Propping up my amp

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Basso Gruvitas, Oct 10, 2001.

  1. Basso Gruvitas

    Basso Gruvitas Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2000
    Dallas/Ft. Worth TX
    Hey guys,

    I have an Epifani 2x10 and an SWR SM-500. They work great together, but there's a problem. The Epifani is very directional. When I put it on the floor and stand in front of it, I hear a lot of low end without the definition that makes the Epfani so sweet. It makes a poor monitoring situation when I don't REALLY know what I sound like. I would like to angle the amp up, like a tilt-back amp, but I don't know what to use.

    I've thought about getting an amp stand, but the support arms in the back are not long enough to keep the SWR from sliding backward. I don't need another cab either - that's overkill for the gigs I do.

    Does anyone else have this problem? What did you do?
  2. Put a 2x4 underneath the front , and put your amp on a table. Very simply solved. If you want it farther back then that, line it against a wall. There you go.

    I like the simple approach:D
  3. Basso Gruvitas

    Basso Gruvitas Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2000
    Dallas/Ft. Worth TX
    Okay, let me put a couple wrinkles in...

    Suppose you don't have the room to put a table up, like for a small private party, lounge, or stage.

    Also, if all your cords (AC, XLR, Speakon, tuner, etc) feed out the back of the amp, what happens to them if you lean the head against the wall?

    Now the plot thickens!!
  4. Tapp


    Aug 29, 2001
    USA, Mississippi
    Before you go and spend money on a tilt stand, try a 2X4 underneath the front first while the speaker is on the ground.

    Here's a problem I run into with my Eden 2-10XLT, when playing at church; the platform is hollowed out and wooden. When I raise my cab, I loose a lot of low end (too much for my tastes). I simply stand farther away and that usually takes care of it.

    I understand being in tight places and moving away is not an option (believe me I'm playing a show right now and this is my situation). Try raising the cab on a table to see if the tone is still there before spending on a stand.

  5. This might be a little complex for you but its a good plan if you know how to build something. Build a small table that will actually go around your amp. That way the tabletop is above the amp, but the legs are to the side. Thats what I would do.
  6. I use an axman amp stand for my Ashdown combo, gets it closer to me, for both voume and adjustment on stage. About $30-40.
  7. ItchyBass

    ItchyBass Guest

    Oct 12, 2001
    Eugene, OR
    Get an Amp-150 Genesis Amp Stand

    I use a Bag End 15 (19" tall), and a 4 spcae rack. I had the exact same problem. I got one of these little guys at a GC, and it works great! The boom on the back sticks up about 4 inches above the cabinet to keep my rack from sliding off. Plus it has a receptacle on the top of the boom so that you can stick a gooseneck on it to wrap around and mic your cab.

    Plus they are only $20, and very compact when folded up.

    Here is the link to the page on Musicians Friend, incase you cannot find one locally:
  8. Basso Gruvitas

    Basso Gruvitas Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2000
    Dallas/Ft. Worth TX
    Itchy, my man!!

    Thanks for the heads up on the amp stand! I checked out the link and it will hold up to 75 pounds, which really isn't much for bass gear. But I thought about your gear, and your stuff has to weigh in at about 75 pounds.

    Have you had any problems with the thing bending or buckling? And just that stick coming up the back in the middle is enough to keep your rack from falling back? Hmmmm!

    I'm going to flag the hyperlink you gave me and think about this. (and wait for your answers)

    This seems like a better way to go than a 2x4.
  9. ItchyBass

    ItchyBass Guest

    Oct 12, 2001
    Eugene, OR
    I have had no problems with it. Admittedly, it seems a little wimpy, but it really holds up. That BagEnd of mine weighs 44 lbs, then in my rack I have a Mesa Boogie M-Pulse 600, which weighs a TON! I have well over 100 lbs on the thing with no issues. I did not realize the specs when I bought it, or I might not have… But I am glad I did.

    The only issue I have with it is that the leg spread of the thing is not that wide. The floor of the practice space I play in is week, and I have a tendency to start jumping up and down (and I weigh 205 lbs.) to get everybody on track if we get off tempo. Though the thing will wobble a little, I have never knocked it over (though I have caused a spilled beer or two).

    Buy one, you’ll like it. If not, shoot me an email ([email protected]) and my Rhythm guitarist will buy it off of you. He is using an Axman stand and keeps trying to convince me to trade with him.
  10. Deman669

    Deman669 Guest

    May 11, 2001
    Caldwell, ID, USA
    now there's an endorsement I can get used to! comes with a garauntee!(sp?)