Power Amp to go with Sansamp RBI

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by SMB13, Dec 10, 2014.

  1. SMB13

    SMB13 Guest

    Feb 15, 2013
    Just looking for a reliable, decent power amp for no more than $200 (used). Weight isn't a huge factor, but light is nice. For now, it'll be powering a Peavey 215D with Scorpion Plus speakers, 300 watts 4 ohms. I believe (will eventually get some Black Widows). I eventually may pick up a couple of 410s sometime, so it would be nice it if it could be powerful enough for that when the time comes so I can switch them back and forth.

    So, what should I be looking for? If it's any consolation, my live sound instructor in my music program says that it's "better" to run it with a bass amp, skipping the preamp, saying that "they were meant to be run with bass amps" and that running a normal power amp with them is silly. I thought this was an odd bit of input, but didn't know if there was any truth behind it.

    And while I'm at it, I'm looking for a nice fuzz pedal that I can use for both guitar and bass. I'd like to avoid EHX (not much to my taste in terms of fuzz), and would like to stay around $150 used. I was thinking Blackout Effector Musket, but don't know how it does for bass. Open to any input.

    Thanks guys!
  2. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    I've been running an RBI rack rig (power amp, not bass amp) for a decade. Zero problems, killer tone, gets all the power I need from the amp. I suspect he's thinking of the original SansAmp BDDI pedal, which does not push a power amp well unless it's modded.

    I'll let others comment on which power amp you should look for. I'm sure you can find a used one in your price range, maybe even lightweight too. Good luck!
  3. Johnny Crab

    Johnny Crab HELIX user & BOSE Abuser

    Feb 11, 2004
    You can find used QSC's that will do what you want when run in their bridged mode.
    If you are truly using an RBI(and not the pedal version), the one here runs thru a dbx 166xL(speaker protection for ACME B2's) is mated to a QSC 2402 that was got for about $400 but puts out 700+ watts/side @ 4 ohms. The lower watt versions are just as reliable and bridged will do what you want.
  4. SMB13

    SMB13 Guest

    Feb 15, 2013
    Sweet, thanks guys. I'll keep my eyes open. Any other good brands to look out for?
  5. Mikeee71

    Mikeee71 Supporting Member

    Sep 6, 2013
    The Crest Prolite 2.0 is Perfect for that!
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  6. C130AVN

    C130AVN Stringed Tubist

    Apr 19, 2012
    Winterpeg, Manisnowba
    I'll second the Crest Pro Lite 2.0, it's what I run with my RBI Rack mount, has lots of power the best part is Amp, Preamp, and case weighs under 20 lbs. Has a third speakon connector just for bridged operation, stays cool, and has a very quiet fan.