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  1. geoffripp
    Feb 29, 2012 @ 14:16:42

    I have recently purchased a Hartke 2×10 cab second hand to plug into my Hartke HA 3500 which has a 1×15 Carlsborough cabinet also . I am experiencing some slight distortion from the 2×10 cab and also some distortion from the 1×15 on very low frequencies which is worrying me as I can forsee a huge bill arfiseing for replacment speakers ? I am useing a Enie Beall Musicman active bass. I am wondering if it may be the amplifiier as apposed to the speaker cabs ?If you could offer any advise in solving the problem I would appreciate your comments . I am considering swapping the whole rig for somthing more portable and user friendly ? any suggestions ? thanks

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  2. Laz
    Mar 01, 2012 @ 09:21:06

    Hi Geoff,
    I’d need a bit more information to completely diagnose the problem, but here is my first guess.
    Here is a quick test: unplug the 1×15, does the distortion go away? With both cabinets connected, you’re below 4 ohms. I don’t think this head is rated down to 2 ohms, so that would do it.
    If that’s not it, then since the distortion is happening on both speakers, it is likely that you are overdriving your amp. The simplest test would be to turn down the Master volume without touching any other settings. Does the distortion go away? If No, then your pre-amp and/or EQ is set too high. If yes, then I think you’ve reached the max output of your head. Which would be pretty loud…
    If you want more responses from other people, try posting on the GN Bass Forum. http://www.guitarnoise.com/forums/viewforum.php?f=6

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  3. Joe
    May 28, 2012 @ 11:24:53

    Hi, I have a Mesa Boogie M2000 that I’ve had since new.
    To me, it’s the best bass amp ever made. Its powerful and more
    versite than anything else I’ve ever tried. I use it in smaller settings
    with an SWR Goliath III 4X10 and in larger settings with the 4X10
    and an SWR Big Ben 1×18. As for the bass, I use my custom
    made Fodera Monarch five string neck thru design. It was a serious
    commitment to spend all that money on those items and took quite
    a bit of research to see what worked best for me but looking back
    it was all worthwhile. I’ve never been disappointed with my sound or
    the reliability of my equipment which I still use to this day.

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  4. Marshall
    Jul 02, 2012 @ 13:46:31

    I have a G&L L2500 Bass that I bought new and an SWR WorkingPro 12 (12 inch speaker, 200W)that I bought 1 year used. I bought my first setup three years ago (Yamaha 4 string and SWR LA12, both used) along with David Hodges book The Complete Idiots Guide to Playing BASS Guitar. I have played six string for many years. The book is great and really got me going on the bass. I am also going to work through your lessons as well, thanks for the resource. As for the SWR, I got a great deal on it used and love it. I play mostly worship music with other acoustic instruments so 200W is more than enough for the venues I play even when we are outside. It has a very nice tone and isn’t too big/cumbersome to tote around although it is significantly bigger than the LA12 which was a breeze to lug around and a pretty good practice amp on its own. The WorkingPro 12 provides some nice “pro” level sound without having to muscle around a huge rig.

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  5. Mr. Prytania
    Oct 29, 2012 @ 13:34:51

    Nice information to have in one place. I enjoyed the break down on speakers.

    My first practice amp was the little VOX bass amp (2×4″!). Absurd I know even for a practice amp but not knowing what was useful I bought based on looks. And it looked much better than other 80 buck amps. It was also very light which is a real variable for me.

    When looking for a better practice amp I bought a 40 watt Ultrabass which had a much nicer tone since it had a 10″ speaker. Now that I knew more about amps I ventured into the used realm and bought this wonderful amp for less than half what I paid for the Vox. Great value but I had to know what I was doing since a few that I tried I didn’t care for the sound.

    Once I started playing with a drummer I needed some real watts so I again started looking for used. Not a smart move. Most of the combos in the 50-100 watt range with 10″-12″ speakers had problems. New students bought them and abused them then dumped them. Some had moisture / electronics problems others had fatigued speakers so sounded “flabby”. I even tried out a few stores that sold used with good return policies and had to exercise the return policies since there were easily overlooked problems.

    I’ve come to the conclusion that low end used seems more likely to be dust collectors and in decent shape and midrange used tends to be abused and buyer beware. I checked out a few head units and those seemed to have fared better. From looking at used I would hazard that people are going “class D” and flooding the used market right now.

    I like the tone of Agular and Ampeg and am considering one of them for a 200 watt head. I like the G.B. Focus 12″ and am considering that. Like the article said: Carvin is a lot cheaper but w/o a store to hear their setups I’m not comfortable buying one.

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  6. Godfrey
    Aug 31, 2013 @ 17:11:42

    Hi. I’m in a Indie Rock band in the UK, and play things by bands like The Strokes (and their British counterparts). We’ve started to get a few gigs and I am looking to buy a decent amp (combo or separate), but I am only looking to spend around £300 (about $465). Could you help?

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