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Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Squawk, Feb 28, 2014.

  1. Squawk


    Feb 19, 2014
    I'm about to purchase a cheap bass practice amp. Keeping it at $250 or less. Here are my options:
    Acoustic B100MKII 100w - $249.99

    Orange Crush Pix 50w - $269.99

    Ampeg BA110 35w - $179.99

    Peavey Max 112 II 200w - $249.99

    This will be for jamming and practicing at home. The guys I play with have a full PA setup and I haven't had to bring any amp to play with them.

    Suggestions or opinions?
  2. P-oddz

    P-oddz Supporting Member

    Apr 7, 2009
    Milwaukee, WI
  3. Muckaluck


    Oct 11, 2005
    Whitby, Ontario
    I really like that Peavey Max. You could use it for practice, use the DI in a gig situation or use it as a makeshift monitor or keyboard amp in a pinch. I think that for the price, the other options are either way underpowered or limited in future usability.
  4. waveman

    waveman Supporting Member

    Sep 25, 2008
    Peavey Max
  5. mr_flood


    Mar 18, 2013
    You don't have it on your list so pardon me if i might suggest the GK MB115. It's what i use and i am eminently happy with it. Great tone, tremendous power and unbelievably lightweight. Got mine used for $249 from GC.
  6. tgriley62


    Jan 25, 2011
    S.E. Mo
    I have the Max 112 & its a great amp. Plenty of power for practice plus DI out and built in tuner. Can't wait for the 400w minimax head that's coming out later
  7. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Ampeg BA110 35w - $179.99
  8. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Since you have some monetary leeway, check out the Ampeg BA112. My favorite of the BA amps, even though I don't have one. Got a BA110 and it's a super and highly usable little amp, at least for me, but the BA112 has 50w, a bigger speaker, and sounds bigger.
  9. Squawk


    Feb 19, 2014
    Went with the Peavey Max 112. I'm liking it a lot better than the Rumble.
  10. Squawk


    Feb 19, 2014
    Returned the Peavey Max 112. Got a Ampeg BA115. Much better tone.
  11. experimental bassist

    experimental bassist

    Mar 15, 2009
    As much as I like Peavey it's hard to beat those little Ampeg BA series combos cause they do Ampeg thing so well.

    Which Rumble did you compare the Max 112 to?

    Also did you have a chance to try the Ampeg BA 112 that JimmyM suggested by any chance?

    I found I liked the tone of the BA112 probably best of all the BA series, and would rate that combo up there with the venerated Rocket bass amp series, it really is a good sounding combo.

    Anyway, congrats on the purchase, the 115 is a heck of a practice amp, it will certainly handle small - medium gigs as well. :bassist:
  12. gr8bassplayer


    Feb 12, 2013
    I would have to agree with mr_flood. I highly recommend GKs, I love mine. If not though, go with the Ampeg.
  13. Squawk


    Feb 19, 2014
    I have 30 days to play with the BA115. If I don't like it, I'll return it for full refund and get something else.

    They did not have a BA112 in the store. Had a couple of GK's but both were above my price range.