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High-powered Micro Amps - list please!

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by azwipe, May 5, 2015.

  1. azwipe


    Jul 9, 2013
    Washington, DC
    Trying to make a list of HIGH-power (800 watts and above) amp heads that will fit in a gig bag pocket.
    So far what I know of is the GK MB800 (and fusion version) and the Tecamp Puma 900.

    What else? GO!
  2. iualum


    Apr 9, 2004
    GK MB800 Fusion (need a slightly larger gig bag pocket).
    Genz Benz Streamliner 900.
    Genz Benz Shuttle 9.0 & 9.2 (don't think there's a 9.1, is there?)
  3. Noylin

    Noylin Supporting Member

    May 28, 2014
    I did this not too long ago, & that's about all I found, plus the Demeter 800d which is a power amp. Everything else is a bit bigger including the GBs. While it's not perfect for what I want, I went with the GK because of the combination of low cost, high power, and crazy portability.

    Here's the list I assembled including various details:

    GK mb800/mb fusion 800: 800w@4, 500@8; mb: 11x8.5x2 5 lbs; fusion: 12.25x11x2 6 lbs

    Peavey MiniMega: 1000w @ 4, 700@8; 9 lbs [if it ever comes out!]

    Carvin B2000: 700w@8 ohms, 1300@4, 1 preamp tube, 19x10.5x3.5”, 14 lbs; TB: warm, simple (BX1600 more modern)

    Genz Benz Streamliner 900: 900w@4 500w@8; 6.5 lbs 10x12x3.25”

    Genz Benz Shuttle 9.0 and 9.2 900w@4 ohm, 500@8; 10x10.5x2.5, 4 lbs

    Ampeg SVT7Pro: 1000@4/600@8; 15.5lbs 16x11.5x4"

    Ampeg Portaflex 800: 12lbs; 15x11x3; 800@4, 400@8

    Orange Terror Bass 1000: 1000w@4, 900@8; 10x12x6” 11 lbs (TB500 500@4 and 8)

    Markbass SD 1200: 750@8, 1200@4; 15x12x4, 9 lbs

    Markbass Little Mark tube 800: 11x10x3 6 lbs; 500w@8, 800w@4

    Hartke LH1000: 19” 30 something lbs

    Bugera Veyron Tube BV 1001T: “2000w"

    Trickfish Bullhead 1k 1000w@4

    JGR Studio 1200

    Tecamp Puma 900 900w@4, 600w@8, 2.2lbs


    Crest Prolite 2.0 Power Amp: 1160w bridged @ 8 ohms (sensitivity .775 at 4ohms); 290 stereo @8, 600@4; 19x10.5x3.5”, 12 lbs

    Crest Prolite 3.0: 450w per ch @ 8, 870@4, 1770/3150 8/4 bridged; 19x10.5x3.5, 14 lbs; .740v@4

    Crest CA9: 600w@8, 900@4 (1800/2000 bridged); .775v input @8 ohm; 52 lbs

    Carvin DCM2000 Power Amp: 400w@8/1200 bridged @ 8; 700/2000@4; 14 lbs; 2 channel; 1.000v@4

    Carvin HD power amps: sensitivity 1.4 into 8ohm; DC series 1@4

    Demeter Minnie 800d: 800w@4, 4/500@8; 10x6x2, 3.5lbs

    Demeter m700 700w@4; 12x12x5, 7lbs
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  4. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    @Noylin — Obviously those are not all micros.

    N.B., the PF500 and PF800 are not micros, in that they won't fit in ANY gig bag pocket.
    I wish there was a Mesa Boogie M11—a compact 1100 watt @ 4 ohm minimalist micro with M6 style EQ.
  5. I heard there is an upgrade available to the Epifani Piccolo that brings it to 1000 watts (up from the 'stock' 600 watts), so that could be on the list. Even without the upgrade, it's a contender.

    There's also the Warwick LFA 1000, which might be a bit too tall to fit in a gig bag pocket, but it's still pretty small and light.
  6. Noylin

    Noylin Supporting Member

    May 28, 2014
    No, and most don't fit in a gig bag either. Only the first few I mentioned at the top of my post and probably the Markbass (which I never considered) would fit in any gig bag I have owned, the rest of the post shows that a lot of stuff comes close to the high power-gig bag standard but doesn't quite get there.

    Figured I might as well share my research into the question.
  7. seamonkey


    Aug 6, 2004
    Are you going to try them all?
    Where's the magic number of 800w come from?

    I'll stick with my mantra that power amp parts are all sonically the same. Distortion levels, and so on are well below human hearing. There's not much volume difference in 400 versus 800. The sensitivity/efficiency of the speakers will have more impact.

    The pre-amp part is what makes the difference in tone.
  8. azwipe


    Jul 9, 2013
    Washington, DC
    Thanks for the super helpful post. Another contender that's just made it onto my radar is the TC Electronics BH800.

  9. bebass

    bebass Sho Me Music Commercial User

    Sep 3, 2006
    Bolivar, Missouri
    ShoMeMusic.com; Authorized dealer for Bergantino, Dingwall, Darkglass, Genzler, Phil Jones Bass, Quilter, Blackstar, Cort, Traynor, and other
    Just a small change in cab efficiency and a 500W head cab be much louder than an 800 watt head. Also just not that much difference into the same cab. Some 500w heads probably best some 800w heads.
    OP - Suggest to look for build quality and preferred tone in whatever you get.
  10. barrybass33

    barrybass33 Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2008
    westchester new york.
    Markbass Bigbang....
  11. Low Class

    Low Class Supporting Member

    Jul 4, 2005
    Walter Woods Ultra

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