Help me choose an amp!

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Vinz Clortho, Apr 11, 2012.

  1. Vinz Clortho

    Vinz Clortho

    Feb 15, 2009

    I'm a gui**** who has dabbled in bass when necessary over the past three years. I picked up a cheap Rondo Music 6-banger in some naive hope that I could swiftly learn how to do fusion-y solos, and although this obviously didn't happen I've been playing it for the past few years and achieving minimal competency.

    After playing another show with my cover band and not having a proper rig I've decided to buy my drummer's Mexican P-bass and a real rig. I'm looking to be able to keep pace in any realistic practice or gigging situation with this rig... eg if I'm playing to 50+ people I'll have a sub-equipped PA, etc. Thus far I've secured a SansAmp VT bass pedal and a 4x10 500W 4 ohm GenzBenz cab.

    My question to you, TBers, is this... what sort of amp should I get? Since I already have what is essentially a preamp I was thinking of just buying a power amp (eg the ART SLA-2) and running it bridged into the cab, but I've seen a bunch of ~300 watt Class D amps popping up used for around $250 as well, and the convenience of 5 lbs and the flexibility of having an *actual* bass amp with compression is intriguing to me. Will a 300-ish watt amp like an Eden WTX260 be sufficient for keeping pace with a drummer and band, or should I go the power amp route? Or will this only lead to imminent disaster and should I prowl for a used 500 W Class AB amp on Craigslist for a bit?

    Thanks for your insight.
  2. I would avoid bridging a power amp if you can help it. Much larger voltage swings make it easier to toast a voice coil.
  3. waleross

    waleross Guest

    Nov 27, 2009
    South Florida
    Genz Benz or Ampeg....................
  4. Idiot Savon

    Idiot Savon Tall, Dark, Handsome, etc., etc. Supporting Member

    Jun 22, 2009
    Essex, CT
    I'm in a somewhat similar boat. I have an older SVT-3 Pro (blue and red script) and a '94 Eden David 4x10, and, frankly, I want to trade them in for a newer, hopefully lighter, setup. Are the Portaflex heads decent? Are the Genz Benz and GK micro-heads as good as their big brothers?
  5. krstko


    Aug 29, 2011
    Cerknica, Slovenia
    one word: Hartke ...not to expensive and one of best amps you can get :D
  6. oldcatfish


    Jan 8, 2011
    Quote" one word: Hartke ...not to expensive and one of best amps you can get"

    ---I will agree with this. Nice power and great tone, and apparently great customer service. They aren't micro amps though. Mine weighs at least 20#...which isn't really that much.