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Four amps. Your vote

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by Tonygrilli1985, Jan 2, 2014.

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whats your favorite out of these 4

  1. ampeg svt vr

    19 vote(s)
    41.3%
  2. ampeg svt 4 pro

    6 vote(s)
    13.0%
  3. orange ad 200b

    7 vote(s)
    15.2%
  4. mesa boogie 400+

    14 vote(s)
    30.4%
  1. Tonygrilli1985

    Tonygrilli1985

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    I have been fantasizing about a new amp. It's gonna be a while till I have to make my final decision but I've narrowed my list down to four. I plan to shoot them out in person in about 6 months but just for fun; what's your favorite out of these:

    Ampeg svt vr
    Ampeg svt 4 pro
    Orange ad 140 b
    Mesa boogie 400+
  2. bass10bfb

    bass10bfb Prophet Low End Provider Supporting Member

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    Mesa 400+ for me no doubt. I have owned several of the Mesa heads too including the BB 750, Impulse 600, and the 400+ and it was by far my favorite. Be prepared though if you pick it; it is pretty heavy.
  3. jeff7bass

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    The Mesa kills.
  4. B-string

    B-string Supporting Member

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    None of them carry any real interest for me personally, but my vote would be the VR out of those four.
  5. P-oddz

    P-oddz Supporting Member

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    Would the Orange do the job?
    Guess I've never really heard of anyone rocking the 140 for bass...
  6. StuartV

    StuartV Out of GAS!! Supporting Member

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    VR. But, if you like the Mesa 400+, you should check out their new Prodigy and Strategy. I got to demo them at Mesa HQ and they kill. And they are a LOT lighter than the 400+ or VR.

    Oh, and why the AD140B in that mix? It's a much lower powered head than the others. Why not the AD200B?

    And if you're really considering a 140W tube head, I HIGHLY recommend also adding the Traynor YBA-3 to your list. They're rated at 135W, but that rating is based on a pure sine wave output (as I understand it). In real life, it's more like a 200W head, I think. And, it's a GREAT sounding head that is built like a tank.
  7. Sartori

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    Either the SVT or the 400+

    I use a D-180, which is most similar to the 400+.
  8. Joe Louvar

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    +1. yep, me too.

    But the Mesa 400 is nice too.
  9. mancefine

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    orange. orange. orange.

    I would get the AD200B out of those 4, as I am not familiar with the AD140.

    If you want to pay a third of the AD200B price and want a tube sound but don't mind a solid state power section, go with the Orange Terror Bass 1000. More power and headroom than most will need, weighs 11 lbs, and has the same tube pre amp as the AD200B. I love that thing.
  10. mancefine

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    But definitely all 3 of those over the 4 pro. Don't get the 4 pro.
  11. Amren

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    Why?
  12. elwuss

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  13. Chef

    Chef Moderator Supporting Member

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    The 400+ isn't heavy, for an all tube head of that power rating.
    Also: it's not in production anymore.
    Great head though.

    The Ampeg SVT VR is probably twice the weight; and probably twice the price.
  14. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Supporting Member

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    I'd personally take the 4 Pro over all the other choices. DSFDF.
  15. Luckydog

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    For the prices i've seen on the vr, i would also consider a 70's svt, or an svt II
  16. flam

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    I'd choose the vr, then the Orange, the 4 pro, and the Mesa, in that order. I've played all but the Mesa, but if it sounds anything like a d-180, or a Prodigy, I'd be extremely disappointed in it.
  17. Tonygrilli1985

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    Oops I'm glad I posted this. Better to realize that mistake now than later. I'll try the 200b instead.
  18. AdamR

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    SVT 2 would be my first choice over the VR. Then the 400+
  19. georgestrings

    georgestrings Supporting Member

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    +1, and I'd take the 400+ first, although I wouldn't be disappointed with the SVT, either...

    Agreed...

    I wouldn't - for what it does, and what it weighs, there are much better hybrid choices available, IMO... To each their own, though...


    - georgestrings
  20. Ryan L.

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    Like I said (abbreviated), different strokes for different folks. But I do agree, there are probably better hybrid choices out there----however, he didn't list any other hybrid choices.;) Also, since I am not a fan of tube amps, the 4 Pro would be the ONLY choice for me.:) (and I have tried the other three choices he listed over the years---although the Orange was the AD200B and not the model that he originally listed) I've just never been an all-tube guy.

    With that said, I owned and gigged a couple different 4 Pro's over the years, and always got great tone, a ton of volume, and perfect reliability out of them.

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