"Skunkworks" SVT

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by ROCKBOBMEL_old, Jan 7, 2002.


  1. I was reading my "Ampeg, The Story" book that I got for XMas
    and there was a write up about 500 SVTs that were made in 1986-87, but made like the original 1969s from parts that were purchased from the original manufactures. They were hand soldered and built from scratch. They were called SVT-HD for "head".

    Has anyone compared these amps to the original SVTs? They should be exactly the same....
  2. Mark Reccord

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    I've heard of these but I've never actually seen one. I'd be interested in comparing if I could find one.
  3. Rickenbackerman

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  4. Mark Reccord

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    I believe that that is one. Amazingly one appears at the same time that it is mentioned on TB. One of us has to buy it! I can't because I just ordered an L-2500 :D.
  5. Jeff Corallo

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    Unless I missed it, shouldn't there be a 'standby' switch on the head next to the power switch?
  6. nil

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    Standby's on the back, on the right-hand side, innit?
  7. Mark Reccord

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    Sure is. Pretty stupid, really. It should be on the front.
  8. nil

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    I agree. If anything, it should be the other way around - power on the back, standby on front.

    I've kinda given up on the idea of ever owning a vintage SVT...the step-down transformer would be about ½ the size of the head! :D
  9. Yea, I saw it there, but I don't know how they are. I must be mental. I just bought a 71 in October but it is back in the hospital. I am getting discouraged, though. So I'm sniffing around.
  10. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

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    I don't like vintage stuff, tube amps generally suck to my ear, and I'm not fond of Ampeg in any way. But somehow, I feel a strange attraction to this amp. Go figure.
  11. nil

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    Now, if they would make a 300w tubey (hell, or even SS!) that looked just like a Portaflex head, well, that'd be the cat's pyjamas for me! :D
  12. I don't get it?!, You are a strong Eden man. The tone is great. Your tastes seem to be refined.
    How could anyone not care for the vintage Ampeg tone?

    It's like enjoying 2% milk and not caring for whole milk.

    I have an Eden WP100/WT1000 setup and I love it. I have a 73? V-4 and I Love it. I got an SVT and I love it (When it is working).

    Yea, the SS has advantages, but the tone of the Ampegs RULE!!

    I hoe you don't get pissed at me.
  13. lemonadeisgood

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    Munji's an enigma, wrapped in an enigma, wrapped in a vest. :D
  14. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

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    ... a quilted, goose-down vest.
  15. embellisher

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    ...with sleeves that tie his arms up across his abdomen.
  16. Nightbass

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    There's one for sale on harmony-central right now!

    (a Skunkworks SVT, not another Munjibunga...)
  17. Jona-s

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    Would 1350$ be a bad price for one of these? If it's in good condition?

    New CLs go for 2400$ around here, so... :meh:
  18. Jerrold Tiers

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    There were some made that can be re-wired, and some export voltage ones were made also.

    But, yes, most vintage SVT are 120V.
  19. Lockout

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    That was one hell of a bump. :eek:
  20. Williamsburgjim

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    ...did you check out the picture of the Skunkworks production assembly "team" in the book? I wonder what that cute babe standing next to the long haired dude looks like now??????

    Where are they now!

    :ninja:

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