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.

  • 2-Channel Phantom Power Supply for Professional Condenser Microphones

    2-Channel Phantom Power Supply for Professional Condenser Microphones

    SignalFlex

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    Sometimes you just need phantom power. The mics from AMT and DPA both require it, and the Stagebug DI from Radial Engineering does too.What's phantom power?Certain circuits feature "active" electronics - rather than "passive" - and therefore require...
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  • ALiX - One Channel Preamp, preamp top

    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, head and cab

    Bass Array Magellan 350/BA 10 1x10 Small Combo

    Genzler Amplification

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    When we first got a chance to hear this little combo, we were blown away, and wanted to blab to everyone - but were sworn to secrecy. Now that the cat's out of the bag, we're excited to tell you more about this new combo. We also sell the head and...
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  • Dee-Eye Instrument Preamplifier/DI by Fire-Eye, top view

    Dee-Eye Instrument Preamplifier/DI

    Fire-Eye

    Our Low Price: $145.00
    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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  • EDM-1 H.E. 1 Channel Preamplifier by Headway, 3/4 view

    EDM-1 H.E. 1 Channel Preamplifier

    Headway

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    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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    FLEX 2-Channel Preamplifier (Stand-mountable, Series 4+), preamp front

    FLEX 2-Channel Preamplifier (Stand-mountable, Series 4+)

    Acoustic Image

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    The mad scientists at Acoustic Image are at it again. Never content to rest on their past successes, Rick Jones and company are constantly looking for new, better, more efficient ways to help acoustic instrumentalists be heard in the best voice possible...
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    Flight Cases for Acoustic Image Combos and Speakers, handle

    Flight Cases for Acoustic Image Combos and Speakers

    Special Price: $399.00
    Regular Price $439.00
    FINALLY! A Hard Case for your Acoustic Image Combo! For almost as long as we've sold the Acoustic Image combos (going all the way back to 2001!) people have been asking about hard cases for their amps. For some of the early models, AI offered a...
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  • Instrument Cable: TRS (Stereo) ¼ inch, 1 right angle

    Instrument Cable: TRS (Stereo) ¼ inch, 1 right angle

    CBI

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    Features one straight, and one 90 degree ¼ inch connector. Both connectors are TRS (aka stereo, 3 conductor). Available in two lengths, 8 foot and 15 foot. Designed for use with two channel systems, such the Bass Master Pro, Rockabilly, and Golden...
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    Magellan 350 MG12T-V Small Combo by Genzler Amplification, angle view

    Magellan 350 MG12T-V Small Combo

    Genzler Amplification

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    This is the "High-Boy" combo from Genzler. It's got the 12" Magellan cabinet, which is highly compact but really puts the sound out there. I used one on an audition recently (with electric bass) and the thing just crushed it, easily keeping up with a...
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    Acoustic Image carry bag for Series IIa amps

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

    Acoustic Image

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    Warehouse find! Custom PADDED CASE for the Acoustic Image Series IIa 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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  • Replacement Power Cable for most common amplifiers (IEC C13), standard product photo

    Replacement Power Cable for most common amplifiers (IEC C13)

    Generic

    Our Low Price: $9.00
    What more can I say? This is your regular, common power cable. You probably have a bunch of them around the house, but you can never find one when you need it. We have a handful of them here, as they are commonly used with amplifiers (like Acoustic...
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    SB110 Lightweight Combo Bass Amplifier, front

    SB110 Lightweight Combo Bass Amplifier

    Traynor

    Our Low Price: $489.00
    Knowing how well the original Traynor amps had worked, we figured we'd start with the smallest option -- and got them to send us the 1x10 SB110 you see here. As soon as we (Christopher and Mark) plugged in and turned on, we were very pleasantly surprised...
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