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need a small ampeg rig $800

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by th30nlyAket, Nov 18, 2012.

  1. th30nlyAket


    Sep 24, 2010
    please not the micro stacks. any suggestions?
  2. And you want us to do??????
  3. El-Bob

    El-Bob Supporting Member

    Oct 22, 2006
    Hamilton, ON
  4. AdamR

    AdamR Supporting Member

    Sep 24, 2007
    Bethel CT
    Endorsing Artist: VF Cables, Dirtbag Clothing
    loan him $800 ?
  5. PlungerModerno


    Apr 12, 2012
    You're eliminating a lot of ampeg rig options at that price - at least new.

    Buying used may restrict you heavily if you can't extend your budget or time spent searching. At any rate used may mean lots of repair costs, esp. if you get a very cheap head and/or cab.

    You can get a combo . . . but it'll have a micro's innards or close to it.

    I'll suggest: Trying a whole bunch of rigs . . . ampeg and others - and micros. You may get exactly what you want in terms of tone and output through experimentation.

    What are you looking to do with your rig? A very loud and capable ampeg rig is usually fairly pricey.
  6. th30nlyAket


    Sep 24, 2010
    any suggestions?
  7. bassguppy

    bassguppy Supporting Member

    How will you be using the rig? Venue sizes. Rehearsals or gigging? Why only Ampeg?
  8. MoeTown1986

    MoeTown1986 Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2010
    SoMD (Mechanicsville)
    PF-500 head and PF210 or PF115 cab. Right around $800. Loud, powerful, versatile, and lightweight.

    Close thread.
  9. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
  10. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Um.... sorry but do you mind if some others (who obviously aren't as learned as you) chime in?

    Here's my first question. Why are you set on Ampeg? Don't get me wrong. I have owned and liked several Ampeg rigs, but when I bought them I didn't go LOOKING for an Ampeg. I went looking for an amp that fit my budget/gig. At those points in my career, Ampeg fit the bill. Plus, each Ampeg sounds quite different from the others. And that's just the heads. Their cabs are just as tonally diverse. A ported 6-10 will sound absolutely NOTHING like a sealed 8-10.

    Why don't you try telling us what kind of music you play and what your tone/volume requirements are? That is, unless you are making an Ampeg documentary and need a prop.
  11. th30nlyAket


    Sep 24, 2010
    i like the ampeg sound basically. gk would be my only other maybe option. its gonna be a small studio setting looking tone and not alot of volume
  12. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    For a small studio setting, get a B-15 or SB-12. If you're patient, you can find them for $800 or thereabouts.
  13. I am getting a picture of a young bassist starting out? In which case http://www.musiciansfriend.com/amplifiers-effects/ampeg-ba115hp-220-watt-1x15-bass-series-combo-amp
    G-K is a different "sound" than "Ampeg" stay with a combo like http://www.musiciansfriend.com/ampl...-mb115-ii-200w-1x15-ultralight-bass-combo-amp or http://www.musiciansfriend.com/ampl...-mb210-ii-350w-2x10-ultralight-bass-combo-amp

    Correct me if I am wrong please?
    You need to learn technique and portability would be your biggest issue at first.
  14. PlungerModerno


    Apr 12, 2012
    Lots of options there. I'll bet that a lot of heads, cabs, and combos will do exactly what you want - some with DI's and things like heat sinks instead of fans or temperature controlled fans to avoid adding excessive fan noise to a recording scenario.

    Consider also a modelling preamp like a sansamp. That + a small poweramp will give you ampeggy tones aplenty while giving you a poweramp you can probably find a few uses for. :p
  15. JUst saw your update here so the old tried and true http://www.musiciansfriend.com/amplifiers-effects/ampeg-ba115-bass-combo might be good for you. Not as easy to move beyond small coffee house gigs or Jazz band with it though.
  16. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    I'm not trying to be hard to deal with, but there is no "Ampeg sound". They all have their own sounds. A solid state combo is going to sound nothing like an old tube portaflex, which doesn't sound a lot like an SVT to me. They're all over the place. Are there some recordings using Ampegs that you like? That might help us narrow down WHICH "Ampeg sound" you are talking about.
  17. joecarrr


    Feb 1, 2004
  18. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings, Nordstrand Pickups, Korg Keyboards
    You should be able to get a used SVT410HE for around $300 to $350 and a good used head for $500.
  19. PlungerModerno


    Apr 12, 2012
    Or better yet a 210 - in a small studio situation you'll be fine with that . . . but I suppose a 410 or 115 will better fit a 19" head on top!

    There are less small 210 cabs - but they won't save on floor space like the skinnier ones:


    Whatever cab you get - if it has a tweeter a pad, attenuator, or off switch it's a good thing - makes it easier to use effects and get more varied tones.