Options for a sub 50 watt ALL tube head

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Marikk, Aug 8, 2017.

  1. Title says it all. I'm in the market for a preferably 30 watt or under all tube bass head. I'm in Canada so it's tough going. The used market is dismal and no one really wants to cross border ship. So I'm pretty much left with new retail. So far all I've been able to find is an Ampeg 20w head, which would work but I'd like to know what else may be out there.
  2. Linnin


    Jul 19, 2012
    Linningrad, Earth
    Ashdown 30 watt Little Bastard. Fender Bassman 100T and run it in the 25 watt mode.

    Pick a front end you like and built an amp yourself, or have it built. Would be no problem to use a single power tube for 20-25 watt output.
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  3. Jefenator

    Jefenator Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2008
    Looks like the current iteration of that Ashdown "Little Bastard" is now designated as the "CTM-30", available in tweed (possibly also darker tolex) and even a British-made anniversary model.

    I'm using an old Traynor Bass-Mate which is fun and fits your lower wattage criteria, but I just ordered one of those Ampeg PF-50T which I hope will be a little more practical all-round.
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  4. My question is this, what is your ultimate goal for this amp?
  5. deathness


    Jan 19, 2015
    If your market is limited, maybe expand your search to under 50 watt tube heads in general (intended for guitar or PA or such)... as long as you run the amp through a dedicated bass cabinet, of course.
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  6. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    There's always the B-15.
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  7. nomeX


    Nov 26, 2011
    Canada? Aren't you guys supposed to be swimming in Traynor YBA1's? Sub 50 watt all tube usually leads me to vintage (got a Guild Maverick Bass Combo and a Multivox Bass Combo) or the rack path, with a Tube pre and a Tube power amp. For me that's a Peavey Max and a Peavey Classic 60/60. Do you want a combo or a head/cab setup? Like CL400Peavey asked, what are your goals for this amp? You could always run a guitar amp into a bass cab. I see plenty of used sub 50 watt all tube guitar heads.
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  8. markjazzbassist

    markjazzbassist Supporting Member

    Apr 19, 2005
    Lakewood, OH
    fender bassman
    ampeg b15
    guild thunderbass or thunderstar
    traynor bassmate yba-1
    sunn 100s
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  9. There's got to be an old Traynor head somewhere in New Brunswick for sale used? Pawn shop or the like?
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  10. This will be my at home / Small jamming type thing. I have an Ampeg V4b if i need more power, plus a few solid state amps. I just want something smaller with less output

    No luck yet, I visit Moncton, Fredericton and Saint John frequently for work and family and havent had any luck yet
  11. Then you can get away with any tube amp out there. Find a VHT special 6 for $100.
  12. devnulljp

    devnulljp Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2009
    BC, Canada
    Admin on the D*A*M Forum
    You're in Canada? Traynor! Even better, grab a vintage Traynor for relative peanuts -- YBA1 is ~45W, Bass Mate is ~20 W.

    There's a Voicemaster at Pauls Boutique for $400, could be modded easily to a bass head.
    Traynor Voice Master | Paul's Boutique

    Capsule had a couple of old Traynors last time I looked too.
    Traynor Bassmate

    Heads up: Traynor YBA-1 1968 Walnut | Robin's Gear Locker
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2017
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  13. Manticore


    Feb 27, 2016
    Matchless Thunderman... ;)
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  14. bushbass


    Nov 6, 2014
    I'd browse Kijiji for old Traynors, never played one but have heard lots of good things about them
  15. Some light reading for you: Low-Wattage Tubesters Official Club

    Small tube amps are crazy fun. I've owned an Ashdown LB-30 and currently have an Ashdown CTM-15 and an Ampeg PF-20t. I'm GASing hard for one of the new Fender Bassman 100ts.

    The Ampegs (and Fender) have a post-power DI with silent record. I love this feature. When the family goes to sleep, you can unplug your cab, crank the volume, and listen to delicious tube saturation in your headphones via a personal monitor.

    Since you're up north, I've heard more than one person say that the Traynor Darkhorse is adequate for bass. Plus it's just cool looking.
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  16. Lo-E


    Dec 19, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    Not only do you have Traynors in the used market up there, you have Garnets!

    Keep your eyes peeled for an old 6V6-powered Garnet bass head. Nice stuff.
  17. I can't be the only one who thinks the modern Super Champ sounds great on bass. I use it more than the Studio Bass for its break up ability. The clean Bassman setting sounds real to me.

    Don't shoot me for grill cloth going the wrong direction on th SB. It is the previous owner's mistake which I've yet to fix.

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  18. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    It's 50w, so technically not sub 50, but I'm a huge fan of my PF-50t.
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  19. madmanmerc


    May 11, 2015
    Do yourself a favor and go buy an ampeg pf50t. You can get it at long and macquade. If they dont have one they will order it for you. They should let you try it before you buy. There is also the pf20t, but i didnt find it loud enough for my needs
  20. BadExample


    Jan 21, 2016
    I have wondered if a chintech geetar amp could work for bass if fed from a bass preamp to effects in on the tube amp. Thots?
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