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Old 02-06-2012, 10:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Could anyone recommend me a quality bass amp? I'm looking for something fun and workable for home and live performances. I can't really go much higher than 250.

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Old 02-07-2012, 06:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
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How big / loud are the live performances?

I've been quite taken with the Warwick Sweet 15. It's more than loud enough to jam with friends and small gigs, though I wouldn't rely on it exclusively if you're in a situtaion where the drums are mic'ed.

I've got an original model but they're up to the third revision (better EQ options). It's a 150w combo amp with a single 15" speaker, 1 small tweeter. The series has apparently been discontinued but if you can find one it should be well within your price range (might even be able to step up to the 25 model).

They're also surprisingly light pieces of gear as well. I'm no muscleman but I can carry my Sweet 15 with one hand. Really good sound quality as well, I'd normally play a 5 string and was able to keep my low-B well defined with just a few minor EQ tweaks where most other amps seem happy to project aural mud.
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Yeah, the venues we play at, the drums would need to be mic'd too.
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Yeah, the venues we play at, the drums would need to be mic'd too.
This is going to sound odd but in that case I would worry less about my amp and focus more on my tone. If the drums have to be mic'd then everything should be getting mic'd and run through a PA right? At that point it's all about tone. The size and power of your amp becomes irrelevant since those elements should be handled by the PA system.

I remember seeing Billy Bragg on a Glastonbury broadcast years ago and all he specifically had for amplification to perform for like 100 000 people was a puny little single speaker combo amp - on a chair. It made me realize all the Marshall stacks the big bands used were really just for show. I've even heard of people not even bothering with amps and just running a line from their instrument into a preamp then right into the board.
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Oh, sweet. Will keep that in mind.
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