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  1. Vintage
    Gibson 1970s 800B Preamp With 8002b Powered Cab Bass Cabinet
    Your Price $769.99
    Excellent Condition
    Rancho Cucamonga, CA
  2. Vintage
    Ampeg 1970s SVT Tube Bass Amp Head
    Your Price $1,899.99
    Excellent Condition
    Hollywood, CA
  3. Vintage
    Kustom 1970s K200b - Head Black Bass Amp Head
    Your Price $299.99
    Great Condition
    Huntsville, AL
  4. Vintage
    Traynor 1970s YBA-3 Custom Special Tube Bass Amp Head
    Your Price $699.99
    Great Condition
    Mesa, AZ
  5. Vintage
    Ampeg 1970s B25 Tube Bass Amp Head
    Your Price $1,099.99
    Great Condition
    Warwick, RI
  6. Price Drop
    Ampeg 1977 V9 Tube Bass Amp Head
    Your Price $1,499.99
    Great Condition
    Concord, CA
  7. Vintage
    Ampeg 1974 V9-SVT Tube Bass Amp Head
    Your Price $1,549.99
    Great Condition
    Indianapolis, IN
  8. Vintage
    Ampeg 1970s B-25B Head And Cab Tube Bass Combo Amp
    Your Price $899.99
    Good Condition
    Paramus, NJ
  9. Vintage
    Fender 1970s Bassman 100 Bass Combo Amp
    Your Price $599.99
    Good Condition
    Allen Park, MI
  10. Vintage
    Acoustic 1970s Acoustic 370 Amp W/ Cab Bass Amp Head
    Your Price $799.99
    Good Condition
    Albany, NY
  11. Vintage
    Sunn 1970s 200s Tube Bass Amp Head
    Your Price $849.99
    Good Condition
    Huntsville, AL
  12. Vintage
    Fender 1970s Fender Bassman 50 W/ Cab Tube Bass Amp Head
    Your Price $749.99
    Good Condition
    North Attleboro, MA
  13. Vintage
    Fender 1970s Bassman 100 HEAD W/ CAB Tube Bass Amp Head
    Your Price $799.99
    Good Condition
    San Francisco, CA
  14. Vintage
    Acoustic 1970s 405 Bass Cabinet
    Your Price $299.99
    Good Condition
    Lincoln, NE
  15. Vintage
    Fender 1974 Bassman 100T 100W Tube Bass Amp Head
    Your Price $799.99
    Good Condition
    Louisville, KY
  16. Vintage
    Traynor 1970s 1970's Traynor Bass Mate Combo Tube Bass Combo Amp
    Your Price $449.99
    Good Condition
    Southfield, MI
  17. Vintage
    Ampeg 1966 B18N Bass Cabinet
    Your Price $399.99
    Good Condition
    Natick, MA
  18. Vintage
    Traynor 1970s YBA-1 BASSMASTER HEAD W/ CAB Tube Bass Amp Head
    Your Price $799.99
    Good Condition
    Fairfax, VA
  19. Vintage
    Fender 1969 1969 Fender Bassman Head W/ Cab Tube Bass Amp Head
    Your Price $899.99
    Good Condition
    North Houston, TX
  20. Vintage
    Ampeg 1970s B-25 Tube Bass Amp Head
    Your Price $799.99
    Good Condition
    Boston, MA
  21. Vintage
    Acoustic 1970s 220 Bass Amp Head
    Your Price $249.99
    Good Condition
    Huntsville, AL
  22. Vintage
    Ampeg 1970s V4 Tube Bass Amp Head
    Your Price $599.99
    Good Condition
    Pasadena, CA
  23. Vintage
    Vintage 1969 Fender Bassman Head And Cabinet Piggyback Tube Bass Amp Head
    Your Price $1,299.99
    Good Condition
    Braintree, MA
  24. Vintage
    Fender 1968 1968 Fender Bassman Head W/Cab (Silver Face With Carpet Covering) Tube Bass Amp Head
    Your Price $999.99
    Good Condition
    Ocean, NJ
  25. Vintage
    Fender 1968 Bassman Head W/cab Tube Bass Amp Head
    Your Price $1,099.99
    Good Condition
    Gwinnett, GA
  26. Vintage
    Ampeg 1970s Portaflex B15 Tube Bass Combo Amp
    Your Price $1,299.99
    Good Condition
    Tempe, AZ
  27. Vintage
    Premiere 1965 B-160 Tube Bass Combo Amp
    Your Price $649.99
    Good Condition
    Albany, NY
  28. Vintage
    Acoustic 1970s 136 Combo Bass Combo Amp
    Your Price $199.99
    Good Condition
    Louisville, KY
  29. Vintage
    Fender 1971 1971 Fender Bassman Amp W/ Cab Bass Cabinet
    Your Price $1,099.99
    Good Condition
    Hallandale, FL
  30. Vintage
    Ampeg 1967 1967 B-15-n Portaflex Black Tolex Gold Trim Tube Bass Combo Amp
    Your Price $1,599.99
    Good Condition
    North Attleboro, MA
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Bass Amplifiers:

Bass amplifiers are distinct from other types of amplification systems due to the particular challenges associated with low-frequency sound reproduction. This distinction affects the design of the loudspeakers and the speaker cabinet, as well as the preamp and amplifier.

Speaker cabinets for bass instrument amplification usually incorporate larger (or more) loudspeakers than those used for the amplification of other instruments. The loudspeakers themselves must also be sturdier to handle the higher power levels. Bass instrument speaker cabinets are typically more rigidly constructed and heavily braced than those for non-bass instrument amplification. They usually include tuned bass reflex ports or vents for increased efficiency at low frequencies.

Bass amplifiers are more likely to be designed with cooling fans than regular guitar amplifiers, due to the high power demands of bass amplification. They are also more commonly equipped with limiter circuitry to prevent overloading the power amplifier and to protect the speakers from damage.

Tube Bass Amps

Vacuum tubes were the dominant active electronic components in bass amplifiers manufactured until the early 1970s, and tubes continue to be used for higher-end units. Many bass players believe that tube amplifiers produce a "warmer" or more "natural" sound than solid-state amplifiers when lightly or moderately driven, and more pleasing distortion characteristics when overdriven. Some also believe that they have a greater level of perceived loudness for a given amount of amplifier power.

Solid-state Bass Amps

During the 1960s and 1970s, semiconductor transistor-based amplifiers began to become popular. This was, in large part, because solid-state amps are less expensive, lighter weight, and require less maintenance than tube amplifiers. In some cases, tube and solid-state technologies are used together, usually with a tube preamp driving a solid-state power amplifier. There is also an increasing range of products that use digital signal processing and digital modeling technology to simulate many different combinations of amp and cabinets.

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