Re: Help me find a bass amp!

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Posted by John Harris on March 05, 2000 at 13:21:18:

In Reply to: Help me find a bass amp! posted by Karel Kerstiens on February 27, 2000 at 23:34:49:

: Hey all...

: I've been out of the gigging scene for about 5 years and am finally frothing at the mouth to play again (just part-time this time around). I would love to have some opinions from some of you WORKING bassists as to which companies are making the best MID-RANGE bass heads these days. It's amazing just how many new manufacturers are out there these days. When I last gigged, it was GK, Hartke (YUK!), Carvin, Peavey, and Sunn heading up the mid-range department.

: Anyways, here's what I desire: I need something in the $500 - $800 range (no combos!), something that has roughly 300 watts of available power (but sounds GREAT at low volumes), something that will suffice for any Top-40 "bar gig". Last, I need something that's going to sound good with my 5-string. Thank you all in advance for your reviews/recommendations!

I see you have already made your choice; I just wanted to throw my 2 cents in for others who will be reading this with the same question.
I just bought a Nemesis NC-210P (combo). [You should be able to get them for under $600--I got a floor/blemished demo for $525.
It weights 47 lbs., is only 23.75"W x 16.25"H x 16.25"D (so it fits in the back seat of my Civic), it is build by Eden, and it is awesome.
It puts out 200W RMS, and has: 2 10s and a horn, a compressor, effects loop, enhance control, 3 band tone controls, plus one narrow-Q semi-parametric control that has a selectable range of from 40Hz to 10KHz, a headphone output, tuner output, and a DI.
Frequency responce is rated at 35 hz - 15 khz and it kicks. [I just got a StingRay 5 and its B string through this thing is very solid, powerful, and clean to growlly depending on the enhance control setting.
I have not gigged with it yet, but it should handle up to medium sized venues [and you can always use DI to PA when it isn't loud enough on it own].

I have talked to a few other bassists who used to pack around killer stacks and when they heard this thing, "traded down".
Save your back and some bucks!

Caveat: The grill on mine was not painted very thoroughly (hence the lower price) and one side of the handle on the top came loose. Apparently, they fastened one side of the handle with a wood screw and the other side with a machine threaded screw into a metal insert. I just took the top handle off. It has two side handles which are very sturdy.

Check it out at the following URL:

Highly recommended!

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