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Obscure/Unknown Amps

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Aena, Dec 19, 2018.

  1. Aena


    Dec 15, 2018
    Hey all. I have the unfortunate habit of acquiring stuff nobody has ever heard of, just to have obscure gear compared to other players around my area. So here I am again, looking to replace my Carvin B2000 with something else so I am looking around for odd/unknown amplifiers I could try out and thought perhaps someone here would know of something. I'd prefer rack mountable, 1 or 2U, class D, I don't need that tube nonsense that weighs a ton and does me no good :) Does anybody have any tips/suggestions? I'm looking for my ultimate metal tone(even though I haven't played my own amp on a gig in like.. umpteen years)
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  2. basscooker

    basscooker Commercial User

    Apr 11, 2010
    cincy ky
    Owner, ChopShopAmps
    When you start talking about class D bass amps, the field is kinda limited to the last 10-15 years. Few obscure amps, because (at least here on TB) every class D iteration seems gets a lot of attention at least at first. Those that arent by big box brands are boutique or custom builds and simply smaller runs, not obscure. There are some early examples of class D stuff in the bass market, but they arent really obscure, just hard to find still operational or not turning up on the used market.

    When I think obscure, I think defunct brands of solid state 100-200 watt heads that were never more than blah, from the 70s and 80s. On top of that, I also think neglected, never-very-good to begin with.

    There are "sleeper" threads that may yield a promising lead.

    Good luck and dont forget the NAD thread when you find something.
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  3. Aena


    Dec 15, 2018
    Yeah, I see what you mean. I don't necessarily need a Class D amp but tubes are really not my thing :)
  4. AlexanderB


    Feb 25, 2007
    I would look at dedicated bass preamps from late 80s or even better, early 90s. High quality components, innovative engineering etc. EBS 1V2, Rane, Rocktron, ADA etc. Cheap today and works with modern, lightweight power amps.
  5. BogeyBass


    Sep 14, 2010
    Yes you definitely don't need a class D amp. And there is very affordable used mosfet amps that are 2ohm stable
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  6. Aena


    Dec 15, 2018
    Yeah, the reason I mentioned Class D in the first place was that I see no point in hauling heavy gear around :) But yeah, I'll look into it, thank you for your tips! :)
  7. Ric Vice

    Ric Vice Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2005
    Olivette, Missouri
    Unfortunately, many of the early Solid State amplifiers were abysmal failures. Fender had a Solid State Bassmam and Ampeg had the BT-15, the first runs were not reliable and many of them were returned. Kustom and Kasino 200's were pretty reliable and might be worth looking into. They were not exactly lightweight, though.

    The new Ampeg PF 800 might just do the trick, the pre is based on the SVT and has that selective midrange switch. Odd/lesser known amps can be a whole world of trouble if
    you have to get them repaired. Bruce Amplifiers that were used by Three Dog Night "back in the day" had all kinds of issues. Jordan amplifiers came from California I remember the Association using those.

    jordan_brochure_1960s. bruce_ampf.
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2018
  8. Mod7


    Sep 17, 2018
    I use a made in Poland Gear, a Taurus Qube 300. They made others bass amps and combos.
    Look at Taurus : Amps
    It may be close to the sound you're looking for.

    Edit: This one in particular Taurus : T-450 which is rackable.
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2018
  9. jonnybass1


    Dec 9, 2011
    Brampton, On
    Check out SWR Amplite or headlite. One was a bass amp and one was strictly a power amp with no preamp built in. I think it’s called it was only out for a few years Or Ibanez prometheon not common either. Both are class D I think.

    Edit: Headlight is the Bass amp
  10. abarson


    Nov 6, 2003
    Santa Cruz
    I've got a TubeWorks RT-3300 MosValve head that might qualify as obscure. 300 watts at 2 ohms, 260 watts at 4 ohms, 180 watts at 8 ohms. Obviously not a lot of power but it sounds really good with efficient speakers. The 12ax7 preamp adds a bit of "hair" while the solid state preamp is very clean. Shoot me a PM if interested.

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