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Micro VR/210av & BA-115 together

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by DieTired, Aug 18, 2020.


  1. Rock what you got! (Running two amps together)

    7 vote(s)
    77.8%
  2. Drop the BA-115, get a true 115 cabinet, keep 210av

    1 vote(s)
    11.1%
  3. Get rid of it all for Portaflex series

    1 vote(s)
    11.1%
  4. Stop obsessing and just play the damn thing

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
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  1. DieTired

    DieTired

    Feb 22, 2020
    Pennsylvania
    Hello all! Long time reader, first time poster. I have sort of a strange topic that I’m curious to hear some takes on.

    For a long time I’ve been playing through a BA-115 combo amp. For the most part, it serves my purposes but never really nailed that ampeg tone that a lot of us love. Recently I found a Micro VR with one 210av for sale for $300. Seemed like too good of a deal to walk away from. If nothing else, I have a great head/pre-amp for recording purposes. So anyway, I took it to band practice and found that it gave a really cool tone but didn’t carry the warm lows that I’m used to. (This was to be expected). Though I was a little disappointed in just how much low end I lost.

    Our guitar player had a pedal sitting around that allows you to send one input instrument cable into it and send two output cables out of it. So, I sent one cable to the micro and one to the combo. Once I got the volumes in a relatively good volume unity, the tone was incredible! Perfect SVT style mids/grinds with really warm/full low end.

    I’m just curious what some other bass players think about this set up. Is it a bit ridiculous/cumbersome/redundant to always play two amps together? Or is it kinda cool? Also, any advice on specifically eq-ing each amp? I basically eq’d the micro with out the combo on until I got the ampeg tone I wanted. Then I boosted the lows on the combo, cut the mids and highs, and rolled the volume knob until it sounded tight. One last question: am I technically running 300watts since they’re both 150? Playing them together was noticeably louder than separate.

    Matching the combo amp grill cloth to the 210av just might be the ticket ;)
     
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2020
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  2. johnpbass

    johnpbass

    Feb 18, 2008
    Glen Mills, PA
    If it sounds good to you and you don't mind moving two amps then I say run 'em both!
     
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  3. BogeyBass

    BogeyBass Inactive

    Sep 14, 2010
    210av works for some.
    But is definitely a small cab with pretty cheap speakers.
    Used 410HE is fun cab. Could power that with the micro vr.

    Over the years have mixed all kinds of combos for fun. Including a pair of the BA115 combos. Older version not the new ones. Just kinda silly for some, works for others. I'm just using a 810E
    And haven't cared to need anything else.
    One head ,one cab, two cords and done
     
  4. lowendrv

    lowendrv

    Dec 12, 2007
    SoCal
    Will work fine . Make it easier . Get rid of the splitter . Just run the Micro VR pre amp send to BA 115 return , Or visa versa . That way you can control volume and tone from only one of preamps .
     
  5. 12BitSlab

    12BitSlab Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 28, 2016
    Liberty Township
    I have used the same combination that you are running and I like the sound very much.
     
  6. jeff7bass

    jeff7bass

    Apr 9, 2009
    Run them both together using a Sansamp as a splitter or a simple A/B box.
     
  7. DieTired

    DieTired

    Feb 22, 2020
    Pennsylvania
    Would love to run an 810 at some point in my life! Currently I don’t have the need or the funds for it. But one can dream!
     
  8. DieTired

    DieTired

    Feb 22, 2020
    Pennsylvania
    The pedal I’m using is essentially an A/B box. What’s the benefit of the sansamp?
     
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  9. DieTired

    DieTired

    Feb 22, 2020
    Pennsylvania
    Glad to hear it!!
     
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  10. DieTired

    DieTired

    Feb 22, 2020
    Pennsylvania
    I was curious if that would work or not. I’ll give it a shot, thanks!
     
  11. johnpbass

    johnpbass

    Feb 18, 2008
    Glen Mills, PA
    I would think that since you're using 2 separate and different amps/cabs, you'd want the flexibility of EQing them separately. Worth a try though!
     
  12. lowendrv

    lowendrv

    Dec 12, 2007
    SoCal
    Use of only one preamp cuts down the chance of any eq combing effect .
     
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  13. JeezyMcNuggles

    JeezyMcNuggles Inactive

    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    I suck, but nobody notices
    I voted yes, keep at it. But me, id just pick up another 210av
     
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  14. DieTired

    DieTired

    Feb 22, 2020
    Pennsylvania
    I do think that would help quite a bit as far as keeping a clean tone at higher volumes. How much a difference does the second 210 can make?
     
  15. DieTired

    DieTired

    Feb 22, 2020
    Pennsylvania
    I’ll give both a shot and see which sounds the best.
     
  16. lowendrv

    lowendrv

    Dec 12, 2007
    SoCal
    I run two with a PF 500 or PF 50T and it's loud enough for any gig .
     
  17. DieTired

    DieTired

    Feb 22, 2020
    Pennsylvania
    Cool! I’ll keep that in mind.
     
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  18. jeff7bass

    jeff7bass

    Apr 9, 2009
    Sansamp has 3 outputs. You can run a post-EQ signal into one amp and one pre-eq into the other while the XLR goes direct to the PA. If you mic both combos you can play Geddy Lee and run 3 signals to the board!
     
  19. JeezyMcNuggles

    JeezyMcNuggles Inactive

    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    I suck, but nobody notices
    A lot more than the 15
     
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  20. DieTired

    DieTired

    Feb 22, 2020
    Pennsylvania
    I’m digging that idea! I’ll definitely look into that. Thanks for the info!
     
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