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Shopping for new head, but what choices....

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by yamaha, Apr 20, 2006.


  1. yamaha

    yamaha

    Apr 7, 2006
    Montreal
    The ones I like for now, that are in my budget, and have the power and features I want are :

    Ashdown Mag 600
    SWR Workingpro 400
    Gallien Krueger 701RB

    The other one I'm considering is Ampeg's SVT-3pro, but this also means waiting a little bit longer to ajust my budget, but you all know how it is when you have GAS and it's symptoms are seriously affecting you.

    What do you guys think?
     
  2. You could also consider the Carvin B800 and B1500, the Kustom GrooveBass 1200, and the Genz-Benz (I forget the model number), all of which have their adherents here.
     
  3. Wayner

    Wayner

    May 7, 2004
    Maryland, USA
    I was in your situation a few weeks ago shopping for heads in that price range. I basically went into the store with an open mind and tried a lot of different things, and was very pleasantly surprised by the Workingpro 400.

    In my humble opinion, the workingpro 400 & 700 is the best stuff SWR has made in a looooong time. But then again, SWR tone is not something everyone likes, so....ymmv.
     
  4. Plain Old Me

    Plain Old Me

    Dec 14, 2004
    I think the Traynor YBA-200 would also be in that price range, or close to it.
     
  5. yamaha

    yamaha

    Apr 7, 2006
    Montreal
    Any other suggestions???, or input.
     
  6. Genz Benz GBE600, a great head for a good price (atleast here it is).
     
  7. Plain Old Me

    Plain Old Me

    Dec 14, 2004
    It depends on your sound and what you play and how loud you need to be.
     
  8. yamaha

    yamaha

    Apr 7, 2006
    Montreal
    I play 70's and modern rock, and I must be able to play the bass softly (sometimes the tone demands this attack), and yet still be heard, without straining, with my rather loud drummer. I have a 800RB + 115 JBL and 210 Hartke biamped and the power is sufficient, but a tad more volume would be excellent. I want another complete kit to complement my 410 SWR cab, for a different tonal feel.
     
  9. yamaha

    yamaha

    Apr 7, 2006
    Montreal
    I tried the Ashdown, and I didn't like it, so it's going to be a choice between the GK 700 RB and the SWR Workingpro 400.
     
  10. instigata

    instigata

    Feb 24, 2006
    New Jersey

    i have an swr working pro 400. and i love it. :D
     
  11. Copycat

    Copycat Supporting Member

    Nov 14, 2000
    Pittsburgh, PA, USA
    Try rmcaudio.com, formerly Rik's Music. Best prices on G-K heads. Might even be able to swing a 1001 RB-II. I too would suggest that you look into the Genz Benz heads. If you're used to a G-K, you'd really like the Genz Benz gear, and the GBE 600 would be well worth considering.
     
  12. Plain Old Me

    Plain Old Me

    Dec 14, 2004
    I'd check out that Genz Benz head. They are pretty versitle, leanind toward the hi-fi side tonally and would match with a Goliath cab great. I would suggest staying away from the GK since you already have one. The Kustom Groovebass is also a good option to check out, and the Yorkville 800.
     
  13. yamaha

    yamaha

    Apr 7, 2006
    Montreal
    I've not seen Genz Benz products much in the Montreal stores, but I am going to look around for them, as they are pretty well liked here. I love this forum, getting help from fellow bassists, hobbyists and pro, and some real product specialists.
     
  14. bluesrx

    bluesrx Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2006
    Lakeland, Fl.
    i second copycats post about rmcaudio.com great prices and free shipping. i just got a GK 1001 RB II for 600.00 shipped.
     

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