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User reviews on Hartke VX products

It looks tough and it sounds good. (Hartke - VX410)

By tontonseb, 15/11/2011
I will not go the full description: say it is a body with a 4 hp to 10-inch cardboard cone and an acute compression. 400W RMS into 8 ohms. We can not do more classic.

I use it as a second cabinet in place of an Ashdown Mag 410 home, 300 Mag on the head of the same brand. The weight is comparable: the Hartke may be a bit lighter and less deep.

I play mostly rock greasy, although many fast punk and above, but also reggae, ska, rock 60 '...

I know the brand Hartke for playing often on the heads of the series and HA on different speakers, some with the famous hp aluminum cone.

Hartke is a brand that inspires confidence a priori, even if I do not like the sound of heads too HA I find they lack warmth (despite the tube preamp).


Compared to the cabinet Ashdown, the sound seems slightly more neutral, slightly less hot: less rich mid-bass I think. It very well against cash for the bass.

To find "my" sound, just a little tweaking of the equalizer amplifier.

The dynamics is very close to Ashdown. When she came out, the VX series was presented as a product more suited to sound "rock" than the other series aluminum cone. I think it is.


Excellent value for money in my opinion. Approximately € 300 in nine, half in time. It cost quite expensive 6 years ago (about € 500).

The performance is average, the quality of his too, and I paid a good price on occasion.

This is not the stuff of high-end, of course (Ampeg, Markbass, Mesa Boogie, Eden and company). But it looks to me honest and reliable.

I have a model from which the first series, it seems, are much better than the recent (beefier, more efficient ...). So much the better.

Now we must see to wear ...

Hartke VX 3500 (Hartke - VX3500)

By MGR/Chris Cruise, 24/10/2004
After a lengthy search (internet and in person) and comparison of several makes/models, including Ashdown, Ampeg, Fender, GK, and the likes, I found this model manufactured by Hartke. I already owned and used a Hartke B-90 (which is another review in itself, as it is an extremely cost effective and effecient amp, so I was familiar with the brand and quality.
I purchased the unit at Damm Music, in Wichita, Ks. I went in and asked if they could match the price I had found on the internet ($699.99)and they said they could. So, I prefer giving my business to a home-owned store, and they were new in the town and needed the biz, so they ordered it for me. I found it to be a deal in that I didn't have to pay shipping for it (and it is one heavy dude, being about 110# or so).
I wanted a combo amp, due to the portability of one compared with the rack-mount and cabinet concept. Having owned both, I was looking for easy this time, with an amp which could render the "goods" as a combo amp.

This amp is a "combo" amp, in that it is a single unit,approximately 16"x26"x33". It has the Hartke HA 3500 series head (350 watt, effects send/return, two seperate preamps, one being a tube preamp vs. a solid state preamp, both being able to be mixed in any combination for preamplification. The power section is controlled by a master volume, so one can achieve a full tube preamp and power output, or mix them any way they choose. It offers a multitude of sounds and tones, via a 10 band graphic EQ, (lit by LEDs)which can be placed in or out of the mix,as well as a bass and a treble contour control (ie. boost or cut). It has a compressor, which is switchable (in/out) having an LED which shows when compression is occurring.
I prefer to run the tube (I believe it is a 12AX7) preamp full-on and adjust the volume with the master. Sounds like a tube amp (Ampeg) and performs like a tube amp.
One can get about any type of amplification wanted, from extremely bright, punchy tones to the "ooomph" of a 2x15 cabinet. The speakers are Hartke's 10" paper cone type. Not the aluminum drivers they are known for, and this probably helps keep the cost down, as well as giving it a bit more warmth. It has four drivers with a piezo horn mounted center off them.
At 350 watts, this baby will crank it out. It is an impressive looking amp, with most functions (EQ, compressor, etc.) being LED lit, making it extremely user-friendly for a gigging musician working on a dimly lit stage.

A footswitch would have been a nice touch, so that one could control the compressor, the graphic, and the boost/cut contours. Of course, with such a concept, one would have to rely on presets at the amp itself, but the ease with which it could be achieed would be nice.
The weight is a bummer, I must admit, but it is equpipped with good side mount recessed handles (needed, believe me!)which balance the unit for carrying pretty good. It has casters which are integral, making it much easier to move around stage or home.

The unit seems to be extemely road worthy. The fact that it is a combo (picture a 4x10 cabinet with a head mounted above it which is integral in the cab.)makes set-up and tear-down pretty easy. I will admit that it is, pretty much, a two-man/woman amp when it comes to transport. The unit is covered in black carpet, with a steel mesh grill. The speaker frames are a dull silver, as is the horn, giving it an agressive look. It looks as good as it sounds.

Having owned many amps and basses in the past, from Kustoms (circa 70's) to GK's (mid 80's), I find this amp to exceed the requirements for most bass players. It would be strong enough for stage in mid-size venues, and more than adequate in clubs and bars.
Bang-for-buck, you can't beat it. It has features and tones which are comparable to much higher priced amps and cabs. Given the fact that it is a combo amp, making transport much easier for the working bass player, it is a great value.
You like it loud, this baby can provide it. You want flexibility and portability, as well as great sound, it can provide it. For the cost, I feel it truly cannot be beat.

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Very good price / quality ratio (Hartke - VX3500)

By Robin Schneider, 16/08/2012
This is a bass combo mixed lamp / transistor.
The preamp section is mixed, with the possibility of combining the two floors, is the power output transistor. The amp delivers 350Watts, which is ample for many rooms.

The preamp section offers two gain settings, has a lamp, a transistor, the two are used simultaneously.

Next is a compressor which is set via a single knob.
The most interesting part of the amp is a 10 band equalizer.
A section outline, an EQ simplest way to quickly adjust the bass and treble at 100Hz to 10K (yes it had its effect on low).

Finally, the master volume.

The connection is made by jack at the front, with separate entrance Active and passive.

to the rear is an XLR DI output on a console to send to, an effects loop in jack.
And of course the HP port to disconnect the HP integrated.

Level speakers, we have 4 classic Boomers cardboard (not aluminum), and a titanium tweeter.


You plug, you ride a knob of the master and preamp, and it's good!

The manual is not important, but it is quite full.

Basic sound Hartke is obtained. Accurate enough, rather metal (but less than the body with aluminum cone) but also very flexible.

Depending on whether one uses rather the preamp tube or transistor, we get a thicker sound a stink with the lamp (over medium Netherlands) or more neutral with the transistor. Personally I put the lamp Midi preamp and preamp transistor 9H and I like the rendering.

With the compressor can cut corners, as for a game that very irregular with a pick to get a good sustain on fingerstyle. The LED is not accurate to say the action of the compressor, it is only necessary to rely on the ears.

The ten-band equalizer is the best section of this amp, with well-chosen frequencies that can really shape the sound. Then simply complete the EQ contour, and we get what we want.


I play a lot of styles, and this amp fits easily.
It is in top form on the nervous rock, punk, stoner, etc. ...
To dub / funk it may miss some real low and being too specific in the mid / high.

I use it mainly with a Rickenbacker 4003 and an overdrive pedal Mojo.
This set works well and gives a very low present and alive.


I use it for several years, I've always loved the sound Hartke but with this amp you get the best price for a more than adequate.

I remake that choice without hesitation, my bass too.

I have tried many other bass amp models, but I never get the sound I want. Or spending a lot of time on set.

Its only flaw is its DI output, a few feeble and strangely does not provide a easy to mix or add sound. A good external DI is a better choice.

Music Partners Organisation's review (Hartke - VX2510)

By Music Partners Organisation, 26/05/2009
Small combo amplifier transistors composed of 2x 10 "which is really just very even in rehearsal, so do not push the volume in hopes to get beautiful well deep bass frequencies . Power 250w, I look where they are !! Do not really down in the low frequencies, the tweeter leaves prsager a big need for sub bass cabinet.
Chinese manufacturing.
6.35mm jack connectors so that we see more and more records Neutrik speakon.
rglages good enough.
SPEAKER AMPLIFIER AL CONNECTS in outside, saw a good point.


- Configuration very easy to use, a good point.
- To get a good sound, it is prudent to consider such effect pedals VOX.


On air, usable only in small caf concert, nothing do with AMPEG in virtually the same price area.
FENDER BASS precision
For a fat sound, it is imperative to add a sub bass cabinet with 38cm minimum
I repeat, equipment very well pourjeune beginner,
... but still expensive for Chinese goods.


7 months ago
easy to transport, roller bonus!
YES, I tried the AMPEG and TRACE.
Expensive in terms of the origin of manufacture