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Orange Crush PiX 100BXT vs Hartke A100 vs TC Electronic BG500/210

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by VonTone, Aug 16, 2012.

  1. VonTone


    Aug 16, 2012
    Greetings good people of TalkBass, I'm a first time poster looking for some direction and wisdom in picking an amp. I play in a blues band that is developing more of a Kyuss sound everytime we play (no bad thing really!). So far only small venues, so the 150w amp I have on loan does the job well enough, but I need to get something of my own pretty quick before this one dies.

    I've narrowed it down to 3 possibilities so far:


    If anyone has any experience with these amps, or can point me in the right direction, it'd be much appreciated!
  2. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    To me, the one thing I would always look for in a combo amp, is the ability to add an ext cab. If any of those can add on easily, that's the one I'd choose. Wattage does NOT equal volume, speakers do, and the best way to "get louder", is to add a 2nd identical cab. (ie: a 210 combo w/ a 210 ext cab)
  3. VonTone


    Aug 16, 2012
    Loudness is not a major factor, this amp will only be used for practice and small gigs, will be linked to a PA when we have to get loud. I'll be ordering it online so will have no chance to test drive it, whatever it may be.
  4. You might consider adding the BG250 http://www.thomann.de/ie/tc_electronic_bg250.htm to your list.

    The tone on this amp is getting fairly broad positive response. It's lighter than all of your other choices, which can be a benefit.

    In terms of use as a practice amp, some amps have line-in limited to headphone out. I don't know which way your choices fall on this, but it's a nice option to have line-in to speaker out, and the BG250 does allow this. That might be a factor of consideration worth checking on.

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