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Posted by Mickster on May 22, 2001 at 16:13:27:
In Reply to: combo vs. head posted by Toby Meyer on May 22, 2001 at 09:26:33:
: I'm going to invest about $2600 in a new bass amp. I need it for gigs with my band, using my amp and PA. I don't need high volume (we play soul, funk, jazz) and I think 400 watts should be enough.
: What kind of speakers should I use? 2 10" and 1 15" ?
: Will a combo with extension speaker be enough? (SWR Redhead,...)
: Or should I use a head (Gallien-Krueger, Eden,...) and two speakers or, instead of the head a preamp and a power amp?
: Toby Meyer
WHOA! $2,600.00! I have to work almost two full days to make $2,600.00!
All kidding aside, if you're sure 400 watts is enough, I'd say get a separate
head and speaker cab(s) simply because of the versatility. You could get say, a
Hartke or GK 400 watt head with both a 2x10 and a 1x15 cab, then use both for big rooms, and just one for smaller ones. Combos are good too, but look at it this way; A Fender Bassman 400 combo has two 10s built in, if you buy the Bassman 400 head, you can run it with whatever bottom(s) you want. As for the preamp/power amp option, if you don't need crazy power this just gives you one more piece of equipment(and wires) to set up/breakdown after every gig. Just my opinion, but the head/bottom is the best tradeoff. Check out as much stuff as you can before you buy, and remember: you don't have to buy everything in the same store on the same day.
$2,600.00! Grrrr! Jealousy here!
P.S. If you're into Jazz, you're O.K. in my book.
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