SWR LA8 vs. Peavey MicrobassIII vs. Vox T-15

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by telemike, Jul 14, 2003.

  1. telemike


    Jul 7, 2003
    Which of these $150 practice amps do y'all reccomend?

    I have played the LA8 and thought it sounded punchy and full.
  2. redneck2wild


    Nov 27, 2002
    Memphis, TN
    If you are tight on cash, you might want to look at used amps. Good deals can sometimes be found on www.musicgoround.com or ebay.
    Peavey Microbass amps usually go for around $90 used though the older the model, the cheaper the amp.
  3. I played the LA-8 in G.C...and I dunno if someone messed with it or what...but on Low E it distorted easily...I use a 70 dollar Ibanez amp...with like a 6.5 inch speaker...and it does the job,as for now...

    I heard alot of good things from the Microbass...If I were you,I'd go for the Micro,but thats just me:bassist:

  4. DigMe


    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    I haven't played the Vox but I'd definitely take Microbass over LA8. I thought the LA8 sounded terrible with sharp, pronounced highs and lows that distorted at medium volume. That doesn't happen with the Microbass. When I was looking at practive amps I ended up getting a used/like new Peavey Minx amp off Ebay for 80 bucks. 10" speaker that is just as good as the Microbass but louder. Great deal but I had to be patient before that deal came along and no one else drove the price up.

    brad cook
  5. telemike


    Jul 7, 2003
    This is waht I am going to try first:

    I ordered a Jensen MOD 8-20 speaker that is rated for guitar and bass use to put in my Roland Cube-15 guitar amp. Stock, the Cube-15 has a full warm tone that is larger than a tiny amp with an 8" should sound. I have played the bass thru the Roland speaker and it sounds good for bedroom volume. I am going to try the Jensen since it is rated for bass use.

    Later on, I want to get a larger combo for use as a stage monitor and use a line out to the PA. The PA we have for the youth church bulding has 2 JBL 18" subs....fat bass.
  6. Go for the Peavey Microbass. I've got one myself and it does the job more than well. It doesn't distort with a low E, not even a low B! (This is at practice volume-levels, volume knob at 1/3 of available power)

    I A/B-ed many practice combo's prior to making my decision (Fender Frontman 15, Peavey Microbass, Behringer Thunderbird, Trace Elliot practice amp (forgot what model). All those amps where in the same price-range of €125-€150.
    The Peavey came out as the best sounding and loudest amp. The Fender was without any punch, quite dull sounding. The Trace sounded like **** imho. The Behringer was very good-looking (that retro-look) and sounded good, but it distorted/farted out with the low B's, and even with low E's when I used my neck pickup and full on bass-eq on my Warwick. So I went for the Microbass and haven't regretted it at all.

    SWR could have nice practice combo's but I think they are too steep.

    A remark on the Microbass: it's EQ-section is more than OK for such a small amp, but I have to say that it doesn't change the sound drasticly. I mean, the bass-knob adds more bass, but no tons of it. Don't expect it to be a professional sound-shaping machine, cuz it isn't. The middle-knob does change the sound quite a bit though. I found out that I got the best results when dialing in one sound on the Microbass (Bass: 3 o'clock; middle 2 o'clock, treble 1 o'clock) and then I started using the EQ and Pickup possibilities on my Warwick... more than enough tone-shaping options IMHO.

    Anyway, I hope this help you out in making a decision. Good luck!

  7. secretdonkey


    Oct 9, 2002
    Austin, TX
    I picked up an LA-8 yesterday. Thoroughly decent - I think I can use it for a restaurant gig accompanying an acoustic guitar and vocals.

    Haven't tried the others, so I couldn't compare them, but I'm feeling a bit lukewarm towards SWR (SWendeR) these days and all...