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  • MGR/AnonymousMGR/Anonymous

    SWR LA 15 Bass Amp Combo

    SWR LA 15Published on 10/23/04 at 15:00
    I bought it used from a music store in Pitman NJ. It appeared new in all aspects. I paid 300 for it which isn't too bad seeming as I was looking at a crate 15 for 500, etc. The sound of this is very superior, especially for the price. Later I found out on Musiciansfriend.com, zzounds.com, etc. , they are 300 with free shipping.

    Everything is beautiful. Truely beautiful, if you play 4 string.

    I play two 5 strings Epiphone and Warwick. This amp cannot handle anything from the open B to E. It burps constantly making me want to put my foot through it. I don't think it can even handle drop D. Now from E to beyond, you can crank it and be in bass heaven, but those of us who wish to …
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    I bought it used from a music store in Pitman NJ. It appeared new in all aspects. I paid 300 for it which isn't too bad seeming as I was looking at a crate 15 for 500, etc. The sound of this is very superior, especially for the price. Later I found out on Musiciansfriend.com, zzounds.com, etc. , they are 300 with free shipping.

    Everything is beautiful. Truely beautiful, if you play 4 string.

    I play two 5 strings Epiphone and Warwick. This amp cannot handle anything from the open B to E. It burps constantly making me want to put my foot through it. I don't think it can even handle drop D. Now from E to beyond, you can crank it and be in bass heaven, but those of us who wish to be a bit more interesting, this amp is frustrating. I've tried compression/limiters the whole nine yards and the only way I can get by at practice is by using chorus which does not give me the bottom end I want. The search continues.....

    Like a friggin tank. A+ quality.

    If you play 5 string keep looking. If you play 4 string the search is over. I give it a 3 for its negligence.

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • MGR/Scott TMGR/Scott T

    SWR LA 15

    SWR LA 15Published on 04/02/03 at 14:00
    I was searching for an amp that could handle my Dean 5 string bass. I had tried the Fender bassman 100 a good amp but it was too expensive. I tried a professional SWR half stack (very expensive)and was greatly impressed with the SWR sound.I went in the store and played a 5 string bass that retailed for about $600, very comparable to my bass, and I was immediately impressed with the sound emanating from this small box! I bought this amp at The Guitar Center in Tempe AZ. for $309 plus tax.

    I love the sound. Even though there is nothing on the amp that says effects loop, it does have an effects loop. You can use the Tuner out as the effect send to the unit, and then route the units send back …
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    I was searching for an amp that could handle my Dean 5 string bass. I had tried the Fender bassman 100 a good amp but it was too expensive. I tried a professional SWR half stack (very expensive)and was greatly impressed with the SWR sound.I went in the store and played a 5 string bass that retailed for about $600, very comparable to my bass, and I was immediately impressed with the sound emanating from this small box! I bought this amp at The Guitar Center in Tempe AZ. for $309 plus tax.

    I love the sound. Even though there is nothing on the amp that says effects loop, it does have an effects loop. You can use the Tuner out as the effect send to the unit, and then route the units send back into the Mix In, and presto you have an effects loop!

    As you push the amps volume there is no adjustment for the tweeter other than turning down the Treble on the amp or your bass. An attenuation level would be nice but for the price I can definitely live with it.

    the size only 50 pounds, and I love the price. It looks good with the black tolex. This thing is built like a tank. This amp has a port in the rear of the amp which produces a very big sound when placed near a wall.

    I love the SWR sound. This amp uses the same basic preamp design as the bigger more professional SWR systems, it is just easier to get your sound with the basic Bass, Mid, and Treble tone controls. With this amp having a piezo tweeter and 15" speaker I had no problems with my low B string at all. It was very tight and punchy. My bass has active pickups so I had no trouble getting a tone that works good for me!

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • MGR/The Bass Man ComethMGR/The Bass Man Cometh

    SWR LA 15

    SWR LA 15Published on 11/06/02 at 15:00
    I ordered this amplifier from the Musicians Friend catalog. I paid $300.

    I love everything about this amp! First off it 100 watts that is enough for a small gig! It is so easy to use that anyone could do it! It has a mix-in feature that allows you to plug another instrument in to it or a cd player so you can practice along with music. It has an awesome sound at every single fret, no buzzing at all. Pure bass sound!!!

    The one and only thing that i don't like is that it weighs 50 lbs. It is easy to carry though it has two extra sturdy handles to hold it.

    This is an awesome unit. It is awesome looking to with the carpeted sides and the white sub and visible tweeter it says "I am the BEST". …
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    I ordered this amplifier from the Musicians Friend catalog. I paid $300.

    I love everything about this amp! First off it 100 watts that is enough for a small gig! It is so easy to use that anyone could do it! It has a mix-in feature that allows you to plug another instrument in to it or a cd player so you can practice along with music. It has an awesome sound at every single fret, no buzzing at all. Pure bass sound!!!

    The one and only thing that i don't like is that it weighs 50 lbs. It is easy to carry though it has two extra sturdy handles to hold it.

    This is an awesome unit. It is awesome looking to with the carpeted sides and the white sub and visible tweeter it says "I am the BEST". I haven't dropped it down any stairs but it looks like it could last for a long long time.


    This is an excellently made and excellent looking amp. I have played many combos like Ampeg and Peavey and head and cabinet set ups and this is the best. It was definately worth the $300. I recommend this amp to anyone that wants quality for a great price.

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • MGR/Ryan I.MGR/Ryan I.

    SWR LA-15

    SWR LA 15Published on 02/12/02 at 15:00
    I bought this beast from zzounds.com, i got it for the same as musicians friend had it listed for $299 on sale. I got it from zzounds because it was free shipping. I got it because i knew that SWR was a very reliable name and someone i could trust. The controls are very simple, but nonetheless this a real bang for the buck.

    i like the simplified controls and the line in mix jack. and i really liked teh price

    due to the simplified controls it can be difficult to obtain the tone that you may be trying to acheive

    it is buuilt like a stinkin' rock. you could throw this beaast of a liff adn it wouldn't bust

    this baby is a real gem for the price she's offered for, teh tone could be better,…
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    I bought this beast from zzounds.com, i got it for the same as musicians friend had it listed for $299 on sale. I got it from zzounds because it was free shipping. I got it because i knew that SWR was a very reliable name and someone i could trust. The controls are very simple, but nonetheless this a real bang for the buck.

    i like the simplified controls and the line in mix jack. and i really liked teh price

    due to the simplified controls it can be difficult to obtain the tone that you may be trying to acheive

    it is buuilt like a stinkin' rock. you could throw this beaast of a liff adn it wouldn't bust

    this baby is a real gem for the price she's offered for, teh tone could be better, but teh overall performace is superb.

    This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
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  • EmmanuelGorandEmmanuelGorand

    SWR LA 15Published on 05/09/04 at 04:43
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    Type amplifaction: I do not know ...
    - Power: 100 watts RMS, a compression tweeter and a woofer 15 inches
    - Connector: 1 input jack (no distinction active / passive), between a "Mix-in" for a CD player or other instrument (not associated SETTING THE volume), a tuner-output jack out to a tuner or other receiver (affected by the CONTRL of Tone, but not by the SETTING THE master volume, we can reduce the sound to match compltement for example), headphone
    - Rglages: 3 potentiomtres frquences for low, medium and Aiges
    - Effects: None

    UTILIZATION

    The configuration of this amp is very simple thanks to its connectivity and Reduces number of potentiomtres. According to the record …
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    Type amplifaction: I do not know ...
    - Power: 100 watts RMS, a compression tweeter and a woofer 15 inches
    - Connector: 1 input jack (no distinction active / passive), between a "Mix-in" for a CD player or other instrument (not associated SETTING THE volume), a tuner-output jack out to a tuner or other receiver (affected by the CONTRL of Tone, but not by the SETTING THE master volume, we can reduce the sound to match compltement for example), headphone
    - Rglages: 3 potentiomtres frquences for low, medium and Aiges
    - Effects: None

    UTILIZATION

    The configuration of this amp is very simple thanks to its connectivity and Reduces number of potentiomtres. According to the record it is possible to create an effects loop, by connecting between the effect on the output of the tuner-out amplifier and the output of the effect on the inter Mix-in amplifier. But in this case we have no SETTING THE volume, the longer it takes down the master volume zero if it does not overlap between the bass and the sound effect. .. In short it is better to place the effect before the amp!
    The manual (in English) is short but prcis and complete.

    SOUNDS

    I use it with my Kubicki Factor 5 string. This active low 18V possde both sound a little mtallique trs and powerful in the bass. I also heard this amp with a tiny electric bass (I had never seen a before, I do not even know what a constructor is!). The sound with this bass silent excellent roundness and grain trs are well rendered, it is stunning. This amp seems to me trs versatile. With 100 W power is trs comfortable to use as I did, studio and home. I have used for cons of scne by, or indoor collection outdoor.
    I am not a 9 or 10 so as not to appear to over-evaluate!

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use this amp for 1 month. I tried before him an Ampeg BA-115 and others but I do remember the MODELS ... I forgot because I flash on SWR.
    Its advantages are for me:
    - An excellent, despite a little wind and a small tweeter ct ct snoring 30 cm
    - Its simplicity of use
    - Not too impressive dimensions (height 59 cm * width 46 cm x 41 cm deep), a low weight of 23 pounds, and large latrales grips for easy transport (no wheels)
    - A perfect finish
    - An excellent quality-price (I pay 520 euros)
    Its inconvnients: I do not see.

    I would do without this choice hsiter. At your disposal for any question ...
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  • moosersmoosers

    SWR LA 15Published on 07/11/10 at 22:04
    The SWR LA 15 is a medium sized bass guitar combo amplifier that is probably best suited for practicing with and live shows. The amp is a simple one, without too much control over your sound. It’s got a series of ¼” connections for your main instrument input, a tuner, headphones, and a mix in for sending another signal into the amp. It’s got a single 15” speaker, hence the name, and I believe has 100 watts of power, although I’m not 100% sure on this. I believe that there is a newer version of the LA 15, but this review is for the original model.



    UTILIZATION

    Using the SWR LA 15 couldn’t be any simpler. It’s really got the bare bones in terms of parameters, with knobs for vol…
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    The SWR LA 15 is a medium sized bass guitar combo amplifier that is probably best suited for practicing with and live shows. The amp is a simple one, without too much control over your sound. It’s got a series of ¼” connections for your main instrument input, a tuner, headphones, and a mix in for sending another signal into the amp. It’s got a single 15” speaker, hence the name, and I believe has 100 watts of power, although I’m not 100% sure on this. I believe that there is a newer version of the LA 15, but this review is for the original model.



    UTILIZATION

    Using the SWR LA 15 couldn’t be any simpler. It’s really got the bare bones in terms of parameters, with knobs for volume level, and a three band EQ for bass, mid, and treble frequency bands. That’s literally all that there is to the amp, so while there isn’t much control, it does make the amp extremely easy to use. Personally, I’d rather have the option of having more to work with, but for beginners I guess it’s helpful not to have much going on. A manual surely isn’t necessary to use the LA 15.


    SOUNDS

    The sound quality of the SWR LA 15 is about average, but is certainly more than suitable for practicing and live shows. I’ve used it in both situations, but haven’t used it for any sort of recording. It isn’t the fullest or deepest sounding bass guitar amp that I’ve used, but is still adequate in more situations than not. I’ve primarily used a Fender Jazz Bass with the amp, but have also used a Gretsch Junior Jet and an Ibanez SR-800 with it as well. I’ve also used the SWR LA 15 with a keyboard, which sounds pretty good as well.


    OVERALL OPINION

    For the price, the SWR LA 15 is actually a pretty good deal. It’s really a very cheap sounding amplifier, and doesn’t sound half bad even if you are not considering this. This definitely isn’t a professional’s bass amp, but for those looking for their first amp, it’s the perfect combination of price and quality. The LA 15 is definitely worth a look for those in the market for a lower end bass combo amp.
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