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Smaller lighter tube amp?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by PinkFloydDan, Dec 31, 2009.


  1. PinkFloydDan

    PinkFloydDan

    Jul 4, 2005
    Buffalo
    My SVT-CL is just getting heavier as I get older. I love her, and I am not sure I will make a change, but:

    What are some comparable lighter tube amps? Are there any bass tube amp combos I am not aware of?

    I like the growl of the tubes, but sometimes the SVT doesn't get to be itself in a smaller club.
     
  2. KramerBassFan

    KramerBassFan

    Jan 3, 2009
    Smaller Tube amps?

    Sure.

    BUT, are you willing to take the smaller power?

    If so, you have a few options.
    Ampeg V4, Sunn 200s and 2000s, the list goes on.

    You might also want to try a All Tube Guitar Head, such as a Superlead. Or Superbass. :)
     
  3. LaklandBass

    LaklandBass

    Jan 26, 2005
    IL
    I played the markbass sd800 yesterday. it gets a pretty good ampeg sound and only weighs a couple of pounds. my local GC has it on clearance for $500
     
  4. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 11, 2008
    Song Surgeon slow downer. https://tinyurl.com/y5dcuqjg
    From what I read, your Ampeg weighs in at 80lbs. Here are few that weigh quite a bit less:

    Eden WTB300V 41bls 320w http://www.eden-electronics.com/products/amps/indiv/wtb300v.aspx
    Sunn 2000 65lbs. 120w
    Markbass Classic 300 48lbs. 300w@2/4ohms 175w@8ohms http://www.markbass.it/products.php?lingua=en&cat=1&vedi=80
    Traynor YBA 200-2 41lbs. 200w 2/4/8 ohmshttp://www.traynoramps.com/products.asp?type=5&cat=40&id=399
    Reeves Custom 225 59lbs http://www.reevesamps.com/custom225.htm
    Orange 200B/Mk3 59lbs http://www.orangeamps.com/products.asp?Action=View&ID=79
    Peavey VB-3 37 lbs 300w http://www.peavey.com/products/browse.cfm/action/detail/item/116719/Pro VB-3(TM).cfm Review

    Here's more to look at: http://www.bassplayer.com/article/all-tube-bass/jun-08/85595

    Or maybe a SS amp with a tube pre-amp will work for you (there are a bunch out there). Here's one:
    Aguilar db 751 42lbs (975watts@2ohms) http://www.aguilaramp.com/products_amplifiers_db751.htm
     
  5. Jefenator

    Jefenator Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2008
    Oregon
    Add Mesa Bass 400 to the list. I tote that thing with one hand!

    If your SVT doesn't "get to be itself" in smaller clubs and the weight is bumming you out, sounds like it's definitely time to check out some stuff around 200 watts.
     
  6. PinkFloydDan

    PinkFloydDan

    Jul 4, 2005
    Buffalo
    Not tube and I had one and sold it to get the SVT-CL

    They don't make tube bass combos, do they? I cannot recall seeing one.



     
  7. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 11, 2008
    Song Surgeon slow downer. https://tinyurl.com/y5dcuqjg
  8. father of fires

    father of fires Commercial User

    Nov 29, 2006
    BALTIMORE CITY
    Chief of Medicine at Damnation Audio

    Mesa made the Buster 200 watt tube bass combo. You may be able to find them used.
     
  9. heath_r_91

    heath_r_91

    Jun 3, 2006
    Topeka Area, Kansas
    Endorse:Artus-Basshanger-Dava-EC-Hartke-Orange-InEarz-SHS-Tigi
    The Orange AD200B is a tone machine!

    It's also light for a tube head.
     
  10. Though its not truely a tube amp, Iver heard the GK Fussion 550 is really warm and tubey and loud
     
  11. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    i'd go v4b. used to have one and it's a cross between the b-15 and svt.
     
  12. Turock

    Turock

    Apr 30, 2000
    Melnibone
    I own a SVT 2 Pro and a couple of V4BH heads. I mainly use the V4BH for clubs and the 2Pro for larger stages, for the exact reason you state.
     
  13. greenboy

    greenboy

    Dec 18, 2000
    remote mountain cabin Montana
    greenboy designs: fEARful, bassic, dually, crazy88 etc
    [​IMG]
     
  14. PinkFloydDan

    PinkFloydDan

    Jul 4, 2005
    Buffalo
    What in the world is that Greenboy?

    I should have said I was looking for an option under $1000.

    Most peeps are suggesting non-tube....and I understand that some people think non-tubes have that tube warmth, but I have tried a lot of these amps, and none do what I like tubes to do.

    With that said, I have never tried a walkabout or V4BH.

     
  15. Turock

    Turock

    Apr 30, 2000
    Melnibone
    V4BH is tube.
     
  16. PinkFloydDan

    PinkFloydDan

    Jul 4, 2005
    Buffalo
    I know. Sort of meshed my thoughts.

    Why isn't that as heavy as the SVT CL?



     
  17. cripula

    cripula

    Dec 20, 2006
    Canada
    PFDan, how much power do you need?

    There are lots of great sounding vintage tube heads out there, but will do you no good if 80-120W isn't going to cut it in your situation.
    Average is around 60 lbs give or take. Much easier to deal with than an SVT.
     
  18. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    it's only 100w and uses smaller transformers.
     
  19. seamonkey

    seamonkey

    Aug 6, 2004
    Only 50w, but small/light also not in your price range, and not a combo
    http://www.milbert.com/guitar


    You might want to try many of the pedals out there with a cheaper/lighter SS amp.
     
  20. twinfallsbass

    twinfallsbass Supporting Member

    Jan 24, 2005
    Somewhere in AZ
    Not as available as other amps, but the Trace Elliot Quatra-Valve comes in at under 40lbs. There is also the Peavey Delta Bass, I think that amp comes in under 40lbs as well.
     

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