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What head do I want?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by brock29609, Jun 1, 2004.

  1. brock29609

    brock29609 4 strings, 2 wheels

    May 11, 2003
    Greenville, SC
    I'm pretty pleased with my SWR 550x, but I can't help but think that there's a better head out there for *my* sound. Maybe the skimpy EQ (3-band) contributes to my slight dissatisfaction. Since I live in a small crappy sound with no selection, I buy off eBay with no first-hand experience. I need your advice before buying.

    Here's what I'm trying to achieve...

    - NOT interested in glassy highs (not a slapper).
    - I like understated lows that grrrowl.
    - I want a pushy, punchy midrangy tone that cuts through.
    - 400W to 550W (@ 4 Ohms.)
    - Looking for a single unit. No separate pre & power amp.
    - Under 35 lbs. or so (probably looking for a tube/solid state hybrid)
    - I have two 8 Ohm cabs, so I'm probably looking for something mono.

    Should I try an Ampeg? What could I find on eBay? Price isn't a huge obstacle, but I'd prefer to say around the $500 I paid for my SWR used. I might be willing to pay a little more for the right head.

  2. AB53211


    Apr 15, 2004
    Try an Ampeg SVT-3 Pro. I almost bought one myself. Good luck!

    Dimensions: 19 x 3.5 x 15.5
    Weight: 26 Pounds
    Preamp (Tube or Solid State): T (3 x 12AX7)
    Driver Tubes: 1 x 12AX7, 1 x 12AU7
    Power Amp (Tube or MOSFET): MF
    RMS Power Output (8 Ohms): 275 Watts
    RMS Power Output (4 Ohms): 450 Watts
    RMS Power Output (2 Ohms): n/a
    Tone Controls: 3 band
    Mid Tone Control: 5 pos
    Graphic EQ: 9 band
    Ultra Low/High Boosts: Yes
    Balanced Line Out: Yes (Transformer)
    Effects Loop: Yes
    Preamp Out/Power Amp In: Yes
  3. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    Fremont, Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    From what you have described, I would recommend a Mesa Boogie M-Pulse 600.
  4. zoran


    May 10, 2002
    For punchy and growly I would go with GK
  5. LarryO


    Apr 4, 2004
    I'd recommend keeping your amp and experimenting with different cabs. Hatke's aluminum 10's are really punchy. Carvin makes some nice stuff also. I'd just take your amp and bas to a shop and play through different cabs.....See if you can get the tone you're looking for that way
  6. kobass

    kobass Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Outside Boston
    +1 for the Mesa M-Pulse 600. Quest for power and tone resolved! 'nuf said. :D
  7. xcental34x


    Feb 28, 2003
    Memphrica, TN
    Genz Benz GBE 600 is definetely worth a look into. I just got mine and I couldnt be more satisfied. Easily the most versatile amp ever made.

  8. jokerjkny


    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PHL
    you sound like you want an Eden WT550 or WT400.

    both have a woolly, dark sound, and i'm sure everyone here will agree that Eden's are known for their growl. EQ is also very versatile. best of all they both weigh about 15-18 lbs.

    not to sure about the 550, but i see the 400 up for sale often enough on ebay and in the TB classifieds.

  9. g4string

    g4string Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Melissa, TX
  10. brock29609

    brock29609 4 strings, 2 wheels

    May 11, 2003
    Greenville, SC
    I picked up a used Music Man HD-500 and a used Eden WT400. I'll try them both along side my SWR 550x then sell the two I like least.
  11. JOME77

    JOME77 Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2002
    Ditto! :hyper:
    I've played SWR heads since 1989 and always loved their sound. I purchased a M-Pulse 600 about 6 months ago and absolutely fell in love with it! It sounds exactly like what you're describing that you want. I rarely use my SWR 400S anymore. It sounds so thin compared to the Mesa. Take one for a drive, you won't be disapointed! ;)

    P.S. Opps! Didn't see the cash you were willing to spend! Unfortunately $500 won't get you a M-Pulse 600
  12. jnightmare


    May 12, 2004
    Carson, CA
    how much is a mesa M-Pulse 600 anywyas, i can't find a price anywhere online.
  13. JOME77

    JOME77 Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2002
    List is $1299.00 and no one can discount Mesa gear. A used one in excellent condition would typically go for around $1,000.
  14. Mike Money

    Mike Money Banned

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
    Avatar Speakers Endorsing Hooligan
    Heads are restricting.

    Power Amp+Pre-amp is way better. so there.
  15. JOME77

    JOME77 Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2002
    No, actually suits are restricting! :D

    Been there, done it, bought the tee shirt.......but I sold the amps and pre's! :D
  16. I know what u feel. I have the same amp
    Get an second hand Ampeg SVP-PRO and your worries are over :hyper:
  17. brock29609

    brock29609 4 strings, 2 wheels

    May 11, 2003
    Greenville, SC
    The Music Man HD500 arrived and I'm extremely pleased. Two enthusiastic thumbs up! The Eden has yet to arrive.