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New Combo Question?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by shanabit, Dec 2, 2013.

  1. shanabit


    Jul 22, 2011
    Im needing something for small coffee shops, small rooms etc. Should I be looking at a 10" or 12" combo? I don't want to drag around a 15" due to weight and I don't dig the sound anyway. Thanks.

    How much watts as well?
  2. jessicabass


    Dec 22, 2009
    You do know weight isnt much an issue nowadays.
    I own a GK MB212 at 37lbs 500 watts through a 2x12.
    You can get the GK MB115 for alot cheaper and the weight surprisingly is about the same and you get 200 watts.
    I know the 212 is overkill for you but yet thats what the volume knob is for.
    But GK makes 10 and 12 combos and they are light and fantastic.
  3. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    For gigs like that, I use either an Ampeg BA108 (25w) or BA110 (35w), usually the BA110 because it'll get louder than the BA108 if I need it. My favorite of that line, however, is the BA112 (50w), but I don't get one because I'm happy with the BA110 and the 35w it delivers has always been more than enough in those situations. Some will recommend getting a higher powered amp, but I don't need it for those types of gigs.
  4. Marko 1

    Marko 1 Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2009
    N.E. Ohio
  5. I'm really liking my new tiny little Gallien-Krueger MB110 bass combo and highly recommend it. But like Jimmy said above - it may be way more powerful than you need.
    Tiny: 14.5"H x 12.5"W x 11.5"D
    Lightweight: 21 lbs.
    Powerful: 100 Watts
    Affordable: $299
    It also has DI and "Chain" outputs for large gigs too.
  6. BassyBill

    BassyBill The smooth moderator... Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2005
    West Midlands UK
    You don't mention a budget, so it's hard to say. In terms of getting quality performance from a small, light combo, some of the options from Markbass (maybe the Micromark 801) would be hard to beat and certainly worth checking out. But their gear doesn't come cheap.
  7. shanabit


    Jul 22, 2011
    Thanks, under $500 smacks for sure.
  8. klokker


    Jan 7, 2009
    Steele City, NE
    My little rig is an Eden ex110 and a Genz Benz Shuttle 6.0. The whole amp/cab weight is way under 30 pounds. Hoping I can find a small used Eden wtx264 to make it an all Eden rig. Its just about right for the coffee shop scene. Love it.

    I think the Ampeg combos are good as well for that kind of thing as well. I might get that little 8" some day.

    I'm a sucker for the little rigs.
  9. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Just so you know, the diameter of a speaker is not a tonal indicator, in any sense. The overall design of the amp and spkr combined is full of variables. Point being, there could well be a small 1x15 loaded combo amp that will suite your needs perfectly. As to a suggestion, it's really best if you can go out and try a few for yourself. An Ampeg BA115, or the BA112 may be just what you need, or for something a lot lighter, the TC Electronics BG250 1x15 combo is amazing.
  10. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 11, 2008
    the Intergalactic Mind Space
    Song Surgeon sofware
    What's the max weight you want to carry?

    The Ashdown Five 1x15 combo coming out soon weighs 21.5 lbs and has 100 watts for $349 at Sweetwater. Also a 1x8 in stock for $199.