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SWR LA 10 or SWR Workingman 10?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by groucho, Feb 14, 2006.

  1. groucho


    Sep 28, 2005
    Ringwood NJ
    I have plenty O' big amp stuff...
    But now I find myself playing a weekly
    thing with a couple of acoustic guys in
    a rec room :)

    I narrowed it down to these two SWR amps,
    anybody have some experience contrasting

    Please don't tell me to get the Eden or the Baby
    Blue:rollno: Outta my current budget, unless
    I sell my 1969 SVT head and cab... :eek:

    A (married) man's got to know his (budget)limitations:D
  2. Dr. PhunkyPants

    Dr. PhunkyPants Guest

    Aug 11, 2002
    If you're bent on SWR, the WM12 used is a good bet. The 10 lacks any power whatsoever--it's a bedroom amp.
  3. Edwcdc

    Edwcdc I call shotgun!

    Jul 21, 2003
    Columbia MD USA
    I've never played the LA 10 but I did play the LA 12 and I didn't like it too much. Even at fairly low volume it crapped out. I had to thin it out to get anything out of it and then the tone was bad. I think if you are looking for a 10" combo and you had to chose between the two, the WM10 is your best bet. You won't get a tone of volume but like you said you have the big amp thing covered.
  4. FunkSlap89


    Apr 26, 2005
    Albany, NY

    I have the LA15 and my friend has the WM12 and the 12 sounds a lot louder and better even though it is smaller. I would prolly say the WM12 is your best bet, the 10's are really begginners amps that don't put out much sound at all.
  5. jdlwareagle


    Nov 13, 2005
    Mobile , AL
    pm sent
  6. B String

    B String Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    The WM 10 is a great amp for its size. Putting something
    like a little stomp box eq in line, can make it into a monster
    for its size. Are they still making these amps? The LA series
    was put out as more of a "student" line. (cheapo) The
    WM 10 is more of a pro piece of gear, just very small.
    If its between the LA 10 and the WM 10, the choice is
    clearly the WM 10. jmho
  7. mountain drew

    mountain drew

    Nov 6, 2003
    I currently own a SWR WM10 and love it. I mainly use it for my upright bass but on occation use it with my electric when I go over someones house just to jam. You can't beat small compact amps for throwing in the backseat of the car. Anyway, I've own a LA12 in the past and didn't care for the sound at higher than practice volumes.
    The WM10 actually to me sounds pretty good when pushed to it's limits. I also have the 10" extension speaker for it that I use from time to time and it's more than enough for a "not so loud" jam with a drummer.
  8. FunkSlap89


    Apr 26, 2005
    Albany, NY
    Correct me if i'm wrong, but i thought SWR recently replaced the Workingman's combos with the workingpro combo series. :confused:
  9. Edwcdc

    Edwcdc I call shotgun!

    Jul 21, 2003
    Columbia MD USA
    They did but you can still get them. I think they even reduced the prices.
  10. groucho


    Sep 28, 2005
    Ringwood NJ
    Hot damn! That is just the kind of input I was hoping
    for, thanks guys:)

    I have a Hartke single 15 140 watt already for "small"
    but I decided on a 10 incher since I wanted to shoot
    for "single trip from the car" with this deal. I played
    a very small SWR at somebody's house a few years ago
    and it amazed me, so I figured it was time.
  11. Mcrelly


    Jun 16, 2003
    Minnesota, USA
    wow, the WM12 is ONLY $50 more. I agree with others about the WM12 tone, but 12 is heavier. much smoother if you like that. I owned a wm10 w/ext10. it has more of a mid twang that can't be as easily removed as the wm12.


    how about yorkville xm50 (50w 10" 30Lb $279) Here
  12. petch

    petch Supporting Member

    Mar 25, 2001
    Medina, Ohio
    I own a WM 10 with the extension. Here's my .02: get the WM 12. You'll be happier.
  13. lowrez

    lowrez no.

    Nov 27, 2004
    New Englandish
    I used a WM10 for my practice amp for a lot of years. I don't have any complaints on it. Sounded pretty good, was well made. Enough that when I upgraded my practice amp I went for the Baby Baby Blue. The 12 is pretty nice too, but I would avoid the LA stuff like the plague.
  14. Dr. PhunkyPants

    Dr. PhunkyPants Guest

    Aug 11, 2002
    I guess "workingperson's series" didn't have that marketing ring....?
  15. petch

    petch Supporting Member

    Mar 25, 2001
    Medina, Ohio
    "WorkingStiffs"? :D
  16. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    LA stuff sucks.

    I've had a WM12 and WM12. I used the 10 with a 10 piece funk band for rehearsal and it was fine. Wouldn't gig it with that band, but it holds its own in a small place with a 4-5 piece band.
  17. Lowtonejoe

    Lowtonejoe Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2004
    Richland, WA
    Nope, I disagree.


    Although definitely NOT pro quality, I have had an LA8 for about three years and love the danged thing.

    A great home practice amp. Don't bother gigging with it.

    I have had a WM10 and thought that it was pretty good. I gigged with it once using it as a stage monitor and sending the DI through the board but I could barely hear it. I did use it regularly for practice though and it was barely adequate.

    I played through a WM12 a few times and think that out of the LA8 WM10 or WM12 the WM12 is leaps and bounds above the other two. An awesome sounding combo that is useable in a real world situation. Not a full tilt boogie rock band but for small gigs it would do nicely. And it would make a great practice amp.

    I have owned SWR Pro stuff also but that's a different level.