small or big amp?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Kgrant67, Jun 28, 2020.

  1. Kgrant67


    Jun 28, 2020
    Noob here. I want to start learning to play and I am looking at purchasing my first amplifier. I am leaning towards something in the fender rumble series. I know that with guitar amps you can have an amp that's too big for a room because they need to be driven to sound their best. Is the same true for bass amplifiers? For instance, if I get the 100 watt version will it be too much for my bedroom if I want good tone or are bass amps not the same as guitar amps in that sense? Should I just go for a 25 or 40 watt or will a 100 be fine for practicing at a not crazy volume?
  2. The 100 watt has both a gain control and a drive channel if you want some dirt. You don't have to play it loud.

    Get the 100 if it's in your budget.
  3. Kgrant67


    Jun 28, 2020
    Okay, great. I just know that a hundred watt tube amp is not going to sound as good as a 5-watt in my bedroom. I'm glad to hear the fender rumble 100 will sound fine at low volumes. I would try them out but nobody has them in stock locally. And I can't play yet!
  4. CallMeAl


    Dec 2, 2016
    Ithaca Ny
    Kinda depends on goals, and current budget-comfort level. I have the 25 in my apartment. I’m still shocked by how great that little thing sounds. More than I would ever need for at-home practice.

    I also have a 100, and that sucker is crazy loud. Holds its own with a drummer and a great rehearsal and light gig amp. So if you wanna get out and jam with people in the near future, the 100 is a great bridge between a practice amp and a jamming amp.

    And between gain, master, and bass guitar volume, you’ve got 3 controls- You can easily keep the volume in check.
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  5. SJan3


    Dec 8, 2010
    If it's strictly for bedroom use, you'd be wasting your money on a 100 watt amp.
    Get the 40 watt unit. Fender or Ampeg.
    I have the Ampeg BA110v2 and love it for home practice and even semi acoustic gigs.
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  6. Sid Fang

    Sid Fang Reformed Fusion Player

    Jun 12, 2008
    Solid state bass amps like the Rumbles don’t need to be turned up loud to sound right in the same way that tube guitar amps do. The only way a bass amp would be too big for home practice would be if it had noisy cooling fans that would be noticeable at bedroom levels. The Rumble 100 does not have a fan IIRC. 100W is more than you need for home practice, but it’s about what you will want when you start playing with a drummer. If you think that’s a long ways out, get a 40W for now and upgrade later.
    Last edited: Jun 29, 2020
  7. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    I'd say the 100W will get you through a couple steps of growth. Plus you'll learn to enjoy the fuller tones even if you aren't playing loud. Plus, when nobody's around maybe you'll turn it up, it's good for your soul.
  8. Kgrant67


    Jun 28, 2020
    Strictly for practice now. However, if the hundred watt is not too big, and it sounds as though it's not, then I would just rather spend the extra hundred bucks up front now and not worry about hacienda layout an additional 300 later on if I do want to play with a drummer. Thanks
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  9. forrestlaw


    Jun 25, 2018
    I had the 100w Rumble as my first amp like 5-6 years ago. It was a good amp, but that size and power was kind of strange. It was big and over-powered for bedroom practicing (did sound good, though), but small and under-powered for a four piece band. If I was buying a small combo for bedroom/practice use I'd have a hard look at the Rumble Studio 40 with it's built-in tuner, effects, and amp modelling.
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  10. One man's 100w gigging combo is another man's stupid big practice amp for sure.

    Used Peavey for preference. Get back what you paid for it if it needs an upgrade later.
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  11. pappabass

    pappabass Inactive

    May 19, 2006
    Alabama !! Roll Tide
    I have a Ampeg BA110 for practice. Actually use it a very small gig I play at. No drummer. Actually does ok. I do have larger stuff for more sound.
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  12. Riff Ranger

    Riff Ranger Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2018
    Bigfoot Country
    This never isn’t the right answer :bassist:
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