NAD: Ampeg PF500 & SVT210AV

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  1. SuperK

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    So I recently sold my Ampeg PF115HE cabinet and purchased a pair of SVT210AV cabs to pair up to my PF500 amp. Nothing against the PF115HE but I was looking for a setup that was a little more portable. Plus I read too many good things about the SVT210AVs that I had to give them a try.

    I got these just before Christmas, but my band has been on a break for the holidays so I've only been able to listen to the new rig solo. It sounded great but I was curious to hear how it would sound in a band mix. We just had our first full practice last week so I was finally able to find out and man am I happy! I'm running my MIA P Bass (upgraded with Fender Original pups) through a VT Bass DI. I was able to finally get that vintage tone that I've been searching for without having an SVT and an 8x10 cab. It easily kept up with two guitars and a drummer and had room to spare.

    Thanks to TB for all the information! Only problem is that I no longer have any GAS......for now! :bassist:

    Here's a pic:

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  2. jeff7bass

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    Nice rig! For those wanting vintage tone, good volume and easy portability, tough to beat what you just got.

    I played a 50's P-Bass through the MicroVR/SVT210AV mini stack and was sold on the tone but knew it was really a small-gig/rehearsal type of rig. By doubling the cabs and dropping the PF-500 on them, no worries.
  3. RickenBoogie

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    Nice. I haven't owned a 410 in many years, and if I ever do again, it'll be a pair of 210's stacked vertically like your rig. What a difference it makes.
  4. SuperK

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    Yea I've set them side by side on the floor in true "410" fashion. They definitely put out more bass that way but they sound much better and LOUDER when stacked vertically.
  5. okcrum

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    Yes. Yes, they do.

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  6. shaginwagin

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    So, you are running a VT bass DI into the front of the PF500?
  7. SuperK

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    Yes. I use a Zoom MS60-B first then into a VT Bass DI then into an Fdeck HPF. I haven't used the DI feature of the VT Bass yet. I'm still just using it as an always on pedal. I don't run everything through the effects loop. I just plug it right in the front.
  8. okcrum

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    That's a sweet rig you've got there, SuperK.
  9. Steve Dallman

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    I played in the pit for a musical last year. The soundman took the DI feed for my bass off my PF-500, pre-EQ. He commented the second show that it was the best DI'd bass signal he'd ever worked with. He had nothing but good to say about it.

    When I gigged with a GK1001RB, I didn't care for the DI on it. I used a Sansamp BDDI for the signal to the PA. With the PF-500, I go straight to the amp, and use the DI on the amp. I love it.
  10. JimmyM

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    No offense to Fdeck, but with a VT pedal, you don't need an HPF since it has one built into it.
  11. SuperK

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    Thanks JimmyM. Did not know that. Any idea of what the frequency cutoff is for the VT Bass HPF?
  12. JimmyM

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    It's very similar to an 810e. I remember seeing a chart on here but I don't know exactly what it is, but the 810e is 10db down at 40hz and 3db down at 55hz.
  13. drummer5359

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    Great rig!


    I'm currently GAS free as well. Lets enjoy it while we can.
  14. SuperK

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    Didn't you just pick up one of the new V4Bs and the new cabs? That would cure my GAS too!
  15. okcrum

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    That happened to me this past NYE, post-eq but the same reaction from the sound guy. PF500 also.
  16. slouch

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    Did you ever run the PF115HE and one SVT210AV together? I have the Micro VR, I need more firepower for a few upcoming gigs, and I'm considering the PF-500 and the PF115HE. Also, do you have any advice on how not to over power the 210 cabinet with this head?
  17. JimmyM

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    I have run the 210av and PF115he together and I didn't like it nearly as much as running two of the same.
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    +1

    Low end is very different in those cabs, even though they are both sealed. I would imagine it would be difficult to find an EQ setting that worked when mixing them.
  19. johnpbass

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    I need another 210AV!
  20. slouch

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    Thanks for the tips, guys. I'd love for someone to talk about avoiding abuse of the SVT210AV cabinets while using the PF-500 like OP's photo. My understanding is you might have 500 watts going into speakers that are only rated for 400.

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