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WaveRay

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Would there be any wisdom in using a small, stage bass amp for an upright bass? This would be for performance where I would use my bass max pickup into the amp behind the band (for monitor purposes) then mic'd for the house sound. Instead of plugging directly (thru DI) into the PA. We can't seem to get the bass through the front monitors very well and I thought an outboard amp behind the band would serve better.

If so, what small amp would you recommend?

Thanks in advance.
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You are thinking correctly. Use the bass amp on stage as a monitor and take all the bass out of the regular wedge monitors which creates your feedback problem and muddies up your vocals, the guitar & other instruments’ stage monitor mix. I recommend the small but very good sounding Mark Bass 8” Cube Amp https://www.musiciansfriend.com/amplifiers-effects/markbass-micromark-801-60w-1x8-bass-combo-amp/h77061000000000 which is what our bass player uses. He adds a Fishman Plattinim Pro PreAmp Pedal in the signal before the Mark Bass, which has EQ & Compression, and then uses the XLR Out on the back of the Mark Bass to also feed the Front of House, thereby eliminating a microphone altogether. It’s very natural sounding and never feedsbsck. Just make sure to tell the sound guy to turn off the bass in the wedge monitor mix. This is a great bluegrass or acoustic bass setup for performance.

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Here’s the Fishman Platinum Pro PreAmp Pedal: https://www.musiciansfriend.com/amplifiers-effects/fishman-platinum-pro-eq-acoustic-guitar-preamp/j15690000000000

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Thanks for the input, guys. I came across a half decent deal on a Mark bass CMD JB Players School. 15" single. The low end rumbles the house. I have to play with the EQ to balance it all out but it should work well. It's a little bigger than I thought I'd end up with but it isn't as heavy as it looks like it would be.
We'll see, I guess.  
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