traded for Bassman 10
yesterday I traded an Ampeg BR2E and a Hartke VX215 for a mid-70's Silverface 50w Fender Bassman Ten.
It's a pretty rocking little amp, really. tubes, 410 combo, ext. speaker out, etc.
Might need retubing - sounds slightly 'spongy' on the low E notes. I didn't notice it at the gig yesterday, but I ran it into an Ampeg 112 and had my SansAmp going to the PA, so I didn't notice until I got it home.
But this is a cool little amp. Anyone know much about them??
It's an odd duck, for sure...but it sounds GOOD.
I'd like to know the exact year it was made.
Easy to date by the stamped sn on the chassis. Basically a bassman amp into a 4 x10... What else is there to know? In a realm of 300 watt solid state amps, 50 watts of Fender Bassman is shockingly loud. Not enough for some of my gigs but a cool amp ! i use an old Music Man RD100 in 50 watt mode into a 2 x15 cab for rehearsal and recording with one of my bands. very similar vibe to a bassman but with a mid control. 'Low' watt tubes amps are way, way cool!
That bassman 10 is a screamin' guitar amp. I would snag one for my guitar rig if the right deal presented itself for sure
Wasn't sure about it being a good guitar amp though - it's a closed-back cab, and I've never have been a fan of 410s for guitar, DeVilles have a kinda flat and 'boxy' sound to me...
so I hadn't even considered the guitar angle.
looking forward to checking that out too.
Silverface Fender Bassman 10
I bought one new in 1977. Good solid combo. Classic Fender Bassman tone. It was perfect for personal practice and band rehearsal, but just didn't have the volume for bar gigs. I traded it in on a new Fender Studio Bass combo in '79 or '80. We rocked together for nearly 25 years. I sold it to a drummer friend and it resides in his studio to this very day. I have visitation rights. ;)
These days I rock Fender Rumbles. :)
here's a pic
I guess I'm just not a Deville fan.
sounded pretty good.
sure won't take the place of my SVT or V4...but for acoustic-type gigs, it will be awesome, along with informal jamming or rehearsing, this thing is perfect.
I needed a 'practice amp', and this thing sounds amazing.
i think I'm at the point where non-tube heads just don't interest me. they don't fill the room correctly, they don't sound as full...
Spongy on the low E?
Doesn't need new tubes! It needs the power supply capacitors replaced first. That's a major cause of many problems with those old amps, the electrolytic caps dry up.
Then check plate resistors and coupling caps. After that, then maybe think about tubes.
It may also just be reaching the limits of the sort of seat-of-the-pants speaker design of the day.
If you take the grill off you will see some tiny holes drilled in the front to serve as ports. The cabinet is also very shallow and bare inside.
You can experiment with plugging those holes (temporarily) and adding some lining or stuffing to the inside. May help tighten up the sound but also may make it seem a little quieter or lacking "oomph" in the lows. All reversabile if you don't like the change in sound.
I used to have one of these. Eventually sold it because it wasn't loud enough for my gigs, but for practice, recording, low volume situations, etc., it's a little tone machine.
Almost anything that old should have new capacitors put in the power supply.
thank you both - great advice, I'll take it in tomorrow
I gigged one of these alot in the mid 70's. Mine came from the factory with JBL 10s.
Textbook Fender bass sound, loud and very heavy. I miss the sound but not the weight.
And it sounds amazing - my guitarist has it right now, L.o.l..
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