Which 500 Watt Head???

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Re: Which 500 Watt Head???

Post by narcdor » 31 May 2017, 16:13

Forgot to mention Fender Bassman 500, classic fender tone stack, one hand lift, vintage looks.
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Re: Which 500 Watt Head???

Post by rodl2005 » 31 May 2017, 17:54

Another great recommendation
Mean & Surly

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Re: Which 500 Watt Head???

Post by drbass » 31 May 2017, 18:54

I'm very happy with my Genzler Magellan ... .

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Re: Which 500 Watt Head???

Post by Paisley » 31 May 2017, 22:25

Out of the ultralight heads I've tried, I liked the GK the best, although admittedly there's a lot I haven't tried (Aguilar, Berg, ect).

For some reason though, class D amps just don't do it for me; my 'compact' Head is an Eden WT-550. Not totally lightweight, but not really that heavy. :yep
Having said that, I'd put Eden WT's in the "try before you buy" category; as versatile as they are, they still have a definite tone & it's probably not for everybody.
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Re: Which 500 Watt Head???

Post by Aussie Mark » 01 Jun 2017, 08:21

narcdor wrote:Forgot to mention Fender Bassman 500, classic fender tone stack, one hand lift, vintage looks.
Yes, I'm very happy with mine. The dirty channel does drive very well if you ever need some of that.

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Re: Which 500 Watt Head???

Post by narcdor » 01 Jun 2017, 09:30

Seems like the consensus is there are lots of good choices, and no real best choice even for one person. So you may end up like most of us having more than one amp. The pragmatic answer is that any old amp within your requirements (of which there are a lot) will do the job and get you 90% of the way there.
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Re: Which 500 Watt Head???

Post by billybass » 01 Jun 2017, 10:53

I have had/used
Orange Bass Terror 500, power and tone, valve preamp, the only amp that I know of that you can switch from 4 to 8 ohms, without loosing power
GK MB500 fusion, small, light, valve preamp, 2 channels, powerful

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Re: Which 500 Watt Head???

Post by billybass » 01 Jun 2017, 10:55

oh, I have owned an Aguilar ToneHammer 500
I thought it was under powered
but it's just my opinion

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Re: Which 500 Watt Head???

Post by bom bom » 02 Jun 2017, 16:25

Get the Ampeg PF500 bro - I get the feeling that's the sound your hearing in your head.

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Re: Which 500 Watt Head???

Post by Dazza76 » 06 Jun 2017, 23:27

If you're buying new, it's worth trying out the latest gen class D amps such as Genzler Magellan 800(i own one and loving it) or Mesa Subway D800. Much improved power handling of peaks, etc. resulting in weightier bass tones than previous gen builds.
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Re: Which 500 Watt Head???

Post by tom once dead » 08 Jun 2017, 16:49

It's not 500 watts, but you should consider the Darkglass Microtubes 900. They sound amazing, light as hell and great value especially with the B3k and VMT drives built in. It's got a distinct flavour but still quite versatile with the mid selections which I think at the perfect eq points. Just be careful with the master volume and listen to your speakers to make sure you don't blow em! I've been in love with my 3 pro since I got it 8 years ago, but after playing the Microtubes 900 I'll definitely be picking one up some time in the future.

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Re: Which 500 Watt Head???

Post by kat888 » 13 Jun 2017, 06:41

TCE BH550, because they appear well built and full of innovative features (tuner, toneprints) or the RH450, ditto. My standby is a VT Bass DI but that only gets you part of the way. My 'holy grail' No 2 amp is a thoroughly uncollectable Marshall 2099 100w solid state A/B head.
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Re: Which 500 Watt Head???

Post by andyboygenius » 13 Jun 2017, 21:50

Update on the search. For starters I really appreciate all the responses I have been keeping track of posts they've help shape my decision. Bear in mind my selection process didn't involve listening first hand to anything which is the worst way to buy gear I know but suits my shut in lifestyle, lack of muses to ask and disdain for Music stores.

So Ampegs were off the menu due to my personal bad experience and feedback from the web even though I love that classic purr. The main contenders came down to a MB500, Tone Hammer 500 and a Markbass 500 watter. All class D stuff. There seems to be a lot clunkier gear going cheap on the web which I avoided even though there's more clips to listen too.

A Markbass Litte Mark III came on gumtree and the guy took $500 for it. There was a MB500 for $800 but a little out of my financial reach. Same with the the TTE 500 for $850 thanks for the pointer before. Theres a big bang for sale in Old which come with a cab i don't need. Oh well no time like the present.

So its test run today revealed that it has a great clean sound and very little purr. Turning the OD up just makes it boomy and clip. No grind with a Fender Jazz. Plenty loud enough thats for sure, perhaps a OD pedal might add some versatility to the sound. I like the range of tones I can get.

Any manufacturers or industry types should note that there are so few decent clips on the web for their products that are decent. Amateur video production is OK but sound quality is not. Don't yammer on, get straight to the sound of the gear is whats lacking in the world wide web. Enjoy those Thunder brooms boys and girls!

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Re: Which 500 Watt Head???

Post by bigswifty » 13 Jun 2017, 23:07

andyboygenius wrote: So its test run today revealed that it has a great clean sound and very little purr. Turning the OD up just makes it boomy and clip. No grind with a Fender Jazz. Plenty loud enough thats for sure, perhaps a OD pedal might add some versatility to the sound. I like the range of tones I can get.
Yup. I'm always curious when I hear people ruling amps out because they feel like they can't a grind/fur/OD sound. Such an easy thing to "throw a pedal at" to fix. So many many great sounding drive pedals these days. Admittedly finding them to try can be a challenge I suppose.

Anyway, have fun trying stuff!

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Re: Which 500 Watt Head???

Post by tom once dead » 14 Jun 2017, 05:59

If you're looking for some ampeg style overdriven/distorted goodness you can't beat the VT bass.

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