#1
So I Just pulled the trigger on a Carvin 4 ohm 400 watt 2x10 in Bronco White ($305 in custom color, right now with rebate if anyone's interested). Just got a Squier VM 70's Jazz bass in natural for $60. Quite an exquisite bass, never played or touched these VM/CS squiers but what everyone said seems true, seems to have the same feel and quality of my now gone MIJ mustang bass.

Now for the other part of the post, I currently have my GK MB200, but if this cab can handle a little more juice, I wouldn't mind the headroom.

I see a lot of you looking at buying or using the 350 watt hartke 3500. I saw two in a pawn shop one was $350, another $250, are their good and bad models, different models to look for?

Also the Kustom Deep End 300 head was like $299 new, Saw a Peavey T-Max (seems same as the hartke with different face color).

Basically I am looking for about $300 max on a amp that's a good 300-350 watts, I might be able to a kick a bit more to the fund, but it seems most things are in the $250-$450 range anyways so used shouldn't be hard with that budget and some trade fodder.

My needs are just 300-350 watts at 4 ohms, I like simple EQ's like TMB knobs, tube hybrid seems to be most things, and I wouldn't mind that at all.
#2
I can't comment on any of the heads you've mentioned, other than agree that the hartkes seem incredibly popular Please do post pics of that carvin cab when it comes in though. I'm a sucker for colored tolex, white in particular, and need to drool over it when you get it in.
#3
Quote by dullsilver_mike
I can't comment on any of the heads you've mentioned, other than agree that the hartkes seem incredibly popular Please do post pics of that carvin cab when it comes in though. I'm a sucker for colored tolex, white in particular, and need to drool over it when you get it in.


Indeed. My bronco bass is black with white PG, black knobs and pickup, and I am painting the headstock black and the name "Bronco" in white. So my whole rig will be all black and white with it.

I also painted all the baffles of my existing cabs white. I like the look I guess.

Custom colors take between 3-10 extra business days or 1-3 weeks depending on the email they sent me. So good thing I live in a dorm and will be busy til spring break. Less jitters to run and play it.
#4
Custom colors take a little bit longer, but mine came just a couple days extra from what I figured it would take them to ship a cab without it. I wouldn't imagine it would take too terribly long.

Pics when it comes! I almost went with white, but got too paranoid about it getting dirty.
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#5
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Custom colors take a little bit longer, but mine came just a couple days extra from what I figured it would take them to ship a cab without it. I wouldn't imagine it would take too terribly long.

Pics when it comes! I almost went with white, but got too paranoid about it getting dirty.


Didn't even think of that, oh well... I was thinking either White, Western or red. Western seemed really cool, If it has grill cloth not metal. Is yours the 4 ohm or 8 ohm? I saw you used a Mark bass head on the other thread, is it running at full power?

Had I more money and need, I'd get Avatar 2x10/4x10 in the Brown tolex with wheat grills.
#6
Quote by askrere
Is yours the 4 ohm or 8 ohm? I saw you used a Mark bass head on the other thread, is it running at full power?

I picked the 8 ohm. My head can still put out 300 watts, and that's plenty for what I'm using it for, but I bought the Carvin with the idea that if I really needed that extra headroom and something more then a 2x10 I could borrow another 8 ohm cab.

The Carvin is great though, especially for how much they cost. My only complaint is it's a little bulky, but then again you're not paying extra for neo's or a more streamlined enclosure.
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#7
Quote by Tostitos
I picked the 8 ohm. My head can still put out 300 watts, and that's plenty for what I'm using it for, but I bought the Carvin with the idea that if I really needed that extra headroom and something more then a 2x10 I could borrow another 8 ohm cab.

The Carvin is great though, especially for how much they cost. My only complaint is it's a little bulky, but then again you're not paying extra for neo's or a more streamlined enclosure.


I considered the 8 ohm, but I really wanted a small setup. and at 4 ohms, I'm finding a lot of 300-350 watt amps, my MB 200 is nice, but might bump up to gig a super charged small rig. Also I found a $19.99 4 chan mini mixer that sits on top of the MB200 so it might be a mini PA.

The carvin is a bulky 60 pounds, but the Neo option is essentially $100 more and drops I think either 4 or 6 pounds I forget, which is really not worth it to me. I'd rather save the $100 and put it towards other gear or savings (that's a word isn't it?).
#8
US$350.00 will get you a Hartke LH500 head. It should be just what you are looking for.
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US$350.00 will get you a Hartke LH500 head. It should be just what you are looking for.


whats the difference in that and the 3500?
#10
The HA3500 is thier older series. The LH series is their new line, along with the flagship (and finally, finally released) Kilo. The LH amplifiers have a much simpler EQ section and a single tube preamp, if I'm not mistaken. Victor Wooten and Billy Sheehan seem to like them.

http://www.samsontech.com/hartke/
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#11
Bump up your budget by 100 bucks and I'll sell you my GK 700RB
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#12
That new harkte is 100 watts past my cabs rated 400.

And I'm good on shipping cross country.
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That new harkte is 100 watts past my cabs rated 400.

And I'm good on shipping cross country.


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That new harkte is 100 watts past my cabs rated 400.

And I'm good on shipping cross country.


Wattage doesn't mean anything. You can power any cab with any amp. If you hear distortion, turn it down.

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#15
OK so my Carvin cab is in! But I'm in school until the 15th, and I'm three and a half hours from home *sadness*

When I get home I will do a new thread, that includes White tolex 2x10 cab porn as well as a new amp that I will be getting tomorrow. Really It'll be a whole new setup day, new cab, amp, the new Jazz bass, getting my pedal board all put together.

Hint it will be a stereo setup!
#16
Quote by Nutter_101
Wattage doesn't mean anything. You can power any cab with any amp. If you hear distortion, turn it down.

End of.
+ a million

I was running a mackie 1400i into a 300watt max 4x10 for 6 years and played hundreds of gigs with it without an issue. 6months ago traded the lead sled in for a crown XLS1500, still runnin the same cab.

I love it when people say "you got a 1500 watt amp and a 200 watt cab, it won't work "

they are 100% correct though when they say "30 secs of overdrive and your drivers are toast", but who is that DUMB anyway to see how long it takes to blow up a speaker? BUT I will agree that there is distortion your ears will never hear, and you are ALWAYS "living on the edge" with an amp that pumps out a ton more watts than the cab will take.
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#17
It's good to know this. Of course I don't need that many watts, or care to live on the edge :p.

Getting a new amp today as I said to be revealed with my new cab, but they aren't going together, The 2x10 goes with my MB200. I am fixing up a 1x15 for the new amp.

Also that bot thread asking about every kind of guitar sounds exactly like my mom when she asks questions. Though she didn't even know what amps were, she goes to concerts all the time and just assumed it was all to sing through or just electrically powered heavy boxes you carried as a musician.
#18
what's the amp! whaaat's the aaaaaaaaaaaaaammmpppppppppppppppppppppppppppp!!!!

(yes, you're trying to figure out how to pronounce so much Ps together)

I highly expect that new set up thread!
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#19
Secret, because if I can't play it, no one deserves to know about it yet :P But it's a Peavey.

Edit: and it was only $140

Edit again: I will be fixing up my free gutted TNT 1x15 into a matching cab, just need a little spray paint, casters and handles.
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