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Ampeg B15N 1966

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by slotrod65, Jan 1, 2014.


  1. slotrod65

    slotrod65

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    My local shop has an Ampeg B15N which they state is from 1966. Can anyone give me some pointers of what to look for? My Wife was with me and I did not have the time to properly evaluate the amp. Both transformers appear to be originals based on the cases, but I plan on going back to really try it out. The salesman told me that the amp had been into their shop for a checkup and worked fine. I do not know if a cap job was done or anything like that yet.
    Any tips, or things to look for/watch out for will be appreciated.
    Thanks!!
    Fred
     
  2. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

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    Rally not much to look out for other than checking all the knobs and both channels to see if it sounds and works well, though a record of what was done to it when it was last serviced would be a good thing. You could take a look at the tubes and see what kind they are. I would check and see what kind of a speaker is in it, too. A 66 should come with a CTS that has an Ampeg sticker on it or a JBL D130F. If it doesn't have one of them, it doesn't make it a bad buy or anything, but you might be able to use it for leverage to get a few bucks shaved off the price.
     
  3. beans-on-toast

    beans-on-toast Supporting Member

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    Here are some buying tips that you might find helpful.

    Let us know how it goes.
     
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  4. bachlover

    bachlover Supporting Member

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    If there's a CTS inside , part of the number stamped on the magnet will have the date it was made.
     
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  6. Farfetched

    Farfetched

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    These amps should also be relatively quiet. Check for any huming or rattling. Also if there are any extraneous holes.
     
  7. Bill Hughes

    Bill Hughes

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    A 1966 B15N will have a chrome plated steel chassis, and eyelet board construction, not a PCB.
     
  8. slotrod65

    slotrod65

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    Thanks guys, I will let you know how this turns out
     
  9. coreyfyfe

    coreyfyfe Supporting Member

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    I'd assume a 66 will be PCB as I have a Jan 65 dated amp (NC/cathode biased revision) with a PCB.
     

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