In the market for a new amp

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Pete L, Nov 19, 2005.

  1. Pete L

    Pete L Guest

    Nov 19, 2005
    I just registered and this is my first post. Hello to everyone out there! My old Fender Bassman 50 finally laid down on me so I'm in the market for a new bass amp. I'm needing something in the 150-200 watt range. I'm with the Pentecostel Praise Team in a church that seats a congregation of about 250. We mostly do contemporary gospel so I need an amp with a full, rich sound, good bottom, with enough latitude to add some funky sound now & then. I've been looking on-line at the Peavey TNT115 & Ampeg BA-210SP, plus a lot of others that I'm not familiar with. My old Fender lasted so long that now I've found myself left behind the market. Any advice you could offer would ge greatly appreciated.
  2. Lowtonejoe

    Lowtonejoe Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2004
    Richland, WA
    Welcome to TalkBass!

    What's your price range?

    Would you be inclined to try out a 12 or do you really prefer 15's?


  3. Mcrelly


    Jun 16, 2003
    Minnesota, USA
    does it have to be a combo?? try yorkville xm200 $520 musiciansfriend.

    my new favorite "church rig" is a used EDEN WT-300 with my aguilar gs-112. $400 for the eden on ebay, $200-300 for the cab on ebay.

    Eden is cool because its light (13.5 LBS, 300w into 4ohms) and it has a naturally fat sound (tube-pre) and can be thined out, built in compressor and limiter, 3 band semi-parametric eq, VERY FLEXIBLE!!!
  4. Pete L

    Pete L Guest

    Nov 19, 2005
    Thanks for the reply. My price range is in the neighborhood of $700-$1000. I'm open to any suggestions. Thanks, Pete L
  5. Richard Lindsey

    Richard Lindsey

    Mar 25, 2000
    Metro NYC
    For your purposes and price range, I would seriously look at this:

    I don't have this combo, but I have the head-only version, and it's great. This combo looks as if would fit your needs in terms of capability and convenience. It has more power than you asked for, but that's not a bad thing: it's better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.

    One possible downside, which you may already be aware of, is that Carvin only sells direct, not through stores, so unless you're in CA and can get to one of their showrooms, you have to buy it to try it. However, they do have a 10-day money-back trial policy.