Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Cincinnati, OH USA
I played bass extensively for a couple years. I started out with a Hartke Kickback 10 (with the aluminum driver). I didn't feel it was handling the extended range of a 5-string well enough at band practice (sounded OK when practicing by myself, however).
I then bought the Carvin "red-eye combo"--I believe it was a 600w power amp with 2 10" speakers and a horn. It was great--very flexible (lots of EQ/preamp tone-shaping options), very reliable, very powerful. I debated getting a 15" or 18" extension cab to go with it--didn't really need it, just thought it would look cool. The 2x10 was certainly enough to get the job done for band rehearsal and gigging.
The band has since broken up, and I've returned to playing guitar, but if I was to seriously play bass again I'd immediately go out and buy another Carvin combo.