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(@tjk0225)
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I'm looking for an inexpensive bass amp. Basically a practice amp that would hopefully have enough power to play with the worship team at church.

I like the looks/price of these:
Behringer
http://www.musician.com/product/Behringer-Ultrabass-BX300-Bass-Combo?sku=480679

http://www.musician.com/product/Behringer-Ultrabass-BXL450-45W-1x10-Bass-Combo?sku=481100

Drive
http://www.musician.com/product/Drive-CD-300B-30W-Bass-Combo?sku=480394

Peavey
http://www.musician.com/product/Peavey-MAX-158-Bass-Practice-Combo?sku=481448

Does any one have any opinion on these amps or brands? Thanks,

Tom


   
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(@slejhamer)
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Will you be plugging into the church's PA system or will your amp be your main sound source? How big is the hall in which you'll be playing? Is there a drummer? Are the guitars electric or acoustic?

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(@tjk0225)
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The church is fairly small - capacity is probably less than 500. We average just over 100. There is a drummer on an electronic kit, so the volume is fairly controlled. There is one electric guitar - he plays through a 16w tube amp (I think) and is not connected to the PA. The piano and keyboard are both connected/mic'ed to the PA. There are typically 5-6 instrumentalists - basson, trombone, flute, sax, french horn. The 4-5 vocalists use mic's through the PA. I'm thinking an amp would be the main sound source.

Tom


   
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(@slejhamer)
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If you're going to get a small practice amp like those, I think you're going to want to also plug into the PA. A 30 watt solid state bass amp with a tiny speaker is not going to have much punch with that group, though one would probably be fine in a more acoustic setting.

But if you get one with a DI output (XLR) you can run straight into the mixer/PA from the amp, and use the amp as your monitor.

As the main sound source, I'd think you'd want at least a 12" speaker to get down nice and low; a smaller speaker might be too midrangey. Also there was a thread here recently about bass amps needing much more wattage than regular guitar amps to produce the same perceived volume level. When I used my Fender amp (60watts, 12" speaker) at church it was enough, but I was going through the PA as well for better balance throughout the hall, and we don't have horns or electric guitars.

Check out the Craigslist for Austin for a few days and see what comes up. You'll get a lot more bang for your buck buying used. Peaveys are built like tanks so they tend to hold up well. Also there's a 1x12 ampeg going cheap, if you don't mind the missing volume knob.

http://austin.craigslist.org/search/msg?maxAsk=250&query=bass%20amp

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