SWR Workingman's 15

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by count_funkula, Dec 6, 2001.

  1. I have put my big Carvin rig up for sale and I'm looking for a combo to replace it with. I'm leaning towards a 1x15". I am going to use it as a stage monitor and go to the board to get to the people.

    Any opinions on the SWR Workingman's 15? I'm also considering GenzBenz, Tube Works, and an Ampeg B100-R.

    Also, who makes a good amp stand? I dont like setting a 15" speaker on a wooden stage, too boomy. I also want to angle it up towards my head.
  2. BigBohn


    Sep 29, 2001
    WPB, Florida
    The Workingman 15 is a great choice for a combo amp. Great tone, volume, and clarity. Don't know about the stands, but I say go for the WM 15.
  3. moweezil


    Dec 2, 2001
    I know Geneisis makes good stands. They have a nifty looking amp stand in MF for 20$ It looks very light and compact (although I've only seen it) and it holds 75lbs. (plenty for the WM 15)
  4. pedro


    Apr 5, 2000
    Madison, WI.
    Are you dead set on a combo? I own a WM 15 and it's a good amp but I've found it surprisingly awkward to move. It's much easier to transport a 2x10 cabinet/head combination than move the WM 15. That said, the WM is a good amp. Should be loud enough and does have a DI. I strongly encourage you to consider a good used G II Jr. and head. My $.02.
  5. I have a Carvin rig right now (head, 2x10, 1x15) but have decided I want one simple package that I can pickup and move anywhere. I will use a small dolly to transport the combo. I have thought hard on keeping the head and the 2x10 cab but I really like the 15" sound. It just feels bigger.
  6. MJB


    Mar 17, 2000
    I'm in total agreement with Pedro here. Consider a bag end S-15 or an SWR Son of Bertha with a head of your choice if you really want a 15, the WM15 is really awkward to move around, particularly up and down stairs.
  7. Basso Gruvitas

    Basso Gruvitas Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2000
    Dallas/Ft. Worth TX

    I have the Genesis stand Moweezel is talking about. I would like to sell mine. It's in mint condition - only used it on one gig. I have the original receipt and packing materials.

    It's just not for me. I like the bigger sound of an amp placed on the floor better. Let me know if you're interested in it.

    As far as the amp, I would also go for the WM 15. Genz Benz is a good choice too, but they appear to be very heavy.
  8. SRSiegel

    SRSiegel Guest

    Sep 17, 2001
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    count one more up for the WM 15. it is big and awkward, yes, the top handle makes it tough, but if you plan on using a hand dolly anyways, go for it. I played through it at a jazz festival at Purdue with my high school Jazz band a couple years ago. that thing was loud, sounded huge, yet remained open and transparent. it sounded wonderful with an upright equipped with piezos and a preamp. also was really good for the funk tune i played that had a lot of thumping and quick pops in it. i really liked that combo.
  9. pedro


    Apr 5, 2000
    Madison, WI.
    [count one more up for the WM 15. it is big and awkward, yes, the top handle makes it tough, but if you plan on using a hand dolly anyways, go for it.

    It isn't just that its awkward but going with a separate head/cabinet he will have much more flexibility. The WM series is not the top of the line SWR. For about the same dollars that he's going to spend on a new WM 15 he could have a used proseries rig w/ more power and flexibility.
  10. Eric Cioe

    Eric Cioe Supporting Member

    Jun 4, 2001
    Holland, MI
    i got a SWR WM 1x15T cab with a GK 400RB head...and love it. a very transportable rig, and great sounding. i would also recomend the WM15 combo, almost bought one, but wanted the flexiblility of a stack
  11. BigBohn


    Sep 29, 2001
    WPB, Florida
    700 bucks for a WM15 combo amp


    500 for a ProSeries Son of Bertha single cabinet

    With all the preamp and power all together like that, how can he go wrong with this being a combo amp? I said, combo!!!, not modular rig.

    Personally, if you have a rig, it can upgraded to be used for live band use, while still being able to be used as a practice amp. Kinda seems like a waste of money to buy a combo amp if you already have a real rig, which you do, just buy some better speakers, and you'll be happy.:)
  12. jasonbraatz

    jasonbraatz Supporting Member

    Oct 18, 2000
    Milwaukee, WI

    not when your rig consists of - in its smallest config - a 60 lb rack and a Goliath III 2x10.

    i'm going to be getting a WM15, probably used ($350). Most of the gigs outside of phatphunktion and bon pantalon don't need 1 kilowatt of power. and i'd rather not take that rig for practices either. one of my buddies has a WM12 as his upright/small gig amp and loves it, and it always has killer tone.