Choosing a good bass amp

I need suggestions for a good bass guitar amp. One I have in mind is a Behringer Ultrabass BA115 600 Watt 1x15 Bass Cabinet. I'm looking for something good at around $150 USD. Any advice for choosing one would be nice too.

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Ruhl93110 years ago
The Bass amp and the bass cabinet are two different things. The amp is the powerhouse, and all that is included in the cabinet is the speakers. The Behringer Ultrabass BA115 600 Watt 1x15 Bass Cabinet that you are looking at is just that-a cabinet. If you do not have an amp to power the cabinet, you will not get any sound out of it. (I have also found that on a cabinet like that, it sounds better with the tweeter disconnected, for future reference). A good amp is the Behringer BX4500H Ultrabass Bass Head. My brother got his for around $200. He had one problem with it overheating though. A powerful amp & speaker combo would be the 180 Watt Behringer Ultrabass BX1800 Bass Combo. You can get this for around $200. For $179.99 you can get the Crate BT50 Bass Combo, which is less powerful, but probbably has better sound quality. If you want to go really inexpensive, but not too powerful, look at the Ibanez SW20 Sound Wave Bass Amp that goes for $99.99. Personally, I use an old Hartke Systems bass head and an Ampeg cabinet, and I got both for $400. It is only around 150 watts, but the sound can fill an auditorium, and you can really feel it from outside of the building. I would say either go for a used amp and cabinet, or get a combo. A good site to look at is www.guitarcenter.com, or even EBay. Hope this helps!
wingman246 (author)  Ruhl93110 years ago
thanks for the help, i 'm liking the Crate BT50 Bass Combo, from what i've seen of it.
Yea crate is good. Never in your life should you buy behringer
i have a behringer BX4500H and we play at town celibrations and suppers, battle of bands, parades and many other places and thats all i could ever need. iv never had a problem with it over heating eather but i have it running 2 12's and 2 10's at 8 ohms so its not working very hard..
NachoMahma10 years ago
. Unless you're talking concert quality (which I don't think you'll find for $150), finding a decent amp/speaker combo is not that hard nowadays. If you have a local dealer, that you can trust, get their advice and spend your money there (shipping for a 15" speaker and cabinet will probably eat up any money you'd save by buying on the 'Net). Plus if something goes wrong, it's usually a lot easier to deal with local ppl and you don't have to box it back up to ship it back. If it only weighed a few pounds and was small, it might be different. . The speaker/cabinet will make more difference in total sound quality than the amp.
its a lion10 years ago
i dont know about bass amps, but i would say save up a little bit more if at all possible. as for actual advice, the best i can give you is to to the music store and try every amp in your price range. that way you can see which one you like best.