#1
I just got an Ibanez GSR200FM (beautiful bass, BTW) last weekend. I was trolling CL and picked up a Hartke VX410 cabinet for $100. It is in decent shape, but now I am looking for a head. This cabinet is rated for 400w at 8 Ohms. I talked to a guy tonight that has an old Peavey that is rated at 300 watts thru 2 ohms and 210 thru 4 ohms.


EDIT: I am not exactly sure what this think is, but it's most likely not a Mark III since he said it was a tube amp head. I will post pics tonight after I get it home...

Since my cabinet is rated at 8 Ohms, I can use this head because my cabinet rated higher than the head in terms of load (Ohms), correct?

I am new to Bass and didn't want to spend a lot of money on this at first.

Edited to add pics...


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Last edited by deadsmiley at May 27, 2008,
#2
With a Solid State amp, you should be just dandy as long as you don't go under the min. load (2 Ohms).

If it bothers you too much, get a 2x10 that's rated at 8 Ohms and use them both to run your head at 4 Ohms.

Post some picts, yeah.
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#3
Oh it doesn't bother me. The guy I talked to tonight said the Peavey was a tube amp, so maybe it's not a Mark III after all???

Pics coming...
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#4
Oh, well if it's a tube head you need to make sure you match the Ohms up right. There should be a switch on the back for those heads.
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#5
Ok, I will check it out tomorrow. He only wants $50 for it so I can't go too wrong, eh?
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pics added...
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#7
Quote by deadsmiley
Ok, I will check it out tomorrow. He only wants $50 for it so I can't go too wrong, eh?

$50 for a Peavey tube amp? Yes please. I'd jump on that, if it's in any kind of shape. But a tube amp should have an impedence selector on the back, just choose 8 ohm (if running with just that cab). For solid state, you'll be fine if it puts out what you claimed.
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$50 for a Peavey tube amp? Yes please. I'd jump on that, if it's in any kind of shape. But a tube amp should have an impedence selector on the back, just choose 8 ohm (if running with just that cab). For solid state, you'll be fine if it puts out what you claimed.


Thanks for the reply. I really don't know what I am looking at (or doing... yet!) and won't see it until tomorrow.

I will post pics after I get it home.
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Quote by deadsmiley
... I talked to a guy tonight that has an old Peavey Mark III 400 that is rated at 300 watts thru 2 ohms and 210 thru 4 ohms.

Since my cabinet is rated at 8 Ohms, I can use this head because my cabinet rated higher than the head in terms of load (Ohms), correct?


Impedence doesn't matter much in the case of the Mark III, it's solid-state.
#10
I am not certain that it is a Mark III since he told me it was a tube bass head. I just now edited my original post to reflect that.

I am super curious now though.
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#11
The reason amps have impedance requirements is because there's a maximum current they can handle. This means they have to have a minimum impedance. You'll be fine as long as you're above that.

I've never heard of a head that can't be used with an 8ohm cab. That's like having butter not compatible with bread.
#12
Yeah, I am slowly figuring this out... new to it all.

I got the amp home after going by Radio Shack to get a fuse holder and some fuses. I plugged it in and it red power light came on and then it went out. The fuse popped.

I took it all apart, looking for something obvious. I got it all back together and then plugged it into my cabinet. I got hum from the amp that was just about normal TV loud before the fuse popped again. The fuses last about 10-15 seconds before they go.

Ah well...

Thanks to everyone that replied!

Here are some pics. It's definitely not a tube amp. Not a single tube in sight when I opened that case up.

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#13
And? Does it work?

I'm curious, because I might have heard from somewhere that impedence higher than the highest "noted" impedence (in this case 4 ohms) wouldn't power the cab. Not enough power for it to work properly.
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#14
Eh, it pops the fuse whether the cab is connected or not. The fuse only lasts about 10-15 seconds so I don't know if it works or not. I am kinda scared of plugging my bass into that think.

Hey! I could plug in my Affinity Strat! I don't care if I pop that thing...

Edit: Ok, no dice with the Affinity Strat. I think I have a rather large paperweight...
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Last edited by deadsmiley at May 28, 2008,
#15
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Eh, it pops the fuse whether the cab is connected or not. The fuse only lasts about 10-15 seconds so I don't know if it works or not. I am kinda scared of plugging my bass into that think.

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#16
Man... I am old enough to know better. If the guy can't say for certain that it works, don't buy it. <shakes head>
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