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

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

    CBI

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    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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  • ToneBone BassBone OD Dual Channel Preamp for Doublers ToneBone BassBone OD Dual Channel Preamp for Doublers

    ToneBone BassBone OD Dual Channel Preamp for Doublers

    Radial Engineering

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    UpShot Speaker Cabinet and Combos

    Acoustic Image

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    Bass Array Speaker Cabinets

    Genzler Amplification

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    BiX - One Channel Mini Preamp

    Grace Design

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    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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    CLARUS - Series 4plus 2-Channel Amplifier

    CLARUS - Series 4plus 2-Channel Amplifier

    Acoustic Image

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    The Clarus amplifier head can be matched with most any speaker cabinet, for use with a huge variety of instruments. Its clean, transparent sound is exceptional for bringing out the best in acoustic instruments like upright or acoustic-electric bass,...
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    CLARUS SL-2 - 2-channel instrument amplifier CLARUS SL-2 - 2-channel instrument amplifier

    CLARUS SL-2 - 2-channel instrument amplifier

    Acoustic Image

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    Acoustic Image is at it again! Building on the success of the Clarus and Clarus SL, now they have the most compact, two-channel amplifier head yet!The Clarus amp has been a longtime favorite among bassists, jazz and acoustic guitarists, and many other...
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    Euphonic Audio Padded Covers for Combos and Cabinets

    Euphonic Audio

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    Golden Trinity Two Channel Preamp (Single TRS Input)

    K and K Sound

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    Instrument Cable: 6 foot TRS (stereo) ¼ inch

    K and K Sound

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  • Platinum Pro-EQ Analog Preamplifier with Tuner, Boost Platinum Pro-EQ Analog Preamplifier with Tuner, Boost

    Platinum Pro-EQ Analog Preamplifier with Tuner, Boost

    Fishman

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    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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    PZ-DI - Piezo-Optimized Direct Box

    Radial Engineering

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    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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