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Lowest watt vintage tube Bass combo known?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by MF_DeArmond, Aug 8, 2012.


  1. MF_DeArmond

    MF_DeArmond

    Aug 6, 2012
    I'm seeking out the lowest wattage vintage tube bass amp that I can possibly find. 1x15 Combo preferred, but I'll keep heads as a side option.

    Can anybody here think of anything lower wattage than these following 15w bass amps? Any and all leads are greatly appreciated.

    Traynor YBA-2 - 15w Combo open-back, 15" RSC Alnico speaker, 2x 6V6 *or* QBQ5(EL84) power section, 2x 12ax7 pre-amp stage & SS Rectifier. (Made in Canada)

    Traynor YBA-2B - 15w Combo sealed-back, 15" Marsland Alnico speaker, 2x 6V6 *or* EL84 power section, 2x 12ax7 pre-amp stage & SS Rectifier. (Made in Canada)

    Gregory Mark XXX/Model 5000 - 15w Combo sealed back, Quam-Nichols Alnico speaker, 2x 7189 power section (400v EL84s), 2x 12AX7-A pre-amp stage & a 6CA4 rectifier tube. (Made in USA)

    Gregory Bass Sixty A - 15w Head, 2x EL84 power section, 2x 12AX7 pre-amp stage & SS rectifier. (Made in USA)
     
  2. JimmyM

    JimmyM

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I've heard of people modding Epiphone Valve Jr's to have more lows...I think it involves a transformer change. Not a combo, but it's 5w. Really, though, 15w is likely about as low as you could reasonably expect to be usable with bass since lows demand more wattage, so I don't even think I'd be looking for any less than that. At least if you want to keep it reasonably clean at times.
     
  3. MF_DeArmond

    MF_DeArmond

    Aug 6, 2012
    Yeah, a 15w 15" combo is the lowest I can find.
    Maybe I was dreaming, but what a better place to ask than TalkBass?
     
  4. rllefebv

    rllefebv

    Oct 17, 2000
    Newberg, Oregon
    It's a 1X12, but the Fender Musicmaster has 12 watts of soul-searing tone :)

    lo-fi.

    -robert
     
  5. aetheriac

    aetheriac Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 15, 2011
    Minnenapolis
    I have a VHT Special 6 that I ran into a Hartke Hydrive 115 that sounded surprisingly good.

    More volume than you'd think but not enough to gig w/o mics and/or di
     

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