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Which small combo amp to buy?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Paulo67, Jul 4, 2012.

  1. Paulo67


    Jul 4, 2012
    Hi guys, new to this forum, this is my first post.

    I have just started playing the bass and need a practice amp, i practice in a small room so don't need excessive volume and most of the time i will be listening through headphones.
    It was suggested to me that i should look at either the Fender rumble 30 or the Warwick BC 40, are these amps any good for a beginner or are there other amps i should be looking at.
    Only got around the £160 to spend.

    Thanks in advance for any help on making a decision, it's much appreciated.
  2. Nugun


    Dec 31, 2011
    Mesquite, TX
    I think they're pretty good little amps. However, I do have to recommend a GK Backline 110. 70 watts into a 10" tilt back speaker gives you a lot to play with. I picked one up used off my local Craigslist for $60 (about £48 I believe?) recently and I love the thing to death. Just sayin. :D
  3. If you're happy playing through headphones look into the Tascam bass trainer. No amp required.

    Spending good money on a practice amp is really a drain on financing a gigging amp. Spend as little as possible.
  4. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    +1 a headphone amp is all you need for now. Save your money for a bigger bass rig later on. The bass trainer will get you up and running cheap.
  5. The trouble with a small practice combo is it's always too small to play with a drummer. Going from bedroom to garage is a huge leap in bass amps.
  6. Nugun


    Dec 31, 2011
    Mesquite, TX
    I've never really had an issue keeping up with my drummer with my little GK in a practice setting. Granted we are usually cramped in a small room and I like to tuck myself into a corner. I think the fact that we are a power trio playing mostly (mostly i say) progressive metal makes up for that though. I'm not overpoweringly loud mind you, but I am heard easily enough for us to practice and experiment well. YMMV as far as drummers go I guess. :D
  7. Paulo67


    Jul 4, 2012
    Cheers guys, i like the idea of the bass trainer it obviously has a lot of other functions that would be usefull later on when hopefully my playing improves.
    I'm a long way off playing with a drummer and really just wanted a small amp that i could crank up a bit when i've got the house to myself, i know a lot of amps now come with inputs for mp3 players and headphones.
    I will check out the GK backline 110 as suggested, there's so much great equipment out there it's hard for us newbie's to know where to start.

    Thanks again guys. :)
  8. You might be surprised how little time it takes to get to playing basic basslines with authority. Get stuck in.

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