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Tube Combo?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by RomancintheTone, Apr 17, 2009.

  1. Does ANYONE know of a high powered, lightweight combo that has a tube preamp? It seems simple to me, but I cant seem to find one worth buying.

    While I was searching, I got to thinking. How AWESOME would it be if they put the new Little Mark Tube, or better yet the Little Mark Tube 800 into their CMD Combo's? That head into a 1 x 15" Combo would make my life complete.
  2. PSPookie


    Aug 13, 2006
    Ocoee, TN
    Genz Benz Shuttle 12T or Shuttle 210T

    That's alll I can think of that would be lightweight and have decent power.
  3. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    SWR SuperRedhead and Black Beauty (RedHead is a 2-10 and the Black Beauty is a 1-15). I think the Eden Metro (designed by the same guy) has a tube pre as well.
  4. uaudio


    Apr 11, 2008
    SWR Spellbinder Blue
    Mesa Walkabout Scout

    Try a search on "tube combo."
  5. seamonkey


    Aug 6, 2004
  6. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Mesa Walkabout Scout, Venture, and I think the new Carbine has a 2x12 combo pack as well.
  7. anyonefortennis

    anyonefortennis Supporting Member

    Jun 28, 2005
    Lincoln, NE
    I wouldn't call the red head a light weight amp. Isn't it over 90 pounds?

    I personally love the Mesa WA Scout.
  8. pfschim

    pfschim Just a Skeleton with a Jazz bass Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2006
    SF Bay Area
    I love the Walkabout too, and it does pretty much fit the conditions the OP was asking for "high powered, lightweight combo that has a tube preamp".

    But, the Venture only gets 2 outta three on this one ... high-powered and tube pre-amp. While I also love my Venture 2x12 (and totally dig the combo format), the Venture is a bruiser that weighs in at around 120lbs. Does kick some serious butt though!

    Just sayin' :cool:

    Not sure what the older 2x10 version weigh, but probably a little less.

    as others have already posted the Genz 6.0 T combos are hybrids, and are even lighter than the Walkabout. I don't dig the Genz tube pre tone, almost like its not really there, particularly compared to the Mesa hybrids. But, that's entirely a matter or personal taste only.
  9. SCT1422

    SCT1422 Supporting Member

    I tried the Genz Benz and did'nt like them... I have a Mesa Venture 2x10 combo and a Scout 15.. Both are awesome.. The Venture is up for sale, but it's definately no lightweight..
  10. Thanks guys! I look into the Venture because my priorities go to tone over weight, and I'm not the biggest fan of Genz-Benz tone (no offense GB lovers). I think I can deal with the weight if it's a combo and it can belt out the sound. Thanks again, you guys!
  11. SCT1422

    SCT1422 Supporting Member

    If you don't mind the weight, definately check out the Mesa Venture combos.. The one I have for sale is a 2x10 and I'm sure the 2x12 sounds just as killer...
  12. iplaybasstexas


    Apr 5, 2008
    just saying....ampeg ba115hpt...

    not that i support ampeg, but its a great combo...
  13. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Just as a point of reference, amps with only preamp tubes should be referred to as "hybrids," not tube amps. The term "tube amp" should only be used when referring to an amp that uses tubes for the power amp. One preamp tube does not a tube amp make.
  14. pfschim

    pfschim Just a Skeleton with a Jazz bass Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2006
    SF Bay Area
    JimmyM, the voice of tube amp purity :D

    I may even change my sig to this .. Jimmy willing

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