart quite easily. Onboard amp emulations didn't interest me at all.

    Rumble Series......Every Rumble I tried under 75 watts, I could get it to fart. The Rumble 75 was gas -free at normal volumes.....I was actually impressed. I never had any illusions about gigging a 75 however.

    Have tried a couple of lesser watt Kustoms........but tone was pretty nondescript.

    Have not tried any of the new Fender V3 amps........one I was considering was the Fender 100watt V3........but it being so light I've got the consumer jitters about it.....haven't found one to try yet.

    Perhaps I should clarify....... I'm not really playing anything at really loud volume really......the dial never goes past 6 on the Marshall.....

    I just meant that even at this setting, a lot of times when I hit notes on the low end of the E-string with either pick or fingers, it will fart.

    To get the sound I like, I have basically the treble and mid rolled off to just about zero on the guitar.......the button on the amp is on "Classic"........very little compression( don't like it).....very little Gain....mid and treble knobs on amp rolled off to almost nothing.....

    Don't really want to go above 100 watts for a practise amp.........strictly for practise.
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2015
  20. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    RE: fartout, you can get any amp to fart out if you turn it up enough, even a 1000w amp. The reason is because beyond their RMS wattage, they have more in the tank. Some of the micros on the market don't have much to give you past their RMS rating, but every other type of amp has twice as much wattage as their RMS rating available for peaks. So when you get them to fart out, you're turning them up past the point of their RMS wattage and getting into peak power.

    Unless of course they just plain suck ;)