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Headphone amp or....

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by embellisher, Jan 12, 2021.


  1. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    So, I don't really know where to put this, but I'm looking for something to play my bass through while traveling.

    I have a Bass Rockman, but it's almost 35 years old and starting to fail.

    A couple of things I saw in the past were the Bass Pod Pro and the Tascam Bass Trainer. These are apparently no longer made, I know they're old tech.

    I would like something small and portable, that has an aux input and a headphone jack.

    Effects are a plus, as well as the ability to be used as a preamp or DI in a pinch.

    Something like Fly Rig or a Geddy/ Dug Fly Rig, but with headphone and aux capabilities as well.

    Does such a thing exist?

    Thanks!
     
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2021
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  3. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

  4. el jeffe bass

    el jeffe bass

    Nov 22, 2013
    New Mexico
    Ampeg SCR-DI but it doesn’t have effects. To solve the effects problem you could also get a Zoom MS60B.
     
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    It's older brother the B3 has DI and sound interface but it doesn't have aux in. It's also way bigger and doesn't run long on batteries.
    Then there's the Palmer Pocket Bass Amp or the EBS but they only have drive and EQ, no effet.
    No free meal.
     
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  6. SgtHulka

    SgtHulka

    Mar 29, 2019
    "Effects are a plus, as well as the ability to be used as a preamp or DI in a pinch."

    GK Plex? Has compressor, and sans amp style drive which you can get a hell of a lot of sounds out of. Only thing it doesn't have is extra effects...though you could aux in something. For practice on the go I use a Korg Pandora. I picked up a used one for $60. Drum machine, lots of effects, aux in, headphones, phase trainer, amp sims, etc...just no DI or useable preamp for performing live.

    I don't have a Plex but I plan on getting one.
     
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    Nothing ever really replaced Korg Pandora series. Nowadays they sound outdated but the concept was great.
     
  8. DaDo625

    DaDo625 Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2017
    Phil Jones Bass Buddy...
    BASS BUDDY – Phil Jones Bass


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    Headphones, EQ, Compressor, DI, supports a 10W speaker, Aux in, 9V option (headphone only)... I picked mine up from a fellow TB member.
    Not a Low-Low-Let-Go solution cost wise - but I have been shocked...shocked I say...at how great this is.
    Everyday practice when volume is an issue (often these days) and when learning songs.

    And good luck with your quest...
     
  9. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    I see several versions of the bass Pandora on Ebay. Which one should I look for?
     
  10. DaDo625

    DaDo625 Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2017
  11. ihixulu

    ihixulu Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2000
    South Shore MA
    Another angle: Do you travel with your computer or iPad? You could get an interface to run your bass into that.
     
  12. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    That's something else I was considering. I have a windows 10 laptop and an Android phone. I also have Android tablet but it is about 5 years old.
     
  13. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Usually my gigs leave me travelling quite a bit on weekeds. I use a Nady amplug, which I learn most of my songs through, and I take it in hotels for learning or practicing. Its rechargable, takes up no space, and has the aux in and I just use my phone.
     
  14. bassface69

    bassface69

    Jan 12, 2020
    Canada
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    Does everything you want ... plus it’s a killer digital audio interface! :)
     
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  15. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Those Boss GT1B effects have a headphone driver too.
     
  16. ihixulu

    ihixulu Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2000
    South Shore MA
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  17. oldskoolskatedad

    oldskoolskatedad

    May 18, 2014
    You may consider any of the Darkglass Ultra pedals though they are a bit pricey and are overkill for a headphone amp with aux in. The recently released ADAM pedal is very intriguing
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    ADAM – Darkglass Electronics
     
  18. fast slapper

    fast slapper

    Dec 11, 2001
    Fresno, CA
    Helix Stomp is probably your best option.
     
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  19. Greg75

    Greg75 Supporting Member

    Nov 20, 2009
    Absolutely +1. Bought a Stomp for the same reason. Now using it for that and just about everything else.
     
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