Small combo amp ideas

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by leifv, Aug 1, 2009.

  1. Hi, I am about to start doing some small gigs with an acoustic duo and am looking to buy a portable bass combo. I currently use a 130watt valve head and speaker cabs in my band and don't want to have to lug it around for smaller, quieter shows.

    I am after something portable and with a nice warm tone to use with my P bass. I would prefer a 10 or 12 inch speaker and something that has a balanced line out to run it thru the front of house.

    Anyone got any recommendations? I haven't played one yet but was thinking about a SWR LA12 or something...
  2. I've used my MarkBass CMD 112 in all kinds of combination jobs for over a year now, from practice sessions to smaller and medium sized gigs, with 2x10 cab or without, DI to PA and so forth. It's the Macintosh of bass amps.
  3. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Get something with at least a 112, a 210 or a 115. 112's about minimum. Used to own the Markbass 112 combo and it was really nice, but they're not the cheapest. If you want something inexpensive, I'd get an Ampeg BA115 or maybe an SWR LA12 or LA15. But if you can swing it, the Markbass and the Shuttle combos are definitely a step above.
  4. +1 for the markbass cmd121p. It's the best sounding amp that I've used for both upright and electric. Plus it so friggin' portable.
  5. isisiscool


    Jul 20, 2009
    If you are looking for something a little less expensive I say SWR LA12, or a ampeg ba112/ba115.
  6. dhomer

    dhomer Commercial User

    Apr 9, 2009
    Hickory Corners, MI
    Owner, Gigmaster Soundworks, Auth. greenboy designs builder, MI
    I've played through a BA115.. That would be perfect for acoustic gigs, you wouldn't have to worry about being too loud, trust me...
  7. oldrookie


    May 15, 2007
    Avon, IN
    Had a BA115HP. 80lbs. And nearly square. Portable? Well yes, in the same way a house trailer is. It can be done, but who wants to?

    Have a the Markbass CMD121 now. Bass and amp in a Miata. Gig bag on my back, one amp in one hand, other hand for the door. More volume than the Ampeg. Took me a while to find the tone I wanted, but it was in there. Life is good.

    Cheap? Not really, but worth it.
  8. Nedmundo

    Nedmundo Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2005
    Before spending more, try the Roland Cube 100. It should have more than enough volume, it sounds great, and it has a DI. I have a nice G-K 1x12 rig that isn't too burdensome, but for backing an acoustic duo, I'd definitely grab the Roland.

    Edit: I'll add that your SWR idea is fine, but I'd stay away from the LA series. If you can, step up to the WorkingPro 1x12 combo. It sounds great and strikes me as a solid value. The G-K Backline 112 is good too. I think the Roland Cube is better, but it also costs more.
  9. Turock


    Apr 30, 2000
    Ampeg B100R, to my ears, the best sounding combo out there.
  10. Turock


    Apr 30, 2000
    If power is not a concern the Ampeg BA112 is a good sounding combo also, sounds better than the BA115 to me, and no BA115 hiss.
  11. lmfreeman9


    Sep 1, 2007
    I've had the B100R and the BA115 and they both sound great, and technically are portable, but heavy.

    I bought a MarkBass MiniMark combo last year (with 2X6) and it sounds fantastic. Best of all it weighs less than 30lbs and is the size of a computer terminal.
  12. Mark Bass III, and whatever small cab you add works for me.