Amplifiers and Preamps

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.

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  • Preamp Mounting Kits for small K&K Preamps Preamp Mounting Kits for small K&K Preamps

    Preamp Mounting Kits for small K&K Preamps

    Gollihur Music

    Our Low Price: $6.00 - $24.00
    Get a kit which contains everything you need to mount your compact K&K preamp to your tailpiece - without any modifications to your valuable instrument! Having the preamp mounted to the bass makes setup a breeze - just plug and play! It also means...
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  • COVERS/BAGS for Genzler Amps and Speaker Cabinets COVERS/BAGS for Genzler Amps and Speaker Cabinets

    COVERS/BAGS for Genzler Amps and Speaker Cabinets

    Genzler Amplification

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    Doubler Mark II Bass Amplifier Doubler Mark II Bass Amplifier

    Doubler Mark II Bass Amplifier

    Euphonic Audio

    Our Low Price: $895.00
    The Doubler Amp, from Euphonic Audio (EA), has been a great product for many years -- so great, that it's the amp I personally use in my own rig for both electric and upright bass. Small, lightweight, and powerful, it is capable of very...
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  • AC Adaptor for Compact K&K Preamps AC Adaptor for Compact K&K Preamps

    AC Adaptor for Compact K&K Preamps

    K and K Sound

    Our Low Price: $36.00
    We've had many requests for AC adaptors for the 9 volt battery K&K preamps, and are very happy to announce that K&K Sound has begun producing one. Using an off-the-shelf AC adaptor can be problematic as few have sufficient noise filtering, so you...
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    CLARUS SL and SL-R instrument amplifier CLARUS SL and SL-R instrument amplifier

    CLARUS SL and SL-R instrument amplifier

    Acoustic Image

    Our Low Price: $599.00 - $699.00
    The Clarus amp has been a favorite among bassists, jazz and acoustic guitarists, and many other musicians for many years. I've long been a fan of its pristine, transparent sound. And it sure is easy to tote around!Over the years, there have been several...
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  • Dual Channel Pro Instrument Preamplifier Dual Channel Pro Instrument Preamplifier

    Dual Channel Pro Instrument Preamplifier

    K and K Sound

    Our Low Price: $149.00
    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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    FELiX - Two Channel Blending Preamp FELiX - Two Channel Blending Preamp

    FELiX - Two Channel Blending Preamp

    Grace Design

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    If you're a home studio nerd (like I am) then you're very likely familiar with the amazing products by Grace Design. Their preamps, compressors, and other audio gear is well-known for its boutique nature, thoughtful features, and excellent sound...
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  • Padded Cover for Acoustic Array Pro Combo (and Gollihur Series) Padded Cover for Acoustic Array Pro Combo (and Gollihur Series)

    Padded Cover for Acoustic Array Pro Combo (and Gollihur Series)

    Genzler Amplification

    Our Low Price: $70.00
    This is a premium padded cover offering a tailored fit for the Acoustic Array PRO combo, which also includes the Gollihur Series upright bass combo. Made from heavy-duty, water-resistant vinyl material this cover offers 3 layers of protection with a...
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    Platinum Stage Analog Preamplifier

    Fishman

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    The B-II Preamp has been a mainstay for many years, and the Pro-EQ II was a great performer for our thinner-stringed bandmates. But let's be honest, it was getting a little long in the tooth. And there are lots more options in the preamp game nowadays...
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  • BigShot i/o Deluxe A/B Switch BigShot i/o Deluxe A/B Switch

    BigShot i/o Deluxe A/B Switch

    Radial Engineering

    Our Low Price: $89.99
    From the excellence of Radial Engineering, we have another device for doublers who don't require the sophistication of the Bassbone. This is the newest version of the BigShot i/o.It's a heavy duty footswitch that allows you to switch between two...
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    Acoustic Image Coda New Generation speaker Acoustic Image Coda New Generation speaker with amp head bracket.

    Coda "Evolution" Speaker Cabinet and Combos

    Acoustic Image

    Our Low Price: $499.00 - $1,249.00
    We've been proud to be the leading proponent (and seller) of the Acoustic Image amps for well over 20 years - including the venerable Coda and Contra combo amps, which are still in use by thousands of players around the world. The revolutionary design of...
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  • Replacement Fuses for Acoustic Image Instrument Amplifiers

    Replacement Fuses for Acoustic Image Instrument Amplifiers

    Various

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    We stock some of the various fuses used in some of our more popular amplifiers. If you're looking for a replacement (or a spare, just in case) we have them here.Note that various amps use different amp ratings, and some use slow-blow or fast-blow models...
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