10-year-old used SWR 350... too old?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by adouglas, Jul 3, 2003.

  1. adouglas


    Jun 23, 2003
    Bridgeport, CT
    I have a lead on anj old SWR Basic 350 head that I'm thinking of snagging if I can get it cheap (by "cheap" I mean no more than $325). By "old" I mean it's an original, 1993 model, with the smaller case vents and none of the later enhancements (e.g. compressor, etc.), which I don't need anyway.

    Is this too old? Aside from possible dirt in the pots and a worn-out tube, what else is likely to have gone wrong with it in all that time?

    Are there any known issues with old SWR amps?

  2. secretdonkey


    Oct 9, 2002
    Austin, TX
    Older may be better with SWR gear. I had less trouble with my older SWR gear than with my newer stuff. YMMV.
  3. Buy it!
    I wish I had not sold mine, I know where it is and it still works great.
    See my post about my Stewart power amp.
  4. Only ten years old? Some of my gear is 30.
  5. dragonbass

    dragonbass Commercial User

    Feb 17, 2003
    Owner/Builder of LoPrinzi Basses.........................................EX-Sadowsky Guitars Builder
    I would pick it up.

    I just sold my red faced 350 head, and I already miss it. I had the head close to ten years and never had a problem with it...I never even changed the tube(no reason to ..it worked prefect)

    I think It would be a sound investment. No PUN intended.
  6. jerry

    jerry Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    I still have my SM400 I bought over fifteen years ago, and it works great!!! IMHO the older Steve Rabe years SWR stuff was made a lot better than the newer models.
  7. adouglas


    Jun 23, 2003
    Bridgeport, CT
    It was on ebay, and it went for (gasp) over $500!!!!

    That's just plain nuts.