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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    Wizzy 10 Speaker Cabinet, vertical

    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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  • BiX - One Channel Mini Preamp, preamp top

    BiX - One Channel Mini Preamp

    Grace Design

    Our Low Price: $295.00
    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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  • Instrument Cable: 1 Foot cable with dual right angle ¼ (mono or TRS/stereo)

    Instrument Cable: 1 Foot cable with dual right angle ¼ (mono or TRS/stereo)

    Various

    Our Low Price: $5.00
    We stock this high-quality, 12 Inch INSTRUMENT CABLE with two 90 degree ¼ inch connectors specially for players who want to mount their preamp on their bass. The 12 Inch INSTRUMENT CABLE with two 90 degree ¼ inch mono connectors is for a...
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  • 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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  • Red-Eye Instrument Preamplifier by Fire-Eye, top view

    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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  • Euphonic Audio Padded Covers for Combos and Cabinets, Wizzy 12 cover

    Euphonic Audio Padded Covers for Combos and Cabinets

    Euphonic Audio

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    Nicely padded cover for the EA line of cabinets; they have access for the handles for ease of carrying the cabinets around, and protect the cabinet from scratches and surface damage. NOTE: The cover for the MLINE cabinet is designed for the Black MLINE,...
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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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    Acoustic Image carry bag for Series II amps

    Padded Case for Acoustic Image Series II (Series 2) Combo Amp or EX Speaker Cabinet

    Acoustic Image

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    Warehouse find! Custom PADDED CASE for the Acoustic Image Series II Combo amps and EX Speakers This is a nicely padded case with a carry handle and shoulder strap, and featuring the Acoustic Image logo on the top. Heavy duty zipper closure on a top flap...
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  • PZ-DI - Piezo-Optimized Direct Box

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

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

    Radial Engineering

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    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, preamp top

    Tonebone AC Driver 1 Channel Preamplifier

    Radial Engineering

    Our Low Price: $149.99
    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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