Acoustic Image

Acoustic ImageContra
Type: combo, single channel
Power Rating: 400W
Drivers: 10″ downfiring (!) woofer, 5″ midrange drive, 1″ Tweeter (with on/off switch), Three-way sealed speaker System
Features: Molded Polymer Enclosure, Three-Band EQ Preamp Section, Combo Jack Input (Either 1/4 in or XLR), Phantom Power on XLR Input, Input and Master Level Controls, Effects Loop with Return Level Control, Switchable Notch/Low Cut Filter, Balanced Direct Out with Ground Lift, Mute Switch and Pre/Post EQ for Direct Out, Switchable Dual Voltage Operation (115/230V), fitted slip cover with cord storage pocket and shoulder strap
Size: 12″H x 15″W x 13″D
Weight: 20 pounds

Since their launch of the series I in the late 1990ies, these amps became very popular among double bassist. They deliver a powerful, very natural and acoustic sound. The unusual downfiring woofer design produces an omnidirectional output of the the lower frequencies to achieve a natural reproduction of a bass instruments’ sound. The high impedance input is suitable for piezo pickups; external preamps are not needed.
The Contra has one channel, the Coda models offers an additional microphone channel with phantom power. For guitarists, all amps are offered with additional reverb effect.

Coda
Type: combo; same as above, but dual channel (for e. g. microphone; with phantom power)

Clarus
Type: amp head
Size: 10.2×8.2×3.5 inches, Weight: 5 pounds
same as Contra/Coda, but a amp head without speaker enclosure.

Focus
same as Clarus, but 800W

Ten2
2 x 10 Combo, 800W, with removable head

www.acousticimg.com

AER

Basscube
Type: combo, three channels
Power rating: 400W@8 Ohm
Drivers: 12″ speaker, tweeter (38Hz–18.5kHz)
Features: Inputs Ch1: line, piezo (10 MegOhms) or mic (48 V phantom powered); Ch2: line, piezo (10 Meg Ohms); Ch3: line, mic (48 V phantom power)
DI out, effects loop, EQ: Ch1/2 bass/mid/treble/colour; Ch3 bass/treble; notch filter, compressor
Size: 400mm x 400 mm x 364 mm
Weight: 25 kg

AERBassic Performer
Type: combo, dual channel
Power rating: 200W
Drivers: 4 x 8″ speakers (60Hz–18kHz)
Features: inputs piezo 1 Meg Ohms, microphone 600 Ohms, Ch1: bass/middle/treble, Ch2: bass/middle/treble/colour; limiter, subsonic filter, enhancer
Size: 530 mm x 360 mm x 400 mm
Weight: 23 kg

www.aer-amps.de

Ampeg

Ampeg Porta Bass PBC2112
Type: combo amp (also as amp head PB-250 available)
Power rating: 250W RMS
Drivers: 12″ speaker, 1″ Compression Driver
Features: 4band EQ, Removable Telescoping Dolly Style Handle with Wheels
Size: 20.75″ x 17″ x 13.75″
Weight: 45 lbs

www.ampeg.com

ANS

ANS Micro DIMicro DI

Type: preamp / DI
Features: line input, balanced XLR output; all electronics built into the jack housing, runs on phantom power (7–48 V).

Kabel DI

same as above, but with 120 cm instrument cable + 1/2″ plug

www.ans-pickups.de

available at www.kontrabass-atelier.de

Ashdown

Electric Blue 12-150 combo
Type: combo
Power rating: 150W
Drivers: 12″
Features: 5band EQ with bright and deep switches, balanced DI output, FX loop, tuner/line out and octave divider
Size: 510mm x 310mm x 490 mm
Weight: 16,5 kg

www.ashdownmusic.co.uk

Behringer

BX1200
Type: combo, dual channel
Power rating: 120W@4 Ohms
Drivers: 12″ (aluminium speaker)
Features: input 68kOhm (active), 1MOhm (passive), 4-band EQ, sub-harmonics processor for ultra low frequencies, shape filter, DI-out, insert loop, tape input (for CD player or drum machine), tape output
Size: 509 mm x 410 mm x 406 mm
Weight: 22 kg

www.behringer.com

Bose

Personalized Amplification System / Single or Double bass-package
PS1 Power Stand: 12.7 x 66.0 x 66.0 cm, 16 kg
L1 Cylindrical Radiator loudspeaker: 2 pcs. 109.2 x 8.9 x 10.5 cm; top section 6 kg, bottom section 7 kg
B1 Bass Module: 38.0 x 25.0 x 45.7 cm, 13 kg
R1 Remote Control: 4.0 x 7.1 x 14.1 cm, 0.27 kg

boseRather a small and very special PA, than a traditional bass amp. This system consists of four modules: the L1 Cylindrical Radiator Speaker, the PS1 Power Stand (with the amp and controls), a cable remote control, and the B1 Bass Module. The single bass package comes with one B1, the double bass package (which is recommended for acoustic bass) comes with two B1 modules.

www.bose.com

CAD Audio

DB510 MkII

Type: combo amp
Power rating: 500 watts 4 ohms, 250 watts 8 ohms RMS.
Drivers: 10″ neodym
Features: hi input 2 mOhm/lo input 100 kOhm
size: 35 x 38 x 30 cm (13″ x 15″ x 12″), weight 9 kgs. External speaker output.

DB500-210
same as above, but 2 x 10″ neodym drivers. Size 49 x 49 x 37 cm, (19,5″ x 19,5″ x 14,6″).

DB500-210T
same as above, but with 1,5″ 300W dome tweeter for extended high freq output.

www.cadaudio.dk

Cromacord

cromacordPodium MXV-B

Type: 4/5 channel combo amp
Power Rating: 100/150 Watt (RMS)
Drivers: 2 x 8″ , 2 x tweeter
Size: 470 x 345 x 265 mm
Weight: 13 kg
Features: Compressor-Limiter, channel #1, #2 und #3 with semi-automatic Gain, channel #1 with parametric Mid control.

www.cromacord.com

d-tar

solsticeSolstice
Type: 2-channel Preamp/Blender
Features: 1/4” and XLR inputs on each channel, 1/4” + XLR inputs and +15V Phantom Power on each channel (allows either a microphone or pickup input on either channel), Balanced XLR mic input with true gain control for optimum headroom and lowest noise
Full 3 way level / clip indicator, Phase reverse switch, Channel effects loop with send and return jacks, Mute switch, Tuner output (unaffected by mute switch), Stereo input jack, Frequency Response (+/- 3 dB) 20 Hz – 80 KHz
Size: 8.5″ wide x 6.5″ deep x 2.7″ high
Weight: 2.9 lbs

A very versatile 2-channel preamp for blending up to four pickups or microphones. Offers high impedance imput for piezo transducer buffering and phantom power for condenser microphones.

equinoxEquinox
Type: parametric equalizer preamp
Features: 3 Band Parametric Equalizer Preamp with frequency sweep control, bandwidth control, and boost/cut control, Two independent notch filters, 20 dB gain switch, True bypass switching of non-activated functions, Mute switch
Size: 8.5″ wide x 6.5″ deep x 2.7″ high
Weight: 2.9 lbs

www.d-tar.com

EBS

Drome 1×12″
Type: combo amp
Power Rating: 150 W
Driver: 12″ speaker
Features: Compressor/Limiter, Built-in tube simulator, Stretchable mid-control, Bright-filter
Floating balanced XLR output with built-in speaker simulator.
Serial or parallel stereo effects loop.
Stereo monitor input with Bass Eraser-function (for connecting a CD-player; the “bass eraser” filter removes more or less the bass from the signal, so you can play along any Audio CD.)
Separate stereo headphones driver
9-Volt Phantom Power System (for pedals or active electronics)
Weight: 17 Kg/37 lbs.

ebs microbassMicrobass II
Type: preamp/DI-Box
Features: Input Impedance 10 Mohms (Ch A), 1 Mohms (Ch B), Tone Controls Bass, Treble, Bright, Midrange, Edge; Power Supply: DC, Battery, 48V Phantom power, EBS Phantom Power System

www.ebs.bass.se

Eden Nemesis

NC112P
EdenType: combo
Power rating: 225W@4 Ohms
Drivers: 12″ Speaker, Tweeter
Features: Frequency Response 42 hz – 15 khz, Compressor w/active LED and on/off switch; Enhance control; Semi-Parametric EQ w/level control, Frequency control, On/Off switch; Bass, Mid and Treble controls
Size: 23.75″W x 16.25″H x 16.25″D
Weight: 46 lbs

NC210P
Type: combo
Power rating: 225W
Drivers: 2 x 10″ speakers and tweeter.
Features: Frequency Response 42 hz – 15 khz, Compressor w/active LED and on/off switch; Enhance control; Semi-Parametric EQ w/level control, Frequency control, On/Off switch; Bass, Mid and Treble controls
Size: 23.75″W x 16.25″H x 16.25″D

www.eden-electronics.com

Euphonic Audio

iAmp 350 (Discontinued)
euphonicType: combo amp
Power rating: 350W@4 Ohms
Drivers: 10″ coaxial-speaker with tweeter
Features: Input impedance 1 Megohm passive/20 kilohms active, parametric EQ: Bass/LowMids/HighMids/Treble controls, deep, contour, bright controls, Presets
Size: 17 3/4″ x 14 3/4″ x 12 1/2″
Weight: 60 lbs.

iAmp Doubler
Type: amp head
Power rating: 550 watts @ 4 ohms 310 watts @ 8 ohms
Size: 2.1″H x 10.5″W x 5.4″D
Weight: 3.00 lbs.
Features: 2 independent channels, 2nd channel has XLR in Channel 1 Mid EQ set at 500Hz for electric bass Channel 2 Mid EQ set at 800Hz for upright/acoustic bass. Input Impedance: 1Meg ohm input impedance on both inputs. Trim controls: Adjust channel level, DI, and high pass filter. Controls: Channel switch, Input gain, 3-Band EQ, Master Volume, Mute switch, Effects loop blend EQ: Low, Mid, and High for each channel Variable high pass filter 22-80Hz, 6db per octave. Channel 2 includes switchable Phantom Power, Variable Phase Control, and switchable Variable Notch Filter, Effects Loop: Parallel effects loop with blend control. Wide range of setups via internal jumpers Outputs: Speakon speaker, tuner, effects send, balanced DI out. Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz +/- 3dB Power

Micro
Type: amp head
Power rating: 550 watts @ 4 ohms 310 watts @ 8 ohms
Size: 2.1″H x 8.5″W x 5.4″D
Weight: 2.25 lbs.
Features: 2 independent channels; Channel 1 Mid EQ set at 500Hz for electric bass, Channel 2 Mid EQ set at 800Hz for upright/acoustic bass; Input Impedance: 1Meg ohm input impedance on both inputs Trim controls: Adjust channel level, DI, and high pass filter; Controls: Channel switch, Input gain, 3-Band EQ, Master Volume, Mute switch, Effects loop blend EQ: Low, Mid, and High for each channel Variable high pass filter 22-80hHz, 6db per octave (allows selection of a frequency below which response is reduced, helps boomy rooms and stages); Effects Loop; Outputs: Speakon speaker, tuner, effects send, balanced DI out; Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz +/- 3dB

www.euphonicaudio.com

Fishman

fishman blenderBass Blender
Type: preamp/blender; dual channel
Features: piezo channel/mic channel, bass/mid/treble controls for each channel, 4,5V phantom power

Designed for the Fishman BP100 piezo pickup and the Fishman/Crown condenser microphone.

Model BII
Type: preamp
Features: bass/trebel/volume controls; 9V battery powered

Fishman Pro EQProEQ Platinum Bass
Type: preamp, DI
Features: 5-band graphic EQ, depth control, compression, XLR DI with ground lift;
9V battery powered, phantom powered or AC adapter

www.fishman.com

Gallien-Krueger

MB150s112
Gallien-KruegerType: combo amp
Power rating: 100W@8 Ohms (internal speaker), 150W@4 Ohms
Driver: 12″ speaker
Features: Bass/LowMids/HighMids/Treble, Low Cut, High Boost, Contour, variable Limiter, Effect Loop
Size: 13.7″ x 15″ x 8.5″
Weight: 24lbs.

MB150E112
Type: combo amp
Power rating: 100W@8Ohms (internal speaker), 150W@4Ohms
Driver: 12″ speaker
Features: Bass/Treble controls, parametric EQ Midbands, Low Cut, High Boost, Contour, Limiter, Effect Loop, Stereo Chorus
Size: 13.7″ x 15″ x 8.5″
Weight: 24lbs.

Both amps are also available as amp heads (weight 7.2 lbs).

www.gallien-krueger.com 

Glockenklang

The PassengerThe Passenger
Type: combo amp
Power rating: 350W@4 Ohms
Drivers: 12″ + tweeter
Size: 540 x 530 x 375 mm
Weight: 28 kg

Soul ComboSoul Combo
Type: combo amp
Power rating: 440W@4 Ohms
Drivers: 2 x 10″ + tweeter
Size: 500x595x435mm (“light” version: 575x615x445mm)
Weight: 37,5 kg (“light” version: 32 kg)

www.glockenklang.de

Headway

headwayEDB-1

(discontinued, replaced by EDB-2 – see below)
Type: dual channel preamp (suitable for violin/guitar or bass instruments)
Features: Mono/Stereo Jacks Inputs, XLR input, Input impedance switchable to optimise various pickup types, 3 Way “Range” Control selects High Pass Filter (Low cut settings, between Guitar, Violin or Bass), 2 Channels, 5 Band EQ, Tunable Notch Filter with variable band width + In/Out, Phantom Power to Inputs via Switch, Balanced XLR Line Out ( Mix of 2 Channels ) + Earth Lift Switch, Jack Line Out in Mono Mix of 2 Channels, Battery or External DC Plug In Power Supply, Low Battery Indicator

EDB-2

Headway_EDB-2Type: dual channel preamp (suitable for violin/guitar or bass instruments)
Features: Mono/Stereo Jacks Inputs, XLR input, Input impedance switchable to optimise various pickup types, 3 Way “Range” Control selects High Pass Filter (Low cut settings, between Guitar, Violin or Bass), 2 Channels, 5 Band EQ (EQ on Ch.1, Ch.2 or on both channels), Tunable Notch Filter with variable band width + In/Out, Phantom Power on ch. 1 (Phantom to “Ring” or “Tip” at 9V) and ch. 2/XLR (18V) , Balanced XLR Line Out ( Mix of 2 Channels ) + Earth Lift Switch, Jack Line Out in Mono Mix of 2 Channels, Aux in Mini-jack input (for e.g. iPod), Battery or External DC Plug In Power Supply, Low Battery Indicator

headway_EDM-1EDM-1

Type: 1-channel preamp
Features: EQ-presets for bass, cello, guitar, violin and other instruments, 3-band EQ, 3-way impedance switching, Phantom Powering to “Ring” or “Tip” at 9v, tunable range control, p

owered via 9v battery, Phantom Power from Mixers or optional 18v Power Supply

www.headwaymusicaudio.com

available at www.kontrabass-atelier.de

Henriksen JazzAmp

henriksenJazzAmp12
Type: combo amp
Power rating: 160W@4Ohms (120W@8Ohm internal speaker)
Drivers: 12″
Size: 14″ x 15 ” x 13″
Weight: 29 lbs
Features: switchable power supply
JazzAmp Head
Type: amp head
Power rating: 160W@4Ohms
Size: 10.25″ x 3″ x 9.5″
Weight: 7 lbs
Features: two parallel speaker outputs (a regular 1/4″ jack and a Neutrik Speakon connector, can be used simultaneously with two speaker cabinets), switchable power supply, Line out (XLR)

JazzAmp Bass Convertible

Power: 160 watts @ 4 ohms, 120 watts as shipped with a single 8 ohm cabinet.
Drivers: 10″
Size: 21.5″ x 12″ x 17.5″ (complete, in bag)
Weight: 25 pounds.
Cabinet Size: 14″ x 14″ x 10″
Features:  two parallel speaker outputs (a regular 1/4″ jack and a Neutrik Speakon connector, can be used simultaneously with two speaker cabinets), switchable power supply, Line out (XLR)
www.jazzamp.com

Hevos

Hevos MidgetMidget Combo 12″
Type: combo
Power rating: 400W @ 4 Ohms
Drivers: 12″ coaxial loudspeaker
Features: 4band tone control, 2 separate inputs, extra loudspeaker output, line-out, mute out, ground lift, -6 dB switch, phase turn switch, head phone output, class-D power amp

Midget Combo 10”
Type: combo
Power rating: 400W @ 4 Ohms
Drivers: 10″ + tweeter
Features: 4band tone control, 2 separate inputs, extra loudspeaker output, line-out, ground lift, -6 dB switch, phase turn switch, head phone output, class-D power amp

2×6”
Type: combo
Power rating: 400W @ 4 Ohms
Drivers: 2 x 6″
Features: 4band tone control, 2 separate inputs, extra loudspeaker output, line-out, ground lift, -6 dB switch, phase turn switch, head phone output, class-D power amp

400T
Type: amp head (as used in the Midget combos)
Power rating: 400W @ 4 Ohms
Features: 4band tone control, 2 separate inputs, extra loudspeaker output, line-out, mute out, ground lift, -6 dB switch, phase turn switch, head phone output, class-D power amp.
Size: 23x20x10
Weight: 4,3 kg

400D
Type: amp head (transistor power amp with tube preamp)
Power rating: 400W @ 4 Ohms, 500W @ 2 Ohms
Features: Input mono-stereo switchable, 5-band active tone control, effect loop, line out, mute out, head phone out
Size: 19″, 1 hu
Weight: 8,5 kg

www.hevos.nl

available at www.kontrabass-atelier.de

HPF Pre (by fdeck)

Series 3

hpf3Type: preamp
Feautures: volume control, adjustable high-pass filter, Input impedance / capacitance: 10 MΩ / 220 pF, Phase (polarity reversal) switch

This preamp was developped and is manufactured as part-time business by bassist Francis Deck. He doesn’t sell to outside the US: “Unfortunately, the world still has borders. The HPF-Pre product does not carry a CE marking. There may be other countries where the lack of regulatory approval is also a problem. While I am confident that the HPF-Pre would be approved if tested, the cost of testing runs into the thousands of dollars. This is simply impossible for a very small business.”
However, Francis makes the schematics of his preamps available to public for DIY projects.

https://sites.google.com/site/hpftechllc/home/hpf-pre

Ibanez

Promethean P500H Head

Type: amp head, single channel
Power Rating: 500W
Features: 6-band graphic EQ/bass and treble shelving tone controls, Peak limiting circuit, Vibe (color) control knob, 2-way Clip Indicator, Auxiliary input (1/8″), Balance line out (XLR), Phones out, tuner out (1/8″)
size: 11″W x 10.4″D x 2.2″H
weight: 6.4 lbs Promethean

The Promethean head can be mounted into a combo (like pictured) or used with any high-quality bass speaker cabinet with the appropriate handling requirements.

Promethean 10″ Combo P5110

Detachable P500H head with extension cabinet
Features: 10″ subwoofer rated at 250 watts, High frequency dome tweeter with passive crossover, Tilt-up system
size: 12.8″W x 13.1″H x 14.2″D
weight: 27.6 lbs

www.ibanez.com

Jazzkat

JazzkatBasskat
Type: combo amp
Power rating: 125 Watts/RMS (8 Ohms)
Drivers: 10” Celestion Speaker
Features: 2 Channels; 12AX7 Tube on Channel 1 – Switchable on/off with an ON LED, Channel 1 – Gain, Bass, Mid, Treble, 1/4” Phone Plug
Channel 2 – Gain, Bass, Mid, Treble, Combo Plug (1/4” Phone or XLR), 20lbs
16 Digital Effects with separate Level Control, Extension Speaker Jack (8 – 16 Ohms), Headphone Jack, Line Out – XLR and ¼” Phone, Line Send / Return, Switchable power supply 120/240V, H 15” X W 12” X D 11”. Input impedance: 1 Mohm (2 MOhm avaliable upon request).

www.jazzkatamps.com

K+K

Pure Preamp
Type: preamp (belt clip)
Features: extremly low noise circuit, bass/mid/treble/gain/volume controls

Preamp 97

Type: preamp
Features: bass/treble/gain/volume controls, battery or DC adapter powered

Dual Channel Preamp
Type: dual channel preamp (belt clip)
Features: bass/treble/gain/volume controls for each channel

Trinity Preamp
Type: dual channel preamp (belt clip)
Features: phantom power for a condenser mic, bass/mid/treble/gain/volume controls for each channel

www.kksound.com

King Double Bass

KingKing Doll Head Piezo
Type: dual channel preamp (stomp box)
Features: designed for slap bass amplification

www.kingdoublebass.com

L.R. Baggs

L.R. BaggsGigpro
Type: preamp
Features: bass/treble controls, variable low cut, phase invert, 9V phantom power

Mixpro
Type: two channel preamp
Features: bass/treble controls, variable low cut, phase invert, 9V phantom power, mix control (stereo cable needed for second channel)

ParaAcoustic ID

Type: Preamp, DI
Features: Low/Mid/Treble/Presence controls, Notch filter, Volume control, Effects loop, Phase Invert switch, Battery, AC adaptor or phantom powered

www.lrbaggs.com

Lehle

Sunday Driver
Sunday DriverType: preamp/buffer
Features: input impedance 1 MOhm/4MOhm (switchable), gain control
This little box has not much features, but is very effective: it has a switchable input impedance of 1 or 4 MOhm, which helps to get the best from your piezo pickup. The signal is preamplified without any modification. It is suggested to be used as a impedance matching buffer for electric bass amps (which usually have too low impedance inputs), as a cable driver for large stages, in complex effects set-ups, or as a recording preamp.
available at www.kontrabass-atelier.de
www.lehle.com
Basswitch
Type: preamp/buffer/DI-box/…
Features: input impedance 1 MOhm/10MOhm (switchable), semi-parametric EQ, two inputs with a/b switch, effects loops, mute switch, tuner out, DI out, booster
basswitch

Lieg

LiegDBA 200
Type: transistor amp head
Power rating: 200W@4 Ohms, or 300W class D
Features: 2 channels, 3-band EQ with parametric mids, level meter for each input, True DI out built-in seperately for each channel (switchable post or pre EQ), low cut filter, phase invert, direct out XLR, weight 2,9 kg

Hubert Liegeois, french double bassist and electrical engineer, has designed this amp head as a modern analog amp with linear response, and very low distortion.

Hubert Liegeois, Tel. ++33 (0)6 19 16 93 40
hubert.liegeois [a t] laposte.net (website currently not available)

Hubert also offers the DB05 double bass pickup.

Lundgaard Amps

lundgaardDouble Combo

Type: combo or amp head
Features: 2 channels
Power rating: 220, 300, 550 watts power-modules
Features: Mic input, Phantom Power, High impedance instrument input.
Each channel with 4 band equalizer, phase switch, Lo cut, -10 db pad, 24 bit effects that pans between channels. Channel switch and mute. 3 line drivers (direct outs), head-phone output, and Neutrik combo sockets for speakon and jack. 230/115 volt mains power.

Designed and hand made (!) by bassist Jesper Lundgaard from Denmark.
(Formerly sold under the Arco Amps brand name)
www.lundgaardamps.com

Lundgaard

Markbass

markbassAC101
Type: transistor amp
Power rating: 250W@4 Ohms, or 150W@8 Ohms
Features: two channels (500 Ohm + 3.3 or 1 KOhm), reverb + chorus effect
Drivers: 1×10″ + 1″ HF compression tweeter
Dimensions: 36 x 35 x 36 cm
Weight: 23.15 lbs / 10.5 kg

“… designed for all acoustic instruments including acoustic bass, acoustic guitar, mandolin, violin, cello, banjo, etc.”

Mini CMD 121P
Type: transistor amp
Power rating: 450W@4 Ohms, or 280W@8 Ohms
markbassDrivers: 1×12″ + piezo tweeter
Dimensions: 43 x 38 x 48 cm
Weight: 29.3 lbs / 13.3 kg

CMD 121H
Type: transistor amp
Power rating: 450W@4 Ohms, or 280W@8 Ohms
Drivers: 1×12″ + 1″ compression tweeter
Dimensions: 60 x 38 x 46 cm
Weight: 39.5 lbs / 17.9 kg

Minimark
markbassType: transistor amp
Power rating: 150W@8Ohm, 250W@4Ohm
Drivers: 2×6″ + piezo tweeter
Dimensions: 22,5 x 43,8 x 38,7 cm
Weight: 20.72 lbs / 9,4 kg

www.markbass.it

Maruszczyk

Barabass Combo 2-channel
Type: combo amp
power rating: 400W RMS/4Ohm
drivers: 1×12″, neodym dynamic tweeter
Features: Channel 1 (electric) Active/Passive Input, Invert Phase, Treble, Lo-Mid, Hi-Mid, Bass, Presence, Contour, Bottom
Channel 2 (acoustic) Mic/Jack Input, Invert Phase, Treble, Lo-Mid, Hi-Mid, Bass; Phantom power for microphone or preamps.
Outputs: Balanced XLR Line Out
www.public-peace.de

Morgana

Type: tube amp head
Features: hand wired (in Germany), 18 mm multiplex case, power amp 4 x Kt77, switchable for 4 and 8 Ohm speakers, 2 x preamp (2 channels), line outs

www.morgana-amps.de

Phil Jones Bass

briefcaseBriefcase
Type: transistor combo amp
Power rating: 100 watt RMS
Features: Active/passive input, Compressor/limiter, 5-Band EQ, Headphone out, Balanced-line out, Pre-amp out, Extension-speaker out, Power: 12-Volt DC / 110/220-Volt AC or Internal rechargeable battery
Drivers: 2 x 5″
Dimensions: 6″ W x 14″ H x 15″ D
Weight: 28 lbs

The Briefcase uses two 5″ loudspeakers, what makes the compact design of the enclosure possible. A very unique feature is the power supply: you can use it with 220V/110V AC, 12V DC or with an internal rechargeble battery (a 12V DC coiled charging cable is included).

available at www.kontrabass-atelier.de

flightcaseFlightcase
Type: transistor combo amp
Power rating: 150 watt RMS
Features: Limiter, 5-Band EQ, Headphone out, DI out, Tuner out, FX send return
Drivers: 4 x 5″
Dimensions: 13.5″H x 12.5″W x 15.8″D
Weight: 24 lbs

Bass Cub BG-100
Type: transistor combo amp
Power rating: 100W output
Drivers. 2 x 5″
Features: 2 channels, Bass and AUX and MIC input, input impedance: 4 MOhm, 2  x 3 band EQ, limiter, headphone out, DI out, pre-amp out, size: 30,5 x 27,5 x 20 cm (12  x 10.8 x 7.8 inch) W x D x H, weight 13.2 lbs / 6 kg
comes with a padded carrying bag

Double Four BG-75

Type: transistor combo amp
Power rating: 75W output
Drivers: 2 x 4″
Features: 1 channel, 3 band EQ, Bass and AUX input, headphone out, pre-amp out,  size 8.2 x 8 x 6.8 inch (W x D x H)

 

www.philjonesbass.com

available at www.kontrabass-atelier.de

Polytone

Mini Brain
Type: amp head
Power rating: 120W@4 Ohms
Features: high gain/low gain inputs, Bass/Middle/Treble control, triple bright control-switch

PolytoneMini Brute I, II, III, IV
Type: combo
Power rating: 120W@4 Ohms
Drivers: Brute I/II: 12″ speaker
Brute III/IV: 15″ speaker
Features: high gain/low gain inputs, Bass/Middle/Treble control, triple bright control-switch, Reverb (Brutes II, IV & Mega Brute), 2 Inputs (High & Low), Effect loop
Size: Brute I/II – 15 1/2″H x 14″W x 10 1/2″D
Brute III/IV – 18 1/2″H x 17″W x 10 1/2″D
Weight: Brute I/II 24 lbs.
Brute III/IV 28 lbs.

The Polytone amps has been introduced in 1968. They are still popular among double bass players, but also jazz guitar players often play Polytone amps. The Mini-Brute III is provided with a 15″, the Mini-Brute I with a 12″ speaker.

www.polytoneamps.com

Presonus

Acousti-Q Tube preamp/blender
Type: tube preamp, dual channel/blender
Features: piezo input (10Meg Ohms), microphone input (3,2K Ohms, 12V phantom power), notch filter, semi-parametric midrange EQ, phase reversal, brilliance + bass controls, effects loop, AC adapter powered

Quality Bass Gear

QBG1 Professional Bass Preamp with EQ and DI

Type: preamp
Features: Adjustable input gain (-1 to +20 dB), volume control, with full mute capability
Adjustable high-pass filter to cut unwanted frequencies below those generated by your bottom string, 3-band equalizer optimized for the double bass, Phase reversal switch
Direct Out with 8 dBu of output capability into 600 ohms (1 kHz at 0.5% distortion),
Pre/Post EQ switch for Direct Out, 1 megohm / 10 megohm input impedance switch,
Ground Lift switch

A very lightweight and small preamp, can be mount behind dhe double bass’ tailpiece.

www.qualitybassgear.com

Radial Engineering

Radial PZ DI

Type: DI box, Buffer
Features: Adjustable load for piezo and magnetic pickups, variable low-cut filter to control bass resonance, 48V phantom powered (does not require batteries),  180° polarity reverse switch, Ground lift

The Radial PZ-DI is a direct box that is specifically designed for acoustic and orchestral instruments. Unlike most direct boxes that are limited to a ‘one size fits all’ design, the PZ-DI lets you properly match the input impedance to the source to optimize the frequency response and dynamics.

www.radialeng.com/r2011/pzdi.php

StageBug™ SB-4 Piezo DI

stagebug-sb4-34Type: DI Box, Buffer
Features: 10 megOhm Impedance input, High Pass filter, Phase reverse, Phantom powered

 

Rane

AP13 Acoustic Processor
Type: preamp, dual channel/blender
Features: piezo input, microphone input with phantom power, Low cut filter, 7-band graphic EQ, Pan control, phase invert switch

www.rane.com

Raven Labs

ravenPMB-1 Professional Master Blender
(no longer available)
Type: preamp, dual channel/blender
Features: Instrument channel (10Meg Ohms) + auxiliary/microphone input (820K Ohms) with 9V phantom power, stereo input, phase switch; gain/bass/mid/treble controls, 2 x 9V battery or AC adapter powered

www.raven-labs.com

RJP Enterprises

SSB-1 Sound Shaper
Type: preamp
Features: 9V battery powered, volume/bass/trebel controls

SSB-2 Sound Shaper
Type: preamp
Features: mixed signal technology (combining digital control from an embedded processor and high precision audio analog circuitry), 5-band graphic equalizer (optimized to cover the bass and cello ranges), phase shift

Each band (and volume control) has 256 discrete adjustment points that are set at the touch of a pushbutton.  All settings are precisely repeatable upon each power up and all are saved in non-volatile FLASH memory on power down under control of the system processor.  On power up, all settings are automatically retrieved.  Additionally, the SSB-2 is capable of storing up to 8 sets of player settings.  Using a keyed pushbutton sequence, you can store and recall each set from memory at anytime.”
Both preamps are designed to mount directly to the pickup output jack.

www.rjp-enterprises.com

Rockability


KBV-600
Type: amp head
Power rating: 600 Watt RMS into 4 Ohm
Size: 19-inch 2 units
Weight: ca 8.5 kg
Features: dual channel (“Slap” and “Bass”); XLR/jack hybrid connectors, Impedance switching pushbutton, variable low-cut with Bypass and Mute, 2 Preamps, Mix control fader between “Slap” und “Bass”, Sum Level Control, 4-band fully parametric EQ; Pushbutton EQ on/off

A suitable speaker cabinet “410-light” (4 x 10″ + 1″ Neodym) is also available for this amp.

www.rockability.de

Roland

rolandD-Bass 210
Type: combo amp
Features: “FFP” with Active Speaker Control technology, “COSM®” preamp models (including Modern, Vintage, and Super Flat), Tube Logic function (produces the fat and natural compression of tube amps), 4-band EQ with dedicated Tweeter Control knob, Passive/active input and dedicated piezo input (!), neodymium-based speakers (2 x 10″ + tweeter), Output Power 400W (160W + 160W + 80W), BI-AMP Structure, balanced out, tuner out, headphone out, effects send/return, line out, casters

www.roland.com

Sadowsky

sadowskySadowsky Bass Preamp
Type: preamp
Features: input 330K Ohms, treble/bass boost controls, footswitch active/passive/mute, XLR out, battery or AC adapter powered (low battery indicator LED)

www.sadowsky.com

Schertler

LaFaro combo amp

Type: combo amp, 2 channels
Power rating: 280 W
Drivers: 8″ woofer, 1″ doom tweeter

2-channel Class-A preamp, the inputs are suitable for virtually any pickup or microphone;  phantom power, 4-band EQ + filters,  3 DI outputs – one for each channel and one in the master-section, effect loop, 

available at www.kontrabass-atelier.de

schertler

PUB-280 Active Acoustic Instrument Loudspeaker
Type: active acoustic instrument loudspeaker
Power rating: 280W@8 Ohms
Drivers: 8″ woofer, 1″ compression tweeter (2 way bass reflex)
Range: 22Hz to 22 kHz
Size: 45 x 35 x 37 cm
Weight: 23 kg

PUB-380 Active Bass Extension
Type: active acoustic instrument loudspeaker
Power rating: 380W@8 Ohms
Drivers: 10″ woofer
Range: 35Hz to 120 Hz
Size: 39 x 38 x 26,5 cm
Weight: 19,6 kg

Unico
Type: combo amp, 4-channel
Power rating: 150W RMS
Drivers: 8″, Tweeter
Features: Spring Reverb, Phantom Power, effect loop, XLR DI out
Size: 39 x 34 x 27 cm
Weight: 14,5 kg

Side
Type: active speaker (extension speaker for the Unico)
Power rating: 180W RMS
Drivers: 8″ woofer, 1″ dome tweeter
Size: 39 x 34 x 27 cm
Weight: 13 kg

schertlerDavid
Type: combo amp, two channels
Power rating: 150W
Drivers: 6″, 1″ dome tweeter
Features: Spring Reverb
Range: 40Hz to 22 kHz
Size: 30 x 34 x 24,5 cm
Weight: 9 kg

Bass
Type: bass reflex woofer
Power rating: 200W RMS
Drivers: 10″
Range: 25 Hz – 200 Hz
Size: 32 x 36 x 38 cm
Weight: 15,5 kg

The powered loudspeakers offered by Schertler are developped for use with Schertler pickups and preamps (PRE-A II). This speaker cabinets have only a power amp unit with volume control and no preamp/EQ, so an external preamp is a must.
The Unico and David amps are specially designed for use with the Schertler StatB and DynB Pickups; no external Schertler-preamp is needed. The Side and Bass are powered extension speakers for use with David and Unico.

www.schertler.com

 

Shadow

RB-Pro (Rockabilly Preamp)
Type: preamp
Features: 2 channels; package includes bridge pickup (SH951) and fingerboard pickup (SH2500); runs on 9V battery or wall adaptor; built-in tuner; phase;
bridge channel: EQ (Bass, Mid, Treble), Subsonic, fingerboard channel: Low cut, Treble control

BCP3 Electric Bass Cable Preamp
Type: preamp
Features: bass, mid and treble controls, gain control (in the battery compartment), shape switch for different sounds, on/off switch, integrated battery compartment

www.shadow-electronics.com

SWR

Natural Blonde

Type: combo amp
Power rating: 200 watts
Drivers: 2 x 8″ enclosure w/ hi-fi tweeter & rear-firing 5” driver
Features: Classic SWR preamp w/ Aural Enhancer™
Bass Intensifier™ circuitry
Master tuning mute & individual channel mutes
Two independent input channels w/ 3-band active EQ & phase reverse
¼” Low Z Balanced input (ch. 1)
Low Z Balanced XLR & unbalanced ¼” input (ch. 2)
EQ bypass function on both channels
Independent XLR outputs for individual & summed channels
Independent side-chain effects loop for each channel
Footswitchable (Master mute & Bass Intensifier)
Convenient luggage-style telescoping handle w/ wheels (optional)
Spring-handle on bottom of cabinet for carrying or operation in tilt-back mode

swrCalifornia Blonde II
Type: combo amp
Power rating: 150 Watts RMS @ 8 Ohms
Drivers: 12″ speaker, tweeter (with tweeter attenuator control)
Range: 30 Hz to 16 KHz
Features: 2 Independent channels  w/ 3-band active EQ & phase reverse, mic input w/ 16V Phantom Power supply onboard
Size: 24″H x 14.5″W x 14.5″D
Weight: 50 lbs.

Workingman’s 10
Type: combo
Power rating: 80 Watts RMS @ 8 Ohms internal speaker
100 Watts RMS @ 4 Ohms (with 8 ohm extension speaker)
Drivers: 10″ speaker + Piezo tweeter
Features: 3-Way Output Switch (selects Full Range, Horn Off, or Headphones Only)
Bass, Midrange, Treble Control, Aural Enhancer Control
Size: 16.25″W x 14.5″H x 14″D
Weight: 32 lbs.

Workingman’s 12
Type: combo
Power rating: 120 Watts RMS @ 8 Ohms internal speaker
160 Watts @ 4 Ohms (with 8 ohm extension speaker)
Drivers: 12″ speaker + Piezo tweeter
Features: 3-Way Output Switch
Bass, Midrange, Treble Control; Aural Enhancer Control
Automatic compressor/limiter
Size: 15.5″W x 22.25″H x 15.25″D
Weight: 50 lbs.

Baby Blue 2×8
Type: combo amp with tube preamp
Power rating: 160 Watts @ 4 ohms (internal cabinet)
180 Watts RMS @ 2.6 ohms (with 8 ohm extension cabinet)
200 Watts @ 2 ohms (with 4 ohm extension cabinet)
Drivers: 2 x 8″ speakers + 5″ Cone Tweeter
Features: Passive/Active Input: 800K Ohms
Active Input: 60K Ohms
3 band semi-parametric EQ, EQ bypass switch, Aural Enhancer Control
Size: 14.5″W x 24.5″ x 12.5″D
Weight: 45 lbs.

Baby Baby Blue 1×10
Type: combo amp
Power rating: 120 Watts @ 8 ohms RMS (internal cabinet)
160 Watts @ 4 ohms (with 8 ohm extension cabinet)
180 Watts @ 2.6 ohms (with 4 ohm extension cabinet)
Drivers: 10″ Speaker + Piezo tweeter
Features: Passive/Active Input: 800K Ohms
Active Input: 60K Ohms
3 band semi-parametric EQ, EQ bypass switch, Aural Enhancer Control
Size: 13 7/8″W x 19″H x 13 7/8″D
Weight: 39 lbs.

SWR SpellbinderSpellbinder Blue
Type: combo amp
Power rating: 160 Watts @ 4 ohms
Drivers: 10″ Speaker + tweeter
Features: Tube Preamp, +15V Phantom Power with On/Off Switch, Phase Switch, Aural Enhancer, Side-Chain Effects Loop with Blend Control and Effects Bypass Switch
Size: Height: 19.5”, (49.5 cm); width: 15 3/8”, (39 cm); depth: 14.5”, (36.8 cm)
Weight: 26.5 lbs./11.6 kg

www.swrsound.com

Tec Amp

TecAmp PumaPuma Combo 112
Type: combo amp
Drivers: 1 x 12” @ 8 ohms, 1 x NTM-1 hi-mid speaker with double Neodym magnet system 4” cone
Features: solid state preamp with gain, taste, lo, lomid, himid, hi, master controls, switchable mute, DI pre/post, XLR balanced DI out, 1 x effects loop, tuner out, line out, line in, Freq. Response 34-18.000 Hz
Power  rating: 270 w; 350 w / 4 ohms
Dimensions (W x H x D): 44 x 45 x 35 cm;  17” x 18” x 14”
Weight:  12,5 kg / 27,5 lbs

TecAmp also offers the Puma amps as 1 x 10″, 2 x  10″ and 2 x 12″ versions.

www.tecamp.de

Tech21 (SansAmp)

SansAmpSansAmp Para Driver DI
Type: preamp, DI
Features: 4.7Meg Ohms input, bass/treble controls, semi-parametric EQ for feedback elemination (mid shift, mid); blend control, effects loop, 9V battery powered, phantom powered or AC adapter, 1/4-inch and XLR outputs with selectable levels, Parallel, uneffected output to run a dry signal to a separate channel
(replaced the SansAmp Acoustic DI)www.tech21nyc.com

Triton Audio

BigAmp Piezo

Type: preamp/D.I.
Features: Low noise Class A JFet amplifier, 15db amplification, Balanced output, input impedance 5 mOhm, runs on 8-48 v phantom power

The key philosophy behind the BigAmp D.I. is to put the pre-amplification as close to the musical instrument as possible, where it is most effective. An extra benefit might be BigAmp’s really small size, making it ultra portable. It runs on phantom power (from e. g. mixing console).

www.tritonaudio.com

available at www.kontrabass-atelier.de

Vintage Revolution

Type: preamp (blender)
Features: EQ, DI out, line out, mute
Channel 1 (for e.g. piezo): Parametric equalizer, MID level correction;
Channel 2 (for e.g. microphone, +48V Phantom Power, low input impedance), Parametric equalizer, MID level correction, notch filter, Phase reverse, Low pass filter, MIX controls

www.vintage-revolution.com

Walter Woods

Walter WoodsM-100, M-300, M-800
Type: amp head
Power rating: M-100: 120W@8 Ohms, 200W@4 Ohms
M-300: 300W@8 Ohms, 450W@4 Ohms
M-800: 800W@8 Ohms
Features: dual channel (buffered, high impedance inputs), parametric EQ, XLR DI output
Size: 9 x 31 x 22 cm
Weight: 3kg

Walter Wood’s makes his really legendary handmade amps in different versions with one, two or four channels. When they first came out in the early 1970’s, they were the first amps designed for the double bass. For many bassists, the Walter Woods’ amp is still the reference amp. They are available as special order directly from Walter Woods only.

Walter Woods, Tel. 760 772-7952, Palm Desert CA, USA
(no website)

Two vintageWalter Woods amps (1970ies):

Some more informations about the history and the models of Walter Woods’ workshop are available at the website of Hubert Ligeois, french double bassist and electrical engineer.

Zadow

Zadowze200 Combo
Type: combo
Power rating: 300W
Drivers: 10″ downfiring speaker, 5″ speaker
Features: Gain, Bass/Mids/Treble controls, parametric mid control, Anti Plop circuit, Soft Start circuit, Line Out, Effects Loop. Optional: phantom power
Size: 47 x 40 x 36 cm
Weight: 14 kg

ze200II Combo
Type: combo (2 channel)
Power rating: 300W
Drivers: 10″ downfiring speaker, 5″ speaker
Features: 2 channels with Gain, Bass/Mids/Treble controls, parametric mid control; Anti Plop circuit, Soft Start curcuit, Line Out, Effects Loop.  Optional: phantom power

The ze200 amp is designed and hand-made by electrical engineer and double bassist Michael Zadow. It has a 10″ downfiring (!) speaker + 5″ mid/treble speaker combination in a cylindrical enclosure, which produces a very clear and powerful sound reproduction. Since it’s designed for double bass amplification, no external preamp is needed when using piezo pickups. Available with 1 or 2 channels.

Michael Zadow is also a repair expert for other popular amp models (e.g. Walter Woods, G-K, Polytone, Acoustic Image).

www.zadow-electronics.de/musik.htm

availabe at www.kontrabass-atelier.de