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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  • Red-Eye Twin 2-channel Instrument Preamplifier Red-Eye Twin 2-channel Instrument Preamplifier

    Red-Eye Twin 2-channel Instrument Preamplifier

    Fire-Eye

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    SB106 Ultra-Lightweight Combo Bass Amplifier SB106 Ultra-Lightweight Combo Bass Amplifier

    SB106 Ultra-Lightweight Combo Bass Amplifier

    Traynor

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    The Traynor Small Block combos and heads have been a welcome addition to our lineup; with clean, transparent sound, smart features, and quality construction (in North America!) - all at a reasonable price point - they're pretty tough to beat. The SB110...
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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)

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

    CBI

    Our Low Price: $41.50
    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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  • StageBug SB-4 Ultra-Compact Active DI for Piezo Pickups 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: $79.99
    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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    Tonebone AC Driver 1 Channel Preamplifier

    Radial Engineering

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    Wizzy 10 Speaker Cabinet Wizzy 10 Speaker Cabinet

    Wizzy 10 Speaker Cabinet

    Euphonic Audio

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    The Wizzy 10's advanced design incorporates a custom Euphonic Audio ten-inch driver with a whizzer cone to handle the higher frequencies. We experienced my first EA Wizzy 12 cabinet here in January 2003 and was very pleased to find out how defined the...
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    2-Channel Phantom Power Supply for Professional Condenser Microphones

    SignalFlex

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    ALiX - One Channel Preamp

    Grace Design

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    The FELiX 2-channel preamp was released by Grace Design to great acclaim. Now get many of the same pro features in a single-channel model! The ALiX is the little brother of the FELiX; a "studio quality, acoustic instrument and mic preamp, designed for...
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    Bass Array Magellan 350/BA 10 1x10 Small Combo Bass Array Magellan 350/BA 10 1x10 Small Combo

    Bass Array Magellan 350/BA 10 1x10 Small Combo

    Genzler Amplification

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  • Dee-Eye Instrument Preamplifier/DI Dee-Eye Instrument Preamplifier/DI

    Dee-Eye Instrument Preamplifier/DI

    Fire-Eye

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    A simple, sonically superior DI for acoustic instrumentalists. When you're doing a studio session, or playing a gig where you just need to drop a DI line to the house, you can do one of two things: You can trust that the soundman has a suitable DI in...
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  • EDB 2 H.E. 2-channel Preamplifier EDB 2 H.E. 2-channel Preamplifier

    EDB 2 H.E. 2-channel Preamplifier

    Headway

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    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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  • EDM-1 H.E. 1 Channel Preamplifier EDM-1 H.E. 1 Channel Preamplifier

    EDM-1 H.E. 1 Channel Preamplifier

    Radial Engineering

    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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