Looking for Bass Tube Amp Recommendations

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Cnivek61, Oct 28, 2019.


  1. Cnivek61

    Cnivek61

    Jul 17, 2017
    I am a relatively new bass player and enjoy playing and working with (restoring) older (typically '80s) basses and amps. My primary amp at home is a SWR Workingman 300 driving a Peavey 115BX BW cab.

    I'd like to to find an all tube bass amp and have the following on my radar:
    • Peavey AlphaBass
    • Peavey VB-2
    • Traynor YBA-200
    What else should I be looking for in this zone?
     
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  2. BassJuju

    BassJuju

    Jul 9, 2016
    Texas
    Orange AD200 and Ampeg of you favorite wattage.
     
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  3. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    What's your budget and (roughly) where are you?

    Tubes are fun!!!
     
  4. coreyfyfe

    coreyfyfe Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2007
    boston, ma
    What are your selection criteria? Budget?

    Looking at the three you mentioned an FMV tone stack, a mix of 2, 4, 8 ohm options, 250 watts or less, and fairly budget friendly. From that maybe also a Mesa buster or D180, Fender bassman 100/135 either vintage or newer, one of the various univox models (1501?), or maybe one of the fender/sunn 300T amps if you can find one. I was recently poking around in an ampeg SVT-100 (aka Ampeg V5) for a friend. They're from the 80s and are generally described as an ampeg take on a marshall, usually come up for not too much money.
     
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  5. Cnivek61

    Cnivek61

    Jul 17, 2017
    Reverb has examples of the aforementioned amps for $500-600, though I'd rather spend a bit less and leave room in the budget for new tubes. I live in Michigan. What do you have in mind?
     
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  6. I have been using the Traynor YBA200-2 for about 2 years now and love it. I run it through a single 410 traynor cab and it sounds great and plenty loud. Used it at big shows and little ones and have always had enough power. Great DI out and the build quality is awesome. I've even dropped it a couple times and it just keeps ticking. Cant beat the price either.
     
  7. Cnivek61

    Cnivek61

    Jul 17, 2017
    You are very close on selection criteria, including budget friendly. I'm not a collector and don't want museum pieces - I will play whatever I buy. A vintage Fender would be nice but they tend to command premium prices. My other criteria are reputation for good tone and "work-on-ability" i.e. wiring and components that are reasonably accessible and replaceable if needed. I neglected to mention the Sunn 200T / 300T - those hit my radar also but seem to be quite rare.
     
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  8. coreyfyfe

    coreyfyfe Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2007
    boston, ma
    Yeah you probably see more of the 300T with the fender badge (actually looks like most on reverb are sunn labeled), same amp, though probably not the most serviceable. Or cheap.
     
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  9. Mr. Foxen

    Mr. Foxen Commercial User

    Jul 24, 2009
    Bristol, UK
    Amp tinkerer at Ampstack
    The two peaveys are hybrids, solid state in the preamp.

    If you are into restoring stuff, a vintage tube PA is where the max value for money is.
     
  10. neddyrow

    neddyrow @TeddyPlaysBass - Instagram Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2011
    Cortland, NY
    I’ve been very happy with my Genz Benz shuttle 9.0. It is similar to what you are looking at with a tube preamp and solid state amplifier. GB are always out there used.
     
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  11. dcbassist5

    dcbassist5 Supporting Member

    May 11, 2011
    Baltimore, MD
    Endorsing Artist: Ashdown, Lakland
    Ampeg V4-B. Done.

    more than enough power, killer tone, lighter than most tube amps.
     
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  12. vvvmmm

    vvvmmm

    Dec 6, 2016
    Chi
    Musicman HD130; S/S pre, tubes power, some have tube recto's.
     
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  13. I have a 50 watt vintage PA that had 4 inputs, I've modded a few tube stages into a high gain guitar stage and left an input thats great for bass.
    You could also check out the eden300t/fame-smarvo-bvh300/ashton bv300 as a cheap and easy to work on option.
     
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  14. Tim Skaggs

    Tim Skaggs

    Sep 28, 2002
    Fender Studio Bass
     
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  15. Bruiser Stone

    Bruiser Stone Supporting Member

    Dec 7, 2017
    Tennessee
    I own an Alpha Bass. It’s all tubes. Another TB’er has a fine example of one for sale right now.

    I also used to own a Sunn 300T. It’s a monster.
     
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  16. capnjim

    capnjim

    Mar 13, 2008
    If you can find one...Traynor YBA-3 custom special. Best sounding bass amp ever made.
    Plus..when it goes from standby to on there are two jewel lights and it goes from red to green.
    Heavy suckers....but you won't find a better tone from any other amp ever made.
     
  17. Mr. Foxen

    Mr. Foxen Commercial User

    Jul 24, 2009
    Bristol, UK
    Amp tinkerer at Ampstack
    Graphic EQ on the front gives away the solid state. Need another preamp valve for every two bands if it ran off valves.
     
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  18. Bruiser Stone

    Bruiser Stone Supporting Member

    Dec 7, 2017
    Tennessee
    It can run with/without the EQ activated. Same with the 300T. I’m not sure if that qualifies as all-tube when disengaged, but I like both of them.
     
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  19. Mr. Foxen

    Mr. Foxen Commercial User

    Jul 24, 2009
    Bristol, UK
    Amp tinkerer at Ampstack
    300T is def a hybrid, laods of SS in the pre, token preamp valves.
     
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  20. Cnivek61

    Cnivek61

    Jul 17, 2017
    The Peavey manual for the AlphaBass indicates a switchable 9-band graphic equalizer (may be removed from the signal chain) and a 3-band passive equalizer. Tube complement is 2-12AX7s in the preamp section and 6 6L6GCs in the power section with a 12AT7 drive and 12AX7 predriver.
     
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