Best affordable gigging SS bass heads?

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  1. Gmork

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    What are some of your favourite AFFORDABLE (ie $500ish or... Less?! )
    high powered, solidstate, workhorse bass amp heads for death metal gigging?
    Looking for low maintenance, reliable loud HUGE clean tone with gut liquifying lows and bright sparkly highs, i like a pretty percusive scooped sorta sound and dont need anything fancy.

    What should i be keeping an eye out for?
     
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    Fender SS bassman? Orange bass terror? Gallien Krueger MB?
     
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    The best option for EVERY bassist is..preamp pedal+ss PA amp.I have bought 120€ the eden wtdi new and 170€ 1000 watt pa amp used
    So with less than 300€ i have 1000watt rig
     
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    Define high powered
     
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    You know, like 600w +
     
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    High powered, solid state, workhorse?

    Look out for a Carvin B1500. 1200 watts into 4 ohms, 1900 watts into 2 ohms. They aren’t super common these days but I’ve seen them go for around $300 when they do come up.

    They’re seem more middy than GK by default in my experience, though I can’t say I’ve played both through the same cab to compare. But it’s a lot of power for the money, and there’s always EQ...

    Quite possibly the best amp Carvin made. Yes, I know that doesn’t mean a whole lot. :lol: But they’re generally well regarded.
     
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    If you're looking for solid state then I'd personally look into pedal sized preamps and then a cheap used power amp.
    Alternatively, depending on your budget, Hilbish makes pretty faithful repro's of the Sunn beta bass/lead in alot of different formats: preamp only, 200w, 700w, or 1200w.
    The powered heads are pretty pricey, but I've seen the preamps (rack mount) go for around $500 used. As far as modern "boutique" bass amps go I feel like it really is the best value on the market. I contemplated getting one and using it with a Peavey CS800 (power amp that pushes 400w mono/800w stereo) that I got for sub $100.
    Buzzo from the Melvins uses one with a crown poweramp and a handful of cabs for his live rig.

    But really, the ultimate poor man's bass rig imo is an old Peavey mark series with a sansamp. Idk how many bassists I've seen run that set up in a live situation and I don't think it's ever sounded bad. Pretty sure you can get a sansamp for about $100 these days and if you look around then you should be able to find a PV mark series for well under $175 (I have the most experience with the musician mk1 and mk4 and they're both solid). I think my band mate bought his mk4 for $120 and I got my mk1 in a deal with a 2x15 and 4x12 for $225.
     
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    I ran with a sansamp (I think RBI?) into a crown power amp for a long time and it worked just fine. Pretty sure I got that setup for under $500 CAD. If you look out for used stuff, that's definitely doable.
     
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    If you don't mind used, you could try and find MarkBass LMII or III and even though it's only 500 watts at 4 ohms, that thing WILL rattle windows. When I was looking for a head, I tried out every bass head in town that I could find and the two best sounding ones were the Mesa Carbine M6 and the LMII and the LittleMark was close to 1/3rd the price.

    The clean low end on that amp is INSANE. I used it with a Peavey TVX 410 ported cab and never considered swapping it out even once.
     
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    Found a local yorkville bassmaster xs800 head at a pawnshop that i can layaway. Had one of those at one of my old jam spots, didn't play it much but it seemed like a nice workhorse as yorkville/traynors typically are. Think ill go for it
     
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    I'd say it'll probably do the trick. If you aren't 100% satisfied with the tone, throw a Tech21 BDDI or VT Bass in front of it and you'll be good to go.
     
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    Fender Rumble I paid $400 for is awesome - the 2x10 one (Rumble 350?). Loud, punchy, tight... perfect for rock/metal.
     
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    I keep forgetting you're also in Canada. Most Yorkville stuff will be plentiful and cheap.
     
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    Yep, van island. And luckly yorkville/traynor is plentiful! Always been a fan
     
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    I would have led with Yorkville and GK :lol:
     
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    Gk 1001rb .
     
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    Anything from the Traynor small block series. Not horrifically expensive brand new: 500 before tax for 500 w head, 370 before tax for 200 w head, and 580 before tax for the combo I have (50 w with combo, goes up to 200 w when using the right external cab). Available all over the place, and Traynor does have a bit of (good) history being used professionally.
     
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    Yeah you want a GK 700 or 1001RB.

    Another option could be a Tech 21 Sansamp of your choice and a high-powered PA power amp. I know you said you wanted a cleaner tone, but the BDDI or Para Driver will do that clean, bright sound on lower gain settings. The BDDI is naturally scooped sounding, and the Para Driver gives you parametric mid EQ.
     
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