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Help me choose

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by fortunefaded, Nov 16, 2005.


  1. fortunefaded

    fortunefaded

    Oct 6, 2005
    Miami FL
    So it's getting close to christmas, and I think its time that I get a new amp. I have a Fender Rumble 100 right now, which isnt loud enough. Here's my situation:

    School Band: 3 Guitarists, usually only 2 at time, except for mass. One loves to solo and has no regard for everyone else, and he just got the Vox AD100. The other is alright, either uses his Flextone II Plus (100watt) or his Crate Palomino 32 tube amp (30w). The third I guess will use the band's new Fender Blues Junior amp. Then there's the drummer, who can be loud. And our teacher on keyboard is louder than God.

    My Band: Guitarist has a Flextone III Plus (150watt) but will get a Marshall half stack sometime in the next year. And the drummer who might play with us is supposedly loud.

    I want to have an amp that would be even with all of them. I'm going for a SVT type tone. Here are the one's I'm thinking about:

    Avatar 410NEO with either

    1. Traynor YBA200 with Sansamp DI
    2. Tech 21 RBI Pre Amp and Crown XLS 402
    3. Behringer BX4500 with Sansamp DI

    What do you guys think? I'm trying to not go over $1000.
     
  2. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    The speaker spunds fine but I don't know if I'd get any of those amps. I don't think you should go with a separate preamp and power amp in the beginning stage. Just look for a good 300-400 watt head made by a reputable company like GK or SWR or Ampeg. It's going to be tough for you to only spend $1000 and get something that sounds like an SVT, but you can get a really nice solid state head with the wattage you need and a built-in DI plus the speaker for $1000 all day long.
     
  3. Plain Old Me

    Plain Old Me

    Dec 14, 2004
    For an SVT type tone, I'd say definately the Traynor. I think most of the lower end gear by the high end companies, save for Eden, sounds terrible and lacks headroom.
     
  4. unity bass

    unity bass

    Dec 15, 2003
    Modesto, Ca.
  5. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Lacey, WA
    The best chance you have of keeping up with that is choice number two, the Crown. Even then, you'll be maxing out that Crown. I'd start looking for 1000 watts or more.

    -Mike
     
  6. Plain Old Me

    Plain Old Me

    Dec 14, 2004
    I think 200 tube bass watts is enough to keep up with 150 ss guitar watts. As for the SVT-3 Pro, its got some seriousl headroom issues.
     
  7. +1 for the SVT3, at lower volume levels it does sounds close to the real SVT's.
    Many people say that they're underpowered, but I never had a prob myself, just make sure you use them in 4 ohms, and KEEP THEM COOL! - they draw air from the sides, and excess heat makes the amp choke.
    You should be able to pick one up for around $500US.