NAD: SWR Workingman's 10 - good choice?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by BluesHolyMan, Jun 1, 2019.

  1. BluesHolyMan


    Sep 28, 2013
    Was looking for a decent practice amp (I'm fairly new to bass) with direct out that I could lay down some basic scratch tracks and practice. For the price, sounded as good as anything new in a similar price range. Seems like a decent amp, but I'll probably do something about that handle....

    I have 30 days to give it a spin, should I consider anything else <= $200 or did I do ok (seriously, I don't know.)



    Its gonna be paired with an Ibanez Black Eagle re-issue:

  2. Do all features and functions work ok?

    If it serves your purpose and you are pleased with the sound, then I'd say it's a go. (keep in mind I have a thing for SWR gear, and that one is cute as a button)
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  3. popgadget

    popgadget Commercial User

    Sep 4, 2005
    Eastern, PA USA
    Authorized Greenboy Designs Builder, Scabbey Road
    That’s actually a pretty good little combo.
    I still have one with an extension cab in my pile of retired stuff.
  4. BluesHolyMan


    Sep 28, 2013
    Everything seems to work fine - its loud enough for what I need. I still need to test out the direct out into the console, but apart from that, seems solid.

    Sound-wise, I compared this against a Fender Rumble 40, Hartke 50, and Ampeg BA110. The Rumble seemed “soft” while the Hartke seemed to “punch” the best. I tried two different Ampegs and one sounded good while the other seemed just so-so. Thought I’d really go for the Ampeg, but that could have just been mental association with the brand. I think to get xlr out in anything new, it was putting me over $200 and that killed those more than anything.

    The SWR seemed to punch like the Hartke, but have slightly less of an edge to it - not sure if that makes sense (I probably dialed everything in at noon on both, just as a rudimentary comparison.) Anyway, for price, sound, and a direct out, it seemed to fit the bill.

    I just don’t know how well the SWR stuff holds up - read about a few of them cooking themselves, but that may have been with an extension cabinet configuration at lower impedance. I won’t run it anywhere near its design limits.

    Seems like “weight” is the main thing retiring this older gear, at least in the “portable” packages. Or did you just find a sound you liked better, or needed larger setup?
  5. popgadget

    popgadget Commercial User

    Sep 4, 2005
    Eastern, PA USA
    Authorized Greenboy Designs Builder, Scabbey Road
    As a builder of Greenboy Fearless cabs, I replaced it with an F110 and Puma 900 head. Not a fair comparison in either performance or price.
    The Workingman’s 10 would be a great practice combo at its price point. At one point I’d actually considered duplicating the enclosure in Baltic Birch rather than the heavy MDF.
  6. 4stringmf


    Mar 2, 2008
    San Francisco
    I think it would be a very good choice. But I will say if you can go another $100 or so, an SWR Basic Black will be better. I have one and love it. I've seen a few on Reverb and and GC used site.
  7. spufman

    spufman Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Central CT
    The Workingman series were excellent amps. That 10 should always be useful, even after you're ready to move up the power scale.
  8. BluesHolyMan


    Sep 28, 2013
    Thanks for the suggestion - I just don't think I need that much power right now - not gigging, just creating basslines for music I am writing and wanting an authentic sound over something sampled.

    Thank you, appreciate the input.
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  9. SteveC


    Nov 12, 2004
    NE ND
    I used one for a long time. It was a great little amp.
  10. ihixulu

    ihixulu Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2000
    South Shore MA
    I love the 10. Great practice amp that I’ve used in small gig situations comfortably. In fact, it will be my stage monitor tomorrow night for my baby bass.
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