HCM30B review by Laney

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  • Sound: 6
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8 Superb
  • Users' score: 6.6 (14 votes)
Laney: HCM30B

Price paid: $ 146.4

Sound — 6
The sound is actually pretty good for a 30watt amp. You need it no more than 25% volume when practicing on your own, however you will need it 100% when practicing in a band. As you increase the volume the tone does seem to change, however unless you have many parts in your songs where there are bass solos it is not really noticable. Although the sound isn't bad, it isn't terribly good either. Depending of course on the bass you are running through the amp, but it still seems to lack the power to make any eyebrows raise.

Overall Impression — 8
As this is only a starter amp (of 30 watts) I will rate it as such.. And for a starter amp, this is almost exactly what many of you punk or metal rockers could do with. At 80 ($140) its not exactly cheap (nor expensive) but you are paying for a well built piece of kit. After getting a band together and starting to do some gigs however, you will need to get a more powerful amp than this.. But in that first stage of learning, this is just fine.

Reliability & Durability — 10
This amp is durable, with a Kickproof Metal Grill, it means you can depend on it not breaking due to an accidental drop (from a certain high of course). I have been using this for a couple years now and it has never broken on me. It is very reliable, during transport, high volumes and even the odd splash of water.

Features — 8
This amp is a great starter amp for almost any kind of music. I started off playing metal with it, but have sinced moved onto Punk (and pop-punk). This amp is suited for each of these styles of music, due to being able to customise the sound that comes out. It has both a passive and active input to suit both preferences of play. I have been using this amp for practices and for that it is just about powerful enough. However for gigs I have had to borrow a larger amp as this doesn't provide the sound you need. A great feature is the head phones output. So you can hear you bass amplified but in headphones so you wont disturb people in your house if you're jamming alone.

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