Im without amp!!!

Discussion in 'Amps, Mics & Pickups [DB]' started by Dudie, Nov 20, 2005.

  1. Dudie


    Apr 26, 2004
    Help me!!! I had an impulse and sold my carvin-amp today and now im ampless... Please, give some advice to a plug and play-guy like me who like to travel light but want to sound good.
    I use a single K&K bassmax on my rubner carved bass.


    / Ola
  2. Marcus Johnson

    Marcus Johnson

    Nov 28, 2001
    What's your budget?
  3. Dudie


    Apr 26, 2004
    Unlimited :smug:

    Not realy but best sound for the money i guess. And then we have this next problem... Europe! Its hard to find all this GREAT combos and cabs over here. In Sweden i found one dealer with Acoustic image and alot dealers with GK but thats about it. Then, of course, I find the standard amps like Hartke, Trace Elliot Swr, Roland, Fender......

    The new AI contra combo, maybe? hmmm :confused:
  4. Marcus Johnson

    Marcus Johnson

    Nov 28, 2001
    I like my old Contra quite a bit. If I were in Europe, I'd probably check out the Schertler PUB, or something along those lines. I'm really into my EA iAMP 800 Combo at the moment, but it's not as portable as some other stuff out there. Sound Of Doom, though.
  5. Dudie


    Apr 26, 2004
    Maybe stupid question but i have a fishman pro-eq platinum bass preamp. Is it possible to use it with shertlers pub-280 to have a functional unit?

    That, maybe, would be a good solution?
  6. bassist14


    Oct 17, 2005
    Hello dudie,

    i have a pub-280 and a fishman pro-eq platinum, and this combination works very well. i can recommend this.

    hope this helps.
  7. Dudie


    Apr 26, 2004
    If you compare it with your GK mb150. Whitch one would you recommend?
  8. bassist14


    Oct 17, 2005
    the gk ist much lighter and easier to carry, and i dont need a preamp for it. but it has 100 watts without an extra-speaker and the pub has 280 watts - thats a difference.
    but its really heavy, and the handle is not placed very good, so it gets heavier every meter you carry it.
    the pub sounds very clean and has a really good low-end, what might not be expected from a 8´´ speaker. it can be really loud.
    i like both of them, they are different but none of them is better than the other. recommendation depends on the situation you would use it. try to test both.

    at the moment i use the gk only, because of its weight and portability (i have a good bag for it, that helps a lot: (

    please feel free to ask more specific questions, i will try to answer, but please excuse my bad english. i´m just a german bassplayer ;-)

    (There is another thread called :GK 150mbS or150mbE? here:
    that might be helpful to learn about the two different gks.)

    If you are "a plug&play guy who wants to travel light" take the gk: only one item, no preamp, less weight
  9. Tbeers


    Mar 27, 2005
    For plug and play and a light rig, get the GK. I don't know of anything else that compares given those criteria. The AI combo is a little bit heavier and fussier in my experience. I think it is something about the downfiring woofer. That said, when the AI is in the right place and with the right settings, its sound can blow the GK out of the water. But if I wanted to walk into a room with the lightest rig possible and leave as little time as possible for setup, the GK combo would be just fine.
  10. bolo


    May 29, 2005
    Apex, NC
    Would you consider one of the AI heads and a separate cabinet of some kind maybe?

    Also, are you going to try and double w/ slab using this rig?
  11. bassguitar

    bassguitar Guest

    Apr 25, 2005
    T-Dizzle fo shizzle
    Verzeihen Sie mir, aber wo finde ich die schmutzigen poopy Filme einkaufen?


    Sorry about that, but I couldn't resist seeing you're German. It was in Maxim a while ago. My german father in law thinks it's hilarous, but it's probably my terrible accent he's laughing at.

    And yep, that's pretty much all the German I know.
  12. hdiddy

    hdiddy Official Forum Flunkee Supporting Member

    Mar 16, 2004
    Richmond, CA
    I've been pretty happy with my Ai Focus SA + Fishman Bass Preamp setup. Plenty loud and plenty of power to expand. Just add whatever cab to the mix and you can get going pretty quick. Sounds almost as good as my EA head but the portability is just too great to pass up. If I use the backpack straps on my bag, I have the amp in one hand (or around my neck) and the cab in another. Woosh I'm gone!
  13. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Columbia SC
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    AI or Walter Woods head (3.5 or 7.5 lbs) and a GK112MBX(12lbs), makes you light and will give a great sound.
  14. Akami

    Akami Four on the floor

    Mar 6, 2005
    Lots of happy contra users out there, me included. You really need to try it out and see if you like it, but I'd give it a vote of confidence.