Ampeg B-15N

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by dzaneh, Feb 2, 2013.


  1. dzaneh

    dzaneh Supporting Member

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    got this tonight...only two owners...
    original owner female gospel singer bought it in '65...
    sold it to my brother in laws brother 3 years ago...
    got it for $500

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  2. f64

    f64 Supporting Member

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    Sweet!
  3. Atlanta Dave

    Atlanta Dave Supporting Member

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    Great score! I've seen them for $1.5k and more, in Atlanta.
  4. stingray56funk

    stingray56funk Supporting Member

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    Wowzas! Nice score and great to know its history. Congrats!
  5. spacebassed

    spacebassed

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    Blazin' deal! This could be a NC (cathode bias, 25w) or a NF (fixed bias, 30w) depending on when in '65 it was made.

    EDIT: It looks like it has the wider cross member across the speaker so it's likely a NF. Could you post a pic of the inside? I'd like to see if this is one of the double baffles with the smaller ports.
  6. dzaneh

    dzaneh Supporting Member

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    yeah it's NC...

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  7. dzaneh

    dzaneh Supporting Member

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    he said the woman had it in a closet for 35 years...
    with the bass & a microphone she plugged into the amp when she sang...

    played it at his house with his bass for a few hours & played about 45mins when I got home...
    SOUNDS GREAT !!
  8. spacebassed

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    That's likely one of the very last NC's made, I have a NC from a couple months earlier that has the narrower cross member. I can't see the ports in the baffle from that pic, but since its an NC it should have the standard size ports - the very last double baffles had smaller ports, but I've only seen that on NF's. Another thing I've noticed about the '65's is the chrome colored speaker baskets on the square mag CTS's - most were painted black.

    Yes they do!
  9. shackled

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    Hell of a deal! Congrats.
  10. dzaneh

    dzaneh Supporting Member

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  11. spacebassed

    spacebassed

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    Yep, those are the standard size ports.
  12. dzaneh

    dzaneh Supporting Member

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    seems to be in really great shape only just a few small "snags" in the tolex...
  13. beans-on-toast

    beans-on-toast

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    Congratulations on the new amp. I feel that the NC is the most desirable model.

    It looks like some maintenance has been done, which is a good thing. The power supply has been re-caped. The speaker cable has been changed as well as the cab connector. A lot of these amps have had this mod. Also it looks like the power transformer was changed. This is fairly common as well as the old ones like to blow. You have a better transformer in there now than the one that came with the amp.
  14. dzaneh

    dzaneh Supporting Member

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    cool...good to know...
    I sure the original owner had any work that had been done to it done...my brother in laws brother said he rarely used it,because he didn't want anything to "happen " to it...
  15. jnewmark

    jnewmark Supporting Member

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    Nice. Funny about the wiring on some of these B15's. On my '71, the green wire is attached to the Red marker on the speaker terminal, which I assume is positive. On yours, it's not. Guess it depends on who was doing the wiring that day at Ampeg . :rollno:
  16. christw

    christw Get low!

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  17. ChrisB2

    ChrisB2 Bass... in your fass Supporting Member

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    "Stole it" you mean!!!

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    j/k, sweet amp!!!

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  18. klejst

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    Very nice score! Nice pictures too. Now rock that thing :bassist:
  19. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

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    Bah, that amp will outlast you and your brother in law both ;) People think of B-15's as delicate, but they're actually tanks. I use mine on gigs all the time.
  20. dzaneh

    dzaneh Supporting Member

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    cool !!

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