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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


    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


    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.
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  3. 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


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


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  5. aetheriac

    aetheriac Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 15, 2011
    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
  6. MF_DeArmond


    Aug 6, 2012
    Long overdue, but just checking in. Does anyone have any other suggestions for vintage super low-watt 1x15 combos?
  7. JACink


    Mar 9, 2011
    I don't think anything new has been released in the vintage world in the last 6 years ;)
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  8. MF_DeArmond


    Aug 6, 2012
    I was hoping maybe something vintage or obscure came to mind to someone that possibly missed this thread.

    Out of the Amps listed in the original post, which do you think will have the least headroom? Also opinions on open vs closed back and SS vs Tube rectifier?
  9. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Open back is pretty useless with bass cabs. SS vs tube rec, couldn't care less. Got some with a tube rec, got some with SS rec, makes no difference to me.
  10. Real 57 Precision

    Real 57 Precision

    Nov 3, 2015
    What are you trying to accomplish with a low wattage Tube Combo?

    There are 2,147 people have viewed the question so far, and I am going to step out and ask
    what your end goal is. Low watts and bass frequency reproduction are usually at opposite ends
    of the equation. Perhaps this will get you some better answers, unless you
    are conducting marketing research, Good luck to you, by the way.
  11. This 1985 Fender Bassman 20 tube amplifier was the last tube amp made by Fender. This is a really underrated bass man 20. amp putting out 20 watts in to a 15'' speaker. If you ever get a chance, check one out. It is head and shoulders above that Musicmaster bass amp.
  12. The 70s WEM Westminster bass was 10 watts iirc, with a single 12". They make fun guitar amps, but I can't imagine choosing one for bass today.
  13. MrCash


    Jan 16, 2016
    I had a vintage traynor bassmate 1x15. El84. Was fantastic. And wish I never sold it. I used it open back and for home/small studio use it was fine.

    Wem dominator bass. 1x15. El84. Sounded fantastic although mine had a few cab rattles. Open back did ok. Sold its original driver put in a more modern 100w one. For bass was ok for home/small studio use. For guitar with a speaker that didn't break up it could go ear splittingly loud in smaller spaces and was gig worthy. Interestingly Marshall used the same circuit in there famous 18w

    Not a combo but a ampeg pf20t attached to a portaflex cab is almost like a combo. Not vintage but looks vintage and can certainly sound it.

    There must of been many past obscure little low watt combo tube amps for bass or suitable for bass. Would be cool to find more examples. Or to find a really obscure super low watt one.
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