Amp swap ..

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by krstko, Jan 2, 2013.


  1. krstko

    krstko

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    Hi!
    I'm happy with my current setup (Hartke head + 410). But few days ago, someone wrote me a mail, that he needs a lighter head and is willing to trade his Peavey vb-2 for my Hartke HA5500. At first I almost died of excitement (tube amp; freaking awsome), but I think something smells here. What do you guys think?
  2. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

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    Try before you buy...that's all. I would be leery of someone out of the blue wanting to trade and I certainly wouldn't do it if shipping is involved, but if you can get your hands on it before money changes hands, should be OK if it checks out.
  3. RickenBoogie

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    Yup, play it first, make sure it's fully functioning, then use your ears to decide.
  4. krstko

    krstko

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    I'm not sure I will be able to try it because he lives far away .. the good thing is he has a full 2 year warranty :D
    what bothers me is why would someone want to trade a new 1300eur amp for a used 500eur amp .. how does he even know I have this amp?!
  5. RoadRanger

    RoadRanger Supporting Member

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    You'll ship your amp to him and either never receive anything or receive a box of rocks :( .
  6. bassmeknik

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    +1 we have a saying here in the US--- "danger Will Robinson, danger"


    If you can't go check it out in advance IMO don't do it.
  7. tdub0199

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    Sounds like a Scam!!!!! Don't do it!!!!
  8. two fingers

    two fingers Loud Mouth Know It All Blowhard Gold Supporting Member

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    Smells to me. I wouldn't do it if I couldn't hear, touch, smell, and even lick the amp.


    No, I'm not an amp licker, but you get the point.
  9. krstko

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    Nah, I'd never ship him my amp just like that xD He said it is ok if we meet somewhere (like equal distance from both of us). That's a good way to make sure that amp even exist. I hope that guy is unarmed :p
    btw is Peavey vb2 even worth the trouble and gas?
  10. two fingers

    two fingers Loud Mouth Know It All Blowhard Gold Supporting Member

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    I have no personal experience with the amp. That being said, there are a couple of things that I don't like. An active EQ on a tube amp seems odd to me. The more active/graphic you get in the preamp section of a tube amp, the less "analog" it sounds to me. (But that's just me being picky, admittedly.) Also, to be an all-tube amp for well under a grand (US dollars) also throws up red flags. (Again, my issue.) If a great tube amp can be built for under a grand, then other manufacturers are really ripping people off. My gut feeling is that it;s not a great tube amp.

    All my opinions with no personal experience whatsoever.
  11. RoadRanger

    RoadRanger Supporting Member

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    The "open box" Bugera 1960 I bought for $340 kicks arse :D.
  12. Edword

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    There's something wrong with this offer. Don't do it.
  13. krstko

    krstko

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    Yp, found the problem .. I decided to give him a chance and he said we could meet this weekend. After I confirmed, he said like ''btw could you add few € the deal, maybe .. hmm .. 300?''
    Still not a bad offer, but I think I'll skip it this time...
  14. M. Owen Santy

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    My Traynor YBA200-2 is fantastic and very affordable.
  15. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

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    Actually the VB-2 sells for under $1000 new, so not a stretch to get one used for less.

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