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ship gig

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by shatner, Oct 1, 2004.

  1. shatner


    Sep 22, 2004
    Isle Of Wight, UK
    I'll shortly be going back on a cruise ship gig and am looking to buy a new amp to take with me since the stuff they usually have to play through on there is knackered and I hate playing through crap gear for the amount of sets we get through.
    My combo is a Hartke kickback 15, which is very loud for 120watts and gives me a lovely sound but I need something a bit more powerful. I may be buying an AmpegSVT3pro head with the SVT 1x15 and 2x10 from a friend with the Hartke in part exchange. However, if he doesn't sell I am thinking of an SWR Black Beauty with a Workingman 2x10 extension cab. I do prefer the sound of a 1x15 over a 2x10 in a combo.
    Does anyone have any suggestions as to a combo or rig under £1100 that would do the trick? Portability is a fairly big issue as is humidity since we play inside and out so could be moving from cool, air conditioned rooms to extremely humid caribbean or far east conditions (the outdoor gigs are the ones that need the power). We also play a hell of a lot (3 to 6 one hour sets every day with no days off) so durability is also an issue. I know this all sounds like obvious things that everybody would like in an amp but I am just interested to see if anyone has had any bad problems in these departments, especially people doing the same gig. ie. are there any amps you really WOULDN'T recommend.
  2. Dr. PhunkyPants

    Dr. PhunkyPants Guest

    Aug 11, 2002
    If you can find one, a Mesa Boogie Walkabout 15 combo might be a great choice. Or, SWR makes a 210C that you could also snag. It's all about your preferences. The rigs you mention very hugely for tone, not to mention mixing and matching cabs gives you a hodge-podge look. Why not get something that looks nice, as well as sounds good? And as far as surviving heavy salt sea air, there's no amp that will, indefinitely. Period.