Lightweight Amp!? Help!

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Snakeman1066, Dec 28, 2013.

  1. Ok guys!!

    getting really tired of humping my 110 pound gig rack back and forth to the practice studio...

    I currently leave two GK 2x10's at the practice studio now...

    I'm asking you guys what is the best lightweight, solid state, class D amp out there for the money?

    need a minimum of 350 watts..and don't want to spend more than $500.00

  2. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I'd save up another hundy or wait for a sale and get a PF800.
  3. tjh

    tjh Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2006
    Mike, I have the MB200 for the micro needs, and a 400RB and 800RB for bigger stuff ... really like the MB200, been using it more and more lately ... if I didn't have the old stuff, the MB500 would be a no brainer for me (or, might even get a 2nd MB200) ...350 watts into 8 ohm/500 into 4 ohms ...never priced new, but well under 5 bones used ...
  4. Just sell me your used (800 watts is more power than i need currently lol)

    Been hearing horror stories about the Ampeg PF series....but i was eyeing the PF350 earlier today....
  5. Tom,

    If I went with an MB it would have to be the Fusion Hybrid maybe i could score one of those used under $500.00
  6. Bama

    Bama Supporting Member

    Feb 6, 2012
    I haven't used either one the heads I'm about to recommend, but all the clips and reviews on them are really good imo. The Aguilar Tone Hammer 350 and 500 would serve you well I think. The 350 can be bought new for $499 and the 500 is a little over $600 I believe. Oh… I have played a Mesa Walkabout bass head before and those sound great as well. Mesa is my preferred equipment as that is what I settled with years ago, however they're a little pricier. The Mark Bass stuff sounds good as well and they have a couple options in that price range.
  7. ronlitz


    Apr 20, 2008
    Northern Virginia
    Aguilar tone hammer 350. I have a 500 and really like it.
  8. lol....any votes for TC Electronics, Markbass, Eden?

    best overall bang for the buck guys! either New or used!!

    Tone really isn't that important as it's going to get hit with a pre-amp and tons of effects anyway

    would i just be better served investing in a power amp?
  9. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    PF350's great. I have one. And if you buy new, the horror stories (which were almost all about the PF500) should be over, as it's been revised a few times and is solid now.
  10. Bama

    Bama Supporting Member

    Feb 6, 2012
    The Mark Bass or the Tone Hammer 350 would probably be the way to go if you just want a good solid tone that you can shape w/ preamp and effects. The 350 for sure… it's kind've been labeled a one-trick-pony, but that one trick is really good.
  11. Rosebud


    Jan 3, 2007
    Aguilar 350 @ $500 sounds like a no brainer, I'll probably get another one myself, sold off mine before.
  12. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Stewartsville, NJ
    Carvin BX500! Especially for Studio work
  13. gui**** in one of my bands uses a Carvin V3 it's a very nice sounding amp..

    I may have to check into that!! Option i had not considered

    500 watts for $350.00 with a 12ax7 in the front end...Headphone out...sweepable mids and a graphic eq.....Hmmm

    and a rack mount KIT!!!!

    and right at 6 pounds!!!

    I think we might have a winner!
  14. dannster


    Aug 20, 2000
    I have a TC H450. I love it. Dead silent running. Takes a couple tweaks to reach its full potential but worth it!
    If I were to switch it up I'd lean toward those GK MB800s.
  15. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Stewartsville, NJ
    They are sweet! Plenty loud enough too. Good down to 2 ohms if necessary. The 12ax7 doesn't seem to do very much but I hear a slight difference when I bypass it.
  16. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Stewartsville, NJ
    If I may ask, What amp are you replacing with the class D?
  17. I'll second that choice of a GK MB200.
    If you need more watts, the GK MB500 would be a great choice.

    I have quite a few amps and the MB200 is starting to become my go to amp. If feels as heavy as my wallet.
  18. not (Been playing Hartke most of my career and don't see that changing anytime soon for live gigs)

    in addition to.....

    just tired of humping i gig rack back and forth to practice studio....was looking for something small and lightweight that i can move back and forth without much fuss
  19. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Larry has threatened once or twice to bring out a Hartke micro, but he really doesn't care for them whatsoever. He may still do it, but he figures why bother when 20 lbs. isn't bad to carry around.
  20. True...

    My LH500 is right around 24 pounds

    My HA3500 comes in at about 38 pounds

    My HA7000 comes in at just over 55 pounds

    My HA2500 comes in a right about 20 pounds

    (Did i mention i play

    However they are all mounted in Various Racks with power conditioners, and rack tuners, and Pre-amps....

    and true i could leave a rack there...but our studio is over 1/2 hour away and i have a hard enough time leaving the cabs there...:(

    yes i could yank something out of a rack but that's a PITA!!! and MY OCD wouldn't let me leave it out of the rack anyway...

    just looking for something portable!!!