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SO I'm looking for a dual channel bass head.

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by arkrund, Jul 8, 2013.

  1. Hi.

    Longtime lurker, first time poster. I realize that there was once another thread like this, though I have a very specific set-up in mind as I was looking for a bass head with two distinct channels.

    Ideally the head would have:
    - two separate channels, with two inputs for each channel and two volume controls. Both channels must be able to be used simultaneously.
    - an effects loop
    - somewhere in the 200-325watt range at 8ohms.

    I am familiar with the Markbass LMK series (and their new version) but I am finding one of those to be a bit difficult to track down (sell me yours:)?). Any other suggestions/ideas?

    Many thanks!
  2. Buy a small mixer and a power amp. Use Pre/DI's to get the tone you want on your channel. Pair it up with a decent "FRFR" cab.

    Personally I would pair a Peavey IPR 1600 bridged into a fEARful 15/6/1 with the new "true 3-way" cross over. Mixer and Pre of your choice.
  3. Acoustic Image Clarus. To be clear, it is not a stereo amp, but a 'dual mono' (which is I assume what you want). In other words, each of the two preamps is full featured and has inputs for both so they can be used for doubling, etc., but will drive a single power amp.

    If you are looking for a true 'two channel stereo' all in one bass amp, the TecAmp Puma is the only one on the market currently that I am aware of. It can be used as true stereo, or dual mono.

    Finally, the Markbass amp you are having a hard time finding can be somewhat replicated using the Momark modular system, but I don't think you can get separate EQ for each channel.

    All in all, for quality, reliability, price and features, the AI Clarus is probably the way to go.
  4. Jeff Scott

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

    Apr 11, 2006
    Out there!
    [DEL]Woods[/DEL] Would something like this work for you? This one, in particular, has a mono power amp but you can find them secondhand (and I think new, still) with a true stereo power amp that allows you to pan either or both preamp channels to either or both power amps, pretty cool concept! :bassist:

    Each channel has it's own FX loop; if you are not using the loops for FX than you can run the return inputs along with the send mix controls as two more channels, albeit without any EQ, but this does offer the option of running four separate inputs with their own volume controls.
  5. This is a great plan, and up until this point I've actually been using a small mackie mixer with a lower rated tube amp (I realize that a power amp would work much better). However, I've been doing more travelling lately and I'm trying to keep things as simple as possible (i.e. being able to pair this set up very handily with other people's cabs when necessary etc.).

    Thanks for this! The Clarus would work perfectly. Thanks to this board, I ended up finding a guy with a LMK that he is willing to part with (now I play the waiting game).

    I have seen those walter woods' amps. No doubt it would work well, last I checked aren't they extremely expensive/hard to find used? I also heard that the waiting list was about two years long for a new one (this was awhile ago though).
  6. Roscoe East

    Roscoe East

    Aug 22, 2011
    Alembic F2B with a power amp du jour.
  7. JxBass


    Aug 5, 2008
    I owned the aforementioned AI Clarus and EA iAmp Micro, both great amps.
  8. webmonster


    May 19, 2013
    New Zealand
    Just to chuck the idea in there, but what the original post describes is really quite close to the old school Fender Bassman or Marshall 1959 style of amp. Two channels, two inputs per channel but not 200W (except for a Marshall Major...)
  9. Joebarnes


    Oct 4, 2011
    Surrey, BC
    The waiting game is boring, Play Hungry Hungry Hippos instead!
  10. I have an AI clarus series 4. Almost brand new. Interested?
  11. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG