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Help me find a light and powerful amp

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by unity bass, Sep 13, 2005.


  1. unity bass

    unity bass

    Dec 15, 2003
    Modesto, Ca.
    I play live (and in the garage) in a couple of cover bands (oldies, classic rock, motown, modern rock, etc...everything from The Beatles to RHCP). I'm playing through a 2X10 and a 1X12. I'm not looking for an amp that gets tweaked for every song. I just want a useable tone that I can adjust using my onboard Bart EQ and my Sansamp BDDI. I would really like to get something like the Acoustic Image SA. It's super light (3.5 lbs.), powerful (800 watts for the series III) and is within my price range. Are there other lightweight amps in this catagory? Is this an unrealistic request for a bassist in a rock band?

    If the response I get is "Sorry dude, you need a bigger amp with more EQ", that's fine. Eden wt-800, Thunderfunk TFB550, Aguilar AG 500, EA iamp 800 are all in my price range (fat raise :bassist: ). feel free to offer suggestions. I'm looking for light and loud and I really need to move on from my current rig. (Carvin 600w 2X10 combo + Avatar 1X12) I guess it's loud enough most of the time but farting is not my idea of killer tone. Also, it's a 70 lb. lump of ....cabinet... that barely fits in my back seat.

    So please help me out guys. I want to take some new gear to my next gig and TB is going to have a very large impact on my purchase decision.

    One last thing; I'll soon buy either a pair of Schroeder 1X12's or a 1210 so if that affects your opinion, there you go. Please post your thoughts.

    Chad
     
  2. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    I'll post my thoughts on Thursday.
     
  3. You're post is like you've been reading my mind!
    I want to move from a Carvin 2x10 & 1x15 set up with a
    seperate preamp & power amp, to, get this....
    A Focus SA, preamp pedal (to be determined), my wireless,
    and a pedal tuner. All of this would be placed on top of a...
    Schroeder 1210 in some type of pedalboard configuration.

    I say Go for it! And then let me know how it all works out.
    I just wish I had the money to do it all at once. I haven't yet
    decided on a pedal pre. Would you recommend the SansAmp?
    Did you try others first? How long have you been using it?
    I guess I have a lot of questions. I'm just surprised to see
    that someone else is thinking of doing exactly what I want to.

    Anyway, let us know what you decide. Thanks in advance.
     
  4. unity bass

    unity bass

    Dec 15, 2003
    Modesto, Ca.
    That's too funny (right down to the pedal tuner (Boss TU-2?))and although I can't say I compared it with anything, yes, I really like my sansamp.

    Munji, what happens Thursday? Something good?

    Chad
     
  5. Yes, the TU-2.
     
  6. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    I hope. I've got my fingers crossed.
     
  7. unity bass

    unity bass

    Dec 15, 2003
    Modesto, Ca.
    I'm sure this is a classic case of great minds thinking alike :D
     
  8. unity bass

    unity bass

    Dec 15, 2003
    Modesto, Ca.
    Fine, I like suprises. Consider my fingers crossed as well!

    Chad
     
  9. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Lacey, WA
    You asked....here you go. Check out the Focus or Clarus from Acoustic Image. Have a look at anything from Walter Woods as well. They don't get much lighter than those.

    -Mike
     
  10. I was thinking about just getting a Focus 1, but then I read
    a bunch of posts about it having a certain sound that was
    better suited for say, upright than electric. I only play electric,
    so I guess I figured I could get a good sound from the pedal pre,
    and get the portable power from the focus SA.
    But I do like the Focus.
     
  11. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Lacey, WA
    I saw the same thing after doing some research here at TB. It came down to AI or EA for me. After coming to the same conclusion as you, I chose EA. You just can not go wrong with EA.

    -Mike
     
  12. unity bass

    unity bass

    Dec 15, 2003
    Modesto, Ca.
    Thanks for commenting MJ. That "fat raise" didn't put me in the Walter Woods market but I still wonder if a Focus is suited for what i'm doing? Bob Gollihur does have a good return policy. Maybe I should risk the $40 or $50 on shipping to find out. I'm still open to suggestions.

    Esquillama, I thought I'd mention how much I enjoyed the time I spent in Duluth. I've been to Minnesota several times and always like it there. Man, I'd love a Leinenkugel and some walleye right now! :D

    Chad

    To Clarify; I realize Leinie is from Wisconsin. I hope we can still be friends. ;)
     
  13. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    My rig consists of a sansamp para driver (very similar to the sabddi, but with sweepable mids / no presence knob) into an AI Sa Focus into a schroeder 1210 (or mini 12 for rehearsals).

    With the sansamp as the preamp you get all the "rock" tone you can handle.
    My entire rig weighs 51.5LBS (4.5LBS excluding the cab) and puts out 600w. And dont wonder about the sansamp being able to drive the poweramp. It does it no problem.

    Brian Barrett at the Low End Bass Shop made me a very happy customer when I bought the SA Focus from him. I recommend him 100%.
     
  14. Rumblebee

    Rumblebee Guest

    Mar 16, 2005
    Oi! Minnesotans can have Leinie's... Point, Huber Bock, and Rhinelander are the real Wisconsin beers (too bad Huber is made by Berghoff now :scowl: ). Sorry for the slight detour :p
     
  15. Fo' Shizzle

    Fo' Shizzle

    Aug 28, 2003
    Is it Thursday yet? Do you mean your Thursday or mine?

    I can't stand the suspense!!
     
  16. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    You might try one of these:
     
  17. unity bass

    unity bass

    Dec 15, 2003
    Modesto, Ca.
    Damn.....

    How do I respond to this? I'm at a loss.

    This is the way it felt in the third grade when my friend got an Atari 2600.
    I'm totally jealous.

    What's the power rating? and Congratulations.

    BTW, a WW is out of my league. I think I'm going for a TF-550.
    Enjoy it, you lucky bum.:spit: :D

    Chad
     
  18. VEGANBASS, you are living the dream!
    I remember not too long ago, you were posting about your
    concerns about light weight and portability. It looks like
    you've found what you were looking for.
    You're rig is almost exatly what I want, but I think I'm leaning
    towards the 3 channel programmable version of the SansAmp.
    What type of tuner are you using? And do you use wireless?
     
  19. Have you thought about checking out MarkBass's new line of high powered lightweight digital amps that are affordable?
     
  20. Just to make you feel better, I have a WW Ultra and a TF550.... the Walter is an amazing amp, and the best ever (IMO)if you are a regular doubler... due to the two identical fully functional preamp channels. However.... the Walter has not left the house since the TF-550 arrived.