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Amplifiers and Preamps

Amplifiers and Preamps

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So, it stands to reason: if you are going to amplify your bass, you're going to need an amplifier. (Duh.) We have carefully chosen a selection of quality amplifiers that all work well with upright basses and their pickups. And if you double -- meaning that you play gigs on both upright and electric bass -- we have amps that work well for that too. Regardless of your need, we will gladly help you navigate through the hype, so you can choose the amp that works best for your situation.

From a relatively inexpensive, simple combo -- to high-end, boutique amps and speakers with truly transparent sound and ultra-compact footprints -- we're sure to have something that will fit your needs (and your budget.) And our product descriptions are our own; we own and use several of these amps ourselves, and we've put all of them through their paces. We're a stocking dealer, and we know our product well. So if you have questions, email or call us and we'll give you the answers.

If you already have an amp, a Preamp Can Often Make "Good" Sound "Great!"

Could adding a preamplifier to your pickup and amp provide an improvement to your sound and/or setup? If you've got a couple of minutes, check out our detailed FAQ on the subject. But here's the shorthand -- some common reasons you might consider using a preamp:

  • the input impedance specification of your amplifier is under 1 megohm
  • there are features available from the preamp that are not on your amp, that can enhance or help with problems
  • you want/need a convenient volume control (and tone controls?) close to you, for when your amplifier is not at your feet
  • your pickup's output is very low, so you need a preamp to increase its signal level to better match your amplifier
  • you want to blend multiple pickups, or a pickup and mic, etc.
  • you need a good DI interface to send a feed to the soundman

So, which one do you choose? We've got lots of them, from tiny belt-clippable units to large table-top models -- and from stripped down simple units to ones which have more "bells and whistles" than a firetruck. So it largely depends on the features you want or need, and the format that you will find convenient.

  • EDB 2 H.E. 2-channel Preamplifier by Headway, 3/4 view

    EDB 2 H.E. 2-channel Preamplifier

    Headway

    Our Low Price: $349.00
    Newly updated version of the EDB-2 Preamp! This preamp is a real problem-solver - a good, relatively affordable option for blending a mic and a preamp. Certainly, we have a couple really nice preamps to do that, but if you can't or won't justify...
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  • CBI Instrument Cable: 1/4 inch ends (1 right angle), connectors

    Instrument Cable: 1/4 inch ends (1 right angle)

    Trusted Gollihur Music Partner

    Our Low Price: $15.00
    Features one straight, and one 90 degree ¼ inch connector. We offer cables form CBI and Yorkville Sound; both are excellent quality cables made with quality wiring and connectors. Both are manufactured in North America. All cables are black in...
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  • Pure Preamp

    Pure Preamp

    K and K Sound

    Our Low Price: $112.00
    Pure PreampDesigned as an all-purpose preamp for piezo and magnetic pickups, it can be used for many pre-amplification purposes. The specially designed EQ has a super-wide band midrange control centered at 1.5 kHz plus bass (100hz) and treble (10kHz)...
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  • Speakon to Speakon Speaker Cable

    Speakon to Speakon Speaker Cable

    CBI

    Our Low Price: $18.50
    This high quality speaker cable is ideal for high powered instrument amps, such as the Acoustic Image, Euphonic Audio, and Genzler amps (among others) to connect from the amplifier to a speaker, where both the amp and speaker feature a Speakon connector...
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  • Preamp Mounting Kits for small K&K Preamps

    Preamp Mounting Kits for small K&K Preamps

    Gollihur Music

    Our Low Price: $6.00
    Get a kit which contains everything you need to mount your compact K&K, Schatten, LR Baggs, or other small beltpack preamp to your tailpiece - without any modifications to your valuable instrument! Having the preamp mounted to the bass makes setup a...
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    Carry Bag Case for Clarus Heads (and removable combo heads) - Main view

    Carry Bag Case for Clarus Heads (and removable combo heads)

    Acoustic Image

    Special Price: $29.00
    Regular Price $39.00
    The same "Original Equipment" Padded Case that is included with the Series III and Series 4 Clarus and Clarus+ amps. It can also be used for the removable ("Cabrio") head units from the Coda+, Corus+ and Ten2 combos!This is a pro quality, nicely padded...
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  • COVERS/BAGS for Genzler Amps and Speaker Cabinets, 12-3 cover

    COVERS/BAGS for Genzler Amps, Combos and Speaker Cabinets

    Genzler Amplification

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    We've got the stellar Bass Array cabinets from Genzler Amplification, and we've also got the very nice padded covers and bags that are custom-made just for them. You can order them here! Heavy-Duty, Padded Cover for BA12-3 Cabinet (1x12)This is a premium...
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  • Platinum Pro-EQ Analog Preamplifier with Tuner, Boost, preamp top

    Platinum Pro-EQ Analog Preamplifier with Tuner, Boost

    Fishman

    Our Low Price: $329.95
    For many years, Fishman's Pro-EQ Platinum Preamps have been very solid, feature-laden performers for upright bassists and other acoustic instrumentalists. Bob himself has used (and often recommended!) a Pro-EQ Platinum Bass for quite some time. And the...
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  • Red-Eye Instrument Preamplifier by Fire-Eye, top view

    Red-Eye Instrument Preamplifier

    Fire-Eye

    Our Low Price: $279.00
    The Red-Eye preamp can be a simple, and very effective, solution for getting pure sound with high-impedance piezoelectric pickups -- you know, the kind very commonly found on upright basses (as well as many electric uprights). In fact, they are...
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  • Specialty Cable: 15 foot Dual-Channel Microphone/Pickup Cable (XLR and 1/4)

    Specialty Cable: 15 foot Dual-Channel Microphone/Pickup Cable (XLR and 1/4)

    CBI

    Our Low Price: $45.99
    We've often spoken to people about mixing signals from a microphone with a pickup; the microphone adds realism and "air" to the sound, while the pickup provides a firm, full foundation to the sound. It's a common enough setup that we have special...
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    Vinyl Cover and Carry Strap for Acoustic Image Series 3-4 Speakers and Combos

    Vinyl Cover and Carry Strap for Acoustic Image Series 3-4 Speakers and Combos

    Acoustic Image

    Special Price: $20.00
    Regular Price $45.00
    Please READ the description in full - these ONLY fit specific models of amps, and nothing else that we're aware of. If you're not sure, please contact us to ask - these are not returnable! The Acoustic Image combos and speakers from the Series III and...
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  • Dual Channel Pro Instrument Preamplifier

    Dual Channel Pro Instrument Preamplifier

    K and K Sound

    Our Low Price: $170.00
    Dual Channel PRO PreampTWO Channels on TWO MONO INPUTSDual Channel Pro features the same specs as the other K&K Preamps, but features two independently controlled channels to allow you to blend two pickups or other sources. With its 1 MegOhm input,...
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