View Full Version : Advice on New Bass Amp

09-25-2012, 06:18 PM
I've had Peavey TKO 65 since I was aged 15. I am now 42. I'm thinking it might be time to upgrade! The thing just wouldn't die. I replaced the speaker in '93 to a Black Widow and it's still going.

I'm looking to get a combo in around the same power range. I'm just not that up on newer amps (obviously). I can usually get a decent sound out of any amp and am more picky about the instrument, especially a bass. I may go back to playing regularly in a band and just don't feel like lugging this 27 year old monstrosity around.

Anyway, any suggestions?

09-26-2012, 01:07 AM
Acoustic makes some nice smaller combos, older GK 400RB combos are decent, some of new light weight amps & cabs are nice too. what's your budget?

09-27-2012, 05:19 AM
Around $500 preferrably, but I could probably be swayed to more, for the right one.

09-27-2012, 08:49 AM
Hi, I have a Hartke "Kickback 10" that I love. 120 watts and one 10" aluminium cone speaker. Unfortunately the 10" version is discontiniued. They still make a 12" and 15" version. They have an XLR output in case you want to go through a P.A. system. I have played some coffee house gigs with mine. Two guitars and vocals through a P.A., but I just put my amp against the wall and kept up with them fine. They are worth a look, anyway.
The 12" is $399 and the 15" is $499 at Sweetwater.


Paul Dominic Martin
09-27-2012, 10:06 AM
i used a Gallien Krueger 150MBE for years!!! amazing tone and sound with a chorus sound! played large venues as well like the shoreline with it several times and they just did a direct out with it. also had a GK Half Stack at one point.... got tired of lugging it around and used the GK150MBE more!!!

09-27-2012, 01:54 PM
Around $500 preferrably, but I could probably be swayed to more, for the right one.

there's plenty to choose from in that price range. Ashdown, Ampeg, Fender, GK, Markbass all have combos under $500. any stores near you with a decent selection to try? I really like GK gear but there are many nice amps out there. have fun shopping!

10-28-2012, 07:22 AM
Just bought a Markbass it's light portable and sounds great.

11-01-2012, 01:51 PM
Check out Carvin Micro Bass Amps....23 lbs....small, light, enough power for a speaker cab when you need it. (250W) $299


Mission Guitars
11-01-2012, 07:12 PM
I'm always a fan of used, especially when it comes to larger, gigable amps - there's usually a "my wife says this thing has to go"-element to the pricing on craigslist...maybe this is you're looking to get your Jamerson on? http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ampeg-BT-15-Fliptop-Bass-Amp-/281013042192?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item416daebc10

11-02-2012, 12:29 AM
Someone had a BA 115 on our Craiglist for $100 - perfect shape. Borrowed? Stolen? Desperate?

Captain Simian
11-07-2012, 08:41 AM
You should check out the Ampeg micro stack. Sounds good, it's light, 100 watts @ 8ohms, 200 watts @4ohms, 2X10 cab, and you can usually find them for around $500 new, $300 used.

11-08-2012, 05:35 AM
I got a Phil Jones Bass Cub - open box - from American Music Supply for approx $525. It's 100 watts and weighs 11 pounds. It's got a lot of flexibility in terms of inputs and outputs. It comes with a carrying case. Bigger speakers (which it can drive externally) would be louder, but I care a lot about portability.