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Rock/slap combo/mid-price amp

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Ced777, Jul 15, 2003.


  1. Ced777

    Ced777

    Jul 15, 2003
    Hi guys,

    I'm new in town .... and in the world of bass!
    I live in Europe, in France exactly and after 10 years of guitar, I begin in the bass area.
    So I'v got the bass: a Status Energy. Very nice instrument. But here is my problem: I would like to find a budget (or not too expensive) bass combo.

    I play mainly rock/hard rock stuff, and love the slap sound, so I need a combo able to slap. It will be my study / practice amp. Not for gig at first, but enough power to play with a drum/guitar band. I think 100/150W would be a great compromise. I would prefer a combo (easier to carry)

    So I read a lot (I know very well guitar amps, but nothing about bass amps) and find a lot of manufacturer.
    I thought about:
    - Hartke kickback
    - GK Backline
    - Peavey TNT115.

    They are just idea, because I don't know very well bass amps. What would you choose in my case (rock/slap / enough real power to stand a band but not gig, good sound, not too pricey).

    Thank you for your help (If you need advices about guitar amp, you're welcome!)

    Ced777
     
  2. Ced777

    Ced777

    Jul 15, 2003
    Add-on: my bass has 4 strings.
    I don't play jazz or funk/reggae.

    That's all!

    Ced777
     
  3. the peavey TNT is laud but heave. it has a good slap sound.
     
  4. jive1

    jive1 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 16, 2003
    Alexandria,VA
    Owner/Retailer: Jive Sound
    I would go with a combo that has 2x10, 1x12, and maybe even a 1x10. A tweeter helps out too. I find that the big 15" speakers don't give you enough pop and zing needed for slapping. I am not a big fan of Hartke, so I can't give you a recommendation there. You may want to take a look into the SWR Workingman's Series. I used a Workingman's 12 for years and I found it had a great slap tone, along with versatility.
     
  5. Ced777

    Ced777

    Jul 15, 2003
    A SWR Combo Workingman 100W RMS 1x12" would be enough in power?? I see it but it is pricey (1100 USD / 1000 euros in Europe)...

    Ced777
     
  6. Ced777

    Ced777

    Jul 15, 2003
    It is the european (French more exactly) price.
    ^^

    Ced777
     
  7. Ced777

    Ced777

    Jul 15, 2003
    For about the same price, I can find a EBS Drome 12 , 150W combo. But used.
    Is it a good amp/deal?

    Ced777
     
  8. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    toms_river.nj.us
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    how about an ashdown Electric Blue or Mag combo?
     
  9. Ced777

    Ced777

    Jul 15, 2003
    What model?

    Ced777
     
  10. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    toms_river.nj.us
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    http://www.ashdownmusic.co.uk/bass/index.asp

    the electric blue is 150 watts with 1x12, 1x15 or 2x10

    the Mag is 250 watts in 1x15, 2x10 or 4x10

    I run an older 1x12 Mag @ 200 watts. There are lots of EB, Mag and ABM users around here... they're made in England so they might be easier to get by you.
     
  11. Ced777

    Ced777

    Jul 15, 2003
    Ok thanks.
    Someone already compare EBS drome and Ashdown combo products?

    Ced777
     
  12. Ced777

    Ced777

    Jul 15, 2003
    And what do you know about Laney R5? They are cheap in France. 2x10 + tweeter, 300W combo. For the same price as an used EBS drome 12 or a new SWR Workingman 15...
    I'va got a proposition in the same price league for an Hartke 3500 head+ vx410. Better than an EBS drome 12?

    Ced777
     
  13. Ced777

    Ced777

    Jul 15, 2003
    Finally found a Hartke 3500 head + vx410. Vx410 is maybe not so great, but to begin....

    A nice set for a beginner I think...

    Ced777
     
  14. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    toms_river.nj.us
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    that should do nicely for a long while... good luck!
     
  15. Ced777

    Ced777

    Jul 15, 2003
    The guy sells the package head+cab... and in my country Avatar is impossible to find....
    So I think Vx410 would be ok. I think about an extension cab (15") later.

    Thank you for your help!

    Ced777
     
  16. JahKnow

    JahKnow Guest

    I would highly recommend the Drome 12. I had one for years, and it is a great sounding amp. VERY nice slpap tones, and loud enough to do mid sized gigs.
    PEACE!!!!!, Johno!
     
  17. Ced777

    Ced777

    Jul 15, 2003
    Do you think an EBS drome 12 is better than a Hartke ha3500 + vx410 ??

    Ced777
     
  18. cozmic

    cozmic

    Aug 8, 2002
    Germany
    I just bought the WM12 for 598,-- EUR which is the normal pricetag in germany...see www.thomann.de ...1000 EUR?? That dealer is a cheating you... :eek:

    I love that Combo...tried in some rehearsals and found it to be loud enough to keep up with a Sonor Design Drum with double bd and 2 guitars. And it even sounds good with the low b-string.

    Just my 2 pence...