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Old need a lighter amp

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Tom pavek, May 23, 2020.

  1. Tom pavek

    Tom pavek

    Jan 29, 2020
    Hey everyone I am getting old. I have a fender PJ bass and an Ampeg SVT-7 pro with a SVT-410HE. Sounds great!! Too heavy looking for something that is lighter that can handle small clubs (i do use a direct out so it is more so I can hear it) I am thinking about a tilt back combo or a Pro Neo Series PN-210HLF that tilts back. Any recommendations?
  2. seamonkey


    Aug 6, 2004
    IEM - the modern way
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  3. tukulnana


    Nov 3, 2019
  4. Reedt2000

    Reedt2000 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    Central New Jersey
    I know its a polarizing brand here on TB, but I've been gigging a Markbass 1x12 for years now. In small places it holds its own. Medium to large venues it works well as a stage monitor. I like the way it sounds, but then I play clean and want the character of my basses to come through without much color from the amp. Here it is a a wide variety of venues:

    Tiny place (actually an ice cream shop, really fun local spot to play and pay is equivalent to local bars :D)
    Average bar
    Outdoor marina bar
    Large festival stage

    It worked great on all of em. The DI is clean and quiet, with output level adjustment. 4 band EQ plus mid scoop and high end roll off. I think it weights just shy of 30 lbs.
  5. Briton


    Apr 4, 2009
    What about an Ampeg Micro VR !

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  6. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Fusion Cats Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    Mesa Boogie Subway Series. Your choice of models. All sound amazing. I've got the WD-800
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  7. SwitchGear

    SwitchGear Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2005
    Sunny Beach
    Buy a light weight (30 something lbs) 2x10 cab. Keep your eye open for a used one. Use that for most gigs with your SVT-7 pro.
  8. Auspuff

    Auspuff Supporting Member

    Sep 24, 2019
    LaLa Land
    *Two roads diverged in a music store, and I - I took the amp with wheels, and that has made all the difference.

    (*With apologies to Robert Frost.)
    Last edited: May 23, 2020
  9. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    Start with a light cabinet. Transporting my 212 fEARful cabinet is very easy. Lifting it into and out of the car is not difficult, and I don't carry it anywhere because it has tilt back wheels. The Mesa d800 head weighs whatever, lol. It is so light, that I never think about it. I'm over 70.

    My advice: Get a lightweight head and a cab with wheels, both used.

    Avoid combo's regardless of weight, as they make you carry everything at once, and well, if you start off with a nice light cab, you can keep using your amp head. Later, if you want something lighter, you can swap that head in, and keep the ampeg as a spare.
    Last edited: May 24, 2020
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  10. jeff7bass


    Apr 9, 2009
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  11. BAG


    May 5, 2014
    New Zealand
    If you're not against using a combo I'm very happy with my recent GK MB-212. Ridiculously light weight with serious volume and tone.
    I actually wanted an MB112 and an MBP112 powered cab for the versatility but couldn't get them here.
  12. Frankly, the Ampeg 210 idea is fantastic. A sound you know you love, and if you’re cool with that price and weight, I’d run with that idea!

    I’m not opposed to IEM but I’ve needed my amp in too many situations to commit to going completely amp less.

    if you wanna go super light and simple, Rumble 500, GK MB 210 or Markbass 102p combos would all get the job done.
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  13. bordinco90


    Dec 7, 2011
    SW Louisiana
    You could try the new GK 12 inch combo amp. It looks really cool, but is pricey at aroind $1200
    alanloomis1980 likes this.
  14. I just got my 121p earlier this year, I love that little thing. I got to use a 102p for backline a couple times, that thing is a monster! Totally sold me on Markbass, hearing it on stage in a band setting. my bands play at moderate volumes, and I found a deal, so I scooped up the 12”. I figure I can always add a 12” extension!
    DaDo625 and Reedt2000 like this.
  15. emblymouse

    emblymouse exempt Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2006
    After 99 amps I am now very satisfied with a Fender Rumble 500w 2 10 combo and a 1 12 ext. Lightweight, plentiful and inexpensive.
  16. MLC_BassPlayer

    MLC_BassPlayer Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 15, 2010
    Apex, NC
    I'm in the same boat. There are lot of options. For example: Fender Bassman 410 Neo is 56 pounds. Fender 2x8 Neo's are 30 pound each. There are a ton of class-d micro heads that will do just fine, no one in the audience will know the difference, especially if the FOH is carrying the load.

    IEM's are really the trick these days. No rig to carry, just a DI pedal and a tuner.
  17. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY
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  18. pappabass

    pappabass Suspended

    May 19, 2006
    Alabama !! Roll Tide
    20190903_070456.jpg I was in the same boat. Sold heavy combos. I have a TC Electronics 250 w. head and a SWR Pro 12 cabinet. (32 lbs) that i use at my gig. I don't play thru sound system either. I have used a Ampeg ba110 at the very small club i play at. We did not have a drummer.
    alanloomis1980 likes this.
  19. Amp wise - the Trace Elliot ELF always comes to my mind when it comes to light and compact.
  20. If you're running a 410 right now, a 210 might not do you well as far as sound and volume. A solid 212 will get you about as loud, and sound almost as full. If you can find one, TC has a couple great 212s. There's always a Subway too. The ampeg 212av is awesome too, but just about as big and heavy as a 410, so there isn't much of a trade off there.

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