Should I buy it?

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  1. newyorkiddo

    newyorkiddo I'm actually a cat. Supporting Member

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    There is an SVT 3 Pro on Craigslist selling at $100. I checked Musicians Friend, and these are going for 1,099.99 new. The one on Craigslist, however, claims the pre amp does not work, but will work with a pedal. Is it worth it? What price range would i face if i decide to purchase it and get it repaired?
  2. Chazinroch

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    I'm not an expert or repair person. But I suspect that if they are selling it or only $100 they probably got an estimate that was cost prohibitive to fix. $100 is not a huge investment if you're willing to gamble. If you know the power section is good, then there are plenty of rack mount pre amps you could use with it.
  3. hodgy

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    There isn't much to the preamp section, could be something simple like a tube. I'd buy.
  4. JACink

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    for 100$, buy it! you could always sell parts if it is not repairable.
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  6. newyorkiddo

    newyorkiddo I'm actually a cat. Supporting Member

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    Alright, i've decided i'll buy it and see what happens. Would it be possible to hook up my PF-500 to it or would there be any reason to do so? haha. I don't really know much on amps.
  7. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies Supporting Member

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    Broken amp plus "I don't know much about amps".

    This is going to be either a really short or a really interesting thread. :)
  8. MakiSupaStar

    MakiSupaStar The Lowdown Diggler

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    I'm in. :D
  9. bassgod0dmw

    bassgod0dmw Supporting Member

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    Yep, sounds like a waste of $100.
  10. JACink

    JACink

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    Sorry if I sound stupid here... but isn't the PF-500 an amp?

    Maybe I said "buy it" a little too quickly! :bag:

    Anyway, this is going to be a good learning curve for you, you will either learn about amps, or at least learn not to buy broken ones!
  11. 6stringpanda

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    Hope it isnt stolen.
  12. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies Supporting Member

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    What could go wrong?
  13. christw

    christw Get low!

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    If it was $20, yep. If you can test it thoroughly and diagnose it... maybe it's worth $100. Depends on parts + repair cost.
  14. newyorkiddo

    newyorkiddo I'm actually a cat. Supporting Member

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    So, I've taken it to get repair done on it... and it turns out, the repairs will only come out to be $82. So I suppose $182 for a $1,100 isn't bad, now is it?
  15. B-string

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    Well used they go usually for $400 to $500 so for less than $200 you still did pretty darn well! :)

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