HCM30B Review

manufacturer: Laney date: 01/03/2006 category: Bass Amplifiers
Laney: HCM30B
The HCM30B features a single channel with Active & Passive inputs 30 watt RMS into a 10" Custom Designed driver. On board comressor, bass, swept mid, treble, CD / Line input, DI out.
 Sound: 6.5
 Overall Impression: 7.5
 Reliability & Durability: 9
 Features: 7.5
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overall: 8
HCM30B Reviewed by: Tibro, on march 22, 2004
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Price paid: $ 146.4

Sound: 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. // 6

Reliability & Durability: 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. // 10

Overall Impression: 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. // 8

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overall: 7.3
HCM30B Reviewed by: CaffeineTripp, on january 03, 2006
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Sound: The sound is not bad, though it is hard for it to handle a low A (but of course, it's a ten inch practice amp). The sound is nice, but becomes distorted at high volume with the compression down or off and the EQ set at zeros across the board. The tone is versatile for any style of music, though I would suggest picking up a proccessor for an even wider variety. From twangy and steely, to having warmth, it does the job. I would suggest buying this amp for rock or jazz mainly. Metal and funk with the slapping and popping tend to stress the speaker. // 7

Reliability & Durability: The casing and "head" are well built, I've stripped the head from the case to goof around with and see what the hell was going on with it (not that it made any noise, just curious). After doing that twice, it still holds together quite well. Though it hasn't been dropped, yet, I'm sure that it may hold together. // 8

Overall Impression: Slightly impressed, though a Roland would fair much better one-on-one. If you're willing to shell out the 199.00 for the Laney, don't. Suggest getting an Ampeg, GK, and at the top, a Roland. // 7

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