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What's the best micro bass combo you've heard? Must be <25lbs. I'm looking for something small enough to fit in a suitcase to travel with. It should be loud enough to play a livingroom gig among friends, and sound good enough not to make me wince. Must handle B string with ease. Cheaper is better. I saw the Markbass Micromark blurb in Bass Player, but it seems that sucker will run almost 700 bucks when it arrives here shortly, although it looks like the ultimate niche product on paper. Right now I have a Fender "Amp Can"-it's tiny/light/not expensive/battery powered, but sounds lousy-was intended for guitar, has only a 6" spkr. The other quality players are the GK MB150 and Acoustic Image-both over 700. I'm hoping to keep it under 400. so if it's lost/stolen/trashed I won't cry. Has anyone heard the Roland Cube 30? Other suggestions?? And dear Administrator-maybe an amp section would be a good idea?
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[quote="lomo":25t7f2bq]What's the best micro bass combo you've heard? Must be <25lbs. I'm looking for something small enough to fit in a suitcase to travel with. It should be loud enough to play a livingroom gig among friends, and sound good enough not to make me wince. Must handle B string with ease. Cheaper is better. I saw the Markbass Micromark blurb in Bass Player, but it seems that sucker will run almost 700 bucks when it arrives here shortly, although it looks like the ultimate niche product on paper. Right now I have a Fender "Amp Can"-it's tiny/light/not expensive/battery powered, but sounds lousy-was intended for guitar, has only a 6" spkr. The other quality players are the GK MB150 and Acoustic Image-both over 700. I'm hoping to keep it under 400. so if it's lost/stolen/trashed I won't cry. Has anyone heard the Roland Cube 30? Other suggestions?? And dear Administrator-maybe an amp section would be a good idea?[/quote:25t7f2bq]


What about the PJB Briefcase? Also, the Danelectro NiftySeventy is very small, but projects really well for it's size, and is quite affordable (check out ebay). I've used mine at acoustic jams and the like and it was able to hold it's own.


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What about the PJB Briefcase?
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That's what I was thinking. I havent heard it, so I can't comment on that, but I think it's around $500 or $600 bucks. Check out http://www.philjonesbass.com/ for more info. My setup is a Thunderfunk head (550W, approx. 15 lbs) and a Schroeder Mini12+ cab (4 ohm, 500W w/a 100W horn, approx 30 lbs) and it MORE than holds its own. I got the cab with the "flight ready" option, which means that it has a wood plate that can be latched to the front of it so that you don't really need (in theory) any kind of case for air travel. The Thunderfunk itself isn't that big, about the same size as a GK 1001-RB head, just a bit deeper, and lighter. Not as portable as the PJB, but nice if you want a smaller rig!

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The pjb briefcase intrigues me (haven't heard it or met anyone who has), but it's around 500 bucks. I guess I'll just have to accept that it's either real money or real tone :-). I'm gonna try the Markbass Micromark next month at Italmelodie in Montreal. Eventually I may opt for the Markbass, but in my mind I'm picturing a GK 112MB 12 lb cab and a 2.5 lb Acoustic Image head. That way I can always find a safe place for the head, which is worth more, even if I have to leave the cab somewhere more public. In addition, it'll be enough power to do anything I ever will. Finally, I'm dying to hear my DWall through nothing but clean power, and that's what the AI will give me. Only trouble is I'll be out a grand ;-(
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I've been tossing around the idea of checking out one of the Acoustic Image amps for my practice rig...That way I don't have to risk leaving my gear at our rented practice room. Not to mention that my amp head pushes about 85 pounds! The only thing so far that's dissuaded me from exploring the idea further is that some have said that the AI is a bit anemic on the lows.

The PJB briefcase seems cheap for PJB (comparitively) and I've heard some pretty good things about them.
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I tried one of the AI Contra combos a while back. It was quite impressive for such a tiny little amp. and it was very transparent if that is what your looking for. I wouldn't do more than a coffee shop gig with it though.

Yeah Morris, I have found that small+light+good tone=big bucks every time.

Another small cabinet that gets consistantly good reviews is the Low Down Sound 2X8, and it is reasonably priced. Just add your favorite compact amp and you're set. :)
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Hey Zac-do you think the supposed weakness in lows is due to the AI head or the tiny 3-way cab? I've heard them used with uprights and there's certainly no problem reaching low freq, but they're not made to go boom. It's no dub tool for sure. I also heard Ron Carter @ the Montreal Jazzfest in a room with about 1000 people playing through a GK MB112 100 watt combo-maybe it WAS all in his hands and head, but it filled the room VERY well, with a 24lb rig!
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[quote="lomo":3h4h0iu6]Hey Zac-do you think the supposed weakness in lows is due to the AI head or the tiny 3-way cab? I've heard them used with uprights and there's certainly no problem reaching low freq, but they're not made to go boom. It's no dub tool for sure. I also heard Ron Carter @ the Montreal Jazzfest in a room with about 1000 people playing through a GK MB112 100 watt combo-maybe it WAS all in his hands and head, but it filled the room VERY well, with a 24lb rig![/quote:3h4h0iu6]

Hey Morris,

I don't think there is any problem with low end from the head. Ed Friedland uses one and he is a big five string player. I think the cab was more suited to URB players, but it may be all you need. I may be mistaken, but I think they are using a larger driver now than when I tried one. You should check one out if you get a chance.

The MB112 is a hapnin little amp. A friend of mine who plays bluegrass uses one for his doghouse.

I don't think it totally fits your specs., but if I had the money I would have one of the new Bergantino IP 112 powered cabinets. If you want a clean high powered setup for your Dingwall, that is probly the thing to get. They aren't cheap and weigh in at around 45 lbs, but I wound venture that they are worth it.
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Oh yeah, I forgot to mention. For a good sounding small combo that is cheap, the Peavey Microbass is always a good choice. They are loud enough for practice with a drummer, will deliver a fair low B, and are very reliable.

Several years ago, it won the Bass Player Mag practice amp shootout. Of course take that with a grain of salt, but I have used them in the past and I would recommend it.
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Zac read my mind. Today I ordered a Peavey 15/8 microbase for 99 bucks from MuFriend-it'll fill a small part of the void. I'll try out the Markbass, and eventually decide between that and an AI amp with a very light 12, perhaps the GK MB112 or EBS Neo 12. I want it REALLY light (I am, after all, middle-aged!)
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Good deal Morris. I need another one of those myself. I bought one off ebay a while back. When it arrived I discovered that someone had replaced the original speaker with a car audio sub. Sounded like crap, so I returned it, and I haven't got around to getting another one.

Let us know how well it works with your Dingwall.
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I own a Six Pack (heavy but with wheels and handle so it's very easy to move). But I've played the briefcase at NAMM on a few occasions. They sound fabulous. Obviously they aren't too loud w/ just two speakers but the balance of the sound and the image of the low octave seem to defy it's small size. And the PJB pre and amp is very chunky - it doesn't sound sterile.... I just don't have occasion to play that quiet....
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Thanks for the input. I'll have a chance to play the Markbass Micromark in June in Montreal. From what I've heard, it's the ultimate David, a 9 inch cube with 50 watts/8 inches, loud enough for a small room/intimate gig. Similar price to the briefcase but much smaller/lighter. Don't know how the tone/volume will compare. Until then, the el-cheapo Peavey 15/8 sounds perfectly acceptable at low to mid volume-last Nov my family went on a volunteer mission to an orphanage in Salvador, Brazil-there was music everywhere and I had a chance to jam with some locals, but no ax and no amp:-( We're returning next March and that Peavey will fit in my suitcase. My AB1 will definitely make the trip as well. There is so much rhythm and passion down there I can't wait. And if the Peavey is lost or takes on seawater/sand/beer or precious bodily fluids, I won't mind (my AB is another matter, of course!).
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Just a note to say I had the chance to try a Fender Bassman 100 -WOW! Very punchy and loud. Good tone (to my taste) with moderate flexibility and many more bells and whistles (aux in, loop, mute to tune, XLR out) than the very reasonable price (350.) suggests; only 25 lbs. This may be the best value out there in the pint-size dept. Guess I never really thought much about Fender amps.
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I have a little Fender practice amp (RAD Bass) that now would be the equivalent of the Fender Rumble 25.

It's got one 10" and it sounds really good just to practice with at low volumes. It's also louder than it seems, so it would probably work in small acoustic situations.
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Hey guys,

I just bought a small Yorkville XM50 a couple of weeks ago. I've used it on 3 occasions and it sounds great.

I used to have a Peavey 112 (60 watt) and if you cranked it up very much, the speaker would break up way too soon. So I started looking around for something else. I ended up trying the YV with a 10" speaker/50 watt and it just totally blows the Peavey away. It's seems more solid and has a louder output to it. The best thing is the controls are bare minimum. Vol, bass, mid, teble and that's about it. So I don't waste time tweaking.

Try it out and tell me what you think?

TB
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I've tried most small combos. The most efficient for size and weight is my GK MB / Acoustic Image set up. Cons - a lack of highs. Pros - 16lbs, loud enough for Lain Jazz gigs with drums and percussion, Plenty of punch & clarity.
I also use a Phil Jones Briefcase. Cons - not loud enough with drums. Pro's - killer tone, especially for an upright tone with my Rob Allen basses, works with a battery. Great for bass/piano duo gigs. It's $600 and 28lbs, but I got one on ebay for $450. Both AI and PJ have great customer service.
I owned a Roland Cube 30 - cost $225 new. The Phil Jones blows it away for tone & volume. The Roland is the best amp I found for the money. The modeling is impressive but it offers no flat setting. The tone sounds good solo but sounds dry and lifeless in a band setting. I used mine for some church gigs where it barely did the job, but the chorus was useful for playing fretless with an out of tune piano.
I am hankering for an Micromark. If you want a really cheap small amp, try the Peavey Microbass.
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I'm intrigued by the GK/AI setup. It sounds like what I've been eyeing: an AI Clarus amp with the GKMB 12lb/12"/aluminum cabinet.....but the cabinet is rated at 100watts/8 ohms and the amp at 150watts/8 ohms-how high can you push the amp without distorting that speaker?
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oh yeah, and how is the tone of the GK/AI rig (ASIDE FROM THE WEAK HIGHS).
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Hello folks,

I just picked up an Acoustic Image Clarus SL Head (2.5 lbs.) and a Gallien Krueger 112MBX cab (12 lbs.) = total of 14.5 lbs. Now that's a light combo!
Picked up both for USD$500 used!

I haven't pushed the cab so I don't know when it distorts and I don't really plan on pushing its limits.

Anyway, my first impression is not bad. But after plugging my Dingwall AB II 5 string through the AI head into my 4 Ohm ACME B-1 cab (31 lbs.), I felt the GK 112MBX cab missing a lot of lows and highs. The ACME B-1 is much fuller but then again, the GK cab is supposedly less than half the weight (although it didn't feel that much lighter to me).

If you want fuller sound, I'd suggest getting an ACME B-1 if you don't mind the extra few pounds.

The AI Clarus SL and ACME B-1 is going to be my setup from now on. I'm happy - pretty good for my first bass amp setup.

Just thought I'd put in my two cents...

P.S. You can't find the frequency response of the GK 112MBX anywhere in the Gallien-Krueger website.
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Here's a photo of the setup just for reference so you can see the size difference of the two cabs I mentioned.

[img:3w52o0fe]http://i52.photobucket.com/albums/g32/mistereedog/Bass%20Amp/ACME-GK-2.jpg[/img:3w52o0fe]
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