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BonkersBass

Tejas

Do'in the 5 string thing!
Aug 17th, 2016 11:25 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Not sure about the 100, but the 200 would be loud enough for a small club with a reasonably loud drummer for most music, in my opinion.

Juice Nichols
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Panama City, FL

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Aug 17th, 2016 12:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks Bonkers. This is a relatively low volume gig. Drummer keeps the volume under control. I was thinking if it's not enough I can use it as a monitor and DI into the PA.

edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Aug 17th, 2016 04:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Juice:

Given the lower volume you describe, the 100 will probably work fairly well for what you need. As Bonkers says, you can also go "bigger" with the amp through the PA and use the unit itself as a stage monitor.

George

rockdoc11

USA

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Aug 17th, 2016 06:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Coincidentally I was killing time at Guitar Center today, and played a Jazz Bass through several of the Rumble combo amps.

In my limited experience today, the Rumble 100 (100 watts into a single 12" speaker) would not be gig-worthy.

But the Rumble 200 (200 watts into a single 15" speaker) was a very different animal altogether, and would work great at a gig.

I was struck at the difference between these two models. Both sounded good, but the extra $ for the 200 would be more than worth it, in my view.

(This message was last edited by rockdoc11 at 08:37 PM, Aug 17th, 2016)

Juice Nichols
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Aug 17th, 2016 07:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks for the info guys. Looks like I'll go with the 200.

Russ Imburgia

USA/OH

Aug 17th, 2016 09:11 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Actually the 200 is only 140 Watts. From the FMIC specs:
200 Watts at 4 ohms (with Extension Cabinet), 140 Watts at 8 ohms (Internal)

edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Aug 18th, 2016 09:11 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I appreciate what rocdoc says, to which I will add that my experience with the 100 has been at band rehearsals with a four piece, plus numerous gigs in a variety of settings. It is loud enough to get through the practices without any problems. I once used it for an outdoor festival, inside a large tent, and I went "bigger" with a direct to the PA, but used the box as a monitor. I will admit the 100 isn't suitable in high volume situations because it doesn't have enough presence for the mix.

Let band volume determine size of the Rumble.

George

(This message was last edited by edmonstg at 11:12 AM, Aug 18th, 2016)

Juice Nichols
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Aug 18th, 2016 09:21 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks George. I think I'm going to go with the 200. I'm sure the 100 would cut it for the gig I currently have (2 acoustic guitars, drums and bass), but I never know what I'm going to end up doing in the future.

BonkersBass

Tejas

Do'in the 5 string thing!
Aug 18th, 2016 11:43 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Juice - I hope you'll be happy with the 200. I really like mine. Very versatile amp

Juice Nichols
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Aug 18th, 2016 03:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Bonkers I'm sure I'll love it. I've read nothing but positive reviews about the whole V3 series. I'll be placing my order next week. :-)

Edit:
I wanted to add that the weight of the amps is what drew me to them in the first place. Light weight and highly portable for me!

(This message was last edited by Juice Nichols at 05:59 PM, Aug 18th, 2016)

edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Aug 18th, 2016 05:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Juice, exactly.

I got the 100 because as an old man I am still able to lift the amp into my car and carry it to where it needs to go.

George

BonkersBass

Tejas

Do'in the 5 string thing!
Aug 19th, 2016 11:40 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ditto for me and the 200. I believe it's 36 pounds, which is way lighter than the Ampeg BA115 it replaced. That thing was a beast to carry.

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E NC

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Aug 21st, 2016 07:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

One of the differences between the current Rumbles and the previous ones is the new ones use lightweight class D power amps. I think more thought went into cabinet design and the new ones are not overbuilt with heavy MDF cabinets

A few years back Fender had a tweed Bassman bass amp line with class D power which were also relatively lightweight, but more expensive than today's Rumbles. I don't think they sold well as they were in the Fender catalog for only a few years.

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Aug 22nd, 2016 11:54 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Has anybody tried the new Rumble 115 cab? I might get one of those and get rid of my heavy homebrew cab with a JBL E140. I would be using it with a TC Electronic RH-450 head. I like that head because it's got a built in tuner.

Juice Nichols
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Aug 27th, 2016 10:22 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Just received my 200 today. Love it!

Bubbalou
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THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Aug 29th, 2016 06:13 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I might get one of those and get rid of my heavy homebrew cab with a JBL E140. I would be using it with a TC Electronic RH-450 head."

The JBL E140 sounds really good but it is one heavy boat anchor. You were the one that prompted me into turning my two Avatar cabs into JBL. I had to cut down on the interior space to work with it. I absolutely loved the tone but it was really heavy and did not have quite the voice coil travel I needed to keep from bottoming out at times.

edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Aug 29th, 2016 07:42 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Lou...

I've reported this a number of times on this forum and will repeat here that it's all about weight for me now, or the lack of, and the Rumble series of cabs and combos fits perfectly the need for decent tone and giggable volume in a package someone my age can load in and load out. I also greatly suspect that some younger players are hooking up to these as well.

George

edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Aug 29th, 2016 03:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

There's also the cost...Rumble gear is reasonably priced and I say this even though I'm on a limited retirement income.

George

Bubbalou
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THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Aug 29th, 2016 05:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

George, I fully respect your opinion on gear. I too have back problems. My gear is relatively light except for one 15" cab but it is on wheels. I can use on 12" NEO cab, 2- 12" NEO cabs, or the boat anchor 15 and on 12" NEO cab. My head weighs 6 pounds and will fit in the large pocket of my gig bag if I wish.
If I ever decide to scale down I will seriously consider a Rumble

ECS-3
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Aug 30th, 2016 08:00 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My Rumble 115 cab is supposed to deliver today, but I have company, so it will be few days before I can comment on it.

I sold my homebrew horn loaded JBL E140 cab in 2 days on CL and kept my TC Electronic RH450 head to drive the new Rumble cab.

I"m sure I'll eventually take the back off so I can see how Fender managed to make the Rumble cab so light, 39 lbs!

(This message was last edited by ECS-3 at 10:02 AM, Aug 30th, 2016)

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