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TC BQ250 amp head - First Impressions

Discussion in 'Amps, Mics & Pickups [DB]' started by bherman, Jun 12, 2019.


  1. bherman

    bherman Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2009
    Grand Junction, CO
    @rickwolff started a great thread recently, comparing the TC BAM200 to his Genzler rig, with a focus on the performance of a MAS 16. Thanks to Rick for starting the discussion, and alerting us to the positive features of these new ultra-compact offerings from TC. bq250.

    After looking closely at the BAM and the BQ series (they make a 250 watt and 500 watt version), I opted to purchase the BQ250 over the BAM. The primary selling point for me was 2 things - an auxiliary input (1/8"), which I use quite a bit for practice, and a speakon connector for the speaker output. All my cables are speakon (as are my cabs), and while not a big deal, I don't want to have to keep track of combo cables and/or adapters.

    BQ250 is a few pounds heavier and a little bigger, and costs $9 more than the BAM.

    I just unboxed and plugged this little guy into my RevSound 28 speaker, and initial impressions are very positive. Clean, uncolored sound, no fan noise or hiss. While I've only used this at home, my initial sense is that 250 watts will be plenty for the cabs that I use and the venues that I regularly play in. Tomorrow night is an outdoor gig at a brewery with a fairly loud NewGrass band, so I'll get a chance to see how it does.

    By comparison, lately my primary amp is a Bergantino Forte, which I use for both URB and electric. Sounds great for both. I recently sold an AI Clarus SL which I liked alot, but honestly found the controls too small and hard to adjust on the fly. Initial impressions are that this little guy compares favorably to the SL.

    Photo shows it on top of the RevSound - together its a 25 lb rig, the head will go into a backpack making for an easy carry.

    Stay tuned for more. I don't have the capacity to do recordings like Rick did, but will post my impressions after tomorrow night's gig.
     
  2. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    so far, sounds pretty good. thanks for posting this.

    i got mine as an early birthday present, and i am still putting it through its paces with an ampeg SVT-210AV - it's a small rig that takes up very little space. will post a review after i spend some more time with it.
     
  3. Elias86

    Elias86 Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2010
    Mebane, NC
    I just ordered a B-stock BQ250 from the Music Tribe via Reverb for ...

    $115!!!

    Funny thing is, I had previously looked through all the specs on the BAM200 and BQ500 as well, and I had ruled out the BQ250. When I looked before, Sweetwater was selling the BQ500 for $200 (about $40 more than the 250), so I figured I either liked the BAM for it's size, or the BQ500 for it's features and headroom. But for $115 daaammmnnnn.

    I wasn't even sure I wanted another head just yet, but I am now! I'll report back here sometime after it arrives.
     
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  4. ProdigalBassman

    ProdigalBassman

    Mar 22, 2012
    How about an update? I'm seriously considering this amp and would love to hear feedback on it.

    Thanks,

    Joe
     
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  5. bherman

    bherman Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2009
    Grand Junction, CO
    Away for a few days - will do so when back home.

    I’ve used it for a few gigs now, for the price I do not think that it can be beat. Plenty of power to drive my RevSound 28 or 210 cabs, clean, uncolored sound. Not sure that I would use it as my only head (there are times that I need the kick of my Berg Forte) but as a small gig amp and for practice, I recommend this little guy wholeheartedly
     
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  6. ProdigalBassman

    ProdigalBassman

    Mar 22, 2012
    Thanks so much for the update :thumbsup:!! I'm sure many of us will take advantage of it.

    Cheers!

    Joe
     
  7. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    What does the "Thrust" knob do on this amp?
     
  8. bherman

    bherman Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2009
    Grand Junction, CO
    It’s a compressor, I don’t use it so can’t add anything about it’s utility.
     
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  9. kerrycares

    kerrycares Lover of God, People , Music and Bass Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2006
    Michigan
    I bought the 500, great amp for $198.00
     
  10. BeefPie84

    BeefPie84

    Mar 29, 2019
    Better off getting a used BH 250 with the same power, additional tuner, mute switch, tone print, etc...
     
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  11. bherman

    bherman Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2009
    Grand Junction, CO
    I had one but found the tone print and other features to just be annoying. At $149 new it was hard to beat.
     
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  12. BeefPie84

    BeefPie84

    Mar 29, 2019
    A mute switch and tuner was annoying? Ok well to each their own!
     
  13. bherman

    bherman Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2009
    Grand Junction, CO
    Maybe not a good choice of words - TonePrint was annoying, tuner not that useful nor the mute since they’re on the amp and I use pedalboard-based tuner and a preamp with a mute. I actually prefer the sound of the BQ. and the price. Compressor not useful though.
     

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