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Shopping for new amp

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by jpmar2, Aug 9, 2012.

  1. jpmar2


    Aug 9, 2012
    Hi all,
    I quit music for quite a while, but 6 months after my SWR combo amp I find myself in a band and in need of a new amp. I'm currently borrowing an Ampeg B2 combo, but it's too heavy for me to haul and the sound is too boomy. I play alot of country, but I still like a little punch to my sound. I've tried the Fender Rumble, TC Electronic BG 250, GK MB115 and a few others. Any suggestions? I like the TC Electronic the best so far, but I would not have expansion capability. Also, I have noticed that some companies don't offer a 15" cabinet. For example, the Fender Rumble has a 150 and a 350 watt head. They offer a 12" cabinet, but not a 15". Any explanation as to why. Has the 15" become unnecessary with modern technology? Thanks to all.
  2. Ok so we know you play country, but here are a few more question that will narrow stuff down.

    What's your budget?
    How loud do you need to be? Just stage volume with PA support, or do you have to carry the room?
    Size/weight restrictions?

    There are a ton of good options out there, and a lot of it will come down to personal preference.

    As far as 15's being obsolete, I think this is stemming from the idea that bigger speakers are for lows. This isnt true. Frequency response has little to do with driver size and everything to do with the design and implementation of the speaker and cabinet together. There are 15's that go higher than the average 10" driver, there are 10's that go lower than the average 15" driver. Picking a driver becomes a balance of volume/economy/tonal goals. Sometimes larger drivers are the answer, some times smaller.
  3. smogg


    Mar 27, 2007
    NPR, Florida
    I'm not crazy, I'm just a little unwell
    Yes, more info please.

    PS: Welcome to TB
  4. jpmar2


    Aug 9, 2012
    Thanks for the replies ..
    I haven't established a firm budget. The combos I've looked at are in the $400 - $500 range. I think around $800 would be my max. I do run through the PA most of the time. I SHOULD NOT need to play loud with the type of venues we usually play, but our guitar player is very loud so I have to play a little louder than I normally would. A cabinet that weighs no more than 50 pounds would be OK. I live in a 2nd floor apartment and it was quite a job hauling my SWR to and from gigs. No way could I transport the Ampeg that I'm using by myself .. it stays in the trailer right now and I use a VOX amplug for at home practice .. great little device .. by the way.
  5. smogg


    Mar 27, 2007
    NPR, Florida
    I'm not crazy, I'm just a little unwell
    Lots of options available with that budget and weight limit. With your budget you may want to consider going used and getting separates for a modular set up, IE: micro head + light cab(s). (see TB classifieds for ideas and prices)
    A few light weight combos to get ya started. Have fun:
  6. Lobster11

    Lobster11 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
  7. Hi Julie, I recommend looking at amps with a minimum of 300 watts into a good 215 or 410 cabinet.
  8. Tractorr


    Aug 23, 2011
    There are few to no 215s in the OP's price range that weigh under 50 lbs.
  9. Thanks - I missed the lightweight part.
  10. PM sent your way
  11. ducknturtle


    Dec 28, 2006
    New Jersey

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