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70s bassman head? like a bassman 100....e ven a bassman 50 is not slouch through a PA system.... ampeg B25b... a lot of these newfangled class D ehads sound mighty good. I thought the TC one I tried was tasty as all get out for what it is... check out quilter too
Or go used and see if you can get a hold of an SWR. The real SWR's, before Fender bought them, were great. The tone was just enhanced in all ways and the difference was like Cassette Tape to Vinyl.
I myself own a markbass 250 little mark and I'm blown away how versatile and strong it is. It can keep up with an fender rumble 500 in an live situation. Also i have a Ashdown Cab, 2x10, wich is jus big enough for me and the PA gets the DI sound anyway
Wow. I didn't know MarkBass products were affordable now. Last time I looked into them, they sounded great but you were going to pay a couple of thousand to get a small rig. I would probably go with the little mark in this case.
I second Boom's ashdown recommendation. I was really partial to this MAG300 I had for a while. It sounded really nice. Built like a tank, I am sure the combo version is great. All their stuff is great. SWRs really do sound amazing, or they sued to, but I experienced reliability issues with every one I've ever encountered. H aven't touched one since like 2006. Never again.
I also agree that the Markbass stuff is great, even the recent affordable stuff sounds pretty good.
Be sure to try out all these new, Ultra-ompact/light class D heads. I'm telling you, class D technology is really great for bass because of how it handles transients and also its whole methodology is fatastic ebcause it doesn't need buulky ehat sincs or anything. It doesn't get hot at all... Class D is where its at on paper.... in rpactice? Every time I try a class D bass amp I like it. They don't sound like an SVT if that's what you're looking for but they provide loud, honest bass for days. I like d the TC amp a lot, but I am a long-time TC guy so I'm biased. If you're not getting a tube amp then i would be trying all these tiny bass heads at a store before I looked at any old fashioned solid state heads like Ashdown, SWR, etc etc. I know Markbass makes class D stuff, haven't tried them though. I'm telling you,, this class D thing is the future of solid state amplification. Unless you're going to pony up for an old tube amp I would really be looking at class D. I eman, you cna fit this shit in a backpack and borrow a cab at the gg, dude!
another great solution is a used line6 bass pod (even an HD can be had for peanuts). The classic tube bass amps they mdeolled, aprticularly the SVT? sound pretty decent and you get all those goofy effects too... if you disable the cab and use it with a really clean pwoer amp ito a typical bass cab like a 4x10 youwill be surprised how good it sounds. And these days you could get a class D pedalbaord amp. I had a friend who did a rack with a bass pod and a crown and that rig soudned great but these days you could just use the floor version or the kidney-shaped little pod with a 3 or 400 watt pedalbaord amp and be able to walk to the gig with that in your backpack assuming there's a bass cabinet there. I'm telling you, I was shocked at how nice the bass pod soudned the first time I ehard this guy use it at a gig. He ahd stage volume and sent a direct signal to the PA and the whole thing was just great. it didn't look impressive like a raging SVT, but it was low hassle.... now with iny power amps thata re the size of a a big muff NYC? Its a really nice solution that will give you simualtions of soem classic old school abss tones, a bunch of effects and can travel on th subway with you. And of course you can also get a cab or yourself too, the whole rig will be cheap enough that you can go find a used 2x10 or whatever type of cab you like. Personally? For mdoern bass I like 2x10s with an 18" or 4x10s with a 15". For trashy rock I always played through a straight marshall cabient loaded with bass cone celestions or JBLs... I really dislike cabs with horns, but I dn't like to play slap bass and when i do I am shooting for a really 70s sound like ons telly dan's Peg, not something bright and in your face with pingy pops.
i was playing my friends peavy and i wasnt a fan of the horn, im definitly not a slap player im either using finger or if im playing something like punk or garage rock i use a pick for a little bit of attack, but im definitly gonna look at class d heads now, have you played the pf 350 or 500 i want to try them, id imagine i could get the stack for 500 used and what about orange bass amps ive been seeing them a bit more now that ive started looking at bass rigs
I've enver tried a mdoern orange bass head. The old 200 watt oranges are notoriously meaty bass amps, like a dirtier Hiwatt 200.
I don't kow anything about those so-called portaflexes. As far as I know ampeg stopped making the portaflex tube amps in the 70s and tis a damned shame. My uncle has an old one in rgeat shape, it sounds amazing. Stll on the original tubes I think. He prefers his Eden rig. Go figure. I think the little 350-500 watt heads ampeg is calling protaflexes now are class D heads actually. I ahte that they call the portaflexes. I know they're light and protable, but a portaflex is a tube amp. Even the tube portaflexes they make now aren't really right. The portable bit was about how the ehad flipped up out of the cab and it was like a pun anyway because the cabs were sealed and ported.... and they had like a tone-ring type bass reflex setup, hence flex. Apeg has really lsot their way. Anyway... what the new portaflexes DO remind me of is the B25B head of the 70s. Not in looks but the 50 watt definitely is similar in tube set and features.... like a ebffed up potraflex
go to the store,, try everything
I went myself to a store and tried out between the Fender Rumle 200 and the Markbass 250, both as heads and i liked the sounds of the markbass a bit more. But I qould also look into the specs, because if you find the TC 250 head good enough for you or you like the new Trace elliot, there all in the same price range, and the ashdown 300 (I think) is like the oldschool one. And Honestly: Thats enough for the most Gigs, the DI will get you enough bass anyway, and for stage or bandpractise - volume it's surely enough
I had a quad 6L6 univox 'bass' amp. It didn't really hold up against an old dual showman for that fender sounding bass with real lows... it was like ahigh power tweed twin ind esign though, which was cool for guitar. I wish i knew what i did with that thing. I paid way less than 300.
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