What combo amp for $550 and under?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by steve2, Oct 18, 2001.

  1. Gallien Krueger Backline 250

    2 vote(s)
  2. Gallien Krueger 400RR

    3 vote(s)
  3. Ampeg BA 210sp

    1 vote(s)
  4. Ampeg BA 115

    8 vote(s)
  5. Ashdown 130

    4 vote(s)
  6. Genz-Benz mc 200-112t

    3 vote(s)
  7. SWR Workman 12

    6 vote(s)
  8. Fender Bassman 100

    2 vote(s)
  9. Hartke 1415

    0 vote(s)
  10. Hartke Kickback 15

    2 vote(s)
  11. Hartke 1410

    0 vote(s)
  12. Laney RBW 300

    3 vote(s)
  13. Ampeg B100R

    17 vote(s)
  1. steve2


    Sep 23, 2001
    Piney Flats, TN
    I currently have a Laney RBW 100 which is 65 watts and has a 12 in speaker. It is a kickback style and sounds pretty good but I have not compared it to any others. I am thinking of getting something bigger and better within the next year and use the Laney as my practice amp. There are some many there to choose from and around $550 would be the max. Any suggestions? Thanks
  2. nikofthehill


    Jul 30, 2001
    san jose, CA
    i havent voted in the poll, but i personally like the ampegs that you have mentioned. Go to a music store, plug in and see what you like.thats the only way.

    if you want a recommendation, check out the ampeg B100R. Its only 100 watts, but its loud and its got great tone. BTW it runs about $479 at

    PS - next time try searching the TB archives. they're helpful.
  3. I second the Ampeg B100R. I had the B50R and it sounded great.
  4. rayzak


    Jan 13, 2001
    Louisville, KY
    Just to gang up on ya... i'll third the B-100R. Great amp. IMHO.
  5. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    For features and light weight, I'd go with either the SWR WM12 or the Ashdown 130. The Ashdown also has that retro vibe and the cool needle VU meter.
  6. I have the RBW300's little brother (ie the RBW200) and its very nice. You won't be dissappointed, but then again these guys know a lot more than me.
  7. I have little experience with any of the combos listed, but must throw in a recommendation for the Nemesis (by Ededn) combo in 2x10" or 1x15" form. Both are pushed by 225W RMS and are light to carry, with side dishes to make one-man moving simple. They crank and have a great, modern tone. I got my 2x12" combo for $650 after shipping, and would imaging you could get the 2x10 for close to your budget. Just my measly .02 and (of course!) NYIYY....
  8. steve2


    Sep 23, 2001
    Piney Flats, TN
    I have the RBW 100 and I think that it is nice but I have not played the other brands. I forgot about the Eden amps. I am in no big hurry but I would say that the Ampeg B100R is probably the frontrunner. I will try to play several and I will also go to my Laney dealer and play the 200 and 300. Thanks this info will help.

  9. The Electric Blue series doesn't have the needle VU meter to measure input gain. Instead, it has a set of streaming LED's. Still a nice amp, from what I hear.
  10. Boy, do I feel good. I own an Ampeg B100R, and then again I don't. Let me clarify: I just bought a B100R the other day, but, it hasn't been delivered yet, so I guess that makes me an expectant father.
    I also bought it without ever hearing one first hand; sound daring? All in a day's work. I bought it mainly because I know and love the Ampeg sound, and a couple of TBers (one's at this thread right now) recommended it so highly I just had to get one. I did the same thing with my Jack Casady bass; never heard one, but, the reviews/recommendations were so good I just bought one. Did that gamble ever pay off!

    Now, blind dates are entirely different.

    Mike J.
  11. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Of everything listed I'd pick my B-100R in a heartbeat. Compared to more expensive combos, like the Metro, SuperRedhead, EBS Drome, GK's, etc. ... I still picked my B-100R.

    Reasons... killer tone, surprisingly loudness and low end handling (it loves B strings). Considering you can get one used for ~$250 it's an absolute steal... if you like it;)
  12. Ashdown Electric Blue 130-12 for sure. I have owned the Ampeg and Fender and sold them for the Ashdown. That one just does it for me. The tone, weight and connections were exactly what I was looking for. I use it as a stage monitor and run out of it to the PA.

    Best advice is above. Play as many as you can and pick the one that does it for you.
  13. Freakapotamus9


    Jun 20, 2001
    ampeg b100r or SWR workingmans.
  14. Ty McNeely

    Ty McNeely

    Mar 27, 2000
    I edited the poll a bit according to the way the thread was going.
  15. bobaweeka


    Jan 2, 2001
    If you want bang for buck, go with the Ampeg.
  16. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB

    Jan 28, 2001
    New York
    I like the Fender Bassman.I took my Bass to a local store and played through all the 100-200 watt combos they had,and in the end my ears liked the Bassman the best.Then I haggled with the counterperson and got the Bassman 200 for $550.

    Imo,the Bassman 100 is a nice piece,but for a little more $ the 200 will give you the extra headroom when you need it.

    Good luck,and let your ears make the final decision.
  17. Harpo


    Feb 1, 2001
    Kings Park NY
    The Ampeg B100R is the best combo I have ever owned It has a great sound and I get complents
    about it all the time.
  18. I voted for the Genz Benz, mainly because it has a bit more power than the other ones (200 watts), has a tweeter, and is a kickback. You can get the 15 version for a little more, which is really potent. Ampeg is good too.

  19. just a thought if you don't mind used..I just saw an Ampeg B2 combo for $550 used at Guitar Center. that is the same amp I have. 200-350 watt with a 15"...great amp..for me at least
  20. jcadmus


    Apr 2, 2000
    Check out the Peavey Combo 115 and the Combo 210TX (if you can find one -- they're discontinued).

    Pound for pound, more features, functions and power than anything else in their price range. 210 watts as configured, 300 with an ext. cab. Built in compressor, graphic equalizer, crossover, etc. And plenty of booty.