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Narrowed my choices down...

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by PanteraFan, Jun 13, 2001.


  1. Well, you may have seen my recent post on new practice/small gig combos. I narrowed the choices down to one of 4, all under £220($300):

    Hartke B60
    Peavey Basic 112
    Carlsboro 60W(unknown english brand)
    Watson 50W(ditto as the carlboro)

    Still not sure which to get though...

    Suggestions?
     
  2. Go with the Hartke. My reason: It's the only one out of this lot that I've played, but I do remember that it sounded real good.

    Mike J.
     
  3. Well, that's weird, cos I've read a whole lot of reviews on thr Hartke B60 and ppl reckon its absolute sh!t when it comes to sound quality.
     
  4. Captain Awesome

    Captain Awesome

    Apr 2, 2001
    PDX
    I don't know how the hartke b60 is but I'm pretty happy with my kickback 12. I got it for $250 used.
     
  5. I got the Hartke B90 which is the exact same thing as the B60 just the B90 has more watts, and its a great amp. The only thing I have against it is when its playing at 9 or 10 it sounds a tad muddy.
     
  6. PanteraFan, whoever wrote those reviews must not know good sound. I've played through both amps mentioned on this thread, and they are excellent sounding amps. Now, if you hear one, you may not like the sound (I doubt this) but, at least check one out if you have the chance. We wouldn't steer you wrong. By the same token, those two unknown English brands might sound just O.K., or they may surprise you and sound great. It's like that with amps.

    Jrbassguy, you turn your amp up to 9 and 10?!?
    And you haven't blown anything yet? I have to start a thread on this question.

    Mike J.
     
  7. To be honest, I'm leaning away from the Watson. Why?:

    1. It's only 50W. The others are 60 plus(the Peavey 112 can push 75 on another speaker)

    2. It's got too many extra features. It has an effects loop, 4 band EQ, mic input, compressor and phones socket. Yet it's the cheapest of the 3. I've always felt that an amp with a 3 band eq, and output and an input was much better than an amp with all the extras for the same price. Something about the components being higher quality. I don't want to use a mic or a crappy compressor with no settings anyway(I'll get my own pedals thank you very much).

    So, it's down to the B60(bad reviews on Harmony Central), Basic 112 or the Carlsboro 50W.

    Websites:

    Hartke - http://www.samsontech.com/hartke/b60.html

    Peavey - http://www.peavey.com/bassamps/basic112.html

    Carlsbro - http://www.carlsbro.com/bassline50.htm

    Final advice after matching specs?