My Amp GAS confusion........

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Freakapotamus9, Sep 30, 2001.

  1. Freakapotamus9


    Jun 20, 2001
    im in the market for a preamp. now i cant afford an SVP-PRO or something that expensive. please list some preamps and what can be expected to cost for them. this will be matched with either a 4x10 ( then add a 1x15 in the summer ) or an 8x10 ( theres a used one for $700 here!!! :) ) with a carvin dcm1000.

    and to kill two birds with one stone .....

    my next Q....

    would you get an Ampeg 8x10 used for $700 *mint* or an Ampeg 4x10 for around $500-$600 and then add a 15" later?
  2. is the 8x10 practical?
  3. mgood


    Sep 29, 2001
    Levelland, Texas
    Right, a lot depends on your method af transportation. I know a guy who has an ampeg 8x10, but after using it for a while, he stopped gigging with it and bought a pair of ampeg 4x10's. The 8x10 was too hard to move around and it just sits at home now.
  4. Freakapotamus9


    Jun 20, 2001
    well .......

    see thats what im thinking, i was just all caught up on the price of the 8x10 was a little more than the 4x10 ....

    then i take into consideration that some my gigs are basement gigs, and we practice in a basement and i wouldnt want to leave my stuff ( let alone my friends parents ) at my friends house.

    so we've narrowed it down to the 4x10 ...

    but a PREAMP is really what i need to be looking at now. naming some with the price would be greatly appreciated. once again i dont want to spend $500 on a preamp. i would like to spend as little as i can.


  5. Oysterman


    Mar 30, 2000
    You ARE aware of that the preamp will probably be the part of your rig that affects your tone the most, right? That's where I should spend the majority of my cash if I were to buy a new rig. But that's just me.
  6. captainpabst


    Mar 18, 2001
    you could go with a tech 21 sansamp D.I. for about 190 bux + tax/shipping. i've never tried one, but people rave about them.

    you can get a bass line POD for like 250. i have tried one of these, and i was impressed. tons of different, very convincing tones.

    digitech bp8 for about 350. this is an all in one preamp/pedalboard. good deal considering you get every effect you could want, a tuner, and lots of ins/outs.

    musician's friend is listing an SWR intersteller overdrive for 599. that's a nice unit for a good price. oddly enuf they're still listing the grand prix for 599 also....this has been discontinued hasn't it? it says due in 2-4 weeks. hmm.

    the eden and the aguilar preamps cost more...
  7. captainpabst


    Mar 18, 2001
    you can get the ampeg billy sheenan preamp for 500. demeter preamps sound sweet, but again, they're more expensive. i agree with oysterman though, the preamp is really a vital link in the chain. you'll have to just try some out if you can and see what you'll be satisfied with.
  8. martin303


    Sep 23, 2001

    Not me.

    Give the BASS POD a try !!

    The e.q and modelled heads and cabs are exellent,
    the effects are a bit disapointing... but the pukka
    results you can get live straight into a power amp
    or mixing desk... makes it worth the £249.

  9. Slater

    Slater Bye Millen! Hello?

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    A Peavey Max is a good quality preamp that lists for $419.99 new (the sale price should be around $300), and you might be able to pick up a used one for around $200 (or less). The Peavey Max isn't a Demeter or Alembic etc., but it sounds good, and sounds really good for the price.

    Here's a link...
  10. I'm surprised no one has mentioned this yet...

    I just picked up a Yamaha PB-1 for $130. This si an awesome preamp, relaly simpple.reat punchy tone. Super versatile too. I van get ANY tone from this, except perhaps a hard distortion. It was recommede to me by the guy who taught me sound engineering, hwo has been in the busines sof engineering for 20+ years and a bass player for nearly 40. He has the choice of litlerally ANY pre, anywhere, and he plays this same pre, still. and his tone os AWESOME! Check eBay, and any classifieds. They go for less than $200 almost always now, and are great!
  11. Captain Awesome

    Captain Awesome

    Apr 2, 2001
    The new $300 rackmount SansAmp RBI bass preamp looks good...
  12. Freakapotamus9


    Jun 20, 2001
    i was browsing around musicians friends web site ...... and they have SWR's silverado specials for $1000! i wanted a Super Redhead, then i got into half stacks. getting a half stack would be awesome, but im not finacially able to get the half stack, well at least one that would really be all i wanted. so i think this is it! my dads on the phone with MF as im writing this asking about how much it would be to ship and all that stuff. we're probably gonna end up going down there to pick it up, which is fine with me cuz ..... i get to go to KC! theres a lot more stores down there and it would be a wasted trip if i didnt browse even a little :rolleyes: or maybe that wouldnt be good .... id have gas like crazy the whole way home ......

    im gonna add a son of bertha ( 15" ) in the summer, or possiblly a big ben ..... :D :rolleyes: .

    my friend has one of these and ive used it a few times and liked it, but never really thought about getting one ....... well ..... i guess i have now.

    thanks guys for all your help and suggestions ....