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ampeg B2. any good?

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by ledyard, Jul 17, 2013.

  1. ledyard

    ledyard Supporting Member

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    so im after a cabinet and the only thing on CL even close is a right priced ampeg 410hlf. Id never use it live but just rehearsal for the 2nd band im in til I find another right year 810.
    so this guy wants his whole rig gone. basically I would end up gettting a 6spc rack, furman w/lights, and bbe 883(I think?) which I would never use and B2 head. newer one .... for the rack and its contents (not the cab) it would be like $200. id probably just take the B2 home and use it for practice by myself.
    anyways are they any good?

    as a side note my cab alternative locally is a peavey tour series 810 for $500. being a sealed 810 ampeg guy Im kinda scared about the big ports.
  2. JimmyM

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    I personally don't care for the B2. It was designed mostly to attract bass players who don't traditionally like Ampeg stuff, and I traditionally like Ampeg stuff.
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    I have a couple of B2s and a B3 ... I love them ... warm sound and no tubes ...
  4. ledyard

    ledyard Supporting Member

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    yeah jimmy I like traditional ampeg too. but I am also in love with my svt7pro. more than I ever thought possible. I really want a svt 8 for the monster head room.
    but I digress..... basically is it worth $200 for the head, flight rack, bbe, and furman? Idk need a new rack for my svt7. I also need a new furman so theres an easy $150-175 right there for those two.
    . that leaves me paying $50 for the B2 and bbe.
  5. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

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    Well that's certainly worth it. And I don't mean that I only like the SVT tube amps or anything ;) 7 Pro's a great amp IMHO because it's voiced like you'd expect from an Ampeg head. B2's more of a flat-response type amp designed more for those who love words like "transparent" and "uncolored."
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    gotcha. yeah the 7 is crisper than an old svt imho. with my old 62 RI p bass and some tweaking i get Geezer's tone from "The Devil You Know" album.

    any insight on this bbe thing? never used one. my gut tells me I would hate it. like I hate what a bbe does to a guitar signal.
  7. JimmyM

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    Your gut sounds pretty accurate. But someone would want it.
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    ledyard Supporting Member

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    jimmy, whats your take on the 410 hlf? Ihave never used one. it woukd be rehearsals only. every 410 he I have plugged into I have nearly blown. they definitely dont have the guts for full range. supposedkt the hlf is a beast for a small cab from my research.
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    The 410hlf is a beast with a lot of low end. Personally, I like the higher tuned 410he and 810e than all that massive low end, but if you like low end, that is the cab for you. Or at least one of a handful.

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