Smallest and lightest practice amp?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Evil Undead, Apr 13, 2014.

  1. Evil Undead

    Evil Undead

    Oct 31, 2009
    I've been wanting a Markbass Micromark (the one that's under 10lbs and single 6" driver) for a couple of years now but it's looking less and less likely - they almost never come up for sale used and they're discontinued.

    So, I'm wondering if there's anything else on the market that's a similar size and weight and sounds good. Aux in socket is a must.

    For bedroom playing, and maybe acoustic jams, nothing more.

    If anyone knows, it will be you lot ;)
  2. twbassman


    Jul 16, 2010
    Cincinnati, OH
  3. fusion man 85

    fusion man 85

    Dec 7, 2013
    I play a ampeg ba 108 its a good little 100 dollar amp. love the sound once I got a fender jazz
  4. experimental bassist

    experimental bassist

    Mar 15, 2009

    A relatively large cab for an 8" driver, gets pretty loud and pretty low for a practice amp. Does the Ampeg thing well. The RCA inputs (Aux in) channel has it's own separate volume control.

    Hard to beat.


    $99 all day every day, and when you're ready to buy if you email and request the Talkbass member discount you could get it for even less. ;)
  5. xk49w

    xk49w Supporting Member

    There's one for sale at guitarcenter used, item #110051054. (it looks like it has an 8 though)
  6. I bought the Phil Jones Double Four. It's been a great amp that keeps outdoing my expectations for a 10lb twin 4" speaker machine. It also has a large radiator that tunes the little box deeper so it sounds just like a big amp.
  7. KlingyFungus


    Mar 20, 2010
  8. hennessybass

    hennessybass Supporting Member

    Oct 11, 2008
    North East Texas
    I just got a MicroMark MM801. I got it used in the classifies on TB, and while I was buying it, I was contacted by another TB member trying to sell his.

    Tiny, light, and it sounds really nice for home practice and the smallest gigs.
  9. MakoMan


    Oct 17, 2011
  10. Yamaha THR10 - very small footprint, and looks like a radio, so it's not a big ugly black cube. Fantastic guitar/bass practice amp.
  11. Jerry Ziarko

    Jerry Ziarko Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Rochester, NY
  12. srcTW

    srcTW Practicing my tail off Supporting Member

    Nov 16, 2013
    Houston Metro Area
    Phil Jones Bass Cub. Incredibly light with great tone. Tracks quickly. Has aux in.
  13. Clark Westfield

    Clark Westfield Floyd Pepper is my mentor!

    Jan 30, 2012
    Central Jersey
    I went to a guitar show today and some dude was jammin' with a Fodera 5 string through a Phil Jones Suitcase.

    The sound was insane!

    The punch and volume sounded like a 210.

    The B string had no flutter or strain on the speakers.

    It has 4, 5" inch drivers cranking through a 200 watt amp.

    VERY PRICY, but what a remarkable sound zooming from such a little box.

    I was impressed.

    $1200 for a practice amp is a bit steep for my wallet.
  14. How 'bout...

    Genz-Benz Shuttle 3.0-8t

    I don't own one, but sometimes wish I did. Meets all requirements stated in the OP: small, light, sounds good, aux in (and headphone jack), can handle acoustic jams easily.

    I have the battery-powered Micro Cube Bass RX mentioned earlier in the thread. I had a wandering-minstrel gig so it was a "forced" purchase, but it has since found its place next to the bed.

    Bass RX has aux in/headphone jacks, fx, modest drum machine... sound? Not audiophile quality, to be sure, but serviceable.
    Will probably busk with it at some point.
  15. lomo

    lomo passionate hack Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2006
    'nuther vote for this if it's within your budget. Insanely light and compact-I took one in a small carry-on bag for travel and had enough room for a weekend's worth of clothes....sounds superb and also makes a great ext speaker for a 'puter or phone.
  16. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    I have a Hartke A15 8" 15w. Weighs about 15-20lbs.
  17. djasterix

    djasterix Supporting Member

    Jan 1, 2012
    Lima, Peru
    I use an Eden EC10 for practice at my apt. Little footprint, really nice tone and at 50 watts can get loud enough...

  18. sotua


    Sep 20, 2004
    SF Bay Area
  19. Remyd


    Apr 2, 2014
    St. Louis, MO
    For a cheapie, I really like the newer Acoustic SS amps.

    I bought a B15 practice amp to jam with acoustic comrades and it actually puts out quite a bit of sound, especially for $50. Has a nice clear tone as well and a good-ish overdrive circuit. I used it to back up an acoustic guitar this weekend in a teeny-tiny venue, and it did acceptably. There's not power to spare, but as a dollars-per-audio-quality proposition, it's probably the best gear I've ever purchased.

    Don't listen to people that hate on Guitar Center for no reason. Gear is gear, no matter who's marketing what. The "good" thing about the "new" Acoustic as sold by GC is that the "corporate overlords" often have very good "sales".