I have some questions about my first bass stack?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by David41hz, Dec 17, 2014.

  1. David41hz


    Sep 7, 2013
    So my band has recently started playing small gigs and is slowly growing. But my current bass amp sucks, alot. And I'm looking into my first purchase of a stack. I was wondering opinions on which stacks you guys use and what you would recommend. The band is an alternative/Indie rock band. I'm also not looking for a traditional sound like the svt (although it's amazing, it's not right for the band). I plan to play a 1980 t40 through it and I would like to keep it under a grand. Please help me out here?

  2. Starting from scratch, the world is your oyster...well, your $1,000 oyster. There are myriad options available to you. Do you have any leanings? Size concerns? Weight concerns? Looking to buy new or is used okay? Do you live in a major metro area?
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  3. Lots of choices and too many unanswered questions. How loud is the band (as in do they know how to control the volume)? What kind of "voice" are you looking for? You want just new or is used an option? Are you locked into an equipment 'look" for the stage?
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  4. David41hz


    Sep 7, 2013
    Okay I'm looking for new, band is relatively loud. And yes I'd like to keep the whole rig under 60 pounds if possible... And small enough to fit in a 4 door sedan. Also I'm looking for kind of an organic earthy tone, if that makes sense
  5. Does your bass have flat wound, round wound or half rounds? Do you like the sound from new strings or like the sound from "dead" strings more, this could be a big clue.
  6. David41hz


    Sep 7, 2013
    And I don't care how the equipment looks on stage, as long as it sounds good
  7. David41hz


    Sep 7, 2013
    I have half wounds, and I like the darker sounds of dead strings
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  8. THAT helps!
  9. So, new, you want loud, light, affordable, and earthy...

    I think that 60 lbs is going to be hard to do, depending on what relatively loud is.

    You might check the Carvin website. A BX500 and two BRX 210s would be ~$1,000 two BR 210s would save you a bit (each piece under 60lbs).

    I don't know what earthy is, but I'd think you can do what you want with EQ from a fairly neutral starting point.
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  10. David41hz


    Sep 7, 2013
    Ya sorry about that first post on here and all.
  11. David41hz


    Sep 7, 2013
    The weight limit can be pushed a little but I really don't want to be hauling 100 pounds around or anything at this point
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  13. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    SVT not right for an indie/alternative band? Since when?

    There goes my recommendation.

  14. He did say under a grand and between 60 and 100 lbs so far Jimmy ;)
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  16. David41hz


    Sep 7, 2013
    I've always kind of pushed away the svt due to cost and weight , maybe it deserves a serious look.
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  17. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    I would strongly consider putting the bulk of your $$ into a really really nice cabinet. Fearful maybe?? Then I would strongly consider a Hartke LH1000 head.
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  18. David41hz


    Sep 7, 2013
    Any suggestions on a nice cab NYCbassist?
  19. A saying you might run into is "Light, loud, cheap...pick two, because you can't have all three" (or something along those lines)

    Inexpensive is obviously a relative term, but light and loud cabinets are generally going to be more than your budget allows.

    Loud and relatively inexpensive is probably going to be best accomplished with more speakers. More speakers is going to tend to push the weight up. 410s get a lot of work out there. Some are light and not too expensive...GK has one (or two?) just under 60 lbs. I had no problem moving a 410 in the backseat of a 4 door sedan (wouldn't fit through the trunk opening), but that's going to depend on the car.

    Ampeg PF heads get you a nice bread and butter rock tone.
  20. David41hz


    Sep 7, 2013
    Okay say we push the budget to 1500, does that solve that issue at all