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Need small specialty power amp suggestions

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by vicenzajay, Oct 11, 2005.


  1. Hey all,

    Just bought two EA Wizzy's (thanks bass-only). Sooooo....now I need some suggestions as to a smaller power amplifier for certain venues.

    I already have my rock/big gig pre/power rig set (Demeter 201 and PLX 2402). What I'm looking to fill is the extremely lightweight venue bill for church (where we do have a full band, but I DI almost entirely) and for my small jazz group (starting to gig soon at coffee shops near you ;) )

    Anyway, prior to this, the church and/or jazz rig was an ART tube PAC into the Behringer BX600 combo combined with PA (at church). Now that the Wizzy's are on the way, it's counter-productive to have the BX-600 around at all as long as I can source a (preferably) 1 rack space, smaller power amp to drive 1 or 2 Wizzy's for softer venues. In addition, the Behringer weighs 55 pounds - both Wizzy's weigh about that. I only need between 150-200 watts total - keep in mind the 60 watt combo did the trick with the single 12" driver. I'd rather not spend much more than 200 dollars (150 would be better).

    Thanks for any help,
    Jay

    I like the ART preamp - works great for me and has a super tone (this added as an oh-by-the-way).
     
  2. If you DI...then there's no reason why you can't put a Peavey Microbass on a speaker stand near your head as a monitor...

    They have a nice punchy tone at low volume...
     
  3. Lowtonejoe

    Lowtonejoe Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2004
    Richland, WA
    How about one of these?

    Click here.

    I have read that it works just as well with bass. If you get it I would like to know what you think. The price sure is right for what you get.

    :D

    Joe.
     
  4. But I already have the EA Wizzy's coming - the jazz gig will be without PA, so I'm really looking for something small with which I can pair the ART preamp to power either one or two cabinets in that type of setting.

    If I were to stay with a combo - I would stick with the Behringer...it's really a great 60 watt combo with a very nice tone. It's just a bit redundant with the Wizzy's on the way.

    Thanks anyway,
    Jay
     
  5. Joe,

    Looks tempting....I'll look it up.

    Jay
     
  6. SoComSurfing

    SoComSurfing Mercedes Benz Superdome. S 127. R 22. S 12-13.

    Feb 15, 2002
    Mobile, Al
    Bass Emporium has a Stewart World 600 right now asking $299. It's 600 watts bridged at 4ohm, or something like 190/side.
     
  7. Check these out:

    $279.97
    http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/SLA2/

    $219.97
    http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/SLA1
    ebay buy it now price for the same thing - $169 (brand new)
    http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-ART-SLA-1-S...355957996QQcategoryZ23787QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

    $130
    http://sixstardj.com/geminix11.html

    $167
    http://sixstardj.com/nasma21stmoa.html

    $129.95
    http://sixstardj.com/geex70stpoam.html

    $249.99
    http://www.onlinestagegear.com/Brand/nady/Amps/SRA2150.html

    $349.99 (probably find it cheaper used = ebay)
    http://www.andysmusiconline.com/product_p/peavey_cs200x.htm
    ebay example:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Nice-Peavey-CS-...357442771QQcategoryZ64452QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

    $329.99
    http://www.midweststereo.com/catalog/american-audio-amplifiers/ADJV1500/

    ebay: this one looks good
    http://cgi.ebay.com/CRATE-SPA-300-POWERAMP_W0QQitemZ7357143725QQcategoryZ23787QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

    Some are not single rack space, some are. I didn't know your
    price range either, so there's a bit of a range there. If you're not
    interested in ebay, you can still get a pretty nice amp for not
    too much money. There are other single space amps out there,
    this is just a sampling. Hope this helps some. Good luck!
     
  8. You are amazing - where do you find this stuff!

    Thanks - I'm checking into several of these.

    Take care,
    Jay
     
  9. Just so you know - I wound up buying the Crate SPA-300. Super light and really nice power @ 150 watts a channel at 4-ohms per.

    Great headroom for a jazz gig.

    Thanks,
    Jay
     
  10. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    For small jazz coffee shop gigs, two wizzys is probably overkill. I quite often play country in a small room (seats maybe 70) with only one wizzy. Volume is lower than a rock gig, though probably a bit louder than a cafe jazz gig. i.e. People still talk, although they probably have to raise their voices a bit.

    I save the second wizzy for larger gigs and outdoors. I run my wizzy(s) through an iAMP 500 and they really cut through.

    I have the ART Tube MP (without the compressor) and I bet the ART PAC through a power amp to the wizzys will sound great. Let us know how you like that setup :bassist:
     
  11. I'm glad you found something that works for you.
    The reason I had some information to share, is that
    I did a lot of research for a single space amp for myself
    not too long ago, and price was an issue for me.

    Happy gigging!