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Larry King


From:
Watts, Oklahoma, USA
Post Posted 21 Apr 2017 6:24 am     Reply with quote

After back surgery I'm looking to scale down weightwise and am asking for recommendations.... i.e. Roland Bass Cube or anything in that category. Do not want to bother with separate amp and speaker

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Larry King
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David Nugent


From:
Gum Spring, Va.
Post Posted 21 Apr 2017 7:16 am     Reply with quote

You might look into the Gallien Krueger 'MB 112' or '115' series amps. The stock '112' weighs less than 30 pounds, is capable of more than adequate volume for most clubs, and sounds good as well. I replaced the factory speaker in mine with a Sica neo 112, (a bit more steel guitar friendly than the original) and now the unit weighs closer to 25 pounds.
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John Ely


From:
Minneapolis Minnesota, USA
Post Posted 21 Apr 2017 9:32 am     Lightweight Bass Combo Amp Reply with quote

I use a Fender Rumble series bass amp.
They're available in 15-500 watt sizes.
100 W amp with 1 x 12" speaker weighs 22 lbs.
They're very light, sound great, are available at many stores, and are in my mind relatively inexpensive.
I'm very pleased with mine, and like it even more every time I try to lift a comparable Ampeg.
Good luck.
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Chris Walke


From:
St Charles, IL
Post Posted 21 Apr 2017 9:37 am     Re: Lightweight Bass Combo Amp Reply with quote

John Ely wrote:
I use a Fender Rumble series bass amp.
They're available in 15-500 watt sizes.
100 W amp with 1 x 12" speaker weighs 22 lbs.
They're very light, sound great, are available at many stores, and are in my mind relatively inexpensive.
I'm very pleased with mine, and like it even more every time I try to lift a comparable Ampeg.
Good luck.


^^^Yes!
I played thru one of these (100w) at a studio session not too long ago and thought it sounded amazing. I asked the engineer if it was heavy - he told me to pick it up. Super light. If I buy a new combo, it just might be one of these.
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John De Maille


From:
On a Mountain in Upstate Halcottsville, N.Y.
Post Posted 21 Apr 2017 1:31 pm     Reply with quote

We use a Fender Rumble with a 12" speaker in our band. It sounds really good with plenty of volume. One astounding feature is, that, you can literally pick it up with one finger through the strap. Amazing!
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Adam Tracksler


From:
Maine, USA
Post Posted 21 Apr 2017 3:01 pm     Reply with quote

Phil Jones Briefcase is pretty well regarded, and light.
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Michael Holland


From:
Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Post Posted 22 Apr 2017 8:20 am     Reply with quote

The new generation of bass amps use a Class D digital power amp. That's why they're so much lighter. I have a Peavey Max 110 (newest model with knobs on the top). Not many frills (no DI nor extension jack), but it's light and sounds good. Of course, I'm playing bass through it. Wouldn't consider it as a steel amp.
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Dan Kimpel


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Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Post Posted 22 Apr 2017 10:39 am     Reply with quote

Michael Holland wrote:
The new generation of bass amps use a Class D digital power amp. That's why they're so much lighter. I have a Peavey Max 110 (newest model with knobs on the top). Not many frills (no DI nor extension jack), but it's light and sounds good. Of course, I'm playing bass through it. Wouldn't consider it as a steel amp.

I've used my Peavey MiniMega bass amp head with a 12" bass cab with tweeter for pedal steel and it worked fairly well. Plenty of clean power, but I prefer a tube amp sound personally. Bass amps provide the necessary clean headroom and if you've got a tweeter in your cab it has the range required. Add in a good EQ and you've got yourself some amplification!
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Dan Kimpel


From:
Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Post Posted 22 Apr 2017 10:42 am     Reply with quote

To the original poster, the GK stuff is pretty good sounding, but I've had my MB210 fry something twice now. It was fixable but I've since stopped relying on that amp(I play a lot of my gigs on bass). I've noticed that separate head and cab arrangements tend to last longer, because the electrical components are not being vibrated apart quite as much. Although when I was using combo amps and having these troubles I was playing 5 nights a week, so I don't think it should be a problem if you aren't quite as busy(and rough on your gear as I was). That's just my 2 cents, I hope you find something that works for you.
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Edward Rhea


From:
Medford Oklahoma, USA
Post Posted 23 Apr 2017 7:19 am     Reply with quote

I've been using a MarkBass. Really great amp! Light and expressive. Has a balanced DI-out and can even power an extension cabinet. Check'em out
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Jim Robertson


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Virginia, USA
Post Posted 23 Apr 2017 7:47 am     Reply with quote

I've been using a GK 15" combo for bass gigs for several years. 27lbs. and plenty of headroom for any situation. It sounds great, too.
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Bill Moore


From:
Manchester, Michigan
Post Posted 23 Apr 2017 4:41 pm     Reply with quote

It's a separate head, but the GK MB200 can easily be built into a cabinet. I have one, with a 12" neo speaker, it weighs about 20 lbs. I also have a Carvin BX 500 head, built into a cabinet with a 15" neo speaker, it weighs about 32 lbs. There are many options to consider. You can search many prior threads about these amps and find lots of pictures and details.
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Walter Killam


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Nebraska, USA
Post Posted 26 Apr 2017 8:16 am     Reply with quote

I play in two different bands that use this particular combo it's light it's powerful and sonically versatile

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/amplifiers-effects/tc-electronic-bg250-210-250w-2x10-bass-combo-with-2-toneprint-slots
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Dennis Wireman


Post Posted 27 Apr 2017 3:43 am     combo Reply with quote

here ya go

http://bb.steelguitarforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=314050
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Bill Ferguson


From:
Norcross, GA USA
Post Posted 27 Apr 2017 4:25 am     Reply with quote

I also wanted something small for the "once in a while" I get to play bass.
Plus I needed a backline bass amp for the Georgia Steel Guitar Asssociation.
This one works GREAT.

At 40 pounds and fairly inexpensive.



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Sonny Jenkins


From:
New Braunfels, Tx. 78130
Post Posted 27 Apr 2017 6:21 am     Reply with quote

I had a little 000 acoustic guitar, built from a Martin Kit that has been in the closet for quite a while. Yesterday I took it to San Antonio to Sam Ash and traded even for a Fender Rumble 100. Brought it home, hooked it up t0 PSG, RV3 into the effects loop,,,VERY VERY impressed so for,,,plus 22 lbs!!!!! Unbelievable!!!
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Roman Sonnleitner


From:
Vienna, Austria
Post Posted 27 Apr 2017 9:19 am     Reply with quote

Haven't tried them on steel guitar, but I'm a big fan of MarkBass combos, really lightweight, and great sounding.
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