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Portable but with good sound?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by ii7-V7, Nov 25, 2005.

  1. ii7-V7


    Aug 4, 2002
    Baltimore, MD
    I know that this must have been discussed before but a search yeiled no decent results.

    So, heres the question. I'm looking for a small, light combo that doesn't compromise on quality tone.

    See, I do 90% of my playing at light levels, i.e. with acoustic guitars in a coffee shop. I'm tired of lugging a 70lb amp around.

  2. zillo


    Jun 5, 2003
    I recently destryoed a Yorkville XM 100C. I've replaced it with a Workingman's 12.

    Tone to die for. Big, rich, and fulll.
  3. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    Fremont, Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    Price range?
  4. Akami

    Akami Four on the floor

    And other requirements?

    If someone has a car, their portable is not necessarily portable for the guy that has to take a bus.

    All that aside, it sounds like the Acoustic Image Contra would be perfect for you, assuming it will fit into your price range.

    Go do some research on it and see what you think.
  5. ii7-V7


    Aug 4, 2002
    Baltimore, MD
    Looks great! I haven't found a price quote yet. About 25 lbs. Thats on the upper end of my weight limit. But its seems to be very transparent, which is a huge plus.


    P.S. I'm using a car (So, its not like I have to carry it to the coffeeshop) but I also live on the top floor of an apartment building.
  6. jokerjkny


    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PA

    if you've got money to burn, Epifani UL112 (30 lbs.) w/ an Acoustic Image Focus head (4 lbs.).

    midprice, try an Acme B-1 1x10 (30 lbs.), which pushes out plenty of low end despite it wee size. and mate that to any 15 lbs. head that's out there now, like a used Eden WT550, Aguilar AG500, etc.

    cheap bastard? most any of the little Ashdown Blue series combo's are terrific for the price. i've seen the 1x12 go for as low as $299. not a bad carry, and sounds MUCH better than any of that ampeg BA crap.
  7. kjones

    kjones Supporting Member

    Dec 4, 2004
    Yeah, it's incredibly transparent; what you put into it is what you'll get out of it. I have a Clarus which is great for upright or electric if you want to play clean.

    Expect to pay around a grand.

    BTW, if you want to answer, are you THAT Chad Dukes? If so, I'm a fan.
  8. seamonkey


    Aug 6, 2004
    Also check out the new Yamaha head. It weights around 10lbs but has clean sound and presets if you want to store a few settings.

    AI has a Contra EX Special Edition cabinet for around $300USD. It'll soak up a lot of power but should be fine for small venues. 21lbs. Hi-fi, but bottom firing speaker can be problematic.

    Or the GK mb 115mbx 12" weighs 12lb but is not hi-fi enough for me. Seems to be heavy in the midrange, but I've never actually measured one and no specs are published.

    Hope this helps.
  9. ii7-V7


    Aug 4, 2002
    Baltimore, MD
    I know who you're talking about, but no I'm not that Chad Dukes. This is my REAL name....his is a psuedonym.


    You guys are giving my great answers......can you go even lighter??????

    I'm really hoping to find something around $500 or less and under 20 lbs.

  10. jokerjkny


    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PA

    the only way that'll happen is this:

  11. Akami

    Akami Four on the floor

    Here's a link to Acoustic Image
    The new Contra is supposed to be 20 lbs @ 400watts and I think.
    The older Contras I think run about 27lbs, aren't too hard to find if you're not in a big hurry and you can usually find one for $400-600.

    Here also is a link to Bob Gollihur's site

    Some of the old specs are still posted but you can see the whole Acoustic Image lineup there.
  12. Texx


    Sep 10, 2004
  13. JJBluegrasser

    JJBluegrasser Wannabe Snazzy Dresser

    Apr 17, 2003
    USA, Raleigh, NC
    I still love my Mesa Walkabout Scout 1x12 Combo. And it looks cool too...


  14. Plus one... the AI stuff with an Epi112UL is about as light as you can go and still play a moderate sized gig. I would go with the Focus... same size and tone, more watts... what the heck!
  15. Phil Smith

    Phil Smith Mr Sumisu 2 U

    May 30, 2000
    Peoples Republic of Brooklyn
    Creator of: iGigBook for Android/iOS
    GK MB150E Combo or GK Microbass 112MBX Cabinet 12lbs and either a Clarus, Focus or Bose power amp with a pre-amp. The Microbass Cabinet will sound good a moderate volumes and will work in the types of venues and configurations that you're playing.
  16. endlessbassic


    Dec 23, 2004
    By the way, not to hijack, but i thought i saw a thread on the DI-only subject but can't find it anywhere.. anyone know the one(s?) i'm talking about? ..it really does seem like the best way to go for pure portability!
  17. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    Fremont, Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
  18. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

    Portability you ask for eh? How bout a Peavey Classic 400?

    Pahahahahaha!!! Just kidding of course. 97 "portable" (with a crane) pounds! :D
  19. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    Fremont, Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    I think of the Classic 400 as exercise equipment - with some decidely nice perks! :p