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Fender Vs. Carvin Vs. Ampeg

Vern Ramone (79)

Bass Equipment Forum · 9/6/2002 10:44 PM
I have narrowed my bass amp search down to three finalists. They are:

A used Fender Bassman 100 $399

A new Ampeg BA 115 $449

A mail-order Carvin PB 200-15 $399 + $29 S/H

The Carvin is the strongest, weighing in at 160 watts, but I am hesitant to blow the cash on an amp that I have never played (I can't find one in any music stores, only online).
The Bassman is nearly $100 less than buying it new, so I've got that going for me.
But I've heard that Ampeg are simply higher quality than Fender. I can never tell the difference in the stores, but once I get something home, I start to pick up on subtle differences. Please help.

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9/6/2002 11:03 PM

Jenn Damere (6004) wrote:

Carvin wins my vote

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9/6/2002 11:14 PM

Jacob Chandler (5373) wrote:

Carvin is the one
Versitility, Volume
And a great price too





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9/7/2002 1:11 AM

Vern Ramone (79) wrote:

nicely done :)

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9/6/2002 11:15 PM

Inactive Member wrote:

Ampeg here - i wouldent trade mine for any other amp - I love the tone - could make a string on a stick sound good

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9/7/2002 1:23 AM

Jeff Chrabaszcz (1442) wrote:

I'm gonna have to agree with Ampeg. I'm all for the personal preference thing... It's ultimately up to you, but Ampeg has that great tone, they're reliable, and they're pretty versatile, in my opinion.



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9/7/2002 1:46 AM

Greg Piotrowski (377) wrote:

I would deffinetly go with the ampeg. I've played outta fender amps and i don't like em. The ampeg i think has more deffinition to the sound.



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9/8/2002 9:03 AM

CJ Jahncke (438) wrote:

I have a Carvin PB-100. I love it. I lug it
everywhere. Play it inside and outside. I sit on
it. Very sturdy. I can get lots of different
sounds with the EQ. I can turn it way up and it
still sounds good. I would recommend the Carvin.
If you really aren't happy with it, they do have
an approval period. Although you lose the
shippin

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9/8/2002 10:11 AM

Inactive Member wrote:

My vote goes to Ampeg :)

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9/14/2002 11:12 PM

Carl Soto (25) wrote:

GO WITH CARVIN! great sound for any style of music. you will never need another amp

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Re: Fender Vs. Carvin Vs. Ampeg

9/16/2002 6:19 AM

Max Bass (2781) wrote:

It's a matter of personal choice, but listen to me, don't buy any gear you wasn't able to try before.
Narrow your choice to just Fender and Ampeg, and judge which you like more playing with your own bass.


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