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Good combo, 25-60 watts...

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by jenderfazz, Jul 18, 2003.

  1. Looking for something in that range, under 500$ if possible. Something not too big, that can fit in a car trunk along with guitars. The idea is that I can bring it to our drummer's house and play, but can also bring it back home and play with it there. 25 watts is not a problem, volume-wise, so that's the bare minimum. My Squier BP 15 just sounds like crap so I've found a few possibilities:

    Fender Bassman 25. Played it, sounded pretty good, and tiltback makes it sound louder. Worth it? Just a question... wasn't there a 40 watt Bassman? Or am I imagining things? Now it just jumps from 25 to 60...

    Ampeg BA-110, 30 watts. Played, but it didn't sound too great. Maybe it was the environment it was in, I dunno.

    A SWR Workingman 10 would be sweet, being small and powerful, but damn it's expensive.

    Any suggestions and/or comments on these amps is greatly appreciated. Thanks.
  2. Mike Money

    Mike Money In Memoriam

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
    Avatar Speakers Endorsing Hooligan
    Get that carvin 1x10 100w combo, small, light, and apparently quite loud.
  3. Scott D

    Scott D

    Apr 21, 2003
    Minneapolis, MN
    Fender bassman 25 or 60. they are good.

    i don't know about the carvins, my new hobby is going to harmony central, and reading the carvin reviews.... (a bad thing)
  4. Mcrelly


    Jun 16, 2003
    Minnesota, USA
    I had a SWR Wm-10 and liked the tone at the time, and if you are playing with a drummer (rock?) I'd say 80w minimum. I eventually got the extension 110 and that little thing rocked! and it was easy to carry. one tip, DON'T LOSE THE JACK PLUGS that seal the 1/4" jacks on the back. maybe look into the tech21 landmark 10 and you'll get an RBI built right in! $340 - $400 on musiciansfriend $330 for the WM-10.
  5. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Central Texas
    I chose between a Bassman 25 and a Landmark 60 - I went with the LM60. Good little amp.
  6. Richard Lindsey

    Richard Lindsey Supporting Member

    Mar 25, 2000
    SF Bay Area
    I'd recommend the Carvin PB100-15 (rather than the 10), for $315, over any of the amps you mention.

    IMO most Harmony Central reviews aren't worth much, but if you care, this one gets pretty good numbers there.
  7. DB5


    Jul 3, 2001
    Austin Texas
    IMO the Bassman 25 is the best bang for the buck at about $250. I use mine for small jazz gigs and for home practice. Very portable & light weight.

    Hope this helps :confused:
  8. 25 watts isn't much louder than 15
  9. Check out the small amps peavey makes. I use a minx 110 (35w? I think) in a jazz combo and the vocal jazz group at school and it sounds great. I do use an effects box w/ compression and EQing but it sounds fine going straight into the amp.
  10. monkeyfinger

    monkeyfinger Moderator Staff Member

    Ampeg BA-112. An excellent small amp.
  11. inazone


    Apr 20, 2003
    ditto on the ba 112. or hartke kickback 12. for a combo of tone, volume and size. imo
  12. jokerjkny


    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PHL
    GK M150E?
  13. telemike


    Jul 7, 2003
    How about the SWR LA12 or LA15?
  14. bluefishgd


    Oct 26, 2002
    Rhode Island
    Dude, you won't hear his from many people, because i don't know of anyone else that has one, but check out the Ibanez Soundgear combos. I have the 35 watt one and it sounds beautiful. Better than any other combo with a nice low end. You could also go with SW65, which is a 65watt. I am selling my SW35 for 120$ if you want it. I would def. try them b4 you buy something else.
  15. PhilMan99


    Jul 18, 2003
    US, Maryland
    Fender Bassman 60 is $369. I like that series since it gives the deep rock-solid lows I like.

    Whatever you get, I suggest trying it at the volume level you'll be using it at. The amp, bass and strings (!) can all have a big effect on the overall sound, and tone-quality varies greatly with volume. Hopefully you've settled on what strings you like already...

    I've got a Fender FrontMan 15B that sounds great at 1-2 on the volume dial, for example, but anything above that clips miserably.

    I tried the SWR LA series, but it seem to rattle and/or clip pretty bad with the low-EQ turned-up to where I like it.
  16. bentem


    Oct 18, 2002
    Rockville, MD
  17. lo-freq

    lo-freq aka UFO

    Jan 19, 2003
    SW, OK
    Yup! Kicking amp will work for some gigs as is + has unbalanced line out you can run into a PA or DI -> PA.
  18. Mcrelly


    Jun 16, 2003
    Minnesota, USA
    I had a b50R and it was nice sound for a 12" 50watt, but I don't think it had and extension speaker out and was NOT loud enough for a moderate loud drummer by itself. I kept thinking "I should have bought the B100R, I should have bought the B100r!" :)

    now I know better I should have bought a 300w+ head and a couple of 12s.
  19. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    Bassman 60.