SWR Workingman's 10 - a good < $200 practice amp?

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  1. bluesholyman

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    Picked this up, giving it a spin, as a practice amp with direct out for recording. It sounds good and I think I like it, but don't know much about bass amps, especially SWR. Also have the chance to pickup a TC GB250-208 for about the same $$, or something new within reason.

    Is a 15 year old amp worth getting or should I pickup something newer? Key parameters are 1) Direct out for recording, 2) $200 budget, and 3) prefer 10" speakers.

    Would appreciate any input.

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    I had a WorkingMans 15, it was awesome, always reliable, with enough knobs to get the job done.
    Generally SWR equipment is rock solid. A ten inch speaker is a bit light (for me) but in the right box they can sound good.
     
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    I had a Workingman 10" bass cabinet, and now I have a 2 x 10" that I put my Bassman through. I think the speakers are good. Heavy duty cabinets too.
     
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    We use one of these as the house bass amp for a theater I work in (smallish dinner theater) it is more than enough for the space. Good sounding, dependable amp.
     
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    I have one and liked it, but I didn't use it for about 9 years, and now, no volume.

    I went out and bought a Fender Rumble 40.

    They both sound great, but the Fender is a little more neutral - sounding.

    For the going price of $200 new, why buy a 15 year old amp?

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    I recall trying the Fender line in store and compared to some other things I listened to, including this SWR, and I just wasn't impressed with the sound. For the same price, the SWR sounded better to me.

    Honestly, I am inclined to think the 15 year old SWR will outlast a brand new "budget" amp.
     
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    I was thinking the same thing, and would also recommend the Rumble 40.
     
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