Product Type: Laney Amplifiers
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Laney RB4 is reliable enough for pub gigs and recording
Laney RB4 Bass Combo
Member Name: wonkybox
Laney RB4 Bass Combo
Advantages: Good power, good sound, good features
Disadvantages: No headphone jack.
I picked up an RB4 combo second-hand for about £120. So far it's done 2 gigs and is still going strong after a year of using it for between 4-8 hours every week.
It's about half a metre square and weighs - like all combos - a lot. The spec says 25kg but it feels like more because of the bulk. It's well constructed and has taken many knocks without getting damaged. Luckily there's handles on the top and sides that help with lugging it around.
160 watts is powerful enough to be really loud in a pub or club and is great for recording, with no noticeable deterioration in sound quality. There is a DI jack at one end of the control panel so you can go through a PA or desk if you need to.
I usually go through the normal input, although there is the option of a high input. There's a limiter defeat switch that I've never really had to use, and never had the cause to use, not having ever put everything up to 11. If I've needed to go louder I've stuck it on top of a speaker and used the external speaker jack for more power.
The switch on the left hand side is the 'enhance' switch, which just seems to knock a little bit off the highest and lowest frequencies. I don't really use it.
The 7 band equalizer is great fun to play with, if you're patient enough you can get a wide range of sounds out of it. If you whack the lowest frequencies to the maximum setting you do get a bit of muddiness, but sound quality remains consistent if you avoid the extremes. It's only a 15 inch speaker so this is par for the course in my experience.
There's no headphone jack however, which means that I have to annoy the rest of the band when embarking on a 15 minute slap-bass odyssey whilst they're doing something else.
It's too early to decide whether this combo will turn out to be a true indestructible monster, only years of gigs and bad treatment can test to that, but initial signs are good. It's already survived a flood, sub-zero temperatures in storage, and teenagers interfering with it.
Summary: Good amplifier for the money
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