Re: Best amp and pickup

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Posted by Bob Gollihur on October 22, 2000 at 09:03:11:

In Reply to: Best amp and pickup posted by Steve Somers-Smith on October 22, 2000 at 03:36:32:

: Hi,does anyone have any ideas on the best small combo amp and or pickup for my bass please. I work work with various small jazz combos and need something portable, but with a good sound. I used to think it was the Polytone brute, but I can't find one for love nor money. Any ideas gratefully received.

The Acoustic Image Contra is a remarkable little amp - - very portable, 200w into a forward-facing midrange/tweeter and 10" downward firing woofer. Very natural and great for small combo work.

Also a nice box for the money, SWR Workingman's 12.

Lots of players do like the G-K with the metal case and 12" speaker, although I've heard reports of reliability problems and G-K repair failures the last couple years.

Bass Player magazine did a 'shoot-out' of a bunch of small combos a while ago, accessed from the Gear section of their site at

I'll also recommend the K&K Bass Master Pro, as favorably reviewed in Bass Frontiers magazine this month, but I'll also confess to selling that line of pickups. But I'd recommend it anyway. It can handle a wider range of gigs, both styles and volumes, than most any pickup system.

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