Inexpensive amp recommendations

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by LamarKafka, Jul 8, 2019.

  1. LamarKafka


    Oct 25, 2015
    Hopefully I'm not quite recycling the classic "best amp under $xxx" thread here, but I'm currently without a bass amp and am in the market for one. Specifically, I want something that can act as both a home practice amp and an onstage monitor at small singer-songwriter type gigs. I always run my Zoom B3 direct to FOH, so I probably just need something with a solid clean tone and good speakers. Nothing too fancy, probably around the $300-$500 (CAD) mark.

    What have y'all had luck with?
  2. +1 for the Rumble 100.

    Also Peavey Max 115. They don’t get much love here, but they are dependable as hell and affordable.
  3. Paulabass


    Sep 18, 2017
    Traynor makes very good combos with 10, 12, and 15 inch speakers.
    The ten and twelve fit in your budget. They also come up used in Canada all the time. Some good deals to be had from Long and McQuades rental dept., but you have to ask (all rentals are for sale at L&M.)
  4. Jeff Bonny

    Jeff Bonny Supporting Member

    Nov 20, 2000
    Vancouver BC
    Not much interesting on Craig’s List right now. This EBS combo maybe? EBS is very good quality stuff.

    Otherwise a Fender Rumble 100 or Traynor Small Block 120 from L&M would probably serve you well. The 30 day no questions return policy makes either of these a safe bet. Also worth checking what they might have used at the Vancouver store.
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  5. groove pump

    groove pump

    Oct 24, 2006
    I found a fantastic deal on one of Traynor's heads a couple years ago - DynaBass 800H - and I'm actually using it as a practice amp these days (through a 2x10 cab). My little old Genz Benz 1x12 combo was doing the job, but it's been loaned out for a while and I have to play through something.

    I've literally only gigged this Traynor head once or twice, but there's SOOOO much that's right about it that I'm probably going to also pick up some sort of smaller head from them when I decide to get off my duff and track something down. There are other labels including Peavey that make an effort to serve up very good bang for our buck, but my Traynor head has made me a believer. I recommend them for your short list.
  6. Alexander


    Aug 13, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    Another vote for the Rumble. Best low price point amps on the market, IMO
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  7. LamarKafka


    Oct 25, 2015
    Judging from the responses, it seems like the Rumble 100 is the way to go! I'll head down to a store that has one in stock sometime this week to give it a try.
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  8. dBChad


    Aug 17, 2018
    Tavares, FL
    As a fellow Zoom B3 owner, I would recommend a rack mounted PA amp and small separate cabs. I was using an SWR combo for a while and went back to using the Zoom as my main unit. The stereo outs are great for sending one side to my amp/cabs and the other to the board.

    While the amp sounded better than the Zoom, it didn't sound THAT much better (this is coming from an SWR/Trace Elliot fanboy), and it couldn't even dream of the versatility of the B3n. Before a show, I can hook the Zoom up to my laptop with a USB cable and drag and drop all my patches in setlist order. I use a large cab for side fill or small/medium sized venues where I need to carry the room and am about to DIY a small cab with a tilt-back design for stage monitoring or back lining. I currently use a QSC PLX1804 but had a Carvin DCM 2000 before that. Neither are expensive used and both were able to get me as loud or quiet as appropriate without coloring the sounds I dialed in on my presets.
  9. Running a B3 and don't need heaps of volume? Behringer B112D powered cab. The amp models sound great (the SVT is my fave) and you are hearing a relatively FR cab which gives you a very similar result to what is in the FOH. I also run a QSC K12 fairly regularly which is awesome, but the B112D is not to shabby considering the price point. You could even run 2 in stereo....
  10. Jeff Bonny

    Jeff Bonny Supporting Member

    Nov 20, 2000
    Vancouver BC
    Check out the Traynors too. If they were more widely available in the US Traynors would be a LOT more popular with Talkbassers. Even if the Vancouver store on Terminal isn't the closest to you it's worth going there because they'll have the best selection of new and used/rental stuff. Jean the manager and Jahmeel are awesome to deal with and both are really solid pro bass players.
  11. bearhart74


    Feb 26, 2009
    SVT + Fridge.
    Who wants to hear the other guys anyway.
    BASS RULES \^^/
    Seriously tho that ebs session 60 someone posted earlier is pretty sweet and priced right.
  12. I was going to suggest the Max 112 II (12", 200W 40 lb), there are a few NOS still around for cheap, used even cheaper since the new Max 150 came out (12" 150W, 40 lb). Or for more $$, I'd go Hartke KB12 (250W, 12", 30 lb).
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  13. pappabass

    pappabass Inactive

    May 19, 2006
    Alabama !! Roll Tide
    Fender rumble
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  14. Ggaa

    Ggaa Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2018
    Fender rumble 200 with your choice of cabs. I stack 2 15s to get it in my ear.
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  15. Yes the Traynor Small Block series are all truly excellent. I use the SB115 often (bought mine used from GC for $375.US) . The SB112 or SB110 would fit your request very well and you will be very pleased. If you can't get your hands on one of these, go ahead get a Fender Rumble 100, these are everywhere.
  16. I might have something for you. I have an Ashdown Rootmaster RM500 that's sitting in my basement. I'll PM you.

    RM-C112T-500 EVO
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  17. TheDayMan


    Jun 7, 2015
  18. I picked up a used Eden 200 watt kickback with a 15" speaker for cheap. They come up occasionally on kijiji and elsewhere.