What to buy with $1,000 budget

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by rusanderson, Apr 8, 2014.

  1. I'm looking for a new rig. I'm really bad about buying cheap, used gear.

    I'd like to stay in the $1k range, but could fudge a little more.

    I'm open to combos as well as head/cab setup.

    I typically play medium sized rooms and 600w has done really well. But, I occasionally play bigger shows, so more wattage wouldn't hurt.

    I like a nice, bright, tight sound. I'm primarily a pick player, but do pluck and thump.

    I'm looking at the Avatar 410Neo and the Hartke Hydrive 410.

    I'm stumped on which head to get. I currently have an Ampeg PF350 and it has been a nice little topper.

    What would you get on a $1,000 budget?
  2. GretschBassist


    Nov 11, 2012
    For a straight grand I'd get a GK Fusion 550 and never look back at anything else again.
  3. Those look cool, but my whole budget is $1,000 (cab and head).
  4. GretschBassist


    Nov 11, 2012
    I know but saving a bit for a NEO212 cab isn't gonna break you. Now finding that amp used is rather difficult^^ Really that is where Hybrid amplification is at right now. I'd reconsider... twice... and a third time just to be sure. Four.... five... six...^^
  5. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I'd keep the PF350 and buy as much cab as I could find for $1000. The PF350 does 350w at 4 ohms, and it can be loud enough to cause hearing damage in a big enough cab rig.
  6. Selta


    Feb 6, 2002
    Pacific Northwet
    Total fanboi of: Fractal Audio, AudiKinesis Cabs, Dingwall basses
    Personally, I'd buy an Audio Kensis Thunderchild or Hathor cab, and try it with your PF350. If that somehow doesn't go loud enough, sell the 350 and buy a used 800. But, I have no idea what your band is like, volume or tone needs really are, and words only go so far. :p
  7. cv115505


    Sep 14, 2012
    Oklahoma City
    Carvin... resale value is terrible, but they are tough to beat for the price. I toured with them for about 9 mos and never had an issue... mine was a little dry sounding, but since they started with the tube pres, every one I have played has been awesome
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  8. MyMusic


    Jun 1, 2010
    Dover, De
    Carvin BX1500 amp and a BRX10.4 cab. $1099. 1500 watts bridged. Plenty of power.
  9. beebassdude

    beebassdude Supporting Member

    Sep 29, 2008
    Sterling, VA
    you trying to avoid used youre saying? cause that definitely limits some cool stuff you could snag.
  10. groove pump

    groove pump

    Oct 24, 2006
    +1 for the Carvin camp.

    Just picked up a little BX500 from the classifieds here and brought it to a show the next night (also lugged the old pre and power amp rig just in case). I only had a pair of "acceptable" 2x10 cabs that made all of my sound for a medium room with no PA support.

    This head was an absolute gem. All the eq'ing I can use, plenty of volume with the master at 4.5-5 all night, and easily the most portable piece of gear in my rig. It occurred to me that I might consider getting the more powerful BX1500 if I want a "big rig" in the future, but I may never even need it.

    The resale may be relatively low on Carvin gear, but look at the price tags on their new stuff. They serve up some bang for the buck that's pretty tough to beat. I think you'd be smart to at least look them over.
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  11. No, I'm cool with used, I'm just bad about buying cheap gear that's used.

    If it's quality gear I'm all ears!
  12. AdamR

    AdamR Supporting Member

    Sep 24, 2007
    Bethel CT
    Endorsing Artist: VF Cables, Dirtbag Clothing
    Hartke Kilo and a Hydrive
  13. Plucky The Bassist

    Plucky The Bassist Bassist for Michael "Epic Mic" Rowe

    Jul 30, 2010
    Houston, TX
    Used GK 1001RB-II and a GK 410 MBE II

    Might put you a little over, but that's plenty of tone and volume for what you are describing.
  14. Checkout the GK MB212-II bass combo and pocket the remaining $200 of the $1000. http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/MB212-II
  15. bassguppy

    bassguppy Supporting Member

    An Ampeg SVT-7PRO and 810E both used should be a little under $1000. Monstrously loud.
  16. Bob C

    Bob C

    Mar 26, 2000
    Duluth, MN
    You can get them even cheaper at rmcaudio.com or proaudioland.com (especially with coupon code SAVE20).

    I've seen several used ones at musiciansfriend and music123, as well.
  17. christw

    christw Get low!

    May 11, 2008
    Dayton OH
    I want to be Tesla (tinkerer at Dayton Amp Co)
    Find a used Ampeg 810 and GK 1001RB-II and call it a day. You'll never need moar power
  18. I managed to build a fEARful 15/6/1
    and top it with a new Carvin BX1500
    for about $1100.
    Very clean.
    Lots of headroom.
    More power than I really need
    total rig weighs around 60 pounds!
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  19. SanDiegoHarry

    SanDiegoHarry Banned Supporting Member

    Feb 28, 2014
    San Diego, CA
    I could make $1000 work. Lots of decent 4x10s out there for under $600 used + a used class AB head (like an Ashdown ABM500). That would work.
  20. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    +1 on the Carvin BX-500. Light, great sounding, lots of EQ options. I was hesitant about buying without trying it out, but had read lots of great things. For the money you can't beat it.
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