Need some much needed amp advice

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by nitrofix, Jul 20, 2013.

  1. Ampeg PF500

    24 vote(s)
  2. Carvin BX500

    12 vote(s)
  3. Used Genz Benz CBE 600

    10 vote(s)
  4. Other...Please explain

    19 vote(s)
  1. nitrofix

    nitrofix Supporting Member

    Jan 15, 2009
    Miami Fl
    Hey Guys, so I need (what) a different amp. I'm using a GK MB500 now and although it's a great amp the GK thing is just not happening for me.. So onward to a different amp...

    What I'm looking for is a simple, loud (I like a lot of headroom) dependable clean light weight amp. I think I have narrowed my choices down to a few that I have in the poll. My budget is around $400, I know not a lot but it is what it is.. Feel free to suggest other amps you might think that will fit my needs..Thanks Guys
  2. orangejulius3

    orangejulius3 Supporting Member

    May 6, 2013
    La Habra CA
    What kind of speakers you playing through?

    I know that my PF500 sounded just ok playing through an avatar 1x12,
    But then I hooked it up to my GK NEO 4x12 and was amazed! Really just opened up the tone and deep response.

    I'll probably sell off my 1x12 for a 2x12 for a better feel.
    That being said, try the MB500 with a different cab.
  3. nitrofix

    nitrofix Supporting Member

    Jan 15, 2009
    Miami Fl
    What I have now is a TC RS212, a Trace Elliot 1153 and a GK Neo 112.. The TC is my main cab that I use and it sounds good but I do miss my 210 that I have been playing through the last couple years..Was thinking about using the TC and the Trace together I Know about the whole mixing cab thing but you never know until you try it but haven't had a chance to try it yet...
  4. orangejulius3

    orangejulius3 Supporting Member

    May 6, 2013
    La Habra CA
    I voted for the Ampeg PF500. Love the ampeg tone.
    I would also suggest the Aguilar tonehammer 500.
  5. /\/\3phist0

    /\/\3phist0 ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) mmm Woody! DHDIK? Sweet Treets. Supporting Member

    i just moved from Markbass to GK MB800....

    used at 400.00 :)

    Cabs as i just recently learned make more of a difference than you might think...
  6. danielfnj96


    Jan 29, 2012
    NJ, USA
    Sounds like you just described the pros of an Ampeg, i think you would really enjoy one.
  7. In the past couple years I have owned several compact amps including a Carvin BX500, Ampeg PF350, GKMB200 and Genz Benz Shutlle 3.0.
    I recently picked up a used Markbass Little Mark III for $350. IMO it is the best sounding of the bunch. Very loud, clean and easy to dial in a great tone! I had never given much thought to Markbass before I found this head but now I'm a fan and this amp is a keeper!
  8. mbbassmojo


    Aug 11, 2012
    NC, USA
    Have you tried the RH450 with your TC cab?
  9. nitrofix

    nitrofix Supporting Member

    Jan 15, 2009
    Miami Fl
    Yes I have. Had a RH450 running it at 8 ohms just wasn't enough volume for me was drowned out by the drummer and guitar player. If I messed around with it more maybe it would have worked but I like simple plug and play amps.
  10. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    New England
    You're describing an Ampeg to me.
    For $400.00 may I suggest an Eden WT-400.
    They are selling as low as $400 here on TB, simple and easy to EQ.
    Check the features on this amp.
  11. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    What is it that you dislike about your GK? From your description, loud, light weight, and dependable are a dead on description of every GK I have ever used.
  12. 12SB


    Apr 1, 2013
    Long Island, NY
    I agree. I have the baby brother of both, the aguilar th350 and the ampeg pf350. Both suit my needs well. indoor and outdoor venues, from coffee houses to large rockin' 500 ppl capacity clubs. I use a GS112 and a GS112NT as far as cabinets

    Can't go wrong with either ampeg or aguilar- the small class D heads seem to be a great bang for the buck. Tone wise I prefer the aguilar.
  13. Rich McCoy

    Rich McCoy

    Apr 8, 2013
    I voted Ampeg also. Seems it would be the natural choice.

    On a side note, I typed in Ampeg, finished the sentence, then I looked up and noticed auto-correct turned Ampeg into "snorted".
  14. BawanaRik


    Mar 6, 2012
    New Jersey
    I remember buying an rb800 decades ago. It was that eras version of a micro amp. Compared to an Acoustic 220 it was less than half the wieght and all the power.
  15. theory028

    theory028 Really Loud Hamburger.

    Jul 4, 2007
    Cedar Falls, IA
    What's the word on the Portaflex reliability? I was cruising through the mega thread for the PF350/PF500 and the early pages had a lot of people saying that the amp died when pushed beyond about half gain and half master. Toward the end it had simmered down but there was still some concern. I'd be curious about how the new units handle the demand (if there were any changes made). Surely with the right cabs there would be no need to push it beyond that point anyway.

    I don't mean to start any wars over the issue, of course. The PF500 looks like a killer head and I would have gotten one over the TC Electronic RH450 if my paranoia hadn't gotten the best of me (and I really wanted the added bonuses that the RH450 offers). The tales of failure are probably blown out of proportion.

    For what it's worth, I really enjoyed the BX500 when I had one. It sounded great and the EQ was flexible. The preamp tube didn't seem to do much but the head performed so well on its own that I hardly cared. Carvin offers some terrific products.The BX500 with two Avatar SB112s sounded awesome and looked gorgeous (my SB112s were burgundy with a gray grill so the gray-faced BX500 fit nicely in the theme).
  16. Well for about $400 (USD) I bought here off T.B. a used Carvin B1500....tons and tons of headroom. The head was like in new condition sounds just great with my Eden 410 cab. It is a bit heavy to lug around,,but hey I love it to death.

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  17. Ifriff


    Feb 7, 2011
    I've been using a Genz Benz Shuttle 6.0. Incredible little amp. Very light. Under four pounds. I'm using it mostly with a Carvin BRX 10.2. That cab is so light. I've got the one with the neos. It's a four ohm cab. I use a SansAmp BassDriver with it. Sooooo easy to transport. Huge tone. It can get very loud. Very punchy.I got the amp used for about $260ish. I've seen Shuttle 6.0s selling for around $300 lately.
  18. gregmon79

    gregmon79 Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    Chicago IL
    I know you said youre wanting to get away from GK but have you given the 1001 or 700RB any consideration? They are both awesome amps and have plenty of headroom for what your cabs are. They are voiced slightly different than the MB series and have more tonal shaping options. Plus, you can find a used one of either of those heads for around $400. Maybe it was just me but I thought the ampeg PF500 lacked some balls. Tone was great but I played it through a 210 at a pretty high volume and it seemed to me it didnt quite have it for my tastes. Thats just me though. Plenty other love that amp.
  19. gregmon79

    gregmon79 Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    Chicago IL

    This could apply to you possibly. Have you considered different cabs?
  20. nitrofix

    nitrofix Supporting Member

    Jan 15, 2009
    Miami Fl
    I think I have come to the realization that the cab's I have aren't matching up quite right with my MB500..My main gig on Saturdays, sometimes Fridays is on a big outdoor concrete stage playing to about 300-500 people. I run the amp @ 8 ohm's through just the TC RS212 and it's just not cutting it, tried running the TC with the GK 112 and it was a disaster..
    So I played indoors at a Casino last night, small elevated stage with just the GK Neo 112 at a lower volume, gain about 9 o clock, master at about 2 o clock, eq just about flat and the amp sounded Great, loved it. Next weekend I have a gig on Friday at the outdoor stage again, I think I'm going to try running the RS 212 with the Trace Elliot 1153 and see what happens, and the next night at a indoor gig, decent size stage at a louder volume than the Casino gig with just the RS 212..
    So do you think that If I get another GK Neo 112 to match up with the one I have that would be enough for the Big outdoor stage since the amp would be running @ 4 ohms ?? Any opinions ? Thanks Guys