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Phil Jones BG400 vs Markbass LM3

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Ok, I play my electric bass (function band) through a MB LM3 with 121 and 151 cabs. I have also just got a PJ Compact suitcase BG400, that is 300w internal or 500w with a C4 cab or 575w with a C8 cab, for my instrumental double bass band.

I love the compactness of the Phil Jones stuff so was wondering whether I could get rid of the MB amp/cabs totally, get myself a PJ extension cab and that would cover both bands. 

Has anyone used the Phil Jones setup in an electric situation? Even though we are a function band we can get quite loud and rocky in certain situations, so it’s got to be able to rock as well as pop.

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I changed from a MB2 with Schroeder 2x12L to my current PJ rig (Flightcase + PB300). When comparing side by side, I found they were very similar in voicing, but the PJ rig is more refined/cleaner (lets the instrument's sound come through) and of course lighter/compact. Live, I have the Flightcase at around 1-2 o'clock and the PB300 at 12 o'clock. Definitely loud enough for my 2 bands and plenty to spare if required.

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A BG400 plus a C4 will definitely do the job as far as volume is concerned provided the rest of the band are not out and out hooligans (which, if you are a function band, they almost certainly aren't). As ez says, tonally, they are refined and clean. You may not be able to drive an additonal C8 with your BG400. I think PJB specify a minimum of 8 ohms for extension speakers (I could be wrong). I use between one and three C4s with an AG700 depending on the size of the job and love the quality of sound I get.

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