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good combo amp for practicing/songwriting sessions

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by ajb, Feb 8, 2006.

  1. ajb


    Mar 20, 2005
    I'm looking for a nice combo amp for practicing and for the occasional songwriting session with my band's singer/guitarist and keyboardist (we do not presently have a drummer, so this is what we've been reduced to).

    I'm looking for somewhere in the neighborhood of 50-100 watts and a warm vintage sound. Any ideas? I think the ampeg BA 112 would suit me, but none of the GC's near me have any in stock and it could take a month to deliver on special order (which I still can't really believe; doesn't ampeg have one of these lying around that they can send over in a week's time?). I also thought of the ampeg B-100R, but this might be more than I need and it's size might defeat the portability purpose. It's also expensive (listed at over $500 at GC).

    It can't be this hard to find what I'm looking for. Any brand will do if it's good quality and has the vintage sound I'm after. Thanks for your suggestions.
  2. 62bass


    Apr 3, 2005
    Take a look at the Yorkville Sound XM50C. It's a 50 watt combo that puts out a lot of sound for its small size and light weight (30 lbs) and sounds good too. It also has a cd input, headphone out and direct out.

    2 year warranty "even if you break it" and in the USA under $300.

    I have one and it's a very nice small amp.
  3. Skel


    Jun 19, 2005
    Boulder, Colorado
    Have you tried one of the older 100 watt Ampeg BA115's? These were more popular than the BA112's, so I would think GC would have a used one around. They have the nice vintage tone. There are usually always about 5 on eBay. Expect to pay about $300.00 and it will last you a lifetime.