Re: Looking to buy a bigger amp

PatK <pkincaid@xxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:

Hi all,

I'm looking to get a bigger amp from what I have now, which is a 50
watt 12 inch speaker Crate amp that I've had for about 10 years. I've
used this amp at home just to practice and it's okay for that, but I
want to get something the next size up with a bit better sound. I
don't want to spend a lot of money for what I'm going to get, maybe in
the $300 range or so. I just was wondering if there were any
recommendations of what to look for or even what to avoid? Maybe this
is too broad of a question but I'll give it a shot.

Hiya Pat,

How is Cincy? I've got some ties there...

The next step up would be a combo in a 2x10 or 1x15 form factor, and
preferably with a lot more power. To narrow among the choices out
there, I'd say if yer steppin up though to do yourself a favor and get
in the neighborhood of 300W in the combo, that way you'll be able to
gig or jam in a reasonably loud rock band with it without really any
difficulty being heard. That's where the Behringer bang for the buck
starts looking pretty appealing. Then it's a matter of pref whether
you prefer the 2x10 sound or 1x15 sound within what's available.

At the $300 price point, the 2x10 is out of the question unfortunatley
but you can get a powerful 1x15 combo:

Ashdown 300W, B-stock 15

Behringer has new 300W and 180W options sub $300 in a 1x15:

Fender 100W 15
Ampeg 100W 15

To get into 2x10 combos, you'll only need to toss another $50-$100 at
the effort:

Behringer 450W $400
Fender 100W $350

At your price point, you won't have the luxury of being too picky on
tone, but if a lot louder but within your budget is the goal, the
great news is that there are lots of options today that didn't exist
10 years ago.

Best Regards,
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