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Loudest/best budget bass amp?

Discussion in 'The BASS Place' started by Luciano, Aug 25, 2017.

  1. Luciano

    Luciano TDPRI Member

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    Our band has a bass amp, but it's a tiny 30w combo that came in a Silvertone starter pack. We intend to all pitch in to buy a new bass combo, preferably over 100w and under $350, for gigging/rehearsing. Anyone have suggestions for the best/loudest options?
     

  2. SolidSteak

    SolidSteak Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 27, 2016
    USA
    Do you want "best" or do you want "loudest"? :D

    New: Fender's latest Rumble V3 has a 1x12 100 watt combo for like $300 new I think.

    Used:
    Acoustic makes some budget stuff... a used B100 combo should be less than $200.

    You could look around for a Peavey TKO or something by Peavey.

    Actually there are too many used bass combo options for me to list! You can probably get some decent loud stuff for $350. Do you have a store near you that sells used gear? You might even find a louder bass head and a cheap 1x15 that nobody wants to move...
     
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  3. SolidSteak

    SolidSteak Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 27, 2016
    USA
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  4. Bob M

    Bob M Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    I got a floor model Ampeg 115 v2. $302 with shipping. It is awesome. Bone rattling. I played with a guy who had the aforementioned Rumble. It was nice, but the Ampeg can get that organ pedal like feel that puts a pit in your stomach. 50lbs. That's important to me.
     
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  5. RyCo1983

    RyCo1983 Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 15, 2012
    Central PA
    The Ampeg BA115 units are nice...there are a few different models. They can be had pretty affordably.

    I have a Peavey TKO 115. 100 dollar Craigslist score. It is far too heavy to want to use for gigs, but it makes a fine gear table and rehearsal/jam amp!
     
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  6. Cadfael

    Cadfael Tele-Meister

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    +1 TC Electronics ...

    versatile and loud ...
     
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  7. Fiesta Red

    Fiesta Red Tele-Afflicted

    Nov 15, 2010
    Texas
    Used Rumbles are cheap and great.

    I got a 2nd generation 150W Rumble for my daughter, and it rattles the house...$175 or so
     
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  8. Dismalhead

    Dismalhead Poster Extraordinaire

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    Generally speaking, you'll need more than a hundred watts to get loud enough to play a mid-sized place. Options:

    Look for a used Fender Rumble 200 or 500. It'll have plenty of power. I've got a new model Rumble 40 and it's loud enough for practices, probably not enough for a gig though.

    Cheapest option is probably a used Peavey. Just make sure the wattage is there. I had a TKO115 for a long time and it was only 75 watts. Great, deep tone, but again probably not loud enough for a mid-sized place. No matter what Peavey you are looking at, expect it to weigh a ton.
     
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  9. Luciano

    Luciano TDPRI Member

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    I don't have a store near me that really sells used gear, and I'm not really one for buying used online sight-unseen. I was looking at the peavy max 115, if anyone has any experience with that.
     

  10. Grux

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    Eden sells pretty nice stuff, my bass player just bought a 180w EC210 combo for about $400.00. I know thats a bit over budget but it sounds good and isn't too heavy.
     

  11. Preacher

    Preacher Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 17, 2007
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    Fender Rumble with the line out lets you tap into the PA as well.

    PeavyTNT with the black widow speaker is great as well.

    I have a 300watt Kustom mark bass head and a peavy 2x12 cabinet that is my go to. The Fender 100 watt is my haul around
     

  12. jimash

    jimash Friend of Leo's

    Nov 5, 2013
    NJ
    I was going to just get a Fender Rumble, but I ran into a Line 6 Lowdown 110, and I couldn;t resist at $100.
    75 watts, 4-5 digital voices, compesssor and distortion, 1/10", in a 1 foot cube.
    I suspect that these weren;t very reliable, but it sounds very nice and gets pretty loud.
     

  13. vrdyer

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  14. JCW308

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    The Peaveys are extremely heavy and don't sound all that great.
     

  15. SolidSteak

    SolidSteak Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 27, 2016
    USA
    I haven't tried the combo, but I did try a Peavey MiniMax 500 head plugged into a 2x10 in a store and it sounded pretty good. The only thing I didn't like about it was the knobs... they just didn't seem sturdy enough for me, like they might be easy to break off. The combo seems like a pretty good deal; 300 watts for $350.

    I dunno... if it was between a new Peavey max 115 ($350) and a new Ampeg BA115V2 ($400) I'd probably go for the Ampeg even though it's only 100 watts and the Peavey is 300. They both have XLR outs for a PA system too which is nice. Looks like the Acoustic 115 combo has an XLR out too. I think any of those 3 are great options.
     
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  16. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

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    I'd suggest a used Roland Bass Cube 120.
    Lots of great features, light weight and plenty of power.
    You should be able to find one on CL for $200-300.
     
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  17. zook

    zook Friend of Leo's

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  18. Jonzilla

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    Thought about buying used? You into half priced gear? I picked up a used Ampeg BA210 that my band has used the past few months. $250 I think is what I paid. 450 Watts. Sounds good to us especially for the price. Check your local Craigslist. Test it before you buy, of course.
     
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