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Reliable Low End

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by keithkurpiel, Oct 9, 2013.


  1. keithkurpiel

    keithkurpiel

    Oct 9, 2013
    Hi guys, I am looking to buy a reliable bass amp (i've had all the unreliable ones already) that can give me a solid low end sound. Im trying to decide where to start. I play in a rock 'n roll band that has been gigging at small venues around Mass. Can some recommend a good amp?
     
  2. AndyLES

    AndyLES

    Aug 25, 2008
    New York
    What have you used already?
     
  3. keithkurpiel

    keithkurpiel

    Oct 9, 2013
    I have a Galien Krueger MB115-II combo amp with a powered cab to go along with it. The problem is it's unreliable as I have had many technical issues with it. As I am gigging I need an amp that I know is going to be there.
     
  4. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Banned

    Feb 21, 2010
    St. Louis
    Budget?

    Weight limit?

    Do you prefer a combo or a head and cab?

    Tube or SS?
     
  5. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    What issues are you having? GK is pretty reliable stuff.
     
  6. Kmonk

    Kmonk

    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings, Nordstrand Pickups, Korg Keyboards
    I had some issues with GK in the past but nothing unusual considering I used GK for about 10 years. I am back to using Ampeg. Depending on what you are looking for, there are some decent Ampeg combos or you could get a head with a 2x10 or 4x10.
     
  7. Linnin

    Linnin

    Jul 19, 2012
    Linningrad, Earth
    Fender Rumble 350. Powerful - Very conservatively rated with thick, rich tone. Reliable - Five Year Warranty. Gig worthy & road worthy. Plenty of well designed matching speaker cab options, or go with a 2X10 combo. It's All Good :)
     
  8. TC.65

    TC.65

    Dec 20, 2008
    Carbondale IL
    Anything Genz Benz!!!
     
  9. Mr. Foxen

    Mr. Foxen Commercial User

    Jul 24, 2009
    Bristol, UK
    Amp tinkerer at Ampstack
    Something about this gives me suspicion you are using too much low eq boost, and its upsetting things. Cab might be your biggest problem.
     
  10. jeff7bass

    jeff7bass

    Apr 9, 2009
    GK 400RBII is a rock! Put a solid 15" full range or 212 cab under it and your about as solid as it gets.
     
  11. Linnin

    Linnin

    Jul 19, 2012
    Linningrad, Earth
    +100
    Heard a Genz Benz Streamliner 900 on top of their 212 Neo cab and it was seriously great sounding. Full; rich tone with plentious highs. Good strong attack/punch. $2K+ is just too dear for me, but if you can afford it...DO It! :D
     
  12. keithkurpiel

    keithkurpiel

    Oct 9, 2013
    Too much low eq can cause the speaker to cut out?
     
  13. Permanently, yes, if you're blowing up speakers with too much low end.

    I doubt you could get the amp to thermal out without farting out the cab, but it's a possibility.
     
  14. DerTeufel

    DerTeufel Supporting Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Wildomar, CA
    Yes.
     
  15. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    Yes.

    Using a clockface, where are your EQ settings on the amp?
     
  16. keithkurpiel

    keithkurpiel

    Oct 9, 2013
    LO-MID and BASS at 1, BOOST at 3
     
  17. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147

    Have you eliminated the other links, i.e., instrument jack, cable, AC power? Exactly what is happening? :cool:
     
  18. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    And the rest? Where is your gain and master set?
     
  19. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Banned

    Feb 21, 2010
    St. Louis
    Just go buy an SVT and an 810. Problem solved. ;):)
     

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