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edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Aug 1st, 2016 07:21 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

At my age, the weight of my gear is critically important, that is, the lighter the better.

Which is why I recently bought a Fender Rumble 1x12 bass amp. It weights 22, count 'um, 22 pounds.

I use it for home noodling and for playing at church in a piano/bass duo.

I was skeptical at first. How could something so light produce quality bottom end, especially at higher volumes?

Well, I've put it through all kinds of low to medium-volume situations and I like this little amp very much.

Anybody else out there using the Fender Rumble amps?

George

(This message was last edited by edmonstg at 07:52 PM, Aug 1st, 2016)

BrentD
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Aug 1st, 2016 08:16 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a Rumble 100 with the 1x12". I think it weights 22 lbs. I bought it for grabbing and taking over to friends' places. It's loud enough to keep up with a drummer and it's small and light. Anything more is unnecessary.

BonkersBass

Tejas

Do'in the 5 string thing!
Aug 1st, 2016 11:32 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've had the Rumble 200, V3 for about a year. I wanted to replace my Ampeg BA115 with something lighter and easier to schlep around to small gigs and rehearsals. I A-B'd it against similar amps from Ampeg, TC Electronics, G-K, Markbass, Peavey and Acoustic. I was really expecting to buy the updated Ampeg BA combo, but tone wise it just wasn't in the same league as the Rumble. The Markbass was close, and a tad lighter, but $100 more and not worth the extra $$.

I've been very happy with this Rumble. Very good tone, loud enough for rehearsals and small gigs, and 36 lbs. I see Fender has raised the price on these, but I believe it remains a very good value. Anyone wanting a lightweight amp should give one a try.

(This message was last edited by BonkersBass at 01:44 PM, Aug 2nd, 2016)

hushnel
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North Florida

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Aug 1st, 2016 03:42 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah, I have the Rumble 40 with a 10". I like it. It's 18 lbs.

I had a 15 that was very nice but traded it. I've replaced it with the new version but I think I got Lemmon. It sounds like it's the speaker, which I was going to replace and port anyhow.

Russ Imburgia

USA/OH

Aug 1st, 2016 08:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a Rumble 100. It sure beats hauling a 30 lb head and two 45 lb cabs just to get 300 or 400 Watts. :) It does the job and fits under the computer desk for practice.

LeonB
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North of Philly

Solid state = solid sound+light weight
Aug 3rd, 2016 03:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I use the Rumble 500 combo. Two 10s and 36 Lbs.

Only 350 watts stand alone, but enough for anything I normally do. Add a second cab for the 500 watts, and push more air than I probably will ever need.

Good tone at low volume also.

I also recently bought the TC Electronic BG250-208 primarily for coffee house acoustic gigs. At 26 Lbs really easy to carry, and a great match for my AE bass tonewise.

Bubbalou
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USA

THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Aug 3rd, 2016 07:26 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah George Neodymium speakers utilizing a very light weight extremely strong magnet structure with high sensitive 101db and above makes for a nice light weight system that puts out big sound despite its size. The times are a changin on us George.

LeonB
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North of Philly

Solid state = solid sound+light weight
Aug 3rd, 2016 10:21 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

According to Fender lit, the mag structure for the Rumbles is ceramic. Wonder how much lighter with Neo?

Bubbalou
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USA

THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Aug 4th, 2016 07:11 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well LeonB I can tell you the Magnet structure on my 15" Eminence Kappa Pro LFA2 speaker is 120 oz. While the NEO magnet weight on an Eminence 15" Kappalite LF is 11oz.
Neodymium magnets are extremely strong. I love the Kappa Pro LFA2 15" speaker but it pains this old man to lift it. By comparison the NEO is incredibly light weight even with it's heavy duty aluminum frame.

I have 2 GK 112-2 cabs I put Eminence Kappalite 3012 HO speakers in and they really put out. Very punchy, Nice low end (not as low as the two speakers above) good mids and smooth highs with high sensitivity (more output with less wattage needed)


Gedsbass

O'Fallon, MO./U.S.A.

Enjoy it down low in the nether regions
Aug 6th, 2016 08:16 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had the Rumble 100 years ago. Nice amp and sounded great.

Bubbalou
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USA

THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Aug 7th, 2016 12:40 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I too had a Rumble amp in 2004. Was very nice for home practice




Russ Imburgia

USA/OH

Aug 7th, 2016 08:53 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Aside from the obvious cosmetic details, were there any other differences in the current Rumbles and earlier versions?

edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Aug 7th, 2016 03:17 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Fender advertises the new Rumbles are totally different from the earlier ones. They claim they threw away the molds and started all over. I have no experience with the older Rumbles so I have no reference points to judge the new from the old. I only know I like mine.

George

Bubbalou
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USA

THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Aug 8th, 2016 01:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had an older one and the only thing I did not like was the fact the speaker began to "fart out" at higher volumes. It sounded really good at lower volumes

BonkersBass

Tejas

Do'in the 5 string thing!
Aug 12th, 2016 11:39 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I never owned the previous version of the Rumble amps, but I did play through a few of them. My impression of them was "unimpressive". Probably fine for a practice or rehearsal amp, but not something I'd want to gig with regularly. The tone to me was very blah. The cosmetics were also very different. The current version has much better tone, better cosmetics, and much lighter in weight. I would not hesitate to gig with mine - and have.

rockdoc11

USA

Bass is the place . . .
Aug 12th, 2016 12:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm with BonkersBass on all the above. I hear many good things about the present line. In its previous iteration, it was very blah and "cheap" sounding (IMHO).

The new amps sound much better.

My only complaint with the present line is the name. I think "Rumble" suggests a lack of clarity, detail, precision, articulateness, etc.

Why in the world would Fender go with (and then STAY with!) such a name for a line of bass amps?

(This message was last edited by rockdoc11 at 02:10 PM, Aug 12th, 2016)

wborys
OldFartBassPlayerWalt

Robbinsville, NJ

what do you mean the bass is too loud?
Aug 12th, 2016 01:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Why in the world would Fender?"

maybe has something to do with Link Wray ;-)


Steve Dallman
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Merrill, Wisconsin

Age is just a number...mine is big
Aug 15th, 2016 02:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The new Rumbles are great. I had an issue with the older ones. I used a 12" model for practice, and that damned cabinet resonated at certain freq's. It drove me nuts, but it wasn't my amp. I'd have braced the interior to get rid of that if it were mine.

I don't hear that with the new ones.

Bubbalou
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USA

THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Aug 15th, 2016 05:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I agree Steve. I had to brace the interior on two Avatar cabs

Juice Nichols
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Panama City, FL

I'm just a dude, playing a dude...
Aug 17th, 2016 10:56 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Is the Rumble 100 loud enough to use in a small club environment?

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