I need a smaller way to hear my bass.

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Bigfeet, Oct 26, 2001.

  1. I have been using my svp-bsp with a headphone di for private play but that's more costly then you'd think. More wear one the tube in my preamp. I like hear my bass without putting my ear against the body or annoying my neihbors and parents in the wee hours of the morn slapping my bass through a 4x10hlf. I'm Thinking of getting a combo with headphone outputs and an effects loops. I'm looking at either the Vox T-60 or the new Ibanez Bass Amp.

    Any other suggestions?
  2. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    I don't see why this should put more stress on the preamp tube?!? :confused:
  3. I really like to only use my preamps at gigs or in the studio to avoid wear on the tubes, not just playing around.
  4. Bob Gollihur

    Bob Gollihur GollihurMusic.com

    Mar 22, 2000
    New Joisey Shore
    Big Cheese Emeritus: Gollihur Music
    Typical decent preamp tubes only cost around $10@ ($28 for three tubes in my Kern) and aren't going to die that quickly - if you like the sound, don't sweat it.

    Alternatively, some of the cheap multieffects boxes can be fun - I bought a Zoom BFX-708 for personal practice (the e-drums aren't high quality but keep the beat and give you something to play against) and it has a lot of flexibility and tone controls, as well as a stereo output jack - if I recall it also can take a CD player input, but I forget for sure. They are only $129 new and less used on eBay. Get an AC adaptor to avoid the cost of batteries.
  5. actually I don't just want to use the headphones I'd like to hear my bass out loud and my SVT-4x10HLF is just bit loud to be in my room and pactice also gets a little loud. I'd think a box full of 10s behind my back when I'm practicing would be a bit much. I'd like a comb with a horn or tweeter in it so I'd still have my sound pretty accurate.
  6. lo-end


    Jun 15, 2001
    get a peavey microbass practice amp! its perfect!

    20 watts RMS, and THE best tone of any practice amp in its class. check out its review at www.bassplayer.com

    If I recall correctly bassplayer mag said that, "It sounded really good with a pair of cans," or something like that.
  7. EString


    Nov 20, 2000
    Los Altos, CA
    I just got a little Rolls Personal Monitor Mixer.
    The inputs are an XLR mic input, a stereo/mono line input, and an unbalanced instrument input. It also has a headphone jack. It's powered by an AC adaptor.

    It's pretty neat. If I want to play quietly, I just hook an XLR cable from the DI of my amp to the mixer, allowing me to play through headphones, but still giving me the tone of my amp. If I need portability, I can just hook the bass directly to the amp.

    It also has two headphone jacks so if I want to jam with a friend, we can hook up a drum machine or a CD player to the stereo line input, my amp to the XLR mic input, and he can plug his guitar into the 1/4" instrument input. There are volume knobs for each of those inputs.

    There is also an XLR mic thru and an XLR inst. ouput, so if we want to do a little recording whilst we jam, just hook those up to a 4 track.

    All that in a box that is 4.5"x3.25"x1.5".

    It's kind of weird that I was looking into a few other similar products, but then I ended up getting this one, and when I opened the package I surprised to find that the unit uses the same kind of knobs as my GK 1001RB.

    I guess it was fate.
  8. frankencow150

    frankencow150 Guest

    Oct 17, 2001
    what exactly is a preamp?
  9. Oysterman


    Mar 30, 2000
  10. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    fender bassma 25. wonderful practice amp!
    give it a try, you'll be amazed.
  11. In some thread a guy said he got ok sound using powered computer speakers with a sub.

    Beyond that, SWR Workingman's 10.
  12. FalsehoodBass


    Jul 22, 2001
    Denver, CO
    for the price of what everyone is telling you to get.. just buy another 12ax7 and use that.. it'll sound better than any cheapo practice amp...
  13. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    That may have been one of my posts. I have great luck with running my Pandora into a cheap set of PC speakers with a subwoofer. It doesn't rattle the window blinds when I hit an open E!