Looking for a back up amp

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Acoustic356, Jan 2, 2015.

  1. Acoustic356


    Jul 3, 2014
    I currently have a Markbass Little Mark Tube 800 and I'm looking for a back up amp. Instead of getting the same thing, I wanted something different because variety is the spice of life...

    Anyway, it's a toss up between 3:
    • Epifani Piccolo 600 (heard Oteil Burbridge play through this... sounded great live)
    • Aguilar Tone Hammer 500 (heard Anthony Wellington play through this... sounded great live)
    • Warwick LWA 1000 (heard Steve Bailey play through this... sounded great live)
    That's the short list and thoughts, concerns, anything else I should consider?

  2. sloppy_phil


    Aug 21, 2011
    Toronto, ON, Canada
    Not actually named Phil
    Those are all good options. Do you want your back-up to be equal in power/size to your main amp? I guess, based on my travelling restrictions, I opted for a small and quite portable back-up. It's only got half the power of my main amp, but it fits in the front pouch of my gig bag, so it's super easy to bring around. I see it mostly as just a back-up, so the main thing is being able to bring it easily to shows. The fact that I happen to quite enjoy the tone is a nice plus!

    If you want the same size/power as your main head, I think you'd be fine with any of the options you listed. I'd probably go for the TH500 if it were me, but then... that's me.
  3. iriegnome

    iriegnome Bassstar style Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2001
    Kenosha, WI 53140
    Why not just pick up a LM 800 as a back up. I use a SWR Bass 750 and I have a Bass 750 as a backup..
  4. flameworker


    Jun 15, 2014
    Landenberg, Pennsylvania
    one day....
    Hey Acoustic356, is your avatar handle referencing a 360 and a porsche 356? I dig the car and the amp.
  5. flameworker


    Jun 15, 2014
    Landenberg, Pennsylvania
    one day....
    Great choices. I am full on coveting.
  6. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Experimenting with new sounds is very cool, but when it comes to backup amps, I find that it's best not to go too far afield with your choices. You get used to one amp, and if it craps out and you have to use your backup, you may not get that sound you want as easily. Not telling you that you should heed my advice, but if we're talking strictly backup status here, consistency does help you to minimize the changeover.
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  7. Acoustic356


    Jul 3, 2014
    All interesting things to consider... It's more a matter of what's better than 1 amp? 2!!!

    I've added the Phil Jones Bass Buddy to the equation so I can play outside... decisions... decisions...
  8. iualum


    Apr 9, 2004
    The PJ BB is super for what it is, but a full-on amp it isn't.

    My taste happens to run to the Epifani.
  9. AciDBatH666


    Feb 13, 2008
    Lafayette, LA
    For pure backup, I'd consider any of the GK micros. The MB200 is relatively cheap, the MB500 is packed with wattage.
    I have an MBF800 and get most of my tone out of a Darkglass pedal and a couple of other things, so I could go with almost any amp and get a decent tone that I'd like.
  10. dukeorock

    dukeorock Owner BNA Audio Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2011
    Nashville, TN
    Authorized greenboy designs builder/Owner of BNA Audio
    Of the choices listed, I'd go with the Aggie, but it's avery different amp from your main amp
  11. +1 very different to the Mark Bass. But a great choice. Very light and packs a real punch. Doesn't REALLY do that 'glassy' top end that the Mark Bass might do, but what it does do is very cool.
  12. Low Class

    Low Class

    Jul 4, 2005
    I owned the Piccolo and the TH500 and thought the TH500 was much better between those two.

    I talked to a Warwick dealer about the LWA1000 and he said the low end was lacking on that amp.
  13. Acoustic356


    Jul 3, 2014
    I went with the Bass Buddy... I played it through my 410 cabinet... I was surprised at how loud it was!

    It also sounds great!!!
  14. edencab


    Aug 14, 2013
    Toronto, On
    wait , you mean the Phil Jone Bass Buddy?....10 watts?.....I'm confused...how did you go from your 1st 3 choices of 500, 600 or 1000watt amps to this one?..as a back up to your 800 watt amp ..I was just about to suggest the Traynor SBH200 or 500 as a back up.....tons of power there and really portable.....just how loud does 10 watts get ?
  15. jeff7bass

    jeff7bass Inactive

    Apr 9, 2009
  16. Acoustic356


    Jul 3, 2014
    My primary church gig requires a DI. The tone that you get from this is just incredible. Instead of carrying my head, I can carry the bass buddy. The larger venues also have decent PA systems. I can set the Bass Buddy up with the sound engineer, run a line into the line in of the amp, use my wireless headset as my own monitor from the board... it's pretty versatile.

    Now, I only need the "big rig" for practice and some smaller venues.
  17. edencab


    Aug 14, 2013
    Toronto, On
    cool, thanks......but you said it was really loud through a 410, just curious about that
  18. Acoustic356


    Jul 3, 2014
    I don't have an SPL meter, but I may post a video of it later on this afternoon.

    I was expecting it to fill a room at max volume, but when I turn it all the way up, I can hear it clearly throughout the entire house... this includes walking to the furthest point, and closing the doors in between.