#1
ok i got a $600 budget for a good bass amp (+cabinet, not just head).... would love tubes but wonder if i can get a decent tube amp in that budget .... i guess hybrids will do..... requirement is for small gigs as well as studio recording....... wattage preferably around 200-300.....

i play a hofner icon bass.... 2 guitarists in the band have their own 50w hybrid amps & drummer somewhat loud... type of music is classic or mainstream rock......

suggestions please........
Last edited by bluewaters999 at May 16, 2013,
#2
Quote by bluewaters999
ok i got a $600 budget for a good bass amp (+cabinet, not just head).... would love tubes but wonder if i can get a decent tube amp in that budget .... i guess hybrids will do..... requirement is for small gigs as well as studio recording....... wattage preferably around 200-300.....

i play a hofner icon bass.... 2 guitarists in the band have their own 50w hybrid amps & drummer somewhat loud... type of music is classic or mainstream rock......

suggestions please........

Hybrids are not as much use for Bass as guitar, you'll get a half decent solid state for that price but not a valve/tube amp.
G&L L2500
Squier Affinity Jazz Bass 5
Ashdown RPM pre-amp
Ashdown Little Giant 1000
300 watt 15" powered cab
450 watt 15" powered sub bass cab
2x10 + horn
1x15x10 + horn
#3
Quote by John Swift
Hybrids are not as much use for Bass as guitar, you'll get a half decent solid state for that price but not a valve/tube amp.

Wut? Hybrid bass amps are everywhere. Check out the Ashdown Spyder, was a really cool amp until I realised it was out of my budget.
#4
Quote by chatterbox272
Wut? Hybrid bass amps are everywhere. Check out the Ashdown Spyder, was a really cool amp until I realised it was out of my budget.

Well maybe in a few years time you'll realise, I've been using Ashdown since they first arrived on the market, ABM 500 head, ABM 500 combo, RPM1 Ashdown preamp, and the Little Giant 1000 which hasn't got a preamp valve/tube.
I've never used the preamp tube/valve in any of my amps, the benefit of valves/tubes is in the output stage for basses.
The best amps by far that I've ever owned were all tube/valve ie:- Fender Dual Showman, Orange Graphic 120, Carlsbro, Dynachord and way back in 62 Linear plus one or two I've forgotten.
G&L L2500
Squier Affinity Jazz Bass 5
Ashdown RPM pre-amp
Ashdown Little Giant 1000
300 watt 15" powered cab
450 watt 15" powered sub bass cab
2x10 + horn
1x15x10 + horn
#5
i know that power stage tubes are the secret while preamp tubes are a marketing policy.... but quite honestly, preamp tubes DO color ur tone much better than solid state.... i have tried so many solid state amps, somehow they all seem to give a similar sound & feel until i played the hartke ha 3500.... anyway, i have found a local shop that makes low budget tube amps for the price of a mid-range hybrid hartke or ampeg..... i have given them my specifications.... lets see how that turns out........
Last edited by bluewaters999 at May 18, 2013,