Amplifiers and Preamps

Amplifiers and Preamps

Grouping of several amplifiers for upright bassBe Heard.

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.

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    SB110 Lightweight Combo Bass Amplifier, front

    SB110 Lightweight Combo Bass Amplifier

    Traynor

    Our Low Price: $489.00
    Knowing how well the original Traynor amps had worked, we figured we'd start with the smallest option -- and got them to send us the 1x10 SB110 you see here. As soon as we (Christopher and Mark) plugged in and turned on, we were very pleasantly surprised...
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    Small Block Lightweight Bass Amplifier Heads (SB200H, SB500H), 200H head

    Small Block Lightweight Bass Amplifier Heads (SB200H, SB500H)

    Traynor

    Our Low Price: $339.00
    We're already big fans of the Traynor Small Block amps - the 10" and 12" combos have become best-sellers, due to their light weight, great sound, and reasonable price. As you may have read on our site, the gear we sell has to pass the "Mark Test" -...
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  • Specialty Cable: 1 foot effects loop 'Y' cable (insert cable)

    Specialty Cable: 1 foot effects loop 'Y' cable (insert cable)

    CBI

    Our Low Price: $14.00
    This handy 1 Foot "insert" cable is perfect for use with the Radial Tonebone BassBone dual-channel preamp; used to access its switchable effects loop. It has a TRS (Tip/Ring/Sleeve, aka "stereo") 1/4" plug on one end, which splits out to a pair of mono...
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    BiX - One Channel Mini Preamp, preamp top

    BiX - One Channel Mini Preamp

    Grace Design

    Special Price: $295.00
    Regular Price $355.00
    And Baby Makes Three! The popular FELiX and ALiX preamps from Grace Design have become a new standard in high-quality preamplification for live bassists (and other acoustic instrumentalists as well - but we talk mostly to bassists, so...
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  • Golden Trinity Two Channel Preamp (Single TRS Input)

    Golden Trinity Two Channel Preamp (Single TRS Input)

    K and K Sound

    Our Low Price: $158.00
    About the TRINITY SYSTEM PREAMP:This compact powerhouse includes a removable belt clip for convenient mounting on your belt or the edge of a music stand. Some players strap it to the back of their bass tailpiece.Specifications: Tiny!! just 4 3/8 x 3 3/8...
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  • PZ-DI - Piezo-Optimized Direct Box

    PZ-DI - Piezo-Optimized Direct Box

    Radial Engineering

    Our Low Price: $249.99
    Radial Engineering has long been known for extremely durable, reliable, great-sounding direct boxes. It's kind of "their thing." They've recently come out with a new model, which specifically addresses the needs of upright bassists like us - and it's...
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  • Tonebone AC Driver 1 Channel Preamplifier, preamp top

    Tonebone AC Driver 1 Channel Preamplifier

    Radial Engineering

    Our Low Price: $179.99
    No fuss, great sound, and bulletproof construction.Sometimes you like to keep things simple. If you're considering adding a preamp to your rig, but you're not the type of player who likes fussing around with more knobs and controls than the International...
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  • EDM-1 H.E. 1 Channel Preamplifier by Headway, 3/4 view

    EDM-1 H.E. 1 Channel Preamplifier

    Headway

    Our Low Price: $195.00
    Headway calls the EDM–1 H.E. an Equalizer/Direct Mini Preamplifier with Harmonic Enhancer. Wow, that's a mouthful. But this handy box packs a lot of nice functionality into its diminuitive (3" x 3.25" by 1.1") footprint.   They say:...
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  • EA Rack Ears (pair) for Classic Amp

    Rack Ears (Pair) for the iAmp Classic Amplifier Head (limited quantity)

    Euphonic Audio

    Our Low Price: $89.00
    These rack ears were originally manufactured for the Iamp 500 head, and the iAmp Classic shares the chassis design and mounting points with that amp. So these work perfectly with the iAmp Classic amp head. You get a set of two, left and right, which...
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  • StageBug SB-4 Ultra-Compact Active DI for Piezo Pickups

    StageBug SB-4 Ultra-Compact Active DI for Piezo Pickups

    Radial Engineering

    Our Low Price: $89.99
    If you - like me - don't like dragging a lot of extra gear to the gig, this little guy might just be your new best friend. The new Radial StageBug SB4 is an Active Direct Box which is designed for use with Piezo Pickups. If you're not familiar, a direct...
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  • 2-Channel Phantom Power Supply for Professional Condenser Microphones

    2-Channel Phantom Power Supply for Professional Condenser Microphones

    SignalFlex

    Our Low Price: $74.99
    Sometimes you just need phantom power. The mics from AMT and DPA both require it, and the Stagebug DI from Radial Engineering does too.What's phantom power?Certain circuits feature "active" electronics - rather than "passive" - and therefore require...
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    Bass Array Magellan 350/BA 10 1x10 Small Combo, head and cab

    Bass Array Magellan 350/BA 10 1x10 Small Combo

    Genzler Amplification

    Our Low Price: $1,049.00
    When we first got a chance to hear this little combo, we were blown away, and wanted to blab to everyone - but were sworn to secrecy. Now that the cat's out of the bag, we're excited to tell you more about this new combo. We also sell the head and...
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