FS: 1972 SUNN concert bass head + cab
SOLD SOLD SOLD FS: the gem of my solid state collection. This is a near mint second owner SUNN concert bass head and matching 2x15 cab. These were sold as a set in 1972 to the original owner. I am owner number two. I took possession two years ago.
Were it not for some minor blemishes to the tolex (indentations, not rips) I could say this is mint. I'll give it a 7.5/10, and that's conservative. It is in great shape, chrome is flawless. Grille is perfect.
It worked perfectly when I came into possession. I had it looked at by my tech to ensure its in good health. He opened it up, hit it with compressed air lubed the pots and put the cover back on and stated "cleanest vintage amp I've ever seen"
The only modification is a grounded three prong plug.
Includes a sunn foot switch for distortion/boost.
It comes with vinyl covers for head and cab. Covers are in great shape for being 40 years old. No cracks, still take a nice shine.
I'm selling this amp to fund other purchases. I'm always looking for interesting T Birds or Japanese Lawsuit copies.
Since this is a matched set in stellar condition, I'd rather not split them up.
Shipping would be tough and is buyer's responsibility. I'm happy to assist transporting to whatever company will ship this rig. I'm in the Boston area. Willing to meet or deliver a reasonable distance. Don't be afraid to ask if you're too far away.
I'm looking for 850/obo
I love the look of these vintage rigs!
How many watts is this head ?
I'm in MA.
this is a crazy good deal, a stoner/doomer has to pick this up ASAP
i was in a band with a guy who spent his life as a roadie(approx 35 years) for all kinds of bands and had acquired all kinds of gear through those years and had one of these rigs, that was by far the best bass sound I've ever had.
Despite the low wattage, this is a doom machine. Great shape, no issues. Killer deal.
What speakers are in it? Looks beautiful!
I'm fairly certain due to the foil center caps and the original owner stating they were the more expensive optional speakers they are original JBL D140 F's. however I don't wish to be the first person to open the cab. *correction: sunn bass transducers not JBL's"
Speakers are Sunn bass transducers. See corrected post below. I've modified this post to avoid confusion
Would you split them up? Cab only?
I really don't want to split them up. However, I'd sell the cab for 850 and throw the amp, covers and foot switch in for free. :-)
Yes, they are JBL 140's. Yes, that was the upgrade option at the time. Yes, this amp is LOUD and sounds good. The head is a BRUTE. This is very similar to the rig that I gigged with back in the '70's.
Even if this was not a beloved, iconic, vintage amp and cabinet, it would be EASILY worth $850 simply because of its performance. I never had any problem with tone or volume, back in the day. You won't find a more effective rig for this price, regardless of age.
On top of that, this thing appears to be a time capsule. Sunn Concert amps are very popular with heavy bands today, and for good reason.
Do not split these pieces up. Indeed, I am quite surprised this is still available. Excellent condition. Footswitch. Original covers. This thing belongs in a museum.
(BTW. somebody asked about the weight. These are not particularly heavy, as I recall.)
I missed the weight question. The head is light. Maybe 20lbs. It's a one hand carry.
The cab is similar to a typical mid sized vintage 2x15 made of pine or birch ply. I'd say in the 75lb range. Heavier than a fender bassman bit lighter than comparable ampeg or Traynor 215 cabs.
Here's another tidbit about this amp. The original owner bought it as a transitional move from teaching upright to electric bass. This amp has never seen the inside of a nightclub. It has never been gigged. Not even once.
That’s a Hartzell era cab, post 1971, it’s either a 215S, 215M, or 215V. JBL was NOT the upgrade driver for any 215 series cabs, the JBL upgrades ended with the original Sundholm era. The last D140F equipped Sunn 2x15 was the center ported 200S cab, and it wasn’t an upgrade it was the standard OEM 200S driver for the entire history of the cabinet.
Cabs that minty would probably still have the ID badge on the back, usually by the input jack; 215S had Sunn Transducers, the 215M had Sunn Magna drivers, and the 215V had Cerwin Vega drivers.
Is the ID plate still there?
Also if those are JBL D140F’s that someone put in the cab after the fact, it would appear that for some reason someone has replaced the dust covers.
That sure looks like holes in the middle of the covers which is indicative of the non-JBL Sunn drivers of that era. JBL MI drivers all had a solid aluminum dust cover sans holes.
The only way to tell for sure is to pop them out. It won’t hurt the value, and it’s just a matter of unscrewing 4 bolts.
You have to be sure before you sell it as having D140F’s, as those have substantially higher value than the drivers that I bet the cabinet actually has in there, and I’m sure you wouldn’t want to unintentionally misrepresent them BlkHeli.
Armed with that info I'm holding off on all offers until correct drivers are confirmed and photographed. I was going by the info supplied by the original owner. He's looking for the original sales slip(!!!!) and owners manual(!!!!!!!!!!).
Thanks for your expertise. I'll update with my findings.
Thank you for convincing me to pull the speaker. It's a Sunn bass transducer, not a JBL. Cab is a 215s rated at 160w.
As far as condition, the set is near mint with the exception of one non original foot on the cab and minimal cracking of the handle on both head and cab. The indentations I mentioned earlier were on a different cab. The chrome is shiny. There is zero oxidation. The grill is perfect. Faceplate and logos are clean and free of scratches. Attachment 358408Attachment 358409
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