Acoustic B200h vs B300h vs Vintage 450?

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  1. mintyice

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    So I have the opportunity to get these 3 heads for roughly the same price but I'm having a hard time choosing which to get. B200H sounds great. Never played a B300H but it sounds similar to the B200H, just more wattage and footswitchable overdrive which is a plus, but the quality may be suspect. There's very little info about the 450 (never played it) but everyone says vintage Acoustic heads are great and reliable. What should I do?
  2. B-string

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    Hard question.
    The vintage Acoustic Control Corp is built to a higher standard but may need some maintenance and who knows when some critical components will be unobtainium.

    The GC brand Acoustic if it fails may be a door stop as not much customer support after warranty.

    Which amount of cash would be easier to swallow if things smoke?
  3. mintyice

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    If it makes this equation easier, the 450 looks like it's in great shape cosmetically.
  4. B-string

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    If I said yes I would be lying to you. It helps the resale value but no way to know if it has been stored somewhere with electrolytic caps drying out from non-use or if the person just took very good care of it? If you could get a use and care history that might help (if you get answered honestly).
  5. mintyice

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    Just talked to the guy and he said it's in great shape and it was serviced last year
  6. B-string

    B-string Supporting Member

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    That would swing me in its direction. :)
  7. mintyice

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    That's my thinking... Now I just need to find on a suitable cab... any suggestions?
  8. B-string

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    Depends on what you have room for. A 4 ohm 212, 215 or 410 would be my first suggestion of course an old ACC 215, 415, or 18" folded horn 301 would be great ;).
  9. Gaolee

    Gaolee The Fat Violin Supporting Member

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    It sounds like the old 450 is the way to go. I have been flogging ACC amps for a very long time and they have been near bulletproof. Start looking for an ACC cabinet to go with it. Guitar Center has them for a reasonable price on a regular basis and it doesn't cost that much to get them to ship one from a remote location to whatever is closest to you.

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