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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    SB112 Lightweight Combo Bass Amplifier (1x12, 200w) SB112 Lightweight Combo Bass Amplifier (1x12, 200w)

    SB112 Lightweight Combo Bass Amplifier (1x12, 200w)

    Traynor

    Our Low Price: $499.00
    With the Small Block Series from Traynor, we believe we've found a great new option. This offering is a big step up (and only a little more money) than the old favorite TB100 amp, which was a larger, heavier model with a 15" speaker that sounded quite...
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    Small Block Lightweight Bass Amplifier Heads (SB200H, SB500H) Small Block Lightweight Bass Amplifier Heads (SB200H, SB500H)

    Small Block Lightweight Bass Amplifier Heads (SB200H, SB500H)

    Traynor

    Our Low Price: $339.00 - $449.00
    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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  • ToneDexter Tone-Correcting Preamp

    ToneDexter Tone-Correcting Preamp

    Audio Sprockets

    Our Low Price: $399.00
    With ToneDexter, getting "mic'd up tone" in your live performances is as easy as... At first blush, the ToneDexter looks like a pretty standard preamplifier for acoustic instruments. While most preamps offer helpful features like EQ,...
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    Wizzy 12 and MLINE Speaker Cabinets Wizzy 12 and MLINE Speaker Cabinets

    Wizzy 12 and MLINE Speaker Cabinets

    Euphonic Audio

    Our Low Price: $629.00 - $699.00
    You will love the light weight of The Wizzy line. The Wizzy's design incorporates a custom Euphonic Audio twelve-inch driver with a whizzer cone to handle the higher frequencies. I experienced my first Wizzy cabinet here in January 2003 and was very...
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    iAMP Classic (1200) Musical Instrument Amplifier iAMP Classic (1200) Musical Instrument Amplifier

    iAMP Classic (1200) Musical Instrument Amplifier

    Euphonic Audio

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    The beast is back!The new iAMP Classic starts with the time-tested, wonderfully flexible iAMP front end - and updates it with a truly formidable power section. The intuitive, flexible EQ section has been a key ingredient in the personal sound of many...
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    Magellan Amp Heads Magellan Amp Heads

    Magellan Amp Heads

    Genzler Amplification

    Our Low Price: $499.00 - $869.00
    The new Magellan 800 and Magellan 350 amplifier heads keep all the things we liked about the "old" stuff -- and some rockin' new features. This lightweight -- only 3.5 lbs for the 350 and 6.25 lbs for its bigger brother -- amp can punch out lots of sound...
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  • Microphone Cable (XLR), 20 foot long Microphone Cable (XLR), 20 foot long

    Microphone Cable (XLR), 20 foot long

    Kirlin or Equivalent

    Our Low Price: $16.50
    This standard 20-foot mic cable is nicely flexible - and well-made! It's an affordable, and trouble-free, Microphone Cable. Includes a manufacturer's guarantee against defect.Uses for the Upright Bassist: Connecting your bass microphone to your...
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    Mini Pre 2 - Dual Channel Preamp Mini Pre 2 - Dual Channel Preamp

    Mini Pre 2 - Dual Channel Preamp

    Schatten Design

    Special Price: $85.00
    Regular Price $109.95
    Here's a handy box. Preamps are often necessary with piezo-based upright bass (and guitar, mandolin, etc.) pickups - mostly, it's a matter of input impedance. What's the deal? Check out our FAQ page covering the topic for more information.If...
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  • Mixpro Dual-Channel Belt-pack Preamp Mixpro Dual-Channel Belt-pack Preamp

    Mixpro Dual-Channel Belt-pack Preamp

    LR Baggs

    Our Low Price: $159.00
    The MixPro Dual-Channel Preamp is a tiny, belt-pack style acoustic preamplifier that packs a lot of features in a lightweight and compact package. In addition to its passive* bass and treble controls, it has a tool many bass players find a...
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    NL-112 speaker cabinet (1x12) NL-112 speaker cabinet (1x12)

    NL-112 speaker cabinet (1x12)

    Euphonic Audio

    Our Low Price: $995.00
    This newer cabinet from Euphonic Audio is really something special! It's been a while since EA has gone with a true "hi-fi" design; while their Wizzy cabinets sound fabulous (I have an MLine, myself) and have been very successful, their wizzer cone...
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  • PZ-Pro 2-channel Preamplifier PZ-Pro 2-channel Preamplifier

    PZ-Pro 2-channel Preamplifier

    Radial Engineering

    Our Low Price: $499.99
    This is the newest, and for some, the most useful version of the "PZ" lineup from Radial Engineering. We've been carrying the PZ-Pre at Gollihur Music for years - it's a really solid, excellent two-channel preamp that allows for blending or instrument...
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    Red-Eye Instrument Preamplifier

    Fire-Eye

    Our Low Price: $225.00
    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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