Money is no object, best combo amp 50 lbs or less?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by MagnaKen, Jan 14, 2009.

  1. MagnaKen


    Jan 17, 2006
    Redland, Oregon
    Title says it. What is your opinion of the best light weight combo amp? And why?
    UPDATE: Also include separate amp and cab, just keep the weight below 50 lbs.
  2. mrkreuzschlitz

    mrkreuzschlitz Guest

    Jun 30, 2008
    Dacula, GA
    Genz Benz Shuttle with the matching 10" woofer.

    Sounds SO good.
  3. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    Markbass CMD 121P: Sounds great, loud enough for smaller gigs, elfin in size and weight, doesn't cost an arm and a leg!
  4. fivestringgecko


    Mar 28, 2007
    It's a tough question because it's pretty subjective to your taste.

    For a while, I was torn between the Markbass 1x12 and the Shuttle 1x12, but leaning to the Shuttle. Both are pretty sweet and both have plenty of power to run an extension cab.

    That said, I've been on a DIY kick lately... I'm thinking of getting the Shuttle 6.0 and building a 1x10 Neo cab for a small rig and a 4x10 & 2x12 for a big rig. :)

  5. LuvMusic


    Aug 18, 2007
    Oak Park, IL
    I've really been groovin' and enjoying my Markbass 102P combo for the last 10 months.

    Many compliments on my tone. Some people in this forum think it's a little on the bright side but it really cuts through the mix.
  6. Tony G

    Tony G

    Jan 20, 2006
    I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Forget about combo amps. Depending on your budget and tone needs, there are far better options in light weight heads and cabs that are just as portable, but infinitely more versatile. Right now, my go-to small rig (that doesn't sound small at all!) is a Markbass LMII (6lbs, 500watts @ 4ohms) and Schroeder 15+L (30lbs, 4 ohms). This setup will kill any small combo on the market, weighs less, sounds fantastic, and is hardly a burden to move around compared to a combo amp. Down the line you can mix and match the amp or cab with other rigs, instead of being stuck with a combo that only works by itself.
  7. uaudio


    Apr 11, 2008
    Obligatory: Walkabout Scout 12" - Lots of character (read: not hi-fi), head pops out to run a 2 ohm load (shh, it works), and its a Mesa.

    /my opinion
  8. 57pbass

    57pbass Supporting Member

    Aug 1, 2004
    Bayside, New York
    My choice is also the Mesa Walkabout 12" 4 ohm combo....
  9. Tony G

    Tony G

    Jan 20, 2006
    Since I'm not really into Mesa gear, I'm not really aware of this unit. But it sounds like a great option if a combo amp is really all you want.
  10. shoot-r


    May 26, 2007
  11. Jim C

    Jim C I believe in the trilogy; Fender, Stingray, + G&L Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Bethesda, MD
    If money is no object, pay somebody to move decent gear.
    If you must haul it yourself, crazy not to use a separate head / cab.
    Also allows for updates and changes in equip to match the gig or your mood.

    Combos aren't equal to best sound / cost is no object criteria IMO.
  12. I'm loving My EA i-amp 500/wizzy 12 combo!BTW You can remove the head from the cab.
  13. MagnaKen


    Jan 17, 2006
    Redland, Oregon
    OK I thought I would keep the options down, but what if I open it up to separate amp and cab total weight 50 lbs or less. What do you recommend?
  14. Tony G

    Tony G

    Jan 20, 2006
    If you let us know your tone goals and budget, that would really help us narrow down the selection from a very wide range of gear.
  15. rpsands


    Jul 6, 2007
    I don't recall if it's 50lbs, but it's close --
    GBE 400 Neox 112T

    Beats the pants off those shuttle cabs, imho.

    Alternatively, the EA Wizzy 112 combo is baaaaad ass.
  16. MagnaKen


    Jan 17, 2006
    Redland, Oregon
    I just unloaded my Crate BT100 (what a horrible amp). I could spend well over $2,000 now and I want it lightweight. I am curious what others think is "state of the art" in lightweight but full powerful sound.
  17. Your41Plague12

    Your41Plague12 Guest

    Oct 30, 2007
    Carvin makes a head now that is somewhere around 5.8 lbs and 500 watts at 4 ohms. This is in the same league (power-wise) as a few other heads out there, but I'm almost sure it will be cheaper. I'll leave the cab choice to you as I don't know what kind of speaker configuration you prefer, but I'm sure that wouldn't be a bad choice for the head.
  18. Tony G

    Tony G

    Jan 20, 2006

    Again, tone goals are important here, so please tell us what kind of music you play and what kind of bass tone do you like. Also, how big of a band do you need to compete with? How much volume are you in need of?
  19. SanDiegoHarry

    SanDiegoHarry Inactive Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    +1. I used a GK 400RB and bagend 1x12" for years and that combo sounded GREAT - and cost next to nothing.
  20. bluewine

    bluewine Inactive

    Sep 4, 2008
    Get The GK Backline 115 and the RBX external 210, run it at full range. 600.00 sounds like 1200.00