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Which Micro head for gig backup - tiny and 200+ watts?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by don21480, Feb 1, 2014.

  1. don21480


    Mar 17, 2006
    So I want a tiny micro head as a backup amp for gigs. Needs to be 200+ watts, $200+/-, and small enough to go in a gig bag. GK - MB200 comes to mind - any others?
  2. Traynor, Carvin and TC all make similar 200-250 watt heads in that general size and price range.
  3. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    mb200... sounds great, good vol. and cheap via tb classifieds.
  4. Ampeg PF-350. Full street price is $299, but can be found for closer to $250. 250 watts into 8 ohms, 350 watts into 4 ohms.
  5. jnewmark

    jnewmark Just wanna play the groove. Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2006
    Stax 1966
    Play guitar.
    other than what's already been said, the MB200 also fits in the pocket of most gig bags. I carried one around for a couple years this way. I can't think of any smaller sized amp head with the parameters the OP needs/wants. Maybe a MB F1, but you're not talking $200 there, even for a good used one.
  6. matthewbrown

    matthewbrown Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2003
    Harwich, MA, USA
    Keep the MB200 in mind. It's ideal for this purpose. I play quieter venues with it and a Portbass 12 all the time.
  7. MyMusic


    Jun 1, 2010
    Dover, De
  8. tjh

    tjh Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2006
    Don, MB200 resides permanently in the little side pocket of my shoulder bag that goes with me everywhere a bass goes ... it actually seems to be getting more than back-up use these days though .. ;)
  9. CElton

    CElton I'm a new note finder...

    Tone Hammer 350.
  10. JGbassman


    May 31, 2011
    Just a thought. I would make sure your back up is rated for at least the same wattage/power as your main amp. Same to be said for the ohm loading. I carry a mb800 as a back up for my SVT CL head. Its light, packs easily in my gig bag and is always there to ward off the gremlins. I cant comment on the other amps, but gk's stuff is solid and is perfect for pushing those 810's if called upon in my situation. Ive played through the mb200 in a 212 cabinet and it sounded great. That would be my vote if that's the sound you are looking for.
  11. Jerry Ziarko

    Jerry Ziarko Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Rochester, NY
  12. Jaycephas

    Jaycephas Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2003
    Waxhaw, NC
    TC Electronic BH-250. Fits the bill exactly.
  13. edencab


    Aug 14, 2013
    Toronto, On
  14. scotch

    scotch It's not rocket science! Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2006
    Albany, NY USA
    Please see Profile for Endorsement disclosures

    I bought an Aguilar TH350 for just this purpose: as a 'backup' that actually fit in a gigbag or breifcase. I've ended up using it a LOT as my main amp though! Killer tone, overengineered (especially the power section) and so small and light!
  15. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Get a used Genz-Benz SHuttle 3.0 or 6.0. Both have more power than you need and weigh 3.75 pounds. They sound fantastic and are excellent quality.
  16. jeff7bass


    Apr 9, 2009
    GB Shuttle 6.2 for 399.00 at Amzon right now. I know it's a little more money but it's a LOT more amp. 600w.

    If that's too much the Carvin BX250 rocks. Great EQ section for dialing in the clarity and punch.
  17. don21480


    Mar 17, 2006
    A lot of good choices here. I've never been able to connect to the Genz Benz tone - have tried many of their heads and they just don't work for me. I have a Tonehammer 500 and its awesome so maybe the 350. The Carvin is interesting. The GK MB200 is something I had in the past and sold, maybe a little too hasty but its so tiny that its a candidate for sure. What is the absolute smallest micro head out there?
  18. Jaycephas

    Jaycephas Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2003
    Waxhaw, NC
    A toss up - the GK MB200, an Overton Flyweight 200, a Carvin BX250 Micro Bass or an Eden WTX-264?
  19. corndog


    Jul 20, 2012
    Ontario, Canada
    Promethean P300h.

    Fits in my gig-bag, 300 watts, weighs a few pounds.

    This unit punches well above its weight.
  20. jeff7bass


    Apr 9, 2009
    You can buy the Carvin and send it back within 10 days if you don't like it. The deep fat tones are in there but you have to know how to use the semi-parametric EQ.

    That being said if you like the TH500 and want to go cheap, the Ampeg is probably more your sound.