Here are 3 amps, what would you chooce?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by iSteen, Apr 8, 2012.

  1. iSteen


    Mar 29, 2012
    Looking for a bass amp (and I', not going to play any metal)
    I have a little Vox at home for practice, and a 90 watt combo I use when we play. I'm thinking of going up to 200-400 watt.

    Ashdown T15-250S (250 watt solid state combo)

    Line6 LD400 Pro (400 watt modeling combo)

    Gallien Krueger MB 200 watt head + 115 cab

    Ashdown T15-250S

    Line6 LowDown LD400 Pro

    Gallien Krueger MB-200 Bundle

    I hear good things and bad things about the Line6. Most people praise the Ashdown and GK.

    The price is almost the same for the three options - so what do you think of it?


  2. If those were my three options I would go with the GK. That said the used market is ripe with better options on a budget.
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  3. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    I would go with the GK rig
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  4. jkramer5


    Jul 14, 2008
    Fairfield, CA
    Of those 3 GK. Ashdown I have no experience with and Line 6 Modeling leaves me cold for bass.
  5. This.
  6. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    Westchester, NY
    Of those I'd go with the GK
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  7. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

    Depends on what you are doing with it. If you are gigging or playing loud rehearsals, the GK does not have enough power IME. And it just sounds ok.
  8. skwee


    Apr 2, 2010
    If it were me, I'd grab the GK
  9. 200 watts is enough for small gigs if you have the speakers to back up the volume. 400 watts through a 210 isnt really any louder than 200 watts into a 115.
  10. iSteen


    Mar 29, 2012
    I'm interested in what better options there is in that price range
  11. Where are you located? check for used gear, you can get way more bang for you buck.
  12. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

    Could be, but I found the MB200 was like a toy amp. Boring sound, limited tonal options and not very loud. Didn't give me enough overhead for loud rehearsal with my 8ohm Mesa 115, 410 or TC 112 or 210 cabs.

    Note: we are talking about an amp that is only $200-ish new, so I don't expect it to be able to handle a big bar gig. Good amp for low volume practice and it will fit in just about any gig bag.

    I personally wouldn't look at anything under 350-400w for a gigging/rehearsing amp, but that is just IME/IMO.
  13. iSteen


    Mar 29, 2012
    I'm from Denmark, and I check out used gear all the time.
    Strangely used gear isn't that cheap at the moment at my end of the world, so I also look for something with a warranty
  14. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

    +1 for sure.

    Used GB Shuttle 6.0, Markbass LMII, GK 800RB or 700RB-II, TC RH 450, etc. TONS of used amps available out there under $400.
  15. Look at the TB classifieds, many class D amps have switchable voltage input switch-so you could buy from USA & play it in any country.
    GB Shuttle 6.0, Ampeg PF500, GK, and many more......( & not K-Tel either ;)
    Can even buy new-w/ warranty- tho might not be so cheap to ship a cab. :-/ But small sized amps, as listed, are very cheap postage
  16. Mostly +1

    A Ampeg SVT is only 300 Watts, its all in the voicing of the amp and not so much about wattage.

    I also wouldnt pick any of those amps if it was me. A Peavey Mark VIII XP is my SS head of choice. Going used lets you find a lot more bang for you buck than buying entry level gear new.
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  17. Disagree! The MB200 is plenty loud for small to medium gigs. I used mine for a gig in a large pole barn with about 200 people. It was never turned up past 10 o'clock. Also IMO it sounds very good and has simple, easy to use controls.
    I would go with the GK. I did own a Line 6 LD750 for a while. It was a good amp but heavy and had way too many buttons and knobs for my taste.
    Also check out the Carvin BX500. It is a bit more but will give you more power and more EQ features than the ones you listed.
  18. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

    True, but an all tube 300w SVT will be louder than almost any solid state head under 1000w IME.


    if the MB200 works for you at gigs, excellent! I had one for a while and just found it lacking in tone and headroom. I am not a GK basher either, I have owned at least 8-9 GK amps over the years... 4 or 5 in the last 3 years alone.

    The Fusion 550 IMO is a killer hybrid amp as an example, but is a lot more $$$ than the MB200. I would still save for one of these or something louder than the MB200. The great thing about a MB200 is the size. It is tiny and would make a great practice head paired with a small cab at home.

    All subjective in any case. If we all agreed on what sounds good and what is loud enough, there would likely be a single amp thread.... SVT appreciation or something similar.:p:D
  19. ::::BASSIST::::

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

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    Agreed. TB classifieds for a good 500w unit.

    I also agree that the mb200 isnt enough for rehearsals. Often at the rehearsal studios I go to I get an 8 ohm cab which means I am getting 140w.

    I'm selling my mb200 and using my mb500 for rehearsals... and mb800 for gigs. :cool:
  20. FMBassist


    Nov 27, 2017
    Milford PA
    Wow!!! Why did you not list the Ampeg PF350? Great amp, a lot of power (I call it THUMP), reliable, reasonable price. And it meets your requirements. Interesting!!!
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