is there a better combo than swr red head?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by bassplayingluke, Aug 7, 2001.

  1. Buy the SWR Red Head

    9 vote(s)
  2. Buy the SWR Red Head and an extension cabinet.

    22 vote(s)
  3. Buy another Combo

    34 vote(s)
  4. Buy a stack system

    53 vote(s)
  1. bassplayingluke

    bassplayingluke Guest

    Aug 7, 2001
    hi guys

    I m about to buy a bass combo amp. After checking out the products of most major companies such as gallien-krueger, marshall, swr, ampeg etc i found the 'SWR Red Head' combo to be the best one on the market.

    now my question is: is there another combo amp you think i really need to try? i m looking for something really nice. i want professional quality and i m ready to pay, lets say 2000$.

    so what would you buy? or do you think i should go for a stack system for that price?

    oh, btw: i play a 5-string yamaha BB-N5A bass and play mainly jazz, rock and maybe some funk.
  2. hyperlitem

    hyperlitem Guest

    Jul 25, 2001
    Indianapolis, IN
    well when i was in the market to get a new amp i looked at quite a few amps. I would have to say IMO the redhead is by far the best combo i have ever played. If you play a 5 string you might think about pickin up a 15 or 18 to go under it. I decided on a stack, it is more versatile. But, if you want a combo the redhead is an amazing choice.
  3. Matthew West

    Matthew West Guest

    Sep 7, 2000
    Richmond, VA
    I have a Mesa Buster 1x15 combo which I love. 200 watts all tube. To me, it sounds one hundred times better than the Redhead.
  4. ColonelZulu

    ColonelZulu Not Impressed By Those Who Flaunt “Authority” Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2001
    The David Eden Metro sounds sweet. I'm not sure about the price though. If I HAD TO get a combo, that would probably be it. Anything you get, make sure you can run an extension cab out of it too.

    I prefer to stack simply because you can make a couple of trips to set up your gear instead of carrying a big combo up a narrow flight of stairs. Plus, I'd prefer to bring a 210 to practice and keep the 15" or 18" for gigs only to save space and wear-n-tear.
  5. RAM

    RAM Guest

    May 10, 2000
    Chicago, IL
    For $2,000, I'd consider looking at a lot of "stacks" as well...some names to consider that might get you pretty close are: EA, EBS, Aguilar.

    I mention these names because if you've been looking at combos, these companies make some products that will fit your budget if you're a little creative.
  6. bassplayingluke

    bassplayingluke Guest

    Aug 7, 2001
    thanx a lot for all your quick and helpfull advices.
    see ya @

  7. lo-end

    lo-end Guest

    Jun 15, 2001
    Im gonna buy a SWR redhead and Im gonna get a Big Ben 1x18 as an extension. Should sound nice with the Stingray5... :D
  8. bassplayingluke

    bassplayingluke Guest

    Aug 7, 2001
    hi lo-end

    i just surfed the web and had a look at the stuff suggested in this thread.

    probabely i ll go for the red head. i also think it needs a extension and also prefer the big ben. but at the moment i cant afford another 7 o 8 hundred dollars, so i ll have to wait a couple of months.

    when you've had got your stuff for a few weeks: please tell me how you like it.

  9. lo-end

    lo-end Guest

    Jun 15, 2001
    Im actually planning on buying the Redhead used and getting the Big ben sometime in the next few years. Right now I only have about $600 and I can get a Redhead for $900 on ebay. I might even skip the redhead and get an ampeg stack instead.
  10. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    I own the Eden Metro, and IME it's louder than the Super Redhead.

    But I do like the Redhead's tone a little more.
  11. Norre


    Jan 5, 2001
    Antwerp, Belgium
    I just bought a Super Redhead last monday.
    I got a chance to test it at rehearsal last night.
    I like it very much, but if you play in a loud band I would strongly suggest to add an extra cabinet ... or use the DI to go to the PA system.
    IMO it sounds better than any combo I've ever heard. It has a lot of nice features and the EQ is really simple to use.

  12. I love my redhead! I added a SWR Triad cab about a year after I purchased the redhead and it was definitely worth the investment. It gives me a little more headroom and a fuller tone with the addition of the 15" woofer.

    I originally planned on using the extra cab. for larger gigs but now I use it almost all the time except at rehearsal.
  13. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I really like the Super RedHead!!! It soungs great . I don't remember if I played a 5 through it so I don't know if it'll handle the low B, but I almost bought it on a few different ocassions. I just love my Ampeg rig. :) If you're playing smaller to medium sized clubs, you might not need an extention because I found it to be VERY loud, but if you're playing larger venues, I'd go w/sone kind of extention cab.

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  14. Davidoc

    Davidoc Guest

    Sep 2, 2000
    Northern VA and JMU
    With 2000 to burn, a combo seems like a waste (does swr charge THAT much for the 2x10 combo?) Seriously consider something like 1000 watt head, 4x10, and a 15. That (assuming youdon't go swr or eden) shouldn't cost more than 1500.
  15. While I play a 4 string, SWR provides a pull function on the bass control that "widens the bandwidth of the bass control to include frequencies down to 30 cycles (low B on a five string bass)"

    I think the redhead lists for around $2000 but I've seen them new for around $1500 which should leave some room for an extension cab. While not cheap the versatility of my rig was worth it.
  16. Davidoc

    Davidoc Guest

    Sep 2, 2000
    Northern VA and JMU
    So it is 1500 for it. I'm scared :)? It must sound GREAT.

    If price is not an issue, but for considerably less you could get a full stack.
  17. SLiGhTLy_STooPiD

    SLiGhTLy_STooPiD Guest

    May 27, 2000
    Des Moines, IA
    If i had 2 g's to spend on an amp system, the redhead would not be my first choice! you can get a nice SWR head and a couple nice cabinets to go with the head. That would result in more versatility and volume.

    But if you really want a 2x10 combo, I think the Eden metro is 100x better tone, if that's what you're lookin for. I can't think of any other reason for buying an (average?) size combo for $1,500.
  18. For $2K I would consider other options than the Redhead and an extension cab. It's a good combo amp if what you MUST have is a combo. I had one for a while - and a Metro - and thought they were a pain to move around. Much easier when you have seperates, IMO.

    For 2 grand, I bought 2 Acme Low B-2 cabs, a Kern Preamp and a QSC PLX 2402 power amp which, again IMO, has a much better sound than either the Eden or SWR combo, is more versatile and much easier to transport. YMMV... :cool:

  19. JWBass

    JWBass Guest

    Jul 20, 2001
    Levittown, PA
  20. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Inactive

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    Unless you like something else more