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small tube combo amps

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by chrispunx, Nov 23, 2012.

  1. chrispunx


    Aug 11, 2010
    Utica, NY
    Is their any worth checking out? I'd like to get one for recording purposes.
  2. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    Ampeg B15
  3. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
  4. Fender Bassman 20. Highly under valued amp! There is one for sale in the classifieds by the way.
  5. chaosMK


    May 26, 2005
    Albuquerque, NM
    Hi-fi into an old tube amp
    Mesa Buster Bass... somewhat high powered (180w), not super small or light in 2x10/1x15 configurations. There aren't tons of small tube combos that I can think of.
  6. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    That Mesa is incredible I have to check out that Fender
  7. Cirk


    Jan 16, 2011
    Pittsburgh, PA
    The fender silverface bassmans are pretty nice, and easy to get parts for should the need arise. B15's are pretty expensive, but that tone is legendary. Used on countless recordings for very good reason.
    Any way you decide to go, make sure the amp is in good working order and that you can get tubes. Some obscure tubes are hard to find and expensive. Keep it simple.
  8. Trace Elliot made a 200w combo- 210 iirc
    Oh, Fender Studio Bass 1x15" combo '78-'81
    Ashdown LB-30/115 & 200 Dropheads
  9. There great amps with clean tone to die for. But they tend to be hard to find. It is believed there may have been as few as 500 made. But when you do find them they go from 350 to 500 bucks. Like I said there is one here now for 350. Anyone who would like to test drive mine in the Cincinnati area pm me.
  10. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    New imported B-15 slated to come out in the near future.
  11. Any ideal on price jimmy?
  12. Timmah

    Timmah Supporting Member

    May 19, 2011
    My personal IDEAL on price would be $0 ;)
  13. christw

    christw Get low!

    May 11, 2008
    Dayton OH
    I want to be Tesla (tinkerer at Dayton Amp Co)
    I advocate the Bassman 20, Boogie Buster, and B-15. I own 2 of the 3 right now and Fuzzie's 20 was nothing to scoff at through his Kustom 215.
  14. Thanks! The B15 is awsome. And that SB12 I had was awsome. But the Bassman 20 is just a completely different animal! And they are so cheap used for a point to point hand wired amp!
  15. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    No idea on price, bro.
  16. Oh well i will be very interested to play one! I just love low powered tube amps!
  17. CnB77


    Jan 7, 2011
    I'm not sure I'd call any of these but the Bassman 20 "small" (and even that has a 15" speaker)

    If you really want small there's that Monique preamp thing, seems just right for recording. Spendy though.
  18. Most suggestions were based on the small wattage. Did he mean overall size?
  19. bassvi


    Jul 12, 2005
    Holy crap that is interesting wow. I have always wanted a B15 or B12 so maybe this is my chance to get one at a price I can afford. Just sayin.....
  20. I will be very amazed if you can get one cheaper than a used one! I will throw out a guess of $1,500 to $2,000