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Should I Buy Back My Polytone MiniTeeney Brute?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by OldFenderPlayer, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. Last year, when I was playing just rock and soul music, I sold my 1980s Polytone Mini Teeney Brute amplifier (100 watts, 12" speaker, good condition) to a jazz guitar player who fell in love with it. I used the proceeds to buy a Fender Rumble 350 combo amp.

    Now I'm in a jazz group that is gigging 2-3 times a week and I'm using my 1966 Ampeg B-18N as my main amp. I love the tone and don't mind hauling it around, but I miss my Polytone.

    A Stagg Electric Double Bass has recently replaced the Bill Nash '57 P-Bass that was my main jazz gig bass.

    The guy I sold the Polytone to is willing to sell it back to me for what he bought it for (he's moved on to drums).

    Should I buy back the Polytone and use it for jazz? Keep using the Ampeg B18? Or start using the Fender Rumble 350?

    I love the B18's sound, I like the Fender's reliability, but the Polytone would be portable, plus it has a nice clean tone.

    What do you think?
  2. I played Polytones for many years back in the late 70's and 80's. I recently thought about going back because of the portability and purchased one. My ears have sure changed because I hated the tone. There are much better amps out these days. I suggest you move on to something else.
  3. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I'd keep the B-18 unless room onstage is really an issue. If you really like the Polytone, though, buy it back. A lot of folks have much love for those old Polytones. They weren't my thing but I thought they sounded quite good for their day. But I have to agree with Low Class...I think modern solid state stuff is better. I'd take a look at the Ampeg BA 112 or the Micro CL if you're into the Ampeg tone and want a good but inexpensive small amp.
  4. B String

    B String Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    You might want to check out the Markbass 121P combo. I played a Polytone for many years. I wouldn't go back to it if you paid me. The 121P sounds great for both upright and electric basses, lots of power and weighs about 29lbs. I've found it to be a very good investment.

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