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Re: Using a power amp instead of an integrated amp/preamp
12/27/2010 9:25 AM
Bob Beckett (4715) wrote:
I have a Ampeg half stack that I use for Church, but from time to time would play in garage bands to help keep me more in a learning mood on picking up on new licks. I didnt want to move the Ampeg in and out of the Church. I didnt have a good portable amp that was big enough to produce that watts needed to be heard with the drummers or guitar players. Like you I was on a very limited budget and ended up making a set up, to my surprise it sounded very good and I have gotten a lot of complements on how good it sounded. This is what I did.
Bought a old BBE bass preamp off of ebay, paid around $60:00 for it. Got a Carvin power amp on sale, $150:00. A 4 space rack box from pawn shop, $5:00. A no name bass cab off of ebay, it has 4, 10 inch speakers, $80:00.
The amp is rated at 225 watts @ 8 omhs, 350 watts @ 4 omhs, 800 watts bridged.
The bass cab was rated @ 600 watts.
I play through it in bridge mode and never have to turn it up more than number 4 on the volume. I am heard without over powering anybody else.