Should I get a Sansamp instead of a new combo?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Scott Sauna, Nov 28, 2012.

  1. Scott Sauna

    Scott Sauna

    Oct 12, 2012
    My band is going to start playing out soon and all I've got is a Peavey max158. It's 15 watts and gets pretty loud even with drums and guitar but obviously 15 isn't enough.nim tight on cash as a college student though so I was thinking about going ampless and just getting the Sansamp DI. Would this be a cost effective solution.
  2. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    If you have PA support, and good monitors so that you can hear yourself, then yes that's a very practical way to get a pretty good tone out front without going into debt to get a rig.
  3. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
  4. Eminor3rd

    Eminor3rd BLAAAAARRGGHH!!

    Feb 10, 2008
    Allentown, PA
    I don't recommend it. You're at the mercy of the monitoring in the venue and the competency of the sound guy. I had this blow up on me once (while I was in college), and I'll never allow myself to play to near complete silence again :(
  5. slaerts


    Aug 3, 2006
    As long as you'll always have PA support it'll be fine. If you're in Eminor3rd's position keep your little 15 watt combo handy as a stage monitor sit it up at chest/head height and you'll hear yourelf fine, even if you get no love from the foldback.
  6. You have to be unusually confident you will be playing with good PA all the time. Otherwise your bandmates are going to miss out on bass, particularly the drummer. The band can't function like that and you'll be told not to turn up without a rig / fired.
  7. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    At least get a decent 100w combo with a DI out first. If you have PA, you can use the club's DI or the combo's DI and still have something decent to listen to for you and the band rather than crappy monitors. Later on, get a Sansamp if you want, but at this point you need an amp.
  8. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Yes, but the SansAmp you want is the ParaDriver DI.
  9. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    You cannot depend on having a good PA, ever. A good bass rig is needed.
  10. Gearhead17

    Gearhead17 Supporting Member

    May 4, 2006
    Roselle, IL
    Exactly. For me, there has been only ONE SHOW where the monitors on stage definitely give me enough volume to hear myself. Some venues have PA setups that only feature one mix for everyone. If you want your bass tone, everyone gets it. Does everyone really want it? Your best bet is to have your own rig - no matter what.
  11. soulman969


    Oct 6, 2011
    I wouldn't do with just going direct and without something on stage even if it served little purpose than as a monitor for me and the drummer. The FOH may get your bottom end out just fine but all it takes is crappy stage monitors that can't handle the bass and you disappear on stage. The drummer won't like that at all. Heck they usually not only want to hear your bass but feel it too.

    I think the ParaDriver that Munjibunga suggests is a good approach but for a little more money you can get a 150w-300w combo that will give you what you need on stage and what you need to run through FOH. Being at the mercy of a PA system is walking a narrow path IMHO. I'd get the combo first and then look at something like a ParaDriver.
  12. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Good point.