Small combo for an SVT guy?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Inconnu, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. Inconnu


    Nov 1, 2005
    My bass-ment
    I'll be needing the portability of a small combo with enough power for a small band practice (3 piece : mellow drummer and amplified acoustic guitar) that will have a warm tone that will not make me miss my SVT and it's 8x10 too much. I know it's impossible to reproduce the sound of an SVT out of a small box, I'm looking for something that will be satisfying...

    I want to do this on a budget, maybe around 500$. First idea I have is maybe trying one, or two (using the stereo output of my flanger), Line 6 Studio 110, which are pretty cheap and have a decent SVT emulation... but I worry about using those digital things in the long run, and wonder how it will react to the low b and the high output of my G&L L-2500...

    Any thoughts? Other ideas?
  2. xfredrikx


    Dec 9, 2009
    Here's your solution, sir:

  3. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Yep. Or the Micro CL, which isn't quite as powerful or expandable like the Micro VR, but also costs $250 less.
  4. Sid Fang

    Sid Fang Reformed Fusion Player Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2008
    When I was in exactly your situation, years ago, I searched patiently until I could pick up on an old Ampeg B-15 Portaflex for a reasonable price. It would have been great for the band situation you describe. It was a little mellow for the fusion stuff my friends and I were attempting at the time, and I migrated toward "modern" solid state amps.
  5. StrangerDanger

    StrangerDanger Neo Maxie Zoom Dweebie Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    North DFW, TX
    The TC Electronic BG250 will get you pretty close.
  6. BBQV


    Feb 13, 2010
    Uppsala, Sweden
    I totally agree with Fredrik. The Micro rig does a pretty impressive SVT impersonation, weighs next to nothing and doesn't set you back too much financially either. Give it a try, you'll love it!
  7. Woodstockz


    Sep 23, 2011
    San Diego, Ca
    Ampeg B50R/100/200 Rocket - Great tone, great looks with blue tolex.
  8. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    pignose hog 30 with a mia pbass, i kid you not
  9. Inconnu


    Nov 1, 2005
    My bass-ment
    I haven't heard much about the Micro-CL, other then the cab isn't all that good (not the same speakers as the Micro-VR, not capable of putting out the same volume, etc.). True?
  10. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    True but I think they sound pretty good. Of course it won't put out the same volume as the Micro VR because that's $250 more ;) If you can swing the Micro VR, it's worth it. Might even be more worth it with a PF350 for a head, but the look of the Micro VR is quite cool. Still, the Micro CL is sweet for the money.