Smaller Bass Combo/Wedge Amps?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Winston TK, Jul 20, 2009.

  1. Winston TK

    Winston TK Hairpiece Adventurer

    Oct 8, 2001
    Burnaby, BC Canada
    Any recommendations for smaller bass combo/wedge monitor style amps in the "definitely under $1000.00" range?

    I've been getting several offers lately to play quite small venues (cafes, restaurants, very small local watering holes, etc.). Rather than going to my rehearsal space every time and hauling out part of my rig for these gigs, I would prefer to have a smaller combo amp at home and just take that to the gig.

    Because volume isn't so much an issue in these situations, I'm looking for something that has really good tone. I've had some playing experience with one of the Line6 units, but, quite frankly, there was just something missing.

    Ideally, I would love to be able to just park the car, haul this thing in one hand with my bass in the other, and head to the venue to set up.

    Any recommendations?
  2. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    There was a used 2x10 Mesa Buster combo on sale in the TB classifieds. That would be perfect.
  3. 62bass


    Apr 3, 2005
    Try one out first, but the GK MB 150 S (or 150E) is certainly light enough to carry in one hand. 25 lbs. Great sound too. It is not a loud amp though, but it will get considerably louder with the matching extension cabinet which weighs about 16 lbs. It has a direct out that works well plugged in to the PA if you need more out front volume.

    I have one and I've been using it for about a year now. I couldn't be happier.

    Another idea is the new Traynor 300 watt combo amp available in either 1x12 format or 2x8 in a wedge style cabinet. Less expensive that the GK but pretty light and pretty loud for its size.
  4. 62bass


    Apr 3, 2005
    The Mesa Buster is a great sounding amp for sure, but it weighs a ton. It's okay if you have no stairs to climb and you can haul it a considerable distance with the optional dolly system.

    Nothing beats the Mesa Walkabout Scout though in my opinion. I used one for 4 years and only sold it last year because I don't have to play that loud any more. But it won't come in under $1000 new.
  5. It hasn't ben sold. I need to replace the preamp tubes and haven't got around to it yet. And unfortunately, I'm not looking to ship it.

    The weight of the buster is REALLY not a big deal - the shape is kinda awkward but you move your rig in one trip, and it's LOUD enough (in terms of "perceived sound") that it can easily compete with rigs twice its size.
  6. B String

    B String Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    The Markbass 121P combo might be a good call for you. It has
    lots of headroom. (300 watts @ 8 ohms) A very small box with
    a single 12. It works for many styles of music and sounds full
    at a low volume. 29lbs. I put a 15ft power cord on mine and
    leave it on the amp.
    There is a slightly used one in the classifieds for about $750.
    A totally pro piece of gear.
  7. buffordbass


    Nov 11, 2004
    Endorsing Artist: Genz Benz Amps, Lakland Basses
    Genz Benz shuttle 3.10 combo... 175 watts at 8 ohms and super light!!
    I wouldnt go with the 8", but the 10" is good!!
  8. lug

    lug Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    Ampeg BA112, small, relatively cheap, and sounds great.
  9. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    NE ND
    Ding, Ding, Ding. We have a winner!
  10. If you can find a used Mesa Walkabout Scout they have amazing tone!
  11. derekd


    Feb 16, 2009
    I like mine just fine when I go direct out with it and only use it as a monitor. Price and weight are good. Doesn't fit all situations though, and I will probably wind up with a Little Mark and either 4x10 or their 2x10 and 1x15.
  12. derekd


    Feb 16, 2009
    Can I just say that you impress the heck out of me with your quick links and lack of "this has been asked a million times, use the search feature" attitude. I have benefited greatly from your expertise. Thanks
  13. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006
    Out there!
    Markbass Minimark. Very small, lightweight and great tone. Plus it really is much louder than you would think from such a small amp. Hint: don't be afraid to turn it up all the way and let your fingers do the talking.
  14. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    NE ND
    Yeah, but I wouldn't want to carry it too far. They are fairly heavy.
  15. Nedmundo

    Nedmundo Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2005
    For well under $1,000, you could get the Roland Cube 100 or SWR WorkingPro 1x12 combo, either of which would be great. The Roland is much louder than its 100 watt rating and small size indicate, and I love the tone. The Ampeg BA112 has excellent tone, but I think the Roland will give you more volume, and it sounds just as good IMO. The Markbass 1x12 combo is in another league, but I wouldn't spend the extra cash unless you might want it for larger gigs, possibly with an extension cab, or maybe for recording. If that's likely, go for it. I have the Roland, but if I were starting from scratch, I'd consider something more powerful like the Markbass.
  16. Stu_Bass


    Nov 24, 2006
    LDS has a 1x8 based three way wedge or a 4x6.5 based three way cab.
  17. Hugh Jass

    Hugh Jass

    Oct 10, 2008
    Canada eh
    I really like my SWR WorkingPro 1x12 but if you are looking for one handed portability you better be fit as it tips the scales at ~50lbs :eek:. Plus it is a bloody awkward shape to carry with the kickback design.

    At 200 watts its just fine for playing with drums and guitar at reasonable volumes, and great tone!
  18. sk8


    May 10, 2007
    United Kingdom

    Shuttle 3.0-10T all the way