Your next home practice amp?

Interesting but a bit niche.

You just gotta love a valve amp

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Man, for that price I’d be looking at a used Little Bastard (30W) for about $100 more used. They’ve been tempting me.

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if I wanted to spend good money on a practice amp I would definitely get a Phil Jones :heart_eyes:

https://pjbworld.com/cms/index.php/product_bg-75/

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This one is really cool and sounds surprisingly good.

It does work with bass too

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Wow it has cover tracks that can play right from the app it looks like too

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Can I hijack this thread? :grimacing: Been looking to upgrade my home practice ‘amp’ - the ‘mighty’ Blackstar Fly 3, which I mostly use with headphones for the course, but which is so underpowered it’s obvious that if I’d ever want to hear my bass properly through a speaker, there’ll need to be something better. Just get the Rumble 40, I hear? Thing is, I live in a very old shared house with no insulation, and ‘moving the air’ with an amp is something I’m not sure I will be welcome to do :smiley: Because of this and some budget concerns, my gut’s telling me ‘just get the Rumble 25 first’ but then again, there’s also the ‘but won’t you like the extra EQ options and more power?’ Thing is, at this point in my playing I’ll be more satisfied to have easy access to aux jacks than more power (jamming won’t be on the cards for a while still). How crucial is the 2” difference in speaker size in this scenario? Dialling down the volume would take care of things presumably?
And another thing is… is the Ampeg BA110 really that bad-sounding/made? Design-wise, it’s kind of ideal – kick-back/jacks out front, but if it sounds crap or the case rattles… I’ve seen Josh’s review recordings and the clean sound of this and the 40 seemed sort of OK to me.

OR maybe I should wait a while and check out the Ampeg Rocket series?

Decisions, decisions . . . :sweat_smile:

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Hey, @TL . . . :slight_smile:

It IS a tough decision and there’s LOTS of amp discussions all over these Forums!

I started with the Rumble 25 myself. It’s perfect for practice, and it’s pretty inexpensive, but not quite enough power for gigging or jamming with a drummer.

It would be a good start for you: lightweight, doesn’t take up much room, and you could trade it in later for something else.

Cheers,
Joe

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Thanks, I am leaning that way too - for the tiny practice space I have, it’s probably ample, and won’t be too big an investment. Pitty the phones jack is 6.5mm, but at least it’s out front!

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You could get an adapter . . . :slight_smile:

Here’s one from Sweetwater:

HTH and all best,
Joe

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Unless you’re in a hurry, might as well take a look at the Rocket Bass Amps. They’ve already started showing up at Guitar Center if you have one near you.

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@TL i really wouldn’t worry about getting too big of an amp. a bigger practice amp will sound better at any volume level than a smaller one. you can turn a thousand watt amp down to a whisper if you want. what you can afford is another story.

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As @itsratso said

I use a Rumble 100 for practice and I just turn it down.

I am surprised nobody has mentioned amp speaker sizes.
I initially had a Rumble 40 with a 10" speaker but upgrade within a couple of weeks to the 100 with a 12" speaker. The tone difference was significant plus I do small venues like churches and jam with others so the additional overhead (power) is handy.

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Thanks guys, appreciate your input :sunglasses: I like the idea of a 10", especially that size-wise these boxes are on a par with the 8" ones, just wonder if the extra wattage won’t be lost on me as I don’t plan to jam with anyone for a while + I’ve got a small practice space with lots of neighbours around + an extra £100 would be hard to justify if an 8" would cope just as well. But looping back to the start, I get why 10" makes better sense…

I guess I’ll just have to pull the trigger on one of them amps and get on with it. Looking at y’all, I’ll be upgrading again by the end of the year! :grimacing:

And yes, I can probably wait and research a while more, but would rather grab something earlier rather than later - the Blackstar Fly struggles to even drive my headphones, which is a bit of pain.

Thanks again folks! It’s a tough life being an absolute beginner haha!

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The Blackstar Fly is sadly not a real amp lol. A decent amp will sound a LOT better and MUCH louder. My son got the Rumble LT25 and that thing can go pretty loud too. If you go for 12"/15" you prob need to crank the volume a bit more to make it sound good. That’s why I personally think smaller drivers are good for bedroom levels…

You can also go for a head + cab solution. For example he TC Electronics BAM 200 or Tracy Elliot Elf are great beginner heads. Used cabs are pretty cheap so maybe this is a good way to experiment with different driver sizes. Later on you can upgrade your head or cab. That’s how I started. :wink:

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This is the truth - it’s not a real amp! When I started B2B two months or so ago, I got the Blackstar to mostly play over headphones, but have that ‘extra’ of a small speaker just in case, plus the portability of it. I’d still keep it as a wee fun combo for around the house, but should also get something of at least 8" to hear the tones better. I wonder if the Ampeg BA-108/110 won’t do just fine, I play a P bass which pairs well, and I like the incline for practice… Although I might as well finish B2B on the Blackstar and see if I am any wiser!
Thanks again folks for your input, really appreciate it :slight_smile:

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Hey - one final conundrum (hopefully)! I never had Orange on my list, mostly because they are quite pricey even here in the UK, but… from some of the YT reviews, the Crush 50 sounds glorious, and has a funky midrange frequency control to put the mids where you want it. At the same time, a warm analogue sound too for more traditional P bass stuff. And it’s just as expensive as the Rumble 40 here in the UK, but comes with a 12" speaker. I’m pretty sure I’m totally overdoing this starter amp thing, but… anyone has experience with the Crush 50 for home use? Decent one to ‘grow into’ and worth the larger speaker for the money? NOT too loud (I figured by now that the difference between a 25w and a 50w would be just a few decibels but still).

There was some great advice on 12" drivers being a bit much for small spaces, so just picking your brains… again. Thanks for your patience :grimacing:

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I really liked the orange 50 in the local music store. Definitely one of my top picks. Like you said the mids are a bit more accentuated. Other amps I tried and liked were a Markbass and Blackstar. 50 watt is fine for small spaces.

Orange has a really typical sound signature. If you want more oomph I would go for a markbass or fender.

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The size of the driver has more to do with the character of the tone than the size of the space.

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I’ve heard about that! It sounds good to me, I know it can be a quite divisive thing though! Honestly, my music taste is quite broad - rock/ 90s alternative, blues/folk, Motown, a bit of funk - so a versatile-sounding amp will be nice :slight_smile: Thank you!

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What I meant was that 12", when driven at lower power, may not be optimal. But I’m probably overthinking it! :slightly_smiling_face:

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