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Needing a cheap but powerful bass amp.

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Riddo, Mar 27, 2014.

  1. Riddo


    Mar 25, 2014
    Hi, i'm in need of a cheap but powerful bass amp, i live in australia so i have to be able to get it here. If anyone can recommend a Amp or a good website, that would be great! :D
  2. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    For the past several years on that score, I've been hearing & reading about the Hartke LH1000. Over and over, in fact.

    I haven't test driven it, but based on its published specs, plus price, the LH1000 would certainly seem to fit the bill.


    P.S. I don't live in Australia, so I have no idea concerning its availability in Aussieland. So you're on your own there. Might be time to look it up, eh? :eyebrow:
  3. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I'll throw the Ampeg PF800 at you. Got one a month ago and it certainly fills the bill.
  4. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    Better duck! Those things are small & light, so they fly fast! :smug:

  5. You need to define cheap and powerul.

    Under $1000 but over 500w?
  6. Used hartke lh500
    Used hartke cab
    Used ampeg cab
    Used peavey cab
  7. Hobobob

    Hobobob Don't feed the troll, folks.

    Jan 25, 2011
    Camarillo, CA
    Carvin amps are excellent, and very affordable.
    Peavey just launched a couple of high-powered micros too.
  8. Genz Benz Shuttle 6.0 on Ozbass forum classifieds.
  9. Cheap power comes from old PA power amps. Tone from a sansamp BDDI. You should be able to get it all locally for about the same as the postage from US and no voltage problems.
  10. mrb327


    Mar 6, 2013
    Nobody Knows
    Have an LH1000, love it
  11. slipknotmaggot3


    Feb 23, 2014
    I use an Ampeg BA112 and it's got some power for the price.
  12. cchorney

    cchorney Supporting Member

    Oct 21, 2010
    Meriden, CT
    Gk 800rb. They are pretty inexpensive used and readily available because they've been in production so long. Don't let the power rating fool you, the amp is louder than some amps rated twice as powerful.
  13. Few amps are worth posting US to Australia. Postage doubles the price of anything SS that isn't a micro.
  14. Wally55223


    Mar 27, 2014
    I can second the carvin opinion. Mine is the Bx1500. Little more money (round $600 I think it was), but so much power. Only head I'm ever gonna need. You could get a decent half stack from them as well.
  15. Does Carvin even do 240v without a power supply transplant?
  16. D_Bag


    Feb 8, 2013
    St. Joseph, MO
    I got my Hartke lh500 for $200. It's a great amp.
  17. Wally55223


    Mar 27, 2014
    The manual for their smallest head said that the do from 90VAC to 250VAC. I don't really have much electrical experience, but I have a feeling it would work. I'm not surprised if I'm wrong.
  18. I just looked over the Carvin website and it appears the BX line of bass amps are capable of running on a bunch of different voltages up to 250vac. Just be sure you tell them what country you are going to use it in...
  19. The way I read OP he's looking at a used bargain.
  20. wolfkeller

    wolfkeller Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2013
    Gk all the way. Picked up a 1001rb2 on CL for $350 700 watts killer tone!