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Stack vs Combo

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by playerdelabass, Oct 12, 2001.


  1. I have been playing for a fair few years now through small combos, my most recent has been a 100W, 1x15" fender solic state, and it's got a great sound, and isn't too hard to carry about.

    However, that time has come, I need to get a new amp, due to technical problems, I'm wondering whether or not to go all out and buy a stack, With most likey a Peavey or Hartke head, and a 4x10" which I would later upgrade to include a 1x15" or 1x18".

    The thing is I don't got too much money, and I need to know if I'm gonna see the benefit here, or would I be just as well off if I bought another combo similar to the one I own now.

    Any thoughts greatfully recieved

    - Trig
     
  2. JimM

    JimM

    Jan 13, 2000
    Northern California
    I have a head and two cabs.I keep the 4x10 at home and leave the 1x15 at the house of a guitarist with whom I jam frequently.That way,I don't carry the cabs around as much.I guess it would be different if I was in a band,but when I play in church I use the church amp.

    I like separate units because I think it is easier to carry the cabs without the added weight of the amp at the same time.now if you were to get an Eden combo,their electronics are very light and wouldn't add much weight.

    I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say that Peavy sounds like a good choice for you.mainly because I don't know Hartke,they don't have a dealer in my town but if you need service there's Peavy dealers everywhere,and I think you can get a lot of watts per buck (or pound,as the case may be).
     
  3. The thing I like about stacks is the versitility. You can start out small and gradually build from there. Let's say you start out with a Hartke head and a Carvin 2x10 cab. It's a pretty low cost way to begin and will give you good sound right off the bat. Later on if you need more thunder you can add a 15 cab.

    Fast forward to a year from now and you're in a situation where the old just Hartke isn't cutting it anymore. You can sell it off and get mabe an SWR or something. Now you have the SWR but you decide that the Carvin 2x10 cab doesn't project well enough for big rooms. So you sell it and pick up a 4x10 cab to go with your 15 cab.

    You see where I'm going with this? With a combo it's pretty much all or nothing, but a stack will take you anywhere you want to go.