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Hartke Model 2500 250-Watt Bass Head Reviews

4.5 stars based on 4 customer reviews
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  • from Austin TX May 16, 2017Music Background:
    bass/guitar player, semi-pro

    Awesome practice/stage amp

    The Hartke Model 2500 was a replacement for a Crate head which had some 'cooler' features, but lacked a bit of character. The Hartke has some great tone, and is much more customizable in regards to the pre-amp tone and variable selection. The EQ section is perfect for getting a tone that cuts, but supports the bottom end. The low/high shelf filters give even more broad tonal adjustments. All are available via the DI so you can get both a mic'd tone your like and a DI tone to manipulate in software when recording.

    Great little head.

  • from Ypsilanti, MI January 6, 2014Music Background:
    Been playing bass for awhile now.

    Nice Amp

    This little guy is my practice amp. I use him with a GK 4x10. Very clean amp. Real faithful reproduction of both bass guitar and full scale EUB. I run it pretty much flat with some high end contour roll off. I perform mostly rock at fairly high volume levels. I have another rig for performing that lives in the rehearsal hall and travels with the rig. I would not recommend this combination for the gigging I do. Not loud enough. Tapped into the mains (PA) it would be fine.

    My need was an amp that would reproduce a sound close to my performance rig without the volume, size, and cost. This little guy does a wonderful job.

  • from Mullins South Carolina June 24, 2010Music Background:
    Musician, Producer, Recording Engineer

    It Rocks

    Bought this amp in Febuary 2010 when i received the amp it was in perfect condition hooked it up to my swr 410 Goliath,man this was a perfect combination the sound is what ive been looking for for a long time, it is easy to get the sound you want which is about anything this amp has great bottom, this amp is used mostly in Church this 2500 fits the bill, but I will be getting the 5500 soon this summer for stage use

  • from Vermont June 1, 2010Music Background:
    Weekend player

    Hartke 2500

    The Hartke 2500 bass head puts out 180 watts to my 12-inch Schroeder lightweight (8 ohm) speaker cab. Adding another 8-ohm speaker would increase wattage to 250 watts. As it is, the head is more than powerful enough for the speaker, which is rated at 300-400 watts.

    I wanted to step up from my 48-lib. lower-wattage combo amp, and I wanted components I could carry more easily. With the Hartke head and Schroeder speaker, I have two pieces that weigh less than 25 lbs. each--and a huge increase in power, volume, and most important for the kinds of gigs I do, quality of sound.

    The tube-emulation pre-amp has a great, fat sound; the solid-state pre-amp is more modern, and one can combine them effectively. The EQ sliders are efficient but the 'contour' control, which offers a high or low 'cut' is in my opinion superfluous as it functions as a somewhat redundant equalization tool. Compression control is another plus, and very effective at higher volume, with hard playing.

    The amp functions quietly, is powerful, weighs about 23 lbs. and features a ground lift switch, a fan, and active or passive inputs. (I have only used the passive input.) All controls and knobs are solid, workmanship seems to be first rate. Comes with an instruction book that should be read cover to cover (if you value your speakers).

    For the money, I don't think you can go wrong. It's good quality for the money--this amp will easily power a 2x10 or larger cab. I was in touch with the Hartke company twice with questions and received an answer promptly both times.

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