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#1 Rich_uk77

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Posted 14 March 2011 - 05:25 PM

hello guys, just wondering what you guys think about trace elliot- commando 15 150 watt combo amp. its the only big amp i have owned so i dont really have anything else to compare to...

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Posted 15 March 2011 - 05:17 PM

Hey,

They're pretty decent for what they are. Iv gigged one in Birmingham at a well known venue. It was the house gear there and it had a pretty good sound, again for what it is which is a basic combo. They have that classic Trace sound you'd expect so I took a liking to it!

In comparison to other amps Iv played/owned, it has a more 'aggressive' sound to the Hartke B90, or B900 I think it is now. They're both pretty much the same kind of thing.

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Posted 15 March 2011 - 05:26 PM

I use an early one as a rehearsal combo and I really rate it, I have hired it out to people also at my studios and get good feedback, mines mosfet and it gives a nice almost valve warmth, so I would recommend them.
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Posted 15 March 2011 - 06:15 PM

Lovely sounding combo :) I have the original 100W version, love it!
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Posted 15 March 2011 - 06:37 PM

My first proper gigging amp was an old 100 Commando. It was cool,but it became too underpowered for what I needed.
I find that Trace Elliot gear had a certain sound,whether you used a little Boxer combo or a full stack.
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Posted 15 March 2011 - 06:46 PM

Just for a bit of balance, i had one (the old carpet covered 100 watter) and really didn't like it!

Decent enough for the money but the sound wasn't to my taste and it never seemed capable of delivering volume without being pushed too hard.

Eventually crapped out and wouldn't stop blowing fuses so i swapped it for a black Big Muff. I tried one of the later ones at a gig and that actully seemed quiter
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Posted 15 March 2011 - 06:55 PM

For more balance, my first combo was a Commando 15. Sound was good on it's own, but i found it was totally lost in a band setting. Got a Peavey 115 after that, found it miles better in a gigging situation.

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Posted 15 March 2011 - 07:12 PM

i had the 100 watt commando.....loved it.....simple bass, mid, treble....plug in and play......wish i still had it.

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Posted 15 March 2011 - 08:20 PM

View Postlemmywinks, on Mar 15 2011, 06:46 PM, said:

Just for a bit of balance, i had one (the old carpet covered 100 watter) and really didn't like it!

Decent enough for the money but the sound wasn't to my taste and it never seemed capable of delivering volume without being pushed too hard.

Eventually crapped out and wouldn't stop blowing fuses so i swapped it for a black Big Muff. I tried one of the later ones at a gig and that actully seemed quiter


View Postwotnwhy, on Mar 15 2011, 06:55 PM, said:

For more balance, my first combo was a Commando 15. Sound was good on it's own, but i found it was totally lost in a band setting. Got a Peavey 115 after that, found it miles better in a gigging situation.
The 150W I found to be more punchy than the 100W version i still have, but I would agree that the 100W ones certainly lacked enough oomph for anything but the quietest of gigs. They still sound nice though (IMO, at volumes before breakup :) )
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Posted 01 May 2011 - 07:57 PM

View PostMerton, on Mar 15 2011, 09:20 PM, said:

but I would agree that the 100W ones certainly lacked enough oomph for anything but the quietest of gigs.

And this is why the search function here is wonderful! I was really thinking about getting one of these as my "smaller gigs" amp but my band is LOUD so this not keeping up with them sould be a worry. A deep shame, as the 150w ones are harder to find... seems like it would be perfect (had myself a Trace rig before and loved it)




Think I might start a "what combo" thread now! haha!

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Posted 26 July 2011 - 08:55 AM

I have the old carpet covered 100w version and can't agree about the power. I use mine with a P bass and it easily keeps up with the drummer. As monitoring back-line at larger gigs or by itself at smaller gigs it always performs for me. I play pop/rock at reasonable volumes, nothing too loud I guess, but the Commando always keeps up.

The only thing I've had to do with mine us replace the top carrying handle a couple of times but that's just wear and tear, you can get them easily enough online..





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