Tiny Combos

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Dr. Cheese, May 13, 2021.


  1. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
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  2. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis




    Check them out.
     
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  3. lomo

    lomo passionate hack Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2006
    Montreal
    IME the tinier the combo, the more you have to spend to get decent sound at anything more than spoken word volume. I have the pricier PJB Double 4 that's a marvel, but have seen some -ve reviews of the micro 7 (which I have never played). I'd be more inclined to go with an 8" GK box unless you really gotta have a shoe box size. I have that tiny GK unit and it sounds very good....under 20 lbs....plenty loud enough for acoustic jams/djembe, but as big as 2 shoe boxes :)
     
  4. lomo

    lomo passionate hack Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2006
    Montreal
    I love it when a reviewer says his cable is specially made for bass, because then I know he's a maven who's givin' it straight up:). I'd like to hear from some folks who have actually played these and are not in the "reviewing for clicks" game.
     
  5. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    This will strictly be a practice unit. I don’t need it to be loud.
     
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  6. bass12

    bass12 Blistering barnacles! Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    I haven't tried either of those. I do have a GK MB150 that I sometimes use for upright gigs. It sounds alright with the upright but i think it sounds really good with electric. Too bad GK seems to have discontinued the Microbass line.
     
  7. jeff7bass

    jeff7bass

    Apr 9, 2009
    I have a Hartke HD25 which gets really loud and clean for 129 bucks. Built solid.
     
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  8. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Get yourself a Genz-Benz Shuttle 3.0 docked on a Genz 8" Shuttle speaker.

    You will be surprised.

    They're available used, but not cheap.
     
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  9. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    That’s life. Genuinely good stuff is rarely cheap.
     
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  10. Low8

    Low8 Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2014
    Bass needs to have some oomph and move some air.

    Those little amps just don't get it done.
     
  11. MattZilla

    MattZilla

    Jun 26, 2013
    CNY
    Practice where, Doc?

    If it’s a small office at work and you’re just jamming along with your phone as discretely as possible, the $60 Joyo amp is about the same size as a lunchbox and sounds -fine- at that volume in a small room.

    If it’s someplace locked up that no janitor has access to, that Phil Jones character gets tons and tons of rave reviews on all of his products here- I imagine this little combo is as well regarded.
     
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  12. I've tried the Vox in a store and remember it having quite a thin sound. I have a Laney RB2 that I prefer.
     
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  13. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    This is mainly. home practice. I have a headphone amp already
     
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  14. jeff7bass

    jeff7bass

    Apr 9, 2009
    Much better now than before. I can jam with my stereo on loud, shaking walls loud, with my Hartke and it does not distort, even with the bass knob at 3/4's, where it sounds full.
     
  15. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    i recommend the hartke HD15. it is tiny for a bass amp, and it has something none of the other tiny or small amps i've used/tried have - a surprising amount of actual low end. it's almost like it defies physics.

    and it's under $100.
     
  16. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    That sounds like a winner!:)
     
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  17. Katoosie

    Katoosie

    Jun 12, 2020
    Sweden
    PJ double 4 sounded good to me on YouTube comparisons. I would check that out if you can. I don't believe it has a headphones jack if you care about that but it can also be run from a laptop battery. It's small but sounded way better than other tiny combos.


     
  18. Samatza

    Samatza

    Apr 15, 2019
    Australia
    For home practice I had a Rumble 25 borrowed from a friend, now I use a GK MB 110 for home and gigs where I just need a monitor.

    Realistically for home almost anything is OK as long as you can dial up a good sound.
     
  19. RattleSnack

    RattleSnack

    Sep 22, 2011
    Europe
    No experience with tiny amps, but I did try older Fender Rumble 30 and it sounded nice.
    In your shoes, I would go a bit bigger and get something that can be used for rehersal or even small gig, like combo with 12" and 100W (GK, Fender, or any).
     
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  20. john m

    john m Supporting Member

    Jan 15, 2006
    I have a Line6 Studio 1-10. Great little amp.
    I’ve used it on gigs with an acoustic piano.
    Also used it at choral rehearsals— 75 vocalists, piano, bass, drums. I use a 1-12 combo with FOH support for their gigs.
    If I needed to purchase a tiny, usable amp
    now, I’d check out the Elf combos.
     
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