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Small combo amps

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Bass Blender, Dec 7, 2020.

  1. Just got in one of the new versions of the Peavey Max 100s. I usually would prefer a 1x12 or 2x10 combo, but those can get weighty & pricey as well. I thought I would take a chance on the 1x10 Max 100.

    I kept reading online that it’s 100 watts, but in reality, I don’t think that’s the case. Certainly not 100 watts RMS. However, I do like this little combo & it seems to have plenty of volume. It will be fine for practicing or jamming at home. I believe it will be loud enough for me to use as a monitor if I’m able to plug into a house system. I’ll put this theory to the test in a couple of weeks at a company Christmas gig I have. The Max 100 does have a DI on the back. The speaker is angled up at you inside the cabinet so there’s no need to tilt it back or prop it up on something. I like this feature too. It’s pretty easy to carry around so my back & knees are thankful for that as well. I just wondered if anyone else out there had an experience with these newer Peavey combo amps. I’ve heard the old TNT combos are legendary. If you don’t use a Peavey, what’s your weapon of choice?
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  2. Gallien Krueger MB110. Have had it for seven years, now. I purchased it to be used as a stage monitor at a small church with PA support but it gets used primarily as a home/living room practice amp, now. It is rock-solid and sounds ... umm, ok.

    I much prefer using my Tone Hammer 350 paired with a composite Crazy 88 in tight settings, however. It takes up about the same floor space as the MB110, sounds good and keeps up with a drummer at a fairly loud garage practice.
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  3. At one time I had a GK MB 115. Wasn’t all that heavy for a 1x15. My first GK combo was an older 2x10 combo that was a beast to carry. It might have been a USA made one. I can’t remember for sure.
  4. CallMeAl


    Dec 2, 2016
    Ithaca Ny
    Rumble 25- great combo for around the apartment. Haven’t had it past 9:00
    Rumble 100- light, cheap and LOUD. Gigged it for a few years, now my rehearsal amp.
    Markbass CMD 121p- great tone and a real powerhouse. My current gig amp. I just added the extension and I’m ready for anything! :bassist:

    I’m also a big fan of the Ampeg BA and GK MB series
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  5. I mainly play at my church. I rotate in & out of the band with another guy. He brought his Markbass 2x10 combo amp up there & leaves it for both of us to use. That is a loud & powerful amp! I think it’s 350 watts without an extension cab. We don’t need the extension cab at all. Markbass is quite proud of their stuff though! Talk about pricey!
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  6. CallMeAl


    Dec 2, 2016
    Ithaca Ny
    I used That 210 combo for backline a few times, it really got me interested in Markbass. I ended up finding deals on the 12 combo, then the 12 extension. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have paid new prices for Markbass gear! I was looking at a Rumble 500 before I found that, and I don’t think I’d need the extension in that case. We do a lot of outdoor and DIY stuff, and I can’t always count on the PA. Plus if I had known there was a pandemic coming, I coulda just stuck with my Rumble 100! :roflmao:

    at any rate, I hear all good things about the Max series, enjoy yours in good health! :thumbsup:
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