- Amps [BG]
- - ampeg v4
|joshj12db ||01-09-2013 02:36 PM |
i have recently come across a 1970's ampeg v4 a, but it has been modified to become a v4b.
i have wanted a decent head unit for quite a while so was quite happy when i was offered one.
i have a few questions tho, it needs a good service as it looks like it has been a while since the last one, so im wondering how much is something like this worth ?
is it better than a classic SVT ? or should i hold out and try and buy one of them ?
|haystack55 ||01-09-2013 03:12 PM |
I paid $600 for my V-4B about 5 months ago in good, un-messed-with condition. at 100 watts it's plenty loud into my vintage squareback 8x10 and breaks up a lot quicker than my SVT. fantastic gritty tone. I paid a local amp tech $65 to give it a once over and replace a bad resistor (basically an hour's labor).
|Tuned ||01-09-2013 05:17 PM |
It can be quite costly to service V4's. The tubes are worth over $200, a cap job is more like $250 and will need to be done soon if it hasn't already, and it's a rather elaborate design so just tracking problems can be time consuming. You should really insist the amp be inspected before buying, ideally agree on a price before inspection unless repairs are too high, and offer to split the inspection cost if you don't buy it. If the seller won't agree to that, don't buy it.
|68Goldfish ||01-09-2013 11:42 PM |
I'm a v4b fanboy. I have both, it and a 75 svt. The SVT hasn't left the house since I got the v4 over a year ago and it's not because of the weight. With two fifteens and any fender it's the best bass sound I've ever had.
|Alex1984 ||01-10-2013 12:56 AM |
It can definitely stand up to the SVT tone-wise if you don't need super high power. It should be loud enough for most gigs.
|Tuned ||01-10-2013 01:29 AM |
I run an SVP-CL preamp and an IPR power amp. It weighs ~15lbs and it can drive four 8x10's to tears. I love V4's but I don't regret selling mine.
|coreyfyfe ||01-10-2013 04:38 AM |
Originally Posted by Tuned
It can be quite costly to service V4's. The tubes are worth over $200, a cap job is more like $250
A cap job on a V4 shouldn't be more than $150. If you pay $250 you're getting ripped off. Even the cap job on my SVT wasn't that expensive.
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