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Re: Bass combo recommendation for a school jazz program

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Posted by Darrell ( on April 15, 2003 at 11:39:43:

In Reply to: Re: Bass combo recommendation for a school jazz program posted by Rob on November 23, 2002 at 22:54:33:

: GK makes a small combo amp that's absolutely perfect for this application. It's about 150 watts with a 12" speaker. It's light, durable and sounds good with electric and upright bass. It seems to cost around $500, but will last forever, enough under heavy usage. I'd steer clear of Hartke Kickbacks - They tend not to be as durable.

: Good Luck,

: Rob

: : I am in the process of purchasing a bass amp/speaker combo for my school. It will be used mostly with an electric bass in a vocal and instrumental jazz setting, but I want something that will be versatile and sound good using an upright acoustic bass as well. Any recommendation would be appreciated. Please tell me what you like about it as well. Thank you!

While I can't say anything about the Hartke Kick-back models, I can say with-out pausing, that the Hartke 1415, or the 1155 combo models are excellent choices. They run from $350.00-$650.00, depending on where you purchase it, and which model you choose. And, I'm just the reverse from Rob....I'd steer clear of GK's combo' wife has the 'Micro-bass' model, and while it has plenty of power, (150 W), it distorts like crazy. My five-string bass really tears it up.

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