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Small (tiny) amps

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Bassometer, Nov 10, 2018.

  1. I am looking for a small amp for low volume practice and acoustic jams. Preferably battery powered (but not mandatory) and small. I have a Blackstar Bass Fly and it's great for what it is but I want something a little stronger. Thanks
  2. JGbassman

    JGbassman Supporting Member

    May 31, 2011
    Cedar Rapids, Iowa
    Not battery powered, but at 200 watts and about 18 pounds for the entire rig, it hits the small, light, and loud buttons.

  3. filmtex

    filmtex Commercial User

    May 29, 2011
    Annsman Pro Audio Dealer
    E3AE2F7C-B818-4B16-B68B-2D75B1E8FA05. Ampeg BA-108v2 $99. Works great, surprising volume for its size and easy on the wallet.
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  4. Texican


    Aug 9, 2018
    Nice user name!

    A small Fender Rumble (or Ampeg equivalent) will get you started. Phil Jones if you have money to burn. And the Trace rig above (or something like it) would allow you to expand in the future. I have a Rumble 40 and think it’s great for what it is.
  5. lug


    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
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  6. Thanks for the suggestions. I am hoping to find something small (the smaller the better). I have used a Phil Jones Bass Cub and found it to be a bit dark and boomy, I'd be curious to know if the double 4 sounds the same. I know Markbass used to make a 6" combo but they are rare now.
  7. nilorius


    Oct 27, 2016
    Riga - Latvia
    Battery not possible, try out TC electronic BH -250
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  8. ThinCrappyTone

    ThinCrappyTone Mostly harmless Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA
    Genz Benz Shuttle 3.0 10t is not made anymore, but if you can find one used, it might fit the bill. Versatile, loud, great range of tones, tilt back, super light. Cool how you can detach head from cab too.

    I tried many combos at the time I bought it, looking for the ultimate small/great sounding/light amp, and this model one was by far my favorite.

    Over the years, it’s served me really well in a wide range of situations.

    Good luck on your search!


    edit: not battery powered doe
  9. TNCreature

    TNCreature Jinkies! Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2010
    Philadelphia Burbs
    There are *Literally* ;) 1,765 093 threads on this subject. Lots of good suggestions already posted.
    Good luck!
  10. Texican


    Aug 9, 2018
    There are also new products, members, experiences, and opinions arriving every single day. What does however remain constant is our ability to keep scrolling past threads that don’t interest us.
  11. GK 200MB if you can find anyone who will part with it.
  13. I always thought that Bose should make a practice amp, something like a Soundlink that can be used for instruments or vocals. Am I the only one that thinks this?
  14. DavC

    DavC Supporting Member

    May 17, 2005
    Tallmadge , Ohio
    i've been looking/thinking about getting one of these ... for my AEB and other soft practice/playing ...

    i also have a Fly .. which works fine as personal practice amp , especially as a headphone amp .!

    Behringer MPA40BT

    of course i'd like PJB of some kind ... but can't justify the $$$$ for this usage
  15. dave64o

    dave64o Talkbass Top 10 all time lowest talent/gear ratio! Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2000
    Southern NJ
    I have a Roland Bass Micro Cube and, as long as you recognize it's not going to hang with a drummer or electric guitars or give you earthshaking lows, it's a nice little amp. There have been a lot of great suggestions so far, but the Micro Cube is one of the few out that are widely available and can also run on batteries.

    I have one and I love it for low volume practice. It's got a tuner, amp modeling, a few effects (OK for practice, but I rarely use them), simple drum rhythms, line level input to play MP3s through, and a headphone out. I've never used mine to play with others, but I'm sure it could hang with and acoustic guitar or two.
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2018
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  16. lug


    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    Don't know if this will help but..

    Haven't played a Cub but what I've heard from those who have is that the Cub is definitely louder but a bit more boxy than the Double 4.
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  17. ThinCrappyTone

    ThinCrappyTone Mostly harmless Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA
    i agree... feel like they could do a great job creating some tiny bass amp magic
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  18. +1
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  19. RustyAxe


    Jul 8, 2008
    I sure love MB200! Paired with a GB STL-8 cab it's my small venue favorite. And if I need to, I just run DI to FOH and use it as my monitor.
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2018

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