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pf500 died

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by JWP, Nov 19, 2012.


  1. JWP

    JWP

    Aug 19, 2012
    looking for suggestions. Ampeg pf500 just died. Just powered up and the fault lamp lit and the fan died. Also heard a small electrical hum before it died. Hoping this is as easy as replacing the fan but not sure. This head is out of warrenty. Any suggestions or similar experiences?
     
  2. christw

    christw Get low!

    May 11, 2008
    Dayton OH
    Disclosures:
    I want to be Tesla (tinkerer at Dayton Amp Co)
    My first PF500 died due to a shorted speaker cable but the fan still came on despite the fault light. Wish I could help any more than that...
     
  3. BogeyBass

    BogeyBass

    Sep 14, 2010
    LOL
    Purchase a new amplifier that does not say the word "Ampeg"
    :)
     
  4. hdracer

    hdracer Supporting Member

    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    Unless it is full of tubes.
     
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  6. arai

    arai

    Jul 16, 2007
    These^
     
  7. JWP

    JWP

    Aug 19, 2012
    Thanks all and lol on the advice not to purchase ampeg! Will get this to a service center and see what the verdict is...at the very least this will become a backup head...now...what to buy for a primary head? Will be matched with an ampeg 115he...i do love the way the pf500 sounded though!
     
  8. Sollie7

    Sollie7

    Mar 13, 2011
    Woodstock, Ga

    if you love the way the portaflex sounded then don't get a different ampeg :bag:
     
  9. will33

    will33

    May 22, 2006
    austin,tx
    VT pedal into an amp that won't $#!+ the bed?








    :p Really, I'd take a real SVT or even a 3-pro any day....but can't trust these things....too many horror stories. I did thump on a pf rig in a GC for a bit....real nice tone. It has "that sound", but I don't care when I'd spend every gig wondering which note is going to fall silent.
     
  10. B-string

    B-string Gold Supporting Member

    Did you try the amp with no cab plugged in to eliminate a shorted speaker cable?
     
  11. JWP

    JWP

    Aug 19, 2012
    Hey b string...tried it but no good. Have it shipped off for repair. Had to pick up a backup head and just got the micro vr 200....glad i did...really impressed so far! First rehearsal tomorrow...cant wait to hear it with the full band...
     
  12. will33

    will33

    May 22, 2006
    austin,tx
    They making a 200 watt Micro VR? That would be pretty cool.
     
  13. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2007
    Toronto Ontario Canada
    It's like the full powered Micro VR only littler! :D
     
  14. JimmyM

    JimmyM

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Disclosures:
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps
    All Micro VR's are 200w at 4 ohms. Great head...love mine, however, the PF350 gets more play for me because it fits in a laptop bag and sounds just like the Micro VR with 150 more watts. That said, the Micro VR does look cooler ;)
     
  15. will33

    will33

    May 22, 2006
    austin,tx
    :D

    I've never seen it written with the "200" after the name, thought they were 100 watts or something and this was a newer one.

    ......brainfart on my part.....I can do most of my gigs with a 200 watter. Never know....might end up in the Ampeg club afterall.;)
     
  16. will33

    will33

    May 22, 2006
    austin,tx
    Aside from the obvious tone differences, I wonder how that would compare to my 400rb just in "apparent" or "percieved" loudness. That amp handles my indoor gigs fine, I am running it full bore when outdoors thoigh and it's just barely enough......barely.
     
  17. JimmyM

    JimmyM

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Disclosures:
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps
    Well at the end of the day, the wattage is what it is. But I do most of my gigs with a B-15, even outdoor gigs, so it's never been an issue for me.
     
  18. B-string

    B-string Gold Supporting Member

    It was worth checking first :) Good luck with the repair.:cool: