Sansamp or new amp?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by ChrisIsOurTime, Oct 14, 2001.

  1. ChrisIsOurTime

    ChrisIsOurTime Guest

    Oct 9, 2001
    I love Sansamp Bass Drivers and am thinking of getting one. The only thing is I'm also considering getting an Ampeg or Mesa (a tube one) later on and wonder if the Sansamp will be any good with those amps? If I hold off buying the Sansamp now I would be able to get a new amp sooner but my setup now would really benefit from a Sansamp. I just need to know if it will continue to be useful once a get another amp. Opinions?
  2. Captain Awesome

    Captain Awesome

    Apr 2, 2001
    I've heard the SansAmps are better straight through a power amp.
  3. superphat

    superphat Guest

    Sep 30, 2001
    i had the same dilemna some time ago...
    but i figured the sansamp would come in handy for recording later on.
    i was right.
    even if you get other gear that replaces your sansamp for gigging, etc., you may run into situations where the sansamp saves the day. it has for me.
    1) playing at various small churches or rehearsals where i really don't need to carry the whole rig, the sansamp direct to the house PA will suffice.
    2) i sometimes use both dry and effected outs of the sansamp simultaneously - dry to my amp, effected to the board.
    3) i've used it in recording situations.
    4) use it as a distortion/overdrive pedal.
    5) ______ (fill in the blank cuz it can do it all)

    p.s. every single time i've used the sansamp through a live mixingboard (cuz i was too lazy to carry my amp) people raved about the sound i got.
  4. I owned both the Sansamp BDDI, PSA-1 and a Mesa 400+. Using the Tech 21 products with a tube amp is like wearing contact lenses with your glasses.....redundant. Hang on to the Tech 21 stuff for when you don't feel like huffing your rig about about (the studio) but know that there is no substitute for those 16 happiliy glowing bottles in your amp.