Pro/cons for Combo or standart rig...

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by kas_lar, Nov 23, 2005.

  1. kas_lar


    Jan 12, 2005
    Hi guys!

    I've been thinking a lot of getting a smaller and handier mini rig.
    My current Big Rig is a EBS Pro 4x10" with a plain old GK 800Rb. I like the punch. That's just my way :cool:

    But that rig is just too big for small clubs, bars and such. The cab is just to heavy for my back about 100 pounds...

    So I'm thinking for getting a small 12"ish combo (right now the SWR California Blonde is quite hot) with just enough power, and quite small (I also play upright, but I haven’t got any gigs with it yet)

    OR - Getting a smaller amp head and a 2x10" cab like Aggie or SWR goliath junior, maybe EBS 2x10"

    OR just get a 2x10"/1x12" and get rid of the big bulky rack case for the GK 800RB, and travel light.

    I want to hear your opinions and learn a bit from your experience of having a compact combo (SWR Blonde) or a standard small rig (Small Amp and 2x10/1x12" cab). Please tell all about pros and cons of traveling, buying, heavy lifting and such...
    Kasper, Denmark
  2. IvanMike

    IvanMike TTRPG enthusiast, Happy, Joyous, & Free. Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2002
    Middletown CT, USA
    click here

    there ya go.

    by the way, the link to that thread and many other ones that answer FAQ can be found in the "check here before asking - FAQ" sticky at the top of the amps forum
  3. kas_lar


    Jan 12, 2005

    :rollno: times 100

  4. Mcrelly


    Jun 16, 2003
    Minnesota, USA
    if I were you I'd keep your head and maybe try some 210 cabs or 112s.

    if you can keep your larger cabs just in case.
  5. +1
  6. maurilio

    maurilio Guest

    May 25, 2003
    the GK800 is a pretty decent head. I've played several gigs with a GK800 and a Bergantino HT112 (before getting a TFB).... great sound!
    I think you should keep the GK (you like it right?) and get a small cab, Berg, Epi, whatever...... and you can still use the 4x10!
    Definitively more versatile!

  7. kdogg


    Nov 13, 2005
    I think you probably already have a pretty good idea what the pros and cons would be between these two options. Obviously, the combo is going to be lighter and more compact. The sacrifice will be power and volume, although volume probably won't be an issue if your using the combo at smaller venues. You may sacrifice a little tone also. An 800 watt amp into a 4x10 is going to be a little more punchy and present, than say a 200 watt 2x10. Again though, a lot will depend on venue size. A 200 watt 2x10 can sound great in the right setting, and give you plenty of power and tone.

    My favorite combo of all time, I owned one for 7 years, is the SWR Silverado Special. It's discontinued, but they pop up on ebay every now and then. It is a 350 watt 2x12 with plenty of tone and volume for all but the largest of venues. The downside is, it weights 90 lbs. The upside is, you get great tone and all you have to lug around is this one cabinet.

    My 2 cents :cool:
  8. have you checked out the EBS Neo cabs? the 112 is only 27lbs and they are pretty efficient too...

    [edit:] how come we don't hear much about the EBS neo cabs? their standard cab series seems quite well respected here on TB - surely a lighter version would seem quite an attraction? :)
  9. Mcrelly


    Jun 16, 2003
    Minnesota, USA
    "all you have to do..." that would put me in the hospital!!! If I could I'd "cart" a couple of 25-45 LB 112 cabs and a <20 head. like Eden 300,400,550 and some schroeder 112s or aguilars, etc...

    a 90 LB lift just from the car to the cart would be too much...I HATE GETTING OLD!!! AND I'M NOT EVEN 40.