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How loud is the AMP BH-250?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by FunkSlap89, Nov 16, 2005.


  1. FunkSlap89

    FunkSlap89

    Apr 26, 2005
    Albany, NY
    I need to upgrade from my SWR LA-15 and I saw a potentially great deal on an AMP BH-250 on ebay. I'm just wondering if it would be THAT much louder than the 100 watt amp i have now. I don't need anything substantially louder, just something with better tone and a bit louder. Thanks.

    Also... How does this amp compare to the Thunderfunk amps tonewise. I've heard great things about those... I know the AMPs were the originals which Dave Funk based his amp off of, but how similar are they?
     
  2. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    toms_river.nj.us
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    I gigged that exact head through the 90s with a pair of BagEnd cubes. I could actually bury a SRV type guitarist and his 50 watt all tube marshall non-master volume into a 4x12 on 11 in my old heavyish blues gig... usually had to turn down on stage at most clubs in NYC through Northern NJ. Mostly classic rock & grunge stuff.

    here are a couple live rehearsal tracks with that rig from an old Female fronted alt rock thing I was trying ot get going in the early 90s
    Pride

    Storm

    Strange Place
     
  3. What bass where you using in those tracks, James? Your tone is really good.

    Edit: I like the last track the best.
     
  4. FunkSlap89

    FunkSlap89

    Apr 26, 2005
    Albany, NY
    wow! that tone was really sweet! I liked the tracks too. What kind of cab were you using? I'm really considering this amp now! :bassist:
     
  5. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    toms_river.nj.us
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    Thanks guys!

    It was a stock 1991 Carvin LB75 *GASP*
    (I never understood how soooooo many people say they sound like crap)

    The cabinets were a Bag End S12 and S15 (same as the non coax ones of today).
     
  6. There really must some magic with those cabs and that amp. :)
     
  7. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    toms_river.nj.us
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    somethin' for sure :smug:

    it was a cool band and a cool time :bassist:
    Here are 2 more tracks
    Progress
    Sanity

    I also have a little heavier band that I recorded the rig mixed with the line out from the AMP... I had always used bridge pickup only on the Carvin (and my Ric before that)... I had switched to mostly using both pickups full for this band.

    I was up against a Peavey Classic 50 4x10 and a 5150 head through a Bag End 2x12 and Peavey 4x12 for live stuff after the recording. A second guitarist was brought in to handle all the overdubs the lead guitarist put on the tracks.

    Better Way
    Shade of the Sun
    Memories
    Feel about You
    Walked Away


    Hope that ain't too much derailment... but it's a killer little head. One of the pieces of gear I wish I still had
     
  8. Crockettnj

    Crockettnj

    Sep 2, 2005
    North NJ
    absolutely no question... i have a problem.
     
  9. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

    I'm sure it's loud enough. My BH-420 blows away a lot of heads that I've owned that claim 1 1/2 or even twice as much wattage as the good old AMP. Go for it!
     
  10. Crockett, I saw that you won the auction for the BH 250, but didn't you just win a BH 420? Why would you get both?
     
  11. Crockettnj

    Crockettnj

    Sep 2, 2005
    North NJ
    couldnt decide which would fit my needs more, and which was in better condition. also, i LOVE the (concept of the )dual channel on the 250, but i hear such good things about the 420. i likely dont need 420 watts at all, as 250 has been doing it for me. does the 250 have the same tone as the 420 despite not having the same para eq?

    ok, so questions questions. plus, i NEVEREVER see either of them around to try out, so if i want to sample the goods i have to buy em.
    So long as theey both function, i am happy with the price, depsite the 420 looking like its a little bit "used".

    PLUS, i jsut sold my only amp, and was ampless until very recently. i would like 1 for home, and one for practice/gigging. so i need 2.

    Is 2 amps too manY?

    Yeah, well, add to that the wt300 i got 3 weeks ago, also for a nice price, and its obvious that i have some severe GAS> its this freaking boards fault. up until this fall, I averaged one amp a decade, and one new bass related item every 3 years. Seriously. I am SOOO NOT a gear head. Well, there goes that average.

    so, basically, I have some A/B/C - ing to do, and see which fits my needs best. I think there is a good chance that, with teh BH sisters and teh WT300, i now have 3 very very nice, small, great sounding, powerfull heads from which i will choose 2 and sell the 3rd. I also think i will enjoyt the decision process.

    now, do you think I need a new cabinet? I was thinking about....


    ;-)
     
  12. FunkSlap89

    FunkSlap89

    Apr 26, 2005
    Albany, NY
    oh.. you're so lucky. I wish i could have scraped together the cash for that one... Enjoy! and if you ever decide to sell either of them, drop me a line! ;)