#1
hi. i was planning on getting this amp because im a big fan of ampeg and ive played in store for a while. i really liked it. im just not sure how itll do with my band at practice. my drummer doesnt thrash to hard, and my guitarist uses a 30watt line 6. before i had a line6 bass amp that was 75 watts, im deciding to upgrade because it didnt have a big enough speaker in my opinion. (ive read the reviews) any warnings about it, like speaker problems? thank you.
#2
As a major ampeg fan, I have always disappointed with their entry level amps. The BA combos are not loud amps for their wattage and there are a better options in that price range from other manufacturers. What is the upper end of your budget for this amp?
#3
my price wouuld go up to 300-400, i need something that will be loud enough to play in my house ithout anyone complaining in my house while being loud enough for band practice
#4
If it were me, I'd save up a bit more and try to get above the 100 W ceiling.

But a few options here.

1. Check used equipment. You can get some decent deals out there on used combos. I wouldn't look at anything below 200W myself as a band practice amp.

2. Avoid Behringer, lower end Ampegs and lower end GK combos. I have a GK Backline 112. Its OK for a practice amp--otherwise its a forgettable amp.

3. Hartke and Ashdown do make some nice combos around 100 W in your price range. Not everyone likes the Hartke sound but I've liked the ones I've played through in the past. I think one of the Fender Bassman amps are in your price range as well. I am not a fan of Fender Bassman (except the older models and the reissues) or the Rumbles but they have their fans as well.
#5
ok ty. i cant get anything above 100w tho, otherwise my parents will complain its to big. i couldnt get a gk half stack because of that. but thank you for the info
#6
75W to 100W won't make much difference.

As an effective practice amp for band situations, you seriously need 150W+. If you intend to play gigs with said amp, you're looking at 250W+.

Don't bother if you can't go above 100W.
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#7
Quote by Nutter_101
75W to 100W won't make much difference.

As an effective practice amp for band situations, you seriously need 150W+. If you intend to play gigs with said amp, you're looking at 250W+.

Don't bother if you can't go above 100W.

ive played gigs with a 75w. didnt even need to turn it up over 3/4 way. and my guitarist only uses a 30w i dont need 250w im not trying to drowned him out. 100w would be perfect
#8
personally i would try a carvin out if you live in california or just risk it and buy one.
#9
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Acoustic-B200-200W-1x15-w-Tweeter-Bass-Combo?sku=482902 its twice the wattage you wants but just convince your parents that you will need one in the future and its a better investment then a 100 watt amp that you will think is not loud enough and want to replace in a few years
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ive played gigs with a 75w. didnt even need to turn it up over 3/4 way. and my guitarist only uses a 30w i dont need 250w im not trying to drowned him out. 100w would be perfect

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#11
ampeg BA are not bad but they dont have enougn power IMO and the one i tred cliped at half of volume, altough it sounded great at lower volumes
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#12
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ok ty. i cant get anything above 100w tho, otherwise my parents will complain its to big. i couldnt get a gk half stack because of that. but thank you for the info



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#13
I've had nothing but good stuff from by 12 inch ampeg combo that I've had for a long time. It's gigged with me in gymnasiums and restaurants from rock to jazz and always been able to hold its own. That said, I've used a Hartke combo amp that was great too, very powerful for its size and had a great sound (I used it for jazz).
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I've had nothing but good stuff from by 12 inch ampeg combo that I've had for a long time. It's gigged with me in gymnasiums and restaurants from rock to jazz and always been able to hold its own. That said, I've used a Hartke combo amp that was great too, very powerful for its size and had a great sound (I used it for jazz).


What model do you have? I have the BA3158 (older model BA series) and its a loud 150w or what I'd expect from that wattage. The newer BAs just don't seem to cut it though.
#15
I use that amp in school all the time.

I don't care for it personally, I can't even hear myself at max volume when playing with my death metal band. It handles the low frequencies very poorly, playing the B-string on my fiver just makes an awful distorted noise.

If you're not gonna be playing at crazy high volumes and down tuned I guess it's a pretty good amp... Maybe for funk and rock. Depends on how you like the sound I guess.

Quote by anarkee
As a major ampeg fan, I have always disappointed with their entry level amps. The BA combos are not loud amps for their wattage and there are a better options in that price range from other manufacturers. What is the upper end of your budget for this amp?


Agreed. I prefer my Ashdown combo amp over the BA, and it costs less than a third of the BA's price.. atleast where I live. If I were you I'd look around and check out some other brands aswell before making your decision.