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Small combos

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by embellisher, Apr 3, 2001.


  1. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    I bought a Fender Bassman 25 last night on a 3 day trial to use for small church fellowship meetings so I don't have to drag the larger amp around.

    I also need a small practice amp, because I have loaned my Peavey Foundation and my little Crate BX25 to my wife's 18 year old cousin, who wants to learn the bass.

    The Fender performed really well last night, volume was at 50% and my wife said she could hear me fine about 75 feet from the front. The church I was at seats about 200 people and was about 50% full.

    I compared the amp against the Ampeg BA112 and the Hartke kickback 10, and believe it or not this little 25 watter was louder than the other two. Has great tone too, although the 5 position style switch on the Ampeg gave a little more variety.

    I am thinking of keeping the amp, but I was wondering what other small combos I should look at first? The Ampeg and the Hartke are not going to be considered, they are simply not loud enough. What about the SWR Workingman's 10? Anything else?
     
  2. camerondye

    camerondye

    Nov 7, 2000
    Eden Nemesis 210 combo. Nemesis smokes Workingmans IMO. Definitely check it out. www.riksmusic.com sells them for 1/3 off of list and ships free.
    cameron
     
  3. barroso

    barroso

    Aug 16, 2000
    Italia
    the vox t25 25w for me is loud. the ampeg b50r is loud too but is 60w, bigger and heavier.
     
  4. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    I meant small, 2x10 combos won't do it for me.

    For loud gigs, I have an Eden Metro, that's the only 2x10 I'll ever need.

    I mean a small 1x10 or 1x12 combo, less than 35 lbs.
     
  5. Gabu

    Gabu

    Jan 2, 2001
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    I guess that bassman has a 10" speaker right? The Carvin PB100-10 is $279 and has some cool stuff on it. I liked the 15" variety, but needed more volume. Against a Bassman 25 either one of them should be louder and like I said I like the tone (but I know that is a personal taste thing). I found it's preshape filters to be useful in shaping the sound. Check it out:

    http://www.carvin.com/cgi-bin/get.e...Str=(I.ItemNumber='PB100-10')+AND+(CID2='BA')

    Good luck!
     
  6. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Almost as light as the Fender I bought, and 100 watts! I wonder how it handles the low B?

    The Fender handles it better than any practice combo I have ever played, but still haven't tried a Workingman's 10 yet.
     
  7. notduane

    notduane

    Nov 24, 2000
    Location
    Hey emb~ :)

    I'm pretty sure the G/C in Plano has at least one W/M 10.
    Least they did last time I was in. Not to mention...
    more Stingrays than they know what to do with :p .

    Did ya see this bit from the SWR page?...
     
  8. Jonathan Block

    Jonathan Block

    Mar 24, 2000
    CT, USA
    Try the Ampeg B100R. Loud, inexpensive, and cool looking.
     
  9. Gabu

    Gabu

    Jan 2, 2001
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    I would guess that it handles the low b okay but not super.... As you would expect from a single 10" speaker. You have the extra wattage to push it though so that may help. Also the Carvin has a return policy as well (I forget how many days but you can check the page).
     
  10. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Johnathan, the B100 is to big and heavy for what I am looking for. Like I said earlier, I have a 2x10 combo, and I also have 2 1x15 combos.

    I need a combo under 35lbs with decnt volume and that handle the low B at least moderately well.

    notduane, I may try and swing by GC on the way home. Do you recall how much the WM10 is?
     
  11. notduane

    notduane

    Nov 24, 2000
    Location
    I recall it bein' competitive with M/F, i.e., ~$440. If ya meet
    "51-P-bass-dude", I'm sure he'll make ya a good deal. Sorry -
    keep forgettin' to get his name :rolleyes:. You might wanna' call ahead
    (9**-422-7171) just to make sure they got one. I'm sure there's a
    fiver in the store you could use. I seem to recall a REAL sweet
    cherryburst Pedulla PentaBuzz hangin' on the wall :D.

    The Mars just down the street (Parker & 75, behind Circuit City)
    has some Crate combos that may work for ya'. Just don't look
    up :eek: . There may be a gorgeous Atelier quilted maple sixer way
    up on the wall (~$2600).
     
  12. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    :eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:

    An Atelier 6 at Mars?!?!?!?!?

    I feel a GAS attack coming on!!!
     
  13. notduane

    notduane

    Nov 24, 2000
    Location
    I'm just sayin'...But then again, we're talkin' Plano here. Some poor
    li'l rich kid with Daddy's credit card may have already snagged it :p .
     
  14. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    True, man, so very true!:)

    I saw some kid(around 12?) and his dad at the GC in Plano, Daddy was buying him a Warwick Thumb 5 bolt on(~$1500) and I asked the kid how long he had been playing, and he said that he didn't play yet:rolleyes:, that he was going to take lessons starting in a few weeks. He is a big P-Nut fan.

    He already had a rig, an SWR Bass750 with an SWR 610 cabinet.
     
  15. Jonathan Block

    Jonathan Block

    Mar 24, 2000
    CT, USA
    If weight is an issue, try an Ashdown Electric Blue 130-12. It's 130 watts and loud, with a 12-inch speaker. Gets the Ashdown sound and weighs 36lbs. Can be had for less than $500.
     
  16. notduane

    notduane

    Nov 24, 2000
    Location
    [​IMG] Geez. That beats the "pair" of 13-year-olds I saw at a mall record store
    with a stack of CD's and their very own Bank of Las Colinas Visa Gold Card
    (with optional matching attitude, tee-hee :D ).
     
  17. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Saw this last week at my favorite local store:

    GK MB150 (CS?) head 150w...not sure if it weighed anything;)

    EA VL-108 3 way cab...tiny

    ~$400 for both.
     
  18. Those little GK combos weigh somewhere in the 25-29 lb range.
     
  19. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    I'm talking about the amp only, not the combo. Very light.
     
  20. What do you guys think about the Drome and Gorm combos by EBS?Actually has anyone tried those out and what are their impressions about them?(Geez,should I be posting a new thread?)I was just reading a EBS catalog today and noticed that they were loaded with lots of features and are somewhat light weight.