i dunno i dont wanna give up my fender

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by punkbassist, Dec 8, 2001.

  1. punkbassist

    punkbassist Guest

    Dec 3, 2001
    New Jersey
    lately it has been a pain in the ass to carry my fender dual showman for my gigs it wieghs like 50 pounds. my hartke kickback just isn't big enough for these gigs either. i have been looking ror lighter amps but all the ones that are light as a feather are solid state amps. I love the tube amp sound, knowing this from owning a hartke kickback which is solid state. anyone know of anylighter tube amps.
  2. Ty McNeely

    Ty McNeely

    Mar 27, 2000
    haha! He said "light" and "tube" in the same sentence!!:D

    From my experiences, you'd be hard pressed to find a tube amp that WASN'T heavy. That's just one of the prices you have to pay for getting that heavenly sound. My Sunn 300T weighs like 74 pounds.
  3. jasonbraatz

    jasonbraatz Supporting Member

    Oct 18, 2000
    Milwaukee, WI
    there is a world of difference between something like a hartke, and an ampeg SVT4 or something....

    hartke's are entirely solidstate, and with the aluminum driver, would definitely be a much different sound than your fender.

    i would recommend checking out ashdown and ampeg stuff if it's the tube sound you're looking for without the weight.

    or...if you've got plenty of bread, get a stewart world 1.2 poweramp with an SWR interstellar overdrive in a 2 space rack, then get an Acme Low B-2 and you'd be plenty loud, light, and you'd have more phat tone than you'd know what to do with.

  4. Bwhahahahahahaha... oh.. excuse me.. Bwhahahahahahaha

    Hmmmm 50lb bass amp.. Mines 200lbs including cab :( And its on the 2nd floor.. and so the the club it usually gets played at :( Acursed thing.

    Yeah.. didn't really have anything to do with the post, except that too my knowlege, Tube amps are always pretty heavy.
  5. Steve


    Aug 10, 2001
    When I was your age, we had to walk to the gig. In the rain, and it was uphill in both directions!!!
    50 lbs. ain't nuthin! Now get out there and start paying your dues and quit yer bellyachin'!!!!!

    Just kidding.
    In all seriousness if you have an amp that's working for you and you dig it, 50 lbs. ain't bad.

    You start looking for an amp just to get lighter and you're heading for heartache.

    Bass players need big strong girlfriends...not new amps
  6. I.'.I.'.Nakoa

    I.'.I.'.Nakoa Guest

    Aug 10, 2000
    Fort Worth.
    My hartke ha3500 weighs almost 50 pounds.. ha, and its just the head...
  7. leper


    Jun 21, 2001
    my rack weighs a good 35 lbs, and my cab weights 110 approximately...screw you and your 50 lbs :)
  8. hyperlitem

    hyperlitem Guest

    Jul 25, 2001
    Indianapolis, IN
    GET CASTERS!!! I'm serious this is sooo cool. I got a set for my 4x10 and it makes all the difference, then after the gig i can race my guitarist on top of our amps. I have a hartke 7000 head and its a tube preamp so you might try that, But if youi have the money theres all kinds of cool options.
  9. punkbassist

    punkbassist Guest

    Dec 3, 2001
    New Jersey
    having to carry 2 allaire cabs, plus my bass on my back plus i buckle my amp head on one of my cabs so that adds alotta wieght to my stuff. pluss i sqeeze my pedal board somewhere along the way. I dont like taking more than one trip to get my gear. there has been times when the amp falls out of the buckles and the tubes have shattered. I am looking for a lighter head. plus i know fenders are heavy duty amps.
  10. Captain Awesome

    Captain Awesome

    Apr 2, 2001
    Ouch. :eek:
    I suggest multiple trips :p.
  11. Funny, just put mine on the scales (along w/ the 2 space rack case I made) and it weighed 39lbs. Prolly 8 pounds of MDF and screws ;)

    I make 6 trips. Drummer makes 7. Guitarists only make one trip. Hell, singers only really need to make one trip also.

    Kidding :p
  12. I have two 84 pound combo amps. To get them in the practice room, they go up a very steep double flight of stairs. I also have 2 basses and a pedal board. I make about 3 or 4 trips. It's so much easier than bringing up about...200 pounds total at once.
  13. lo-end


    Jun 15, 2001
    Oh hahahahaha! He said 50lbs was heavy! I bet you have nightmares about having to deal with my Mesa/Boogie cab! That thing weighs more than I do! :D
  14. The Mesa Boogie Bass 400+ weighs like 30lbs. Though if you ask me, 50lbs isn't really that much.
  15. lo-end


    Jun 15, 2001
    30 pounds? I dont think so. My Ampeg SVT-4 weighs in at 40lbs and it has a solid state poweramp. My guess would be that the 400+ would weigh a lot more.
  16. well don't i feel stupid. I don't know where i came up with 30. But i just found the price guide now. It's 51. But i still don't think that it's that much.
  17. Steven Green

    Steven Green

    Jul 25, 2001
    Pacific NW
    I was gonna say, "there is no way that thing is 30 lbs!". Yeah, I'd believe 50+ though...seeing as I had one at one time...

    Oh yeah, my setup weighs 225 lbs...

    ...50 isn't bad!