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bammons30 01-26-2014 09:03 PM

Ampeg Portaflex or Acoustic b450?
 
Im looking into buying one of these 2 amps.

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Acoustic...48-i2497482.gc

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Ampeg-PF...05-i1821347.gc

I have played Ampegs before and I know their quality and am very pleased with it. But this Acoustic amp really interests me. I like the portaflex overall with its power, sound, and fliptop. But this Acoustic amp is a combo which just makes carrying everything easier. Both can put out the power I need and want considering I can hook up another 4 ohm cabinet to the acoustic amp and get up to 600 watts.

the main issue is i have no experience with Acoustic at all so i dont know their reputation or quality all that well. Can anyone give me opinions on these 2?

Money is also a factor. and with the Acoustic being cheaper its definitely something im considering. Either one i buy will be bought used also.

RickenBoogie 01-27-2014 08:23 AM

The Acoustic is entry level, with really cheap spkrs. Ampeg is a much better choice.

Zoa 01-27-2014 08:26 AM

I play an Acoustic stack. Get the Ampeg. The Acoustic heads are alright if you like clean thump. They're more powerful that their wattage ratings, and are durable, but heavy. Their cabinets use cheap speakers and are shoddily constructed.

inri222 01-27-2014 08:31 AM

Ampeg

CL400Peavey 01-27-2014 08:31 AM

As good as that Ampeg is, I dont prefer that ampeg cab. I suggest you look at the PF-115LF instead of the "HE" series cabs.

JimmyM 01-27-2014 09:12 AM

I like the HE series fine ;) The HLF and LF go too low for my tastes. So does the PF115he, but it's somewhat controllable.

CL400Peavey 01-27-2014 09:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JimmyM (Post 15436965)
I like the HE series fine ;) The HLF and LF go too low for my tastes. So does the PF115he, but it's somewhat controllable.

As long as he is playing an Ampeg though.... Right? ;)

JimmyM 01-27-2014 09:21 AM

Hey, not like I get commissions ;)

southpaw723 01-27-2014 09:31 AM

The portaflex would probably be more portable because of the flip top thing. That acoustic probably weighs 80 pounds.

CL400Peavey 01-27-2014 09:34 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JimmyM (Post 15437006)
Hey, not like I get commissions ;)

I know, and you know I have nothing but love for my Ampeg gear.

That said we do have different tastes in our sound. So to the OP, take it for what it is. You will find people that enjoy the same amp through different cabs, or different amps through the same cab.

If you took all the gear that I owned, and all the gear that Jimmy owns, and mish-mashed rigs together either one of us could get a workable sound out of it. He might prefer certain pieces more than I, but it would all be workable.

Jimmy's Herritage SVT+810 might not be on my gas list, nor my Classic 400 +'66 on his, but he would still sound like Jimmy through my rig.

What all that really boils down to is that you need to figure out what sounds good to your ear.

Gaolee 01-27-2014 09:57 AM

I don't know that much about Chinese made Acoustic stuff, but I have heard that they are OK. That said, even though I prefer Acoustic Control or USA Acoustic amplifiers over Ampeg, I would probably go with the Portaflex if I was making the same choice you are.

B-string 01-27-2014 10:11 AM

Don't know if I would be comfortable buying the PF-500 used though. After warranty support for the "Acoustic" is from what I have heard really sketchy.

Joedog 01-27-2014 10:29 AM

Of those 2...Ampeg for sure. You might also want to take a quick look at the Genz Benz Contour combos. They are blowing them out for about $350 shipped!!!! 500W w/an extension cab (another $225 if you want their matching cab), 300W and loud as a stand alone.


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