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why so many High end amps for sale???

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by og61pbass, Feb 11, 2014.


  1. og61pbass

    og61pbass

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    WOW,I was just browsing the classifieds on here and all you pretty much see is the expensive boutiqe amps on there,Mesa,Bregs,Mark,Aguilar etc etc...Whats up with that..:confused:
     
  2. Downunderwonder

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  3. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Gold Supporting Member

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    In this financial climate some, at least, are needing to recoup funds invested in expensive equipment. Others need Beano.
     
  4. Sid Fang

    Sid Fang Reformed Fusion Player Supporting Member

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    I wouldn't call most of those makes "boutique". They're just "professional" grade equipment. In case you hadn't noticed, a good portion of traffic on TalkBass consists of people egging each other on to buy more gear. At some point, people need to get back some of that money and clear out some storage space. The thing is, while it's pretty easy to sell used "commodity" bass gear, like Ampeg and Fender, locally, because pretty much anyone knows what they are and what they're worth, it's harder to get a fair price for higher-end gear just though local Craig's List or music store consignment. TB classifieds reach a sophisticated worldwide audience who know the gear and what it's worth.
     
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  6. Scottkarch

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    What he said. Local CL doesnt move lesser known expensive equipment.. and local stores know that too.
     
  7. chaosMK

    chaosMK Supporting Member

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    The average age of TB users is around 50 so most people can afford premium/the latest stuff.
     
  8. RDUB

    RDUB Supporting Member

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    Yup. People here know what these amps are.
     
  9. bgavin

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    I keep watching for an Acme B2-III that needs a new home... scarce.
     
  10. okcrum

    okcrum in your chest Supporting Member

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    Actually the average age of TBers is carrotage. The average age (mental) of TB posts remains at 7. :D
     
  11. jnewmark

    jnewmark Supporting Member

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    It would be interesting to see some stats on which brand pops up most in the classifieds. I'd bet GK, and Genz Benz.
     
  12. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD Supporting Member

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    Because common stuff you can sell to the guy down the street on Craigslist, while if you have nice stuff it doesn't move because most of the players haven't heard the name, or they just want to jerk around on pricing and non-sensical trades.

    People on TB know the actual value and quality of the gear.
     
  13. agedhorse

    agedhorse Development Engineer-Mesa, Product Support-Genz Supporting Member

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    I think I might be able to shed some light on this. In general, the retained value of the higher end products justify the costs and hassles of resale. Also, with the smaller, lighter weight pro type amps, the cost of shipping and potential damage is much lower. Also, products with a transferable warranty decreases the hassle factor and increases the value to both the buyer and seller, a win-win situation.

    Why bother screwing with selling and shipping a lower level amp that may net you less than the hassle involved? Is it worth messing with an amp that brings $75 on the used market? Probably not for the kind of players on this forum.
     
  14. Tunaman

    Tunaman Supporting Member

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    Well so can I...

    AINT NOBODY TOUCHING MY GENZ HEADS ! :bassist:
     
  15. og61pbass

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    Im 53 and I cant afford those high end Brands,,I'm very happy and satisfied with my GK gear...:)
     
  16. og61pbass

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    I noticed Aguilar on there alot...
     
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  18. Fat Steve

    Fat Steve The poodle bites, the poodle chews it.

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    Why? Well, as of right now, I'd say folks are attempting to get Uncle Sam off of their backs.
     
  19. bgavin

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    +1 to that.
     
  20. beans-on-toast

    beans-on-toast Supporting Member

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    Some high end amps are not available to audition them. People buy them on faith and then find that it doesn't meet their expectations.

    Other people with deep pockets splurge and then purge when the next hot thing available interests them.
     
  21. Jerry Ziarko

    Jerry Ziarko Supporting Member

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    I would go a bit deeper-- TB is the worlds best bass gear store/library on the planet. You can buy or sell anything bass related, with a very good self policing feedback system. Every, and I mean EVERY piece of gear I currently own, came from the TB classifieds. The beauty of high end gear is, you can purchase it, (for the right price of course) and if it speaks to you, great! If it doesn't, you can usually flip it without any, or very little loss. (hence the above term library)
     

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