Eden is known for quality bass gear, but usually their products aren’t quite as compact as the MicroTour mini bass amp. Weighing in at just 2.5 lbs., the 2-watt MicroTour looks like a Mini-Me stack. (Its dimensions are 12" x 5.3" x 3.7".) You can power it with either a 15V adaptor (not included) or eight AA batteries. Features include a single 4 1/2" whizzer-cone speaker, an 1/8" headphone jack for silent practice, and simple volume and tone controls.

I plugged in a Fender P, set the MicroTour’s tone knob at noon, and pushed the volume to 10 o’clock. The MicroTour delivered enough juice for pleasant, discernable volume that worked for riffing, but was quiet enough not to bug your family or co-workers down the hall. Don’t expect classic Eden tone or big volume from this little box—it’s just a plastic enclosure with a small speaker and 2 watts of power. (Push the volume beyond 2 o’clock and things get buzzy.) But with the volume around noon, MicroTour lets you to hold your own in a living room jam with your dreadnought-toting buddies.

Portability? Check. The MicroTour fit perfectly into the topside compartment of my Ritter gig bag. This fun and cool-looking little amp lets you power up your bass just about anywhere. At 60 bucks, why not?

Test Gear: 2001 Fender Precision


Ultra-small. AA battery power permits playing anywhere.

Not enough volume for even small gigs.


Eden MicroTour


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