Lighter weight amp

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by danthebassmankc, Jul 7, 2013.

  1. danthebassmankc


    Apr 16, 2011
    This may have been covered before, but my seaching skills may not be very good, as I haven't found any discussions on it.

    As I'm getting older, I want a lighter weight amp to haul around. I need a 350w+ to compete with a drummer and two guitarists. I bought a MarkBass about five years ago. I love the weight, but I've never been able to dial in a tone I really like. It always seems too 'clean' for lack of a better term.

    I like the sound of the older Ampegs, but I've heard the reliability of the new light weight combos from Ampeg is not so good.

    I had a Yorkville 2x10 combo before the MarkBass, and loved that tone, but man, that thing is too heavy to lug around.

    Any advice on a lighter weight combo with that Ampeg sound would be appreciated. I guess a head and cabinet would be OK, I'm just thinking a combo would be easier for me.

  2. RattleSnack


    Sep 22, 2011
    You probably have LittleMark? There are other models Markbass makes that have tube in preamp stage, so sound coloration is (arguably) similar to oldschool tube amps.
    Also, you could try something before getting new amp, to "warm-up" sound before it gets to your current amp. Sansamp comes to mind, also, if you dig compression, EBS Multicomp has "tube" setting that adds a touch of that tubey sound.
  3. danthebassmankc


    Apr 16, 2011
    nolezmaj, I have the CMD 102P combo, I don't know if that's what is called a LittleMark. I hadn't thought of a pre-amp, that might be a good thing to try. Thanks!
  4. Tech 21 VT Bass pedal
  5. Good suggestions above. Something else to consider might be the Acme 'Flatwound' 1 x 12 cabinet:
    It's 37 pounds, rated for 350 watts, and is designed to have more of a 'vintage' sound than the Acme 3-way cabs.

    Oh, and there's also the Mesa Walkabout combo. It's a bit heavier, 50 pounds I think, but has a delicious tubey tone.
  6. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    My PF350 has been great for over two years now.
  7. Checkout GKs line of compact lightweight amps, cabs, and combos.

    Oops never mind, yeah if you want the Ampeg sound, you really need to get an Ampeg.
  8. nicopiano

    nicopiano Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2012
    Levis, Quebec, Canada

    My 500$ amp sound like a 1500$ amp with the VT, and it gives a lot of the Ampeg sound. :)
  9. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY
    Aguilar TH500
  10. RC52


    Apr 10, 2010
    Laurens, SC
    VT bass pedal !
  11. seamonkey


    Aug 6, 2004
    As mentioned on other threads, lightweight is a micro head.
    Lightweight cab that can keep up is a Greenboy design

    Don't fall for the shoving many speaker drivers in a small cab is more louder. Greenboy designs get the maximun out of the drivers they use.

    Many micro's have their own pushing-it tone, but there's nothing wrong with getting your tone from a pedal or modeler. Works on stage and in the studio.
  12. Bergantino CN112 cabinet (28 lbs.) and Aguilar TH 500 head (4 lbs.). I don't think you can get any lighter and better sounding than this combination! It won't be cheap, though, but your back will thank u!
  13. Sav'nBass


    Jan 18, 2009
    Virginia Beach
    Genz Benz Sl900 ...
  14. lomo

    lomo passionate hack Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2006
    'nuther +1
  15. Per the above, a VT pedal will take care of your issue. The LMII (which is the model I assume you have) is a fantastic, warm, clean, relatively neutral tone platform. With the VT pedal, which emulates the Ampeg tone, you have everything you need. If you wait another few weeks, the new VT DI will be out, which seems to be an improvement over the original VT model. With any of the VT models, you can bypass the VT pedal for the nice, clean, neutral tone of the LMII, and then kick in some grit and grind when you want it.

    The other option (also mentioned above) is the Aguilar TH500, which has a much 'rougher' voice than the LMII/III, and will grunt and growl a bit more on its own. You will give up that warm, pure extended top end and 'flatter' response of the LMII/III, but will gain a baked in tone that might fit your tone goals better (based on your post). It will also hammer a bit harder than the LMII/III.

    +1 in that I would personally avoid the small Ampeg class D models.
  16. TC.65


    Dec 20, 2008
    Carbondale IL
    +1 for the Genz Benz Streamliner. The Streamliner paired with a GB NeoX 212t is a perfect match and can get the tone you're after. JMO.