Posted by JTM on January 11, 2001 at 10:38:19:
In Reply to: Portability? posted by Thlayli on January 10, 2001 at 13:39:46:
: I chose my Hartke 1415 because I was sick of lugging around my old 100+lbs 4x12, so I can see where you're coming from. G-K makes a little amp called something similar to MB150-S something or other (sorry I can't remember the actual model name...), and, for portability purposes, it's hard to beat this little fella. I think it's got, like, one twelve or one ten, 150 watts of amplification, of which G-K has proven their amps don't suck... hell, I don't know half the features. I'm sure it has some EQ, just as I'm almost sure the knobs are still arranged backwards... and it has more than enough power to push a whole other speaker cabinet. And direct outs. I think its selling point, though, is that it's really tiny and sounds really big.
I would definitely agree with the good report on this amp. I know two people who use them for acoustic bass with very good results. They are VERY portable and sound huge. One of the players uses magnetic pickups on his acoustic so it sounds just like an electric and the other player uses an electric in addition to her acoustic with a nice sound. If your going through a PA, what the hell, who needs a huge amp.
In addition to the others mentioned, I like to Eden Metro which is a very nice sounding 2x10 combo amp, sounds great and has lots of features. Also, I use an SWR SM-900 (one side only at 350 watts) along with a 4 ohm 2x10 cabinet. The SM-900 has lots of EQ features and plenty of power (you could also subsitute the SWR Bass 350 with the same result). What's nice about this system is that I can carry the amp and speaker separately which is easier on my back. Finally, I also use an SWR Workingman 12 which sounds great and is very portable, with this I use an Aguilar pre-amp into an Aguilar direct box into the SWR's effects return for a really phat tubey sound (by the way the SWR sounds good on its own without the pre amp and direct box, I'm just a perfectionist and love the vintage sound I get with this setup).
Check bassnw.com and bassgear.com for used stuff if your into it and bassnw.com for new stuff too. They have good prices and are knowledgable about all the gear they carry.
Hope this helps you a bit.
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