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Many years ago, I ventured into the realm of ( thinking ) I could play the bass guitar because there was an opportunity. In any event I put the bass away ( 1981 G&L L1000 ). I took it out recently, strung it and set it up. I have this ancient bass tube amp at home that's too big and noisy to use. I wanted to purchase a small bass amp. It doesn't have to have a teeny foot print but something that I can use to satisfy a self serving desire to play the bass once again. Possibly 40-50 watts, can have a headphone jack but not absolutely required. Thanks in advance for your input.
 

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Roland Bass micro Cube, also makes a nice battery powered preamp if you plug into something bigger
 

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Line 6 Lowdown 110 Studio bass amp. Stunningly good. They don't make them anymore, but you can find used ones for about $125-ish. I just bought one last week.
 

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I play a little bass, same requirement as you as far as the amp goes. Look into the Fender Rumble 40 v3 bass amp. About $200, 40 watt, gets pretty rave reviews. I love mine.
 

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If you can find an old US-built solid state Peavey in a pawn shop, they're real sleepers right now and can be had for cheap. People tend to write them off after the deservedly low reputation of the first wave of import peavy's, which look similar, but the u.s. built amps are really solid work horses.

I bought a guitar and bass amp recently... 60 bucks for the pair. Great little amps.
 

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Crate makes some great sounding amps. I have a 25 watt bass amp that’s small, but it’s built well and sounds great. It’s very loud for a small practice amp and i’ve also used it on gigs.
 

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I play a little bass, same requirement as you as far as the amp goes. Look into the Fender Rumble 40 v3 bass amp. About $200, 40 watt, gets pretty rave reviews. I love mine.
Yes. A bassist in one of the bands I play with uses a small Rumble for our practices. It really sounds good... especially for the price.
 

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Many years ago, I ventured into the realm of ( thinking ) I could play the bass guitar because there was an opportunity. In any event I put the bass away ( 1981 G&L L1000 ). I took it out recently, strung it and set it up. I have this ancient bass tube amp at home that's too big and noisy to use. I wanted to purchase a small bass amp. It doesn't have to have a teeny foot print but something that I can use to satisfy a self serving desire to play the bass once again. Possibly 40-50 watts, can have a headphone jack but not absolutely required. Thanks in advance for your input.
Kustom Amps! I wrote about them on a thread a couple of weeks ago. If you want something new, they are the best bang for the buck. Very overlooked but they have been around for years. I was a Peavey guy until I discovered Kustom. My personal powered PA for my acoustic drums with triggers is a Kustom unit. Pro level electronics and cabinets with excellent fit & finish that last and they are very affordable. Musician's friend & Guitar center sell them. Here is a link to their Bass amps:
You can also use the drum amps for a bass guitar from what I've seen. That would serve dual purpose, for drums & bass. This is the KDA100 which is 100 watts for $150 at Musician's friend & Guitar center:
They also have a 50 watt version (KDA50) for less if you could find one. I don't see any in stock:
If you go used, Peavey & Randall are excellent. Just make sure it's mint and not blown and of course at a good price. A few years ago I bought a couple of Peavey powered cabinets that the guy literally had never used and he practically gave them away to me. Some people buy them and just store them. As Sheridan said in a post above, Crate amps were great but they are no longer made so if it breaks, I don't know how difficult or expensive it would be to repair. I had a Crate amp a few years back though and it was fantastic!
Good luck!
 
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Many years ago, I ventured into the realm of ( thinking ) I could play the bass guitar because there was an opportunity. In any event I put the bass away ( 1981 G&L L1000 ). I took it out recently, strung it and set it up. I have this ancient bass tube amp at home that's too big and noisy to use. I wanted to purchase a small bass amp. It doesn't have to have a teeny foot print but something that I can use to satisfy a self serving desire to play the bass once again. Possibly 40-50 watts, can have a headphone jack but not absolutely required. Thanks in advance for your input.
BTW, your L-1000 is likely a very desirable bass amongst G&L bass fans. I would love to have one!
 

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That L1000 is a solid classic, hang on to it!

Regarding Kustom amps, they are a fine choice for the price, but don’t confuse them with Kustom from an earlier era. That company died out a long time ago, and then later the investment firm that owns Musicians Friend bought the rights to the brand name, and stuck that name onto some essentially generic import goods. You can buy the exact same products in other countries under different brand names. I am not disparaging the products though, there’s nothing wrong with them.
 

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Crate makes some great bass amps. I apologize, I thought my amp was 25 watts, but it’s a 15 watt amp. It’s a GX15 that is very loud and sounds great. We have several guitar and bass amps from Crate and they all sound awesome. You can get a used one for a really great price. The amps we have all have headphone and external speaker inputs.
 
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I second the Peavey notion. I also suggest scouring pawn shops and/or craigslist or Facebook marketplace, because you'll get much better bang for the buck. A friend of mine picked up a Dean Markely k100b amp at a person's garage sale for $10!

Also, I second the "keep that bass" notion! The older G&L l1000 is an awesome sounding bass, they still make them. Fender knew what he was up to when he made that.
 

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If you happen to see an Ibanez Promethean 1x10, they are killer. 300 watts with a tweeter. I have one, and it sounds good on its own, but really good with a 1x15 cab added.
 

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I bought an Ampeg combo BA115 amp. A 15" speaker with 100w. It is large and heavy (maybe 2' x 2' footprint), but when I play the bass, I want to feel it and not just hear it. Scored it used for $160 from a G.C. parking lot used gear thing. Guy actually wanted to sell it to them and they would flip it for more (new I think was $400), and he only wanted $160 so win/win! I like to play it at 3-4, but if you put it at about 7, you're gonna get knocked down! He used to gig clubs and bars in a country band and it was plenty for him. For my small music room, it's amazing and I've lent it to my band's occasional bassist for outdoor gigs of over 1K people and it was fine (running into a board). It's got 5 tone settings and 2 input jacks - I won't need another bass amp. Also has a tweeter so I plug in my Yamaha electric drum kit and/or my electric keyboard and it rocks those, too.
 

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Hi, long-time semi-pro bass player here, recent drummer (long story):

Will this amp be used to play with others, or by yourself?
Would you like to play along to music files or cds?
What's the price range?

For reference, my gigging amp is a preamp and amp in a rack case, 400 watts into a 1x12 cabinet.
Line out, DI out, headphone out as well.

For practice, I use an old Peavey combo that's 40 watts, but old Peavey amps always seem to sound louder than the watts might indicate, imo.

I also have a couple of small, dedicated headphone-only amps with effects that also can line out to amps or recorders.

If you want new, look at the Fender Rumble series, there's a few different price points and they get great reviews, and they sound pretty good ime.
Older, I'd say, again, a US Peavey will hardly serve you wrong.

You could get into either for around $100, or less for used.



Also, your L-1000 bass is so well loved among player it has nicknames. :)
I've heard them called the L1K, or just a "wunkay", for years.
Enjoy it.



Many years ago, I ventured into the realm of ( thinking ) I could play the bass guitar because there was an opportunity. In any event I put the bass away ( 1981 G&L L1000 ). I took it out recently, strung it and set it up. I have this ancient bass tube amp at home that's too big and noisy to use. I wanted to purchase a small bass amp. It doesn't have to have a teeny foot print but something that I can use to satisfy a self serving desire to play the bass once again. Possibly 40-50 watts, can have a headphone jack but not absolutely required. Thanks in advance for your input.
 


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