Good generic amp for music venue?

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  1. EuanH91

    EuanH91 New Member

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    Hi all!

    I'm working with a company building a brand new live music venue that my band will be resident in. I have my own rig ready to go, but the venue wants to buy an amp for backline for any other bands we hire for one-off gigs or passing through etc. What would you guys recommend?

    Nothing too expensive or boutique haha, something mid-priced. For reference, they've ordered a MarkBass Marcus Miller CMD-103 for the bass amp.

    What would you be happy to see when you turned up at a gig?

    TIA for your suggestions
     
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    anitoli Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    I'd like to be able to just go to a gig.
    Seriously how are you guys gonna make this work?
     
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    WellBurnTheSky Well-Known Member

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    A Fender Twin would be a sure bet. Clean, powerful enough to compete with the Markbass, and a good pedal platform.
    Or, since we're on the MF, a newer DSL combo (or even half stack ?).
     
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  5. EuanH91

    EuanH91 New Member

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    We're in Dubai, everything is running here and musicians are working, which is great.. although venues are at limited capacities, table service only, everywhere separated, masks required until you sit down, etc. It's not ideal but it keeps us going for the time being.

    We won't be hiring other bands until we're through this, but we're just trying to get ahead so we're ready for when we can, fingers crossed!
     
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    anitoli Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Cool. Good luck. Hope it works for you.
     
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    EuanH91 New Member

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    Yeah, nice.. Fender Twin was first on my list haha. I know I can't really go wrong with that, was just seeing if there were other options that I hadn't thought of.
     
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    Peavy amps are cheap and built good . A solid state amp in to a PA system look on the used market
     
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    I would go with a dsl100 and 2x12 or dsl40 with a 1x12 extension.
     
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    RCM 800 Well-Known Member

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    or maybe a katana 100 if you want to go solid state.
     
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    Buzzard Well-Known Member

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    I'm not up on the modern features that some amps have since I don't need nor care about them but more info seems to be needed like will the amp be miked or go direct? Combo or head and cab? Some amps now have IR built in.Switchable channels? Sounds like they would need versatility so an old amp design like a twin dosen't even make sense imo.
     
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    Buzzard Well-Known Member

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    Whatever they get I woul'd alway's have a digital line 6 type amp as a backup to a tube amp.They are cheap used and can go direct if needed with effects built in.
     
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    pedecamp Well-Known Member

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    A DSL40CR combo or a DSL100HR half stack would cover alot of territory for most players. :yesway:
     
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    Well, in that scenario the best is having something that is a known quantity for most players, hence mainstays of backline rental companies. So yeah ,Twin (or alternatively Deluxe Reverb, though I much prefer the Twin and consider it a better pedal platform), DSL or maybe an AC30 are the safe choice. Most anything else will be too "exotic" or genre-specific to work for each and every player that shows up. So yeah, no point in trying to reinvent the wheel here IMHO, your gut intuition of going for a Twin was absolutely right.
     
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    I set up the sound system and back line for a Rock Club where I was sound tech for all the bands that came through. For guitar I used a Marshall JTM45 1/2 stack. Never had an issue or complaint...quite the opposite. Always compliments and the guys saying, man, I gotta get one of these!
     
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    versatile, rugged and cheap: EVH 5150III 50w head. 3channels, loud AF, cheap and you can play rock, blues and metal with this fucker.
     
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    Probably a Fender Twin.
     
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    Jethro Rocker Well-Known Member Silver Supporting Member

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    I say DSL new version too. Covers lots of ground without pedals. I would crap myself if I went to a club that had a Twin as backline. For what I play. Need pedals for everything.
    Covers clean, crunchy, balls out, channel switching and solo volume boost with the 2 MV. Simple to run, inexpensive, reliable.
     
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    Marshall SV20

    If they want more "metal" they can push the front end.
     
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    Seems to me this would be a good spot for a Helix or something like that. Then they can pick what they want to play. Either that or a good clean amp and a few pedals. Pretty hard to appease a Fender guy with a Marshall, or any other way.
     

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