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Good head to go with avatar cabinets?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by apkbass, Jun 27, 2012.

  1. apkbass


    Feb 26, 2012
    I noticed a lot of good reviews and I like the sound of Avatar bass cabinets. What are some good heads (200+ watts) that are around $350? I play rock and pop-punk, if that helps you make a suggestion.
  2. username1


    Dec 28, 2005
    alberta canada
    For that price range i would look for an ampeg pf350 or pf500. They sound great with an avatar 410.
  3. jay loren

    jay loren Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2011
    I use a GK MB500 with my Avatar B210/B410. Sounds great. Got the head used for around $300.
  4. +1 to the head recommendations above. Either a PF or a MB would be killer with the TB153 which is the shinning star of the Avatar line. Get one with a 3015LF, an MB 800, and prepare to shake your neighbors house.
  5. jeff7bass


    Apr 9, 2009
    Spend the extra 50 bucks and get either a Carvin BX500 or an Ampeg PF-500. 400 bucks brand new. The Carvin is very versatile and loud. The Ampeg sounds like an Ampeg and also has plenty of power.

    Don't buy used.

  6. dbd1963


    May 18, 2010
    Northern Virginia
    I have a pair of old Avatars that I just put a PF-500 on. It sounds pretty damn good. I got mine via eBay for $356 and free shipping so it's in your price range if you can find that deal -- I know he had several when I bought mine.
  7. I got mine for less than that brand new from GC... just sayin.
  8. dbd1963


    May 18, 2010
    Northern Virginia
    Mine was brand new. There wasn't any GC sale for me.
  9. 4Mal

    4Mal Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2002
    Columbia River Gorge
    i've always liked GK's voicing wtith Avatar. I 've used a GK with the B210, SB112 and all three generations of the B212. My fave was a B210 on top of an SB112, but I think a pair of SB112's would be sweet!

    to my ear the clean, punchy GK low end plays well with the slightly loose Avatar low end. they compliment each other . heads with looser low end, Ampeg for instance work better with cabs that are less warm than Avatar. IMO, YMMV...
  10. waveman


    Sep 25, 2008
    If you can find a Markbass LMIII used for that price, then that is my recommendation. GK MB 500 is great too, but I prefer the Little Mark
  11. f.vega


    Sep 3, 2009
    I'm running a MB500 into two older Kappa-pro filled Avatar 410 cabs,and it is brutal in a good way;):bassist:
  12. FronTowardEnemy

    FronTowardEnemy It is better to go unnoticed, than to suck

    Sep 19, 2006
    Plainfield Illinois
    I gig a GB Shuttle 6.0 with an Avatar Neo B212 at 4ohms. Love it.
  13. bobbybass85


    Dec 19, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    Ashdown Mag 300. Loud, versatile eq, good features. $399 new, but used ones are very affordable. I love mine.
  14. apkbass


    Feb 26, 2012
    I'm all for the Ampeg Portaflex, but how about the GK Backline 600? It seems almost too cheap to be good though...
  15. apkbass


    Feb 26, 2012
    Well, never mind that, the pf350 seems like the obvious choice. But is it loud enough?
  16. I run an old Markbass Club Series Slim Head through my 8 ohm Avatar 4x10 Neo Cab. Love it!

    Find a used Markbass head and it will sound great.
  17. JMimbs


    Jan 5, 2012
    Central Florida
    I have an Avatar compact 1x15, and run a GK 400RB through it. It sounds pretty nice to me.
  18. brotherbassj


    Sep 20, 2008
    Jim Dunlop USA, King Kong Cases, Golden Eagle Energy Drink
    My vote is for a used Markbass Little Mark head......
  19. dbd1963


    May 18, 2010
    Northern Virginia
    I used to use a GK400RB with my Avatar 115 210 rig, and it was loud, but it wasn't exactly what I wanted tone wise. The Portaflex PF-500 has been everything I could have wished.

    I have used the head with each speaker and I can say that I really like it with the 115 by itself, but not so much with the 210. Together, though, they RAWK with the PF-500.

    I never tried the 350 so I can't say whether it'd be loud enough. My band practices pretty loud and the PF-500 was awesome in the mix without breaking a sweat.
  20. basslinejam


    Mar 21, 2005
    New York City
    Used 800RB.

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