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...the LIGHTEST all tube bass head??

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by quadrogong, Mar 11, 2008.


  1. quadrogong

    quadrogong

    Jul 6, 2006
    NYC
    What would be the way to go if I wanted to get a really nice old school tube sound(fairly clean,not looking for too much grind) and keep it ultra light,or as light as I can,I should rephrase..

    I've owned an SVT classic,and let me say..never again.
    I cannot move it to gigs,period.
    Even an SVT II is pretty heavy for me..

    I was considering an Aguilar tube preamp,plus a very light power amp,
    but from my understanding,just a tube preamp+ a solid state power amp isn't true "tube tone",not like an all tube head..

    so it made me wonder..how light do they go?
     
  2. the alphabass head is 37 pounds
     
  3. emblymouse

    emblymouse exempt Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2006
    W'Sconsin
    I had a Pignose B100V head- 100W all tubes at about 35 lbs. I think.
     
  4. well Peavey just released an all tube 220 watt head thats very light. If you can hold out, Peavey is supposed to eventually release an all tube 300 watt head at like 40lbs.....un freakin believable. Other than that, the Traynor YBA-200 is a 200 watt all tube head and isnt so heavy
     
  5. quadrogong

    quadrogong

    Jul 6, 2006
    NYC
    those pignoses are for bass? or guitar?
     
  6. Surly

    Surly

    Feb 2, 2007
    South Florida
    300 watt head that is 40 pounds?? Wow I wonder how they make those transformers.
     
  7. wdinc01

    wdinc01

    Nov 19, 2005
    Jacksonville, FL
    They used to make tube bass heads, but I think they've been discontinued.
     
  8. If U can find a 2nd hand Ampeg V4BH-they're about 40lbs 100w all tube!
    Sound beautiful! But other than that.... Yep the new Peavey VB-2 VB-3 200 & 300w.
    Mark Bass make an all tube 300w amp thats light. So do a handful of other co's- strangely all these 300w tube amps look VERY similar, but have different name badges on!!! ;-)
     
  9. dreadheadbass

    dreadheadbass

    Dec 17, 2007
    england
    easy fix is to hire a big beefy singer n get him to lug it for you like me:D
     
  10. K2000

    K2000

    Nov 16, 2005
    Brooklyn

    I think they are in the 60 - 65 pound range.
     
  11. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    The Mesa Bass 400 is 46 lbs as long as you don't rack it in the wood/tolex head cabinet. Then it becomes 60 lbs.
     
  12. TheIrishOx

    TheIrishOx

    Feb 22, 2008
    Illinois
    Have you look at the the new mark bass tube head.
     
  13. Im not sure of the exact weight but the SA200 is very do-able.
    If you can get your hands on one that is...
     
  14. Rugaar

    Rugaar

    Apr 11, 2007
    wisconsin
    The owner's manual says 40#. The older ones (V4/V4B) were considerably heavier.
     
  15. Rugaar has it!! Admittedly - I haven't sat mine on the scales, but it does seem about 1/2 as heavy as my SVT2.
     
  16. Rob Mancini

    Rob Mancini Guest

    Feb 26, 2008
    Markbass Classic 300 (49 lbs), if you can get one. It's not available in the states yet, but you may be able to special order it.
     
  17. Traynor YBA-200 is reportedly 41lbs
     
  18. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    49 lbs. (Markbass) is still pretty heavy. Are there other options competing with the Pignose at 100W/35 lbs.?
     
  19. koentje_bassist

    koentje_bassist

    Jun 24, 2006
    Belgium
    Just get a GK. Who needs tubes?
     
  20. bottomend!

    bottomend!

    Oct 23, 2007
    here

    A friend of mine brought one of those over a couple of weeks ago to try out. It was AWFUL sounding. It had absolutly no life at all!!!! We managed to get only one useable sound out of it... and that was with a guitar!
     

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