I have played bass for about 12 years and been in several bands. I started with an old Crate 100watt amp and needed to upgrade to something portable and with more potential. I like combos because they transport easily and you can play at moderate levels without disturbing you neighbors. I play music influenced by The Cure, Pixies, Slowdive, etc...Basically shoegaze type music with lots of chorus, reverb, and other effects. I found myself playing higher notes quite regularly and switching to lower notes and was unable to get high-end clarity from my old amp. The Crate had a 12" at 100watts. I thought the 2 10"s with the tweeter would help.
I bought the BA210SP at guitar center after playing a few different amps. And payed somewhere around $700.00USD for it.
I like the fact that this amp comes with handles. I like that it is small. It's very sturdy. That's about it. At first I was very happy with it because my sound was so terrible before that anything would sound better. After a few years I started struggling with this amp.
First, it's super heavy and VERY awkward to carry. It always wants to lean backwards when you pick it up. Second, the digital effects are less than mediocre. They're terrible and just plain unusable. Third, I can't ever find a good mix on this amp. I like an amp I can turn on fiddle with the controls for a bit and that's it. This is not that kind of amp. If I find good low end I have to settle for less high end and just hope the highs make it through. If I find I good high-end my lows are less than what I need. Ahhh!!!
It's a tank!!! Very sturdy and well built.
All in all, if you find yourself using either the low or high end only, this is a fine amp. It's just not what I need...Don't buy this amp for the effects, you'll be disappointed. Great for beginning or just less than moderate bass players. I guess as I got better, my ear did too and now I need something a bit more advanced.
Okay, so I am really a guitar player who has frequenty found himself in a room with no bass players and too many guitarists. What to do? Pick up a bass. I have played bass in 3 different bands - over the past 12 years and still condsider myself a guitarists first (I sing/play all guitar in a trio). However, after moving beyond "the root note is your friend" kind of bass playing, I have really gotten into playing the bass. The thing about the bass is you can be solid, on time, etc. and sound decent on a bass - but you can also step out of that and really rip - be melodic, etc. LISTEN TO STP or Stanley Clarke. I had a Gibson Grabber, wish I still had it - and am currently playing a 1973 Aria "violin" bass - awesome. My current bass gig is in a cover band "Gin and Sonic" - we do a real variety from current (heavy bass) to classic rock and some stuff that is just crowd pleaser and really not worth mentioning due to the shame factor (we all have to eat - will say no more).
I picked this unit up at Music Stop in New Minas NS for about $800 Canadian (approx. $550USD) - it was a clearance centre item and really showroom worn (you could tell it had some days of play in the stores, maybe even out for a gig or two).
I got this unit in particular because it offered a balanced out for the sound board and was more than adequate to play/be heard on stage or when we get stuffed into smaller gigs (not everything is an arena).
I bought this unit because it had the power to play small venues without going to the board, it was compact and also had wheels. It was a bit punchy with the 2 ten inch speakers - I'd prefer a 15". I also bought this amp because I had an Ampeg flip Top fro the 1960s that I used for guitar and it was great sounding and it never - never let me down.
The unit is a combo and has some pro features as I have already mentioned. (XLR out, casters, velco cable strap, etc.)
It comes with a number of effects which really are not that great. There is a foot switch so you can program 4 seperate effects. I only use the SVT setting - which really doles out the goods - I use it exclusively, the rest of the effects are just too mediocre and a bit of a disappointment. The SVT setting really makes the "dry" sound of the amp seem like the worst thing you ever heard - the SVT effect in this is great.
The amp is a bit of a pig at 90 lbs. Also, as mentioned, only one of the effects is something I'd use (the SVT) - even the no effect sound is unexciting. However, the SVT setting makes this all worth while.
The amp does not have an external speaker jack; which is okay for somethings, but I'd really like to put a cabinet with a 15" or four 10" under this (when I could get away with it - I love the big bass sound and big bass feel on stage).
The jacks for the passive and active controls are not readily "disable" ready - especially considering the damage that may occur if one innocently plugs into the passive or active when they should not - if you are hosting an event there is the chance that other players will be needing to use your gear - I took an old quarter inch and plugged it into the active plug and left it in to avoid any mistakes.
There is a velcro strap to wrap the power cable in - which does not disconnect - so you always have to be careful of it. The strap, if not tucked away neatly, vibrates and sounds like a blown speaker - you really have to tuck it out of the way or listen to that 'farting noise" when you play - not good.
Another thing I do not like about the amp is that you really have no idea how loud it is - it just throws volume - so I stand in front of the amp about 15 feet away to get a good sense of how loud it is and how it sounds. I am so used to hearing a guitar amp and being able to self-regulate volume at close distance - this amp is not like that - it really needs someone to be away from it.
Another thing is that it is really low end - -centric - I used to play through another amp which had a built in EQ and I ran the treble high to pull off bass chords and run in that dynamic - this amp does not like that. There is a 5 position style switch - but I have yet to find an combination that I really feel meets what I want to hear. It also does not like detuning - perhaps I have yet to figure out how it should be EQ'ed for drop D and other tunings - but it really starts to "fart" when the strings get floppy.
Construction, quality - all high marks - this is a seriously built piece of equpiment.
I have not played an active bass through this amp nor have a played a 5/6 string. I would like to hear if there is a difference. I think this amp is tooled for moern rock music with an extremely heavy bottom end - it may be great for that.
Everyone loves this amp but me. Everyone I play with, the people we play for, my bass player in the trio - everyone raves about the sound and how it fills the room, etc, etc. perhaps the greatest problem is that I want it to be more responsive - to have more natrual soudning "mids and highs" - I have that vision because my old Ampeg was just so sweet and full. However, having that many happy people has to stand for something - the other thing is that it has been out to 6 mid-sized gigs to date - has worked fine and really done a great job of delivering the goods and also enabling me to simply plug in an XLR and go straight to the front of the house while supplying plenty of balls for the folks on stage. This counts for quite a bit in my books. Our drummer is very particular about sound, and he even raves about the amp.
The Ampeg BA210SP is a bass guitar combination amplifier designed for a variety of purposes. The amp is solid state based, and although it's designed for bass guitar, I've also used it with electric guitar as well. The amp has two 10" speakers and boasts a whopping 220 watts of power. It's also got built in DSP effects as well as some amp modeling to go along with it. The front panel has 1/4" connections for both a normal input and a padded, -15 db input, as well as a balanced XLR output for getting a direct signal from the amp. It also has RCA CD inputs for playing along to your favorite music, and other 1/4" jacks for headphones and a foot switch.
It's not all that difficult to use the Ampeg BA210SP, although there are definitely a lot of parameters and a good amount of control to work with here. For starters there is a three band EQ with a level adjustment, an overall volume knob, and a knob for selecting from five different styles, which is essentially different styles of amp modeling. It then has a section for controlling the built in effects, which gives you parameters for choosing between the 16 different types of effects, and for setting the level and 'adjustment,' which varies based on the effect. I haven't seen a manual for the Ampeg BA210SP...
The overall sound of the Ampeg BA210SP is really full and round. It's definitely got the 'Ampeg' sound, which is always a professional one based on my experience with their amps. I don't own this amp but have been jamming with a bass player friend of mine who does, and the amp really sounds great. It can get really loud as well, packing a lot of punch for a medium sized amp. I haven't messed around too much with the built in effects, but it's nice to know that you have the option here as there are really a lot of different effects to choose from, including chorus, reverb, phase, flanger, synth bass, and a ton of other different types of effects to choose from. When I've also used the amp for guitar, it actually sounds quite full and definitely does an okay enough job for practicing purposes.
Overall, the Ampeg BA210SP is a really versatile bass amp that is perfect for players on all levels. It's suitable for recording, live shows, or even just simple practicing. The built in effects aren't going to stop the world, but there's a lot of them and they're definitely nice to have in there. The Ampeg BA210SP is really the perfect bass amp for the intermediate and above bass player...
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bloodsugar's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
You type transistor bass amp combo (with Intgr HP), 200W RMS, HP 2x10 "+ tweeter (not dbrayable) input jack (passive / active), RCA type" line "for the connection of a CD player or other (quite handy for its music rpter prfres) Output DI (direct inject) to XLR and headphone. Correctors: gain, bass, mid, treble, selector "shape" (sort of legalization prselectionnes curves, five in total) volume.
Intgr multi-effects which can be fun but unfortunately produces a lot of breath (allows for a delay, a simulation of overdrive lamp, some type synth-bass sound, a chorus ... a button etc. can select the preset, a second level and a troisime its Settings, clean each type of effect)
The look is sober (sober, it is a black cube), the amp is solid.
Simple to use (you turn the knobs and you play)
The effects section is unusable (too many blows) damage.
His "Ampeg" for rock to reggea through the metal
If 200W are the one should not hope to ring trs trs strong either (especially with its somewhat creuss in medium)
-> So for large volume, the DI is useful to be transplanted by the PA.
I played with an Ibanez EDB 600 active
Rglages noon with the amp, a direct sound.
It's quite like his synthetic, do not n'esprez purring like an SVT head of the same brand. Here, the sound is right regardless of the rglages.
It's pretty much what I was looking (I have a SansAmp GT2, upstream to make it purr)
Good amp overall.
I tried (at the time of purchase) eliot a Trace 15 "(150 W), an SWR Workingman (100W, 15"), a peavey, an EAR (not bad either and the one I had the opportunity to play a Nemesis 200W (12 "+ tweeter) and a Fender BXR300 300W (15")
the ampeg is doing well trs (similar to Nemesis).
The fender is nice too ...
+ Power, sound
The simplicitbr + /> + the look sober
+ Casters (it is heavy)
- The effect section (we pay) but is unusable
- Finishing (I opened it to see) no extra for an amp of this price (about 1200 purchase)
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I return to my opinion about 2 years APRS purchase.
This amp is good, get a good sound is simple. It is powerful enough to be heard.
However, the tweeter is quite noisy (lots of steam and electrical hum), see too noisy. What started out a little silent Gnant fills me more ...
In short, without this "bad" point, this amp is excellent. I put 7 / 10 in global opinion instead of the 9 / 10 dcerns to beginners.
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I finally dconnecter the tweeter (no switch, not cool) and then finished the breath and acute sputter (the tweeter appears to be a dark shit)
So I'm open as possible the amp to handle the files inside. It's ampeg - understand the big stuff Rican - and although I think the finish is not an appointment for an amp of this price ... bcl it inside (fitting the vinil, rock wool, etc ...)
If you want an ampeg as over not go wrong, go after the classic "SVT 3" or "SVT Classic" range of BA seems to be a level of quality under all of the same ...
This is a good amp, but questions over quality / price, we have seen better.