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How to choose the right Micro Amp

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Ronronsola, Nov 8, 2012.

  1. Ronronsola


    Jul 18, 2011
    Hey guys, I want to buy a micro amp, but don't know which one.
    Could you help me out?

    I am looking for a balanced combination for power and fidelity. I tend to like more a gritty sound than a fat bass sound. With 400w is more than enough for my rig.

    Here are my options so far:

    Taurus Qube 450
    Aguilar Tone Hammer 500
    Gallien-Krueger MB800
    Genz-Benz Shuttle 9.2 / 6.2
  2. Ben Clarke

    Ben Clarke Liquidating to fund a new business. Buy My Gear!

    Jan 6, 2005
    Western NY
    The GK MB-Fusion would probably be better than the MB800 if you want gritty over fat.
  3. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    The MB800 is twice the maximum wattage you specified as well...not that there's anything wrong with having more headroom. Unless you meant 400 watts @ 8 ohms, rather than @ 4 ohms (you didn't specify... :meh:)

    FWIW, at least by reputation the Tone Hammer is the grittiest amp I know on that list.

  4. I'd consider the Streamliner 600 rather than the shuttle 6.2. A much nicer sounding overdrive and loads of low end grunt.

    I was gonna buy the Shuttle, but was blow away by the streamliner
  5. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    Genz Benz. Fantastic amps.
  6. Ronronsola


    Jul 18, 2011
    thanks for the replies. I tested today a little mark III. Nice gritty and punchy sound. Have any of you tested it?
  7. jlepre

    jlepre Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2007
    Parsippany, NJ
    What cab(s) are you pairing this with?
  8. CL400Peavey

    CL400Peavey Supporting Member

    Nov 7, 2011
    Grand Rapids Michigan

    This is more important than the amp IMHO.

    I find littlemark amps too clean for my tastes.
  9. lomo

    lomo passionate hack Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2006
    I would not describe the LMark as "gritty" at all. If you dig it, buy it :)
  10. I've always associated Markbass amps with a very clean focussed tone?