SWR LA Series

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by moweezil, Dec 2, 2001.

  1. moweezil


    Dec 2, 2001
    Has amyone tried the SWR LA Series? Particularly
    the LA 15. Im in the market for a small combo, and 300$ isn't bad for a 15 in. combo. Which is better? The LA 15 or the Carvin PB100-15. Does either one have a line out?

  2. captainpabst


    Mar 18, 2001
    i played the la15 in the store the other day. i wasn't impressed. it simply doesn't sound that good (to my ears) and won't play all that loud.

    i know a guy who has a carvin pro bass 100-15. imo it sounds better and plays louder than the swr la15 (although a tweeter would be nice), but it's not all that great either.

    looking at an ampeg b100 or a nemesis combo, or possibly an ashdown electric blue would be a good idea, unless you've gotta stick in the 300 dollar range...consider going used - check ebay.

    i don't believe either one has an actual line out - they have headphone jacks, the swr has a tuner out, the carvin has an extension speaker out, but no line out...
  3. beadg5

    beadg5 Guest

    May 28, 2001
    Baton Rouge, La. USA
    Ebay has a SWR Basic Black around $350. I bought a new one a few years ago for $600. I use mine for rehersal and small gigs. I believe it is around 130 watts. It sounds great and has some good features.
  4. BigBohn


    Sep 29, 2001
    WPB, Florida
    *voice in your conscience whispers*

    If you search, they will come...
  5. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    I own a Basic Black also. Great 15+tweeter combo amp.

    Also I agree with the recommendation of an Ampeg B100, and also I'll mention the BA-115. These are real bass amps, that don't cost a whole lot more than the Carvin or the SWR LA, and kick their butts all over the place in volume and tone.
  6. Gabu


    Jan 2, 2001
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    When I was checking out small combos it seemed that the Ampeg 30, was a Hell of a lot quieter than the Fender Bassman 25, I would possibly compare the Ampeg 50w model to the bassman. I never did get to listen to the Carvin PB100-15, 10 or PB200 against the bassman though. I wish I did.

    I think from what I have seen I would go with the Carvins over the Ampegs, tonewise. But that is just my taste. Volumewise, I don't know.