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POLL: Big Iron, Lunchbox ... or both?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by kat888, Mar 12, 2018.


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  1. Big Iron (Class A/B)

    43 vote(s)
    29.1%
  2. Lunchbox (Class D)

    66 vote(s)
    44.6%
  3. Both equally

    39 vote(s)
    26.4%
  1. kat888

    kat888 Guest

    Oct 13, 2015
    What type of amp do you use (not want or have in a cupboard)? Not interested in cabs, power ratings, valve vs solid state, head or combo. Thanks.
     
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  2. I use more or less equally a Class A/B Tube head and a Class D Solid State head.

    It really depends on what I feel like carrying into a gig and whether I am driving or not.
     
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  3. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2007
    Toronto Ontario Canada
    This is a difficult question to answer. All my Class D units are standard rack size two space units. I have four. I chose Lunchbox as it was the only Class D choice.
     
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  4. kat888

    kat888 Guest

    Oct 13, 2015
    To us big iron kids, Class D amps all feel like lunch boxes.
     
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  5. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2007
    Toronto Ontario Canada
    I’ve done my turn with big iron and do not wish to return. I still own three heavy Class AB power amps. Two I built myself and a Carvin four channel power amp I can barely pick up.
     
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  6. dukeorock

    dukeorock Owner BNA Audio Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2011
    Nashville, TN
    Authorized greenboy designs builder/Owner of BNA Audio
    Mine are all over the map and I like em all for different reasons
    9BCC6782-54F5-4A3D-AB2F-BF53B50DAF76.
     
  7. I was about to ask if you just built two Crazy 88 cabs but then saw you were BNA Audio.

    Thought I recognized that SUNN from your FB post :D
     
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  8. dukeorock

    dukeorock Owner BNA Audio Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2011
    Nashville, TN
    Authorized greenboy designs builder/Owner of BNA Audio
    That Sunn Coliseum 300 is a fantastic amp!
     
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  9. A/B all the way!!

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  10. kat888

    kat888 Guest

    Oct 13, 2015
    You're just showing off Mark. Bonus points for the YBA200/2 though.

    full.
     
  11. D.M.N.

    D.M.N. (O))))

    Oct 6, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
  12. Fab Superlative

    Fab Superlative

    Oct 12, 2006
    Metro Motown
    The Truth Is Out There
    I voted Big Iron.
    Usually take an Eden WTX260 as an emergency backup/bandaid that stays in the transport.
    The only other lunchbox I have atm is an Orange Terror bass 1000, and it nails that lunchbox look too!

    I normally use the big iron variants of Ampeg, Orange, Eden, SWR.

    Crown & Crest power amps for the rack gear.
     
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  13. Deak

    Deak Supporting Member

    Feb 28, 2016
    Kansas
    Sounds like a Wonder Bread ad. :D
     
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  14. GBassNorth

    GBassNorth

    Dec 23, 2006
    SoCal
    If I have my facts straight I'm running class AB stuff for all my serious playing and class D for my practice amp. Unfortunately none of them are in true "lunchbox" size and some are a pain in the arse to move.

    Bass amps:
    Ampeg SVT VR head - 300 watts all valve - class AB
    Musicman HD150 head - 150 watt hybrid with a SS pre and valve power section - class AB
    Thunderfunk TFB420 head - 450 watts all SS - class AB
    GK MB500 combo - 350 watts into 210 ultra light cab (practice amp) - class D

    Guitar amps:
    Fender Super Reverb combo - 65 watts all valve - class AB
    Fender Acoustasonic combo - ? watts all SS - class D
    Blackstar HT20 - 20 watts all SS (practice amp) - class D
     
  15. Deak

    Deak Supporting Member

    Feb 28, 2016
    Kansas
    I voted both. They each serve their purpose for me . . . depending on the situation.
     
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  16. 20180312_200636.
    Lunch box, big iron and little iron!
     
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  17. I use class D for gigs and a B15 for recording.
     
  18. Rip Van Dan

    Rip Van Dan Supporting Member

    Feb 2, 2009
    Duvall, WA
    Type A /B "Big Iron" for me although I wouldn't mind owning a lunchbox. Just love the sound of my "Big Iron" Eden amp though, especially since David Nordschow upped it from 500-watts bridged to 800-watts bridged back in 2010.

    413809231.

    That amp and this cab and I can play anywhere.
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  19. Gaolee

    Gaolee Official leathers tester and crash dummy Supporting Member

    You are missing a few. Get on it!

    Class D hadn't been invented when my favorite amps were built. The head of an Acoustic 360/361 is just a preamp. It weighs next to nothing. The power section is down in the bottom of the cabinet. The cabinet has wheels. Wheels are an amazing invention that allows puny humans to move heavy objects that sound good with ease.
     
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  20. Plectrum72

    Plectrum72 Supporting Member

    Depends on the venue/load in.
    Narrow hallways, stairs, long trek = GK MB500
    Rehearsals = GK MB200
    All others = Peavey VB-2
     

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