Opinions wanted your favorite Class D Amp under $700?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Nicolay3535, Dec 26, 2017.

  1. Nicolay3535

    Nicolay3535 Supporting Member

    Sep 16, 2010
    South Florida
    OK so my Peavey Minimega is kinda starting to crap out on me, there seems to be some kind of issue that gets fixed with a slap or bump.

    Next, it's just too much power for what I need at 1,000w, and the tone well I've had better.

    So I've given myself a budget of $600 to $700 max and I want to buy brand new not used.

    Right now the Aguilar Tone Hammer 500w is at the top of my list, for a couple of reasons. I love it's tone, used one once for a gig, sounds great with my cabs, second it's in my price range, and third It's a very reputable brand with from what I've heard durable.

    With that said I'd love to hear any other recommendations that you amazing folks here in TB land could suggest.

    I play in cover band that goes from Pearl Jam to salsa to hip hop and right back, basically I need an amp that can do it all. I have a Markbass 2x10 and 1x15, can use ether one on its own for small gigs or both together for venues that require more power.

    Now you know where I stand and I'd really appreciate all of you great people's opinions.

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  2. RoadRanger

    RoadRanger Supporting Member

    Feb 18, 2004
    NE CT
    If you like the tone of the TH it can't be beat :) .
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  3. I think the Aguilar tone hammer should be at the top of your list. You'll love the tone. If you used one you'd think it sounds great with your cabs. It's also in your price range, and you've heard that it's a very reputable, durable brand.

    If you don't listen to me your're just crazy. :thumbsup:
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  4. Nicolay3535

    Nicolay3535 Supporting Member

    Sep 16, 2010
    South Florida
    I know, I know but i just love options :cool:
  5. Sorry. Voice of reason and all, ya know? ;)
  6. Inara

    Inara Fierce Fun Fretless Female Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2017
    Seattle, WA USA
    Quilter Bass Block ... It's a little unorthodox, but I love mine dearly. Best tone I've ever had.
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  7. jnewmark

    jnewmark Just wanna play the groove. Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2006
    Stax 1966
    Third St. Cigar Records staff musician.
    Mesa Subway D800, or 800+ if you can afford it.
  8. Nicolay3535

    Nicolay3535 Supporting Member

    Sep 16, 2010
    South Florida

    A little above my price range and to be honest I've never been a mesa tone fan (probably one of the only out there to feel that way)
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  9. shawshank72


    Mar 22, 2009
    My fav is Traynor SB500
    Rock solid gear.
    Or if you like the TH so much maybe the Fender Rumble 500 at a cheaper price.
  10. Al Kraft

    Al Kraft Supporting Member

    May 2, 2016
    Northern Virginia
    I own and/or have played a lot of the current crop of class D heads and if the Aguilar TH500 sounded good to you, it will honestly be hard to match IMO. I love my TH500 for what it does, but there are times when I need something a little more in Mesa or GK voicing territory. The Aguilar is top end gear from a great company...if it's the sound you like, I'm not sure there will be much out there that does it any better.

    If you want a bit of stretch, the Mesa D-800 series is in-between the Aguilar and GK voicing to my ear. You might be surprised with its versatility, but as much as I like mine, I can't quite get it to convince me it's a TH. Good luck with your decision!
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  11. alaskaleftybass

    alaskaleftybass Will Hanbury, Jr. In Memoriam

    Mar 21, 2012
    Sitka, Alaska
    Gallien Krueger MB500 or MB500 Fusion. Or MB800.

    I bought a used MB200 and MB500 several years ago and have been happy since. I needed feet for my MB200 and a nice guy at GK sent me a set for free, even though I wasn't the original owner.

    I'm going to try the Mesa D800 one of these days. The support is excellent (not from experience, but what I read here) and it's top of the line equipment. I guess I'm kind of waiting for my MB500 to die, but it doesn't seem to be giving up the ghost anytime soon! :laugh:
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  12. alaskaleftybass

    alaskaleftybass Will Hanbury, Jr. In Memoriam

    Mar 21, 2012
    Sitka, Alaska
    Sad to say that I tried the MiniMax for a couple weeks and it just didn't do it for me. I guess Hartley wanted to "modernize" the sound of the classic American "silver fin" amps and sucked the life right out of the tone. The fan was loud as heck and I bought it mostly for quiet jams. It went back to the vendor, I was sad about the direction Peavey was taking. I know they had to change for the times, but look at all the old Peavey bass amps that are still around and almost the obligatory first amp for any starting bass player needing a cheap first band amp. I wish Hartley would make a premium Made In USA line. I'll bet it would sell...
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  13. mmbongo

    mmbongo I have too many basses. Supporting Member

    Mesa D800 should be at the top of your list.

    But if you don't like the tone of the D800 you probably won't like the Aguilar either.
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  14. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    New England
    TC RH450. Great features and the 3 memory banks
    make changing sounds easy.
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  15. Nicolay3535

    Nicolay3535 Supporting Member

    Sep 16, 2010
    South Florida
    Starting to feel that the Mesa D800 might be worth the extra $ due to versatility of tone.
  16. SJan3

    SJan3 Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2010
    Gee, I own both Tonehammer and Littlemark lll. Different but both potent units that I'm pleased with. If you have Markbass cabs, they have a great selection of amps. I'd start there.
  17. Hounddog409


    Oct 27, 2015
    Mesa D800.

    That is all
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  18. agedhorse

    agedhorse Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 12, 2006
    Davis, CA (USA)
    Development Engineer-Mesa Boogie, Development Engineer-Genzler (pedals), Product Support-Genz Benz
    If you can find a used one, try to get the original bill of sale but even if you can't the warranty is transferable from the date of the build rather than the date of first sale. This might make a used one more appealing.
  19. SunnBass

    SunnBass All these blankets saved my life.

    Aug 31, 2010
    Columbia, Mo
    GK MB500
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  20. Nicolay3535

    Nicolay3535 Supporting Member

    Sep 16, 2010
    South Florida
    I'd like too but I don't have the cash to shell out on a Markbass head, and unfortunately those are only offered throu MF or GC and neither have a multiple payment plan unless you take out a credit card with them, which unfortunately isn't an option for me. The cabs were half gift half store credit, and i like them allot for their tone and light weight trans-portability.

    Sweetwater makes it a little easier with the any card payment plans so its looking like ether the TH 500 or D800 are the two amps I'm looking at right now.