Which Ampeg??

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Deadsleeper, Dec 10, 2013.

  1. Deadsleeper


    Dec 10, 2013
    Hello fellow bass players. First post by a new member. I'm looking for help deciding between an Ampeg SVT 3PRO or an Ampeg SVT 4PRO. I need enough power to keep up in a metal band with two guitar players both playing through all tube 100 watt full stacks and a loud drummer. Any advise regarding which hybrid Ampeg would best suit my needs would be appreciated. Thanks.
  2. eyeballkid

    eyeballkid Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2009
    wes virginny
    Between the two choices I would say pro4. PLENTY of power there. I had an 3pro and found it loud enough for punk, but some have said it falls short for them...I don't see how.
  3. BruceBass3901


    Oct 17, 2009
    Wickham, UK
    First, welcome to Talkbass! :)

    What amp and cab(s) are you playing through at the moment? Will PA support always be available for you?

    I am not an Ampeg owner / fan so can't help there but can try and help you overall!
  4. DRafalske


    Nov 6, 2008
    Hebron, KY
    What cab(s) are you going to be using?
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  6. Deadsleeper


    Dec 10, 2013
    Currently running an Ampeg SVT Classic into an Ampeg 8x10 Classic cab. I was planning on keeping on keeping the cab.I like the tone of the head but don't like the weight or dealing with power tubes.
  7. eyeballkid

    eyeballkid Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2009
    wes virginny
    The 4pro isn't much lighter once it's racked...
  8. Deadsleeper


    Dec 10, 2013
    Gonna use a rack case on wheels. Forgot to say, yes, pa direct always available where I play.
  9. ninerfan

    ninerfan Supporting Member

    May 28, 2006
    North San Diego
  10. eyeballkid

    eyeballkid Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2009
    wes virginny
  11. CL400Peavey

    CL400Peavey Supporting Member

    Nov 7, 2011
    Grand Rapids Michigan
    I say keep the tube amp, and add a second 810.
  12. Spent

    Spent Supporting Member

    May 15, 2011
    Upstate NY
    I had an svt 3 pro and found it to be under powered and over weight. I like my PF500 much better and it was a lot less in terms of cost and weight. It's my rehearsal rig, so I never gigged with it.
  13. Deadsleeper


    Dec 10, 2013
    Cool. Thanks everyone.
  14. sincity


    Oct 16, 2002
    The SVT 3 Pro has great tone, but for your purposes I would go with the 4 Pro if that is the only option you are looking at with your style of music.

    The 4 Pro has the wattage you need, but it is not a light weight. Of course, you are moving an 8x10 cab around so weight is probably not an issue for you.

    For brute force power, I would suggest the GK 1001RBII head with The 21 VT pedal in front.
  15. How about I throw a 7PRO into the equation? Gobs of power, light, and according to many players, it sounds closest to tubes of all the hybrid PRO series.
  16. Basshappi


    Feb 12, 2007
  17. I find it very hard to believe that your having power trouble using a svt cl through an 8x10. May I ask how you set your tone? Do you scoop the mids by any chance?
  18. eyeballkid

    eyeballkid Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2009
    wes virginny
    I don't think he's complaining of not enough power, just that whatever he gets has to keep up too.
  19. senp5f


    Jan 27, 2008
    Santa Barbara, CA
    I might suggest a GK 2001RB. I know this thread is about Ampeg, but for solid state rock amps with lots power I think GK is a pretty competitive choice. Personally I think ampeg's strength is in amps like the one he's moving away from.
  20. Fair Warning

    Fair Warning Deliverin' the Goods! Supporting Member

    Go with the 4 Pro. You will have plenty of power (if set up right with Bridged Mode Speaker Cable), more flexible (with 2 amplifiers inside), and heavy enough internally to last a lifetime. Dont buy into the light weight crap. It is not built to last. The 40 pound 4 Pro I can handle with one hand. It goes everywhere with me.
  21. +1 to adding another 810