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    hi folks

    i plan to play my bass in public and am looking for a beginner basscombo,
    which doesn't frustrate me to fast.
    what can you recommend?
    i thought about a 12" combo, which stands small rock gigs with drummers.
    small size and reliability is of importance.

    first ideas of mine are .. Peavey Basic 112, Gallien Krueger Backline 112 II,
    Crate Bass BT50, Warwick Take 12. any others?
    I've got no idea about bass combos and don't wanna pay fees again.

    I read about early distortion of the Backline 112 on harmony central ...
    the orange crush has to low wattage i think ...
    ... ? ...

    please help

    i play a 5 string

    cheers
    martin
    Baltar
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    Last edited by Baltar; 02-25-2006, 02:38 PM.
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  • #2
    Re: which basscombo

    In my (somewhat limited) experience, the Mesa Boogie Walkabout Scout combo is really cool. I've spent some time with the 1x15 (though they make a 1x12 as well) and I have never had any problem finding a good tone with any bass. Plus if you ever want to expand, the amp section of the combo comes out and you can use it as a head with other cabs.
    http://mesaboogie.com/Product_Info/B.../WalkScout.htm

    EDIT: also, the Ampeg PortaBass series sounded good in the store when I played them.
    dd12939
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    Last edited by dd12939; 02-26-2006, 05:27 AM.

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    • #3
      Re: which basscombo

      Your biggest obstacle is finding a combo that will be able to reproduce a low B. I'm not a huge fan of combos- generally they're heavier and bulkier to carry around than a head/cab combination.

      If you're set on a combo, one I've actually liked is Fender's Bassman- they have a bunch of different speaker combinations- I've really liked the one with the 15, and the 2x10 was passable to me.

      I haven't played with the Mesa Walkabout, however I really have liked the M-Pulse 600, which is the bigger head version of that amp. I've also heard nothing but good stuff about the Walkabout.
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      • #4
        Re: which basscombo

        Wait a few days and see if these things are gonna show up in stock at musician's friend and you should definitely look into them. Ashdown makes good equipment, and this should be in your price range, and it's 100 watts, and it's got a 15" speaker, which will do what you're wanting a little better..(click on the picture)

        Originally posted by Jakob Dylan
        It's a little gross to put yourself in every song. I mean, how interesting do people really think you are?
        Originally posted by LesStrat
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        • #5
          Re: which basscombo

          Originally posted by CapoFirstFret
          Wait a few days and see if these things are gonna show up in stock at musician's friend and you should definitely look into them. Ashdown makes good equipment, and this should be in your price range, and it's 100 watts, and it's got a 15" speaker, which will do what you're wanting a little better...
          I was gonna say Ashdown too (I'm a big fan of theirs, I play an ABM300 C210T), but not the Five Fifteen. Ashdown also has the Electric Blue-line of amps, which are basic, affordable and really nice and versatile 180 watt amps. They are available in a 1x12 and 1x15 format, or as a separate head and cab.
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          • #6
            Re: which basscombo

            the mesas are out of my pricerange.
            if i wanted to spend 1000 bucks, i'd go for a yamaha bbt500.

            thanks for the hint capo, i look if i find one to testdrive.
            it's quite urgent now, because i've blown my little peavey at the
            band practice today and have a gig next saturday :-\
            ~+~ tube afflicted, strat addicted ~+~

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            • #7
              Re: which basscombo

              Originally posted by Jeroen
              I was gonna say Ashdown too (I'm a big fan of theirs, I play an ABM300 C210T), but not the Five Fifteen. Ashdown also has the Electric Blue-line of amps, which are basic, affordable and really nice and versatile 180 watt amps. They are available in a 1x12 and 1x15 format, or as a separate head and cab.
              Man I almost bought the ABM300 C210T but didn't have the cash....instead I have a Peavey 210TX that I bought really cheap and it's GREAT...300 watts and I run it out to my Peavey 410 TVX cab and I'm running 6x10 at 300 watts...plenty of power!
              Originally posted by Jakob Dylan
              It's a little gross to put yourself in every song. I mean, how interesting do people really think you are?
              Originally posted by LesStrat
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              • #8
                Re: which basscombo

                hmm, i wonder if a basshead w ext speaker would be a good idea?
                i saw three quite priced at my dealers ...
                warwick pro fet 3.2, peavey max 160, g-k backline 600.
                i know, they're completely different in wattage, but thinking of everything
                beyond 100 watts, i care more about durability
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                • #9
                  Re: which basscombo

                  that might be something to consider...and if you wanted to save some money on a good cab, you could order one from avatar speakers...they're very nicely priced

                  Avatar Speakers
                  Originally posted by Jakob Dylan
                  It's a little gross to put yourself in every song. I mean, how interesting do people really think you are?
                  Originally posted by LesStrat
                  Paris Hilton's psychiatrist... Now that's gotta be an easy job. Kinda like being an auto mechanic in an Amish community.

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                  • #10
                    Re: which basscombo

                    another question:
                    i have an unused rocktron gainiac (tube guitar preamp) -
                    would it work to use some tiny pa amp (eg qsc rmx850) and drive an
                    bassspeaker with it? i think of using the gainiac with poweramp instead
                    of an basstop. would it work? issues?

                    from my pa-past i still have an kappa 18 around. this would sabotage my
                    size limit for the 'combo' .. but is it worth a try?
                    Baltar
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                    Last edited by Baltar; 02-27-2006, 07:31 AM.
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                    • #11
                      Re: which basscombo

                      Originally posted by Baltar
                      another question:
                      i have an unused rocktron gainiac (tube guitar preamp) -
                      would it work to use some tiny pa amp (eg qsc rmx850) and drive an
                      bassspeaker with it? i think of using the gainiac with poweramp instead
                      of an basstop. would it work? issues?

                      from my pa-past i still have an kappa 18 around. this would sabotage my
                      size limit for the 'combo' .. but is it worth a try?
                      It would work, but is that '18' for 18 inches in diameter? I would recommend you only use that as a subwoofer, combined with a set of smaller speakers, and only when playing at bigger venues. An 18" speaker has a slow and sloppy response, not much high end tone nor mids and just won't sound tight. Besides that, at close range it won't give that much sound, but at a couple of meters distance, it will be f***ing loud.
                      Guitars: EBMM Silhouette Special / G&L ASAT Special / ESP Horizon / Squier MIJ Strat / Squier Aff. Strat / Furch S23-CR / Taylor Baby
                      Basses: Cort NTL-BFL acoustic fretless / Ellio Martina Forza 5 / Fender MIJ '75 RI Jazz / G&L SB-2 / Ibanez MC924 / Ibanez ATK300 (2x) / Ibanez ATK305 / Italia Torino / Longbow 2-string / Rickenbacker 4003 / Sandberg Bullet 5 fretless

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                      • #12
                        Re: which basscombo

                        that's an good point.
                        i didn't think of that. your right for sure;the only time i saw 18" as bassguitamp, it
                        was combined with 4x8 or 4x10 +horn

                        so - thinking smaller, .. what's a good setup for loud club gigs? 12 inches, 15
                        inches, or rather 2x 10" ?

                        210+horn maybe good to combine with the 18"chassis later on ..

                        thanks again
                        ~+~ tube afflicted, strat addicted ~+~

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                        • #13
                          Re: which basscombo

                          I gig mainly with a 2x10 and it does the job perfectly...I also like to use my 4x10 cab in conjunction at bigger gigs
                          Originally posted by Jakob Dylan
                          It's a little gross to put yourself in every song. I mean, how interesting do people really think you are?
                          Originally posted by LesStrat
                          Paris Hilton's psychiatrist... Now that's gotta be an easy job. Kinda like being an auto mechanic in an Amish community.

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                          • #14
                            Re: which basscombo

                            thanks, then a 210cab will be my next project.
                            if i try the pa's poweramp or go for an basshead - i don't know yet
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                            • #15
                              Re: which basscombo

                              Originally posted by Jeroen
                              I was gonna say Ashdown too (I'm a big fan of theirs, I play an ABM300 C210T), but not the Five Fifteen. Ashdown also has the Electric Blue-line of amps, which are basic, affordable and really nice and versatile 180 watt amps. They are available in a 1x12 and 1x15 format, or as a separate head and cab.
                              i really wanted the ABM300 C210T also!!! LOL! but i didn't have the cash right now so i opted for the Perfect 10's mini-rig...it's only 65 watts though and geared for home practice and small gigs?!
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