Which budget combo for gigs?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by LionOnBass, Jul 16, 2020.

  1. LionOnBass


    Jul 10, 2018
    Hi, I am professional bass player and had to sell my Markbass CMD121P combo and EBS Neo112 cab yesterday because of the virus.

    I am looking for a cheap replacement combo which is loud enough and can be used for smaller gigs.
    After some research I found these 3 combos which could work for me.

    -Fender rumble 200
    -Ashdown studio 15
    -Hartke KB12

    which one would you take and why?
  2. Yup, the Fender Rumble 200 is all you need.
  3. jeff7bass

    jeff7bass Inactive

    Apr 9, 2009
    Get something with at least a 15" speaker and 200w, with at least 150w watts going into the internal speaker. The Fender is only 140W internally. It's fine unless things get loud. The Peavey Max 250 might be better. Compare the two.
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  4. jeff7bass

    jeff7bass Inactive

    Apr 9, 2009
  5. jeff7bass

    jeff7bass Inactive

    Apr 9, 2009
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  6. SJan3

    SJan3 Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2010
    AMPEG BA210v2
    More amp for the same $$$ as the Rumble
  7. LionOnBass


    Jul 10, 2018
    thought about the Ampeg too, but it is too heavy for me.
  8. SJan3

    SJan3 Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2010
    That's a shame..because that's a nice amp .
    Can't you get a small handtruck?
  9. SJan3

    SJan3 Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2010
    This would be my 2nd choice: Screenshot_20200716-180055.png
  10. LionOnBass


    Jul 10, 2018
    I believe that, sadly I have a bad back. But thank you anyway sir!
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  11. LionOnBass


    Jul 10, 2018
    How does the drive circuit differ from the rumble 200 and the ashdown studio 15? Does somebody know that?
  12. CallMeAl


    Dec 2, 2016
    Ithaca Ny
    Sorry to hear about any virus-related downsizing :(

    Im not crazy about Hartke personally, but a lot of folks seem to like em. Haven’t tried any Ashdown...

    I own a Mark 121p and a Rumble 100. I flip between the two pretty seamlessly. And if you set the Rumble EQ to 10/2/2/10 it cleans them up considerably and they just sing. I love the 200 as well, it’s my go to “bass testing amp” at my local shop. The 500 is a downright beast.

    Id add GK MB 112 or 115 to your list; if you can find one used that should be in your budget, cleaner and more headroom than the rumble.

    good luck! :)
  13. Hundred proof

    Hundred proof

    Apr 22, 2018
    That Rumble gets lots of love here in Memphis and by some of the cities best players!
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  14. And I

    And I

    Feb 19, 2009
    Witchtown, MA
    Of those 3, the fender.

    Are you ruling out used gear? There are some good deals on GK MB combos in the classifieds...
  15. JakobT


    Jan 9, 2014
    Oslo, Norway
    The Rumble would get the thumbs up from me. Light, gig-worthy and inexpensive.
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  16. edencab


    Aug 14, 2013
    Toronto, On
    SB115 – Traynor Amps

    200w, 31lbs, loud and sounds great, made in Canada by Traynor/Yorkville, great warranty, built like a tank
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2020
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  17. J-Bass RMR

    J-Bass RMR Supporting Member

    Hartke KB12 gets my vote. Why? The form factor.
    I'm a BIG fan of the angled cabinet and I owned the old version.
    Only parted with it when I jumped into the world of lightweight cabinets and class D amps a couple years ago - but I do miss it. The 12 sounded clearer to me than the 15, but much warmer than the 10.
    I've only tried the rumbles at Guitar Center, and never had the opportunity to try the Ashdown - but I will pick up the new version KB12 if I come across one for the right price.
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  18. jeff7bass

    jeff7bass Inactive

    Apr 9, 2009
  19. edencab


    Aug 14, 2013
    Toronto, On
    yah ...I've rented one a few times, very powerful..I have the sb200h head which is what is in this combo, let me tell you it kicks butt
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  20. jdh3000


    May 16, 2016
    I got at Rumble 500 for that purpose... unfortunately I’ve only gotten to play a couple of gigs with it. Light with a lot of power.
    The 200 would probably do many small gigs, but “small” is subjective. I wanted enough power in a light package that wouldn’t fall short if I had to get a little louder.
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