most reliable small amp to use as backup?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by kedarroy, Jul 17, 2013.

  1. kedarroy


    Jun 19, 2006
    Saratoga, CA
    Looking for the most reliable small amp out there to use as a backup. I'll take reliability over everything else. I've had problems with GK and Ampeg amps in the past, so would prefer not those brands.
  2. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism

    Small amp or small combo?

    Also define small, physically small or low wattage?
  3. Well seen more than a couple MarkBass show up with major trouble too so look to Genz-Benz.
  4. kedarroy


    Jun 19, 2006
    Saratoga, CA
    physically small amp with at least 250w into 4ohm
  5. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Genz-Benz Shuttle 6.0 would be my choice. 3.75 pounds, 375W peak output into 8 ohms.
  6. Slough Feg Bass

    Slough Feg Bass Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2007
    San Francisco
  7. kedarroy


    Jun 19, 2006
    Saratoga, CA
    Shuttle over Streamliner for reliability or are both fine and it's just a tone difference?
  8. Tone difference. The GB's are about the most reliable current production heads you'll find. (I'm a G-K guy so that says A LOT for me to recommend them).
  9. My Eden gear has been really reliable but it's not particularly popular on this site. I've owned WTX500, WTX260, WTX264, WT400, WTDI and none of it has left me hanging. There doesn't seem to be many threads indicating there's anything but reliable products from Eden in the last 8-10 Years. There was a bad period around 2003 when ownership changed hand and quality suffered but it appears those days are behind them.

    Just wanted to post an alternative to Genz as it often seems like Genz, GK, and Ampeg are the only recommendations anyone makes here despite a tonne of great gear made by others.
  10. Zoomie


    Jan 26, 2012
    East Tennessee
    My back up is a Genz Streamliner 900. I think it's like 4 pounds. Plenty of warmth and almost too much bottom.
  11. Russell L

    Russell L

    Mar 5, 2011
    Cayce, SC
    Anything Markbass would be plenty reliable.
  12. Slowgypsy

    Slowgypsy 4 Fretless Strings

    Dec 12, 2006
    NY & MA
    What's your main amp?
  13. Crater


    Oct 12, 2011
    Dallas, TX area
    Shuttle is the 'modern' hi-fi tone, the Streamliner is more vintage, tubey 'warm' tone. This according to what I've read on TB and from other sources.
  14. Bassamatic

    Bassamatic keepin' the beat since the 60's

    +1 - Never seen a problem with MB. Of course it happens - there are no 100% problem free devices of any kind.
  15. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    I know you said you weren't interested in GK or Ampeg but my PF350 has been a tank for 2 years now, even having survived being dropped a couple times.
  16. groooooove

    groooooove Supporting Member

    Dec 17, 2008
    Long Island, NY
    backup amp?

    but why?

    one great rig should do you fine- have a DI box on hand at the gigs incase of disaster.

    i generally leave my minimark in my car, honestly i forget its there. plenty of times i've gone to a gig with my real rig and the minimark in the trunk. i suppose thats good for a backup... it's so damn tiny i forget its there.
  17. I'd look at the Carvin amps. They're reliable, easliy serviced in the USA, and cheap.
  18. kedarroy


    Jun 19, 2006
    Saratoga, CA
    My main amp is currently a Mesa Boogie Carbine M9
  19. kedarroy


    Jun 19, 2006
    Saratoga, CA
    I've had several amps fail on gigs, I generally have bad luck with gear (I get really nice gear and treat everything with kid gloves). I just want a small amp to keep with me just in case my main amp fails. I might not ever use the backup amp, just want it there just in case...