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Practical experience with BA115T as a bedroom practice amp?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by 6Hz, Jul 17, 2007.


  1. 6Hz

    6Hz

    Jul 12, 2007
    Berkeley, CA
    I'm considering a BA115T as my next amp. I've heard and played it
    and I'm pretty sure that it will suit my very limited gigging needs.

    The downside I'm concerned about is the "hiss" that's been reported.
    I played it a bit in a loud music store and couldn't detect any. But that
    was a loud music store. What I'm worried about is sitting in my quiet
    room at home practicing scales or such with a faceful of white noise.
    Which would be bad.

    Has this been a problem for any of you at relatively low volumes? Is
    it easily defeatable with the treble control? Am I likely to be going after
    the tweeter with wirecutters?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Jim Roseberry

    Jim Roseberry

    May 24, 2007
    FWIW, I'd spend a little extra and get the BA115HP.
    It's very similar sound wise... but with double the watts... and a nicer (quieter) tweater. It also has an attenuation control for the tweater... and handles on the side.
    MUCH less hiss than the BA115...


    Jim Roseberry
    www.studiocat.com
    jim@studiocat.com
     
  3. tjh

    tjh Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2006
    Minnesota
    for B/R practice I much prefer 10's over a 15 ... I find I have much more definition and discernment of technique than I do with just 15's and a tweeter ... I have played the BA115 in the store, and was less than impressed for the money ... if you find one used very inexpensive, maybe ... personally I opted for a Peavey Minx as the B/R practice amp .. tough to go wrong for 75 bucks used ... might not cover your gig scenarios, but your title inquired about B/R practice ... JMO
     
  4. I have the BA115 and the hiss is very noticable, unless you turn the treble to about 8:00 and then use an EQ pedal or your bass to boost the signal. If you can, go with the nicer combo like Jim said - more power, better tone and control, no hiss.
     
  5. 6Hz

    6Hz

    Jul 12, 2007
    Berkeley, CA
    Thanks for the discouragement ... :)

    While I was reassessing my choice, an essentially unused 2-year-old
    b100r showed up on craigslist for $250 and I grabbed it. I think I'll
    be able to live it for a while.
     
  6. fishdds

    fishdds

    Nov 23, 2006
    Greensboro NC
    I had a BA115 and the hiss was very noticeable at bedroom volumes. I still have a BA110, which I think sounds a lot better in a bedroom practice situation, is a lot smaller, lighter, and cheaper. I just get it up off the floor a little, and it does the job nicely. Of course, I guess all this is moot anyway, since you went with something else.
     

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