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Posted 21 February 2010 - 08:47 PM

Does anyone have a recommendation for a really nice sounding, low volume and compact combo that .... here's the catch ... would not p*ss off her indoors aesthetically or size-wise if permanently installed in the bedroom. Just to be clear, not for rehearsals/gigs etc, purely for home enjoyment. I already have a Tascam bass trainer but I hate wearing headphones as it feels 'artificial'.

In terms of the general gist, alanbass1 has a Fender Champion, a small valve guitar combo (5W I think) with 6" speaker that sounds lovely at low volumes and looks pretty, but I would be a bit worried about the speaker if I pushed the volume ever so slightly or inadvertently hit the low E too hard (and I have no idea where I could find a replacement bass 6" speaker or who could fit it). The new Orange Pix 25W combo looks nice as well (and Mrs Clarky loves the colour orange which is a start!) but I haven't found any reviews of it. I know MarkBass and Phil Jones do small amps but they are very pricey and I don't want to pay that much (400+ for the MicroMark is silly IMHO).

Any other thoughts, ladies and gents? More generally, why does noone make a tiny valve-driven Fender Champion equivalent for the bass? I would have thought there would be a huge market for bass players to have a small, great tone practice amp for home use only.
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Posted 21 February 2010 - 09:05 PM

I've just been playing around on my,Kustom KBA 16 . A nice,cheap,fairly small practice combo.
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Posted 21 February 2010 - 09:34 PM

I'm very happy with Warwick blue cab 30,it's 30w,very simple,headphones input as well,solid build,nice tone.

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Posted 22 February 2010 - 10:16 AM

The little Line 6 110 amp looks good for bedroom practice. Small, loud'ish if required as a back up amp with DI out and headphones out which is important. Some amp modelling as well if that's your thing.
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Posted 22 February 2010 - 11:34 AM

View PostClarky, on Feb 21 2010, 08:47 PM, said:

More generally, why does noone make a tiny valve-driven Fender Champion equivalent for the bass? I would have thought there would be a huge market for bass players to have a small, great tone practice amp for home use only.

I've often wondered this too. I've got an Ampeg B50R, which sort of does the job and doesn't rattle the windows at lower volumes. It looks pretty enough to be allowed to sit in my living room. Also, if you whack it up it's a great little amp for playing with a drummer using brushes. It's like a bigger amp that's been shrunk (1x12). It's solid state, but still does nice warm old school Ampeg B series tone.

Very rare though. I've only come across mine (I bought from eBay about 5 years ago) and one other on eBay since.

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Posted 22 February 2010 - 11:49 AM

I have an old Laney 30W thing which I bought in ignorance when I bought my first bass. It makes a noise. It's loud enough to practice with a drummer with the dampeners on. Therefore it does what it needs to.

If I had my time again, I'd look at a Roland Cube 30 for the built in effects giggle, or just try and find something light - that old Laney is pretty heavy for all that it does.

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Posted 22 February 2010 - 12:02 PM

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Posted 22 February 2010 - 12:21 PM

View Postlargo, on Feb 22 2010, 10:16 AM, said:

The little Line 6 110 amp looks good for bedroom practice. Small, loud'ish if required as a back up amp with DI out and headphones out which is important. Some amp modelling as well if that's your thing.
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Posted 22 February 2010 - 12:29 PM

I have to say i think your on the money to be honest an orange amp is the way to go they sound amaizing ive heard a few different orange amps over the years bass and guitar and they all sounded fantastic i would think that would be an excelent choice. plus as you said the missus likes orange lol.

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Posted 22 February 2010 - 12:34 PM

I think if you are thinking JUST a bedroom combo for practice, stay as low priced as you can. Otherwise, youve got that awesome Mesa combo you can use instead!

Ive never tried an Orange combo, but they look pretty!

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Posted 22 February 2010 - 12:36 PM

View Postlargo, on Feb 22 2010, 10:16 AM, said:

The little Line 6 110 amp looks good for bedroom practice. Small, loud'ish if required as a back up amp with DI out and headphones out which is important. Some amp modelling as well if that's your thing.


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Posted 22 February 2010 - 12:38 PM

View Postlargo, on Feb 22 2010, 10:16 AM, said:

The little Line 6 110 amp looks good for bedroom practice. Small, loud'ish if required as a back up amp with DI out and headphones out which is important. Some amp modelling as well if that's your thing.

+1 here too. Love mine. Great wee amp.
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Posted 22 February 2010 - 12:42 PM

View PostPete Academy, on Feb 22 2010, 12:02 PM, said:

Roland Cube RX bass.

thats what i use! awesome practice amp

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Posted 22 February 2010 - 12:44 PM

If it's just for practising by yourself I wouldn't personally worry about tone too much. I mean I've spent years finding the tone I like in my gig rig but I'm happy practising through a rubbish 20w Axl amp thats probably worth about 20 :) I mean, why spend money finding your tone when all you're in your room and just need to hear yourself? Of course if you want to record through it that's a different matter. Guess the Tascam might help with that though?
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Posted 22 February 2010 - 02:19 PM

View PostBigwan, on Feb 22 2010, 12:38 PM, said:

+1 here too. Love mine. Great wee amp.

+1 me too - Good amp, effects as well.
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Posted 22 February 2010 - 04:32 PM

Look at www.ampmaker.com

I got a little FenderFrontman its got a 8" speakerabout 10w in good nick 25 if your interested.
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Posted 22 February 2010 - 04:43 PM

I never cease to be amazed at the quality of the tone I get from my Roland basscube RX - it really is a lovely sounding practice amp with effects for fun - I always think if you could get a 750watt version of this to gig with it would be a total winner

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Posted 22 February 2010 - 04:44 PM

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Cracking for around 250.

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Posted 22 February 2010 - 04:46 PM

If it's new you want, like a few of the others have suggested, I'd go for the Line 6. Had a go on one when I bought my Ibby, it was a cracking little amp. I just couldn't quite stretch my budget to get one though.

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Posted 22 February 2010 - 06:39 PM

Thanks all for advice, it seemed to come down to Line 6 vs Roland Cube, with votes evenly split.

So in true contrarian style I have ordered one of the new Orange Pix 25W combos (110 from Sounds Live). At least someone will then be able to review it for BassChat! And Mrs C will so like the colour ....

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Posted 22 February 2010 - 06:41 PM

View PostClarky, on Feb 22 2010, 06:39 PM, said:

Thanks all for advice, it seemed to come down to Line 6 vs Roland Cube, with votes evenly split.

So in true contrarian style I have ordered one of the new Orange Pix 25W combos (110 from Sounds Live). At least someone will then be able to review it for BassChat! And Mrs C will so like the colour ....

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Posted 22 February 2010 - 07:22 PM

What's the dimensions on this little thing?
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Posted 24 February 2010 - 09:31 PM

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Cracking for around 250.

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Hey EBS_freak, that looks a neat little combo, how does it sound, how loud is it comfortable with, is it available in the UK?
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Posted 24 February 2010 - 10:17 PM

View Postlargo, on Feb 22 2010, 07:22 PM, said:

What's the dimensions on this little thing?
Its about 34cm high, 32cm wide and 23cm deep. Have to say the tone is fairly rudimentary and it sounds quite percussive with a pick. I guess the old adage holds true - you get what you pay for! Not saying its bad, its just a little more basic sounding than I had hoped. But Mrs Clarky is enamoured with the colour!!!!!
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Posted 16 March 2010 - 10:19 PM

Hi - I've got to join in here - I've just got rid of my little Peavey Microbass as it was too ba(s)sic, and the tone was poor.

Looking round for a small neat amp that will give a decent tone - the range of amps is amazing.

I must say I hadn't thought of the Line 6 110 though, and as regards the Roland, do you lose the sound when you use the line out as it is also the headphone socket, or is there an option/switch or whatever to keep the internal speaker on?

How about the Gallien Keuger Backline 110 (2) or the Hartke A35? Also was considering the Laney RB2 30 watter or Marshall MB30.

Has anyone had experience of any of these?

The trouble is finding a stockist of all the different types to try them out.....

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I just want the perfect minature, lightweight, cheap, feature filled amp - that's all!!! Oh yes, and if it was inflatable so you could roll it up and put it in your pocket that would be cool as well.

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 01:51 AM

I use a Park 25 watt amp. It has lasted 11 years without any issues. The tone is actually pretty good. Apart from the VBA 400 its the best bass amp I have tried that is associated with Marshall. I'm guessing that most of the modern practice amps have a lot more cool features though! I love the new little EBS combo and once saw a little HiWatt combo in a shop that at least looked awesome.

I would love a cool practice amp, but until this one breaks I'm gonna just make do.

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 07:24 AM

I'm currently using a Danelectro honeytone with a pair of active Behringer monitors plugged into the headphone out........

But off to MusikMesse next week so a decision can finally be made between a Promethean, Phill Jones and Markbass Mini 121.

Having said all that I'll probably end up with an Orange Crush 50 as I just can't justify the cost of the others at the moment.

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 07:56 AM

View PostPete Academy, on Feb 22 2010, 12:02 PM, said:

Roland Cube RX bass.

What Pete said.

Expensive but truly wonderful.
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Posted 17 March 2010 - 08:23 AM

I have a Phil Jones Bass Briefcase which is cool
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Posted 17 March 2010 - 09:02 AM

View PostHarryPotter, on Mar 17 2010, 07:56 AM, said:

What Pete said.

Expensive but truly wonderful.

TheMarkbass CMD121P is a great home amp and can cut the mustard live as well. Again expensive, but really top notch.





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