SOLD 1966 Ampeg Portaflex Fliptop head SB12

Discussion in 'For Sale: Amps, Preamps, and Cabinets' started by mellowgerman, Aug 15, 2020.


  1. mellowgerman

    mellowgerman Supporting Member

    Jan 23, 2008
    Orlando, FL
    Price:
    430
    Location:
    Florida
    Up for sale is my 1966 Ampeg SB12 head. This one has been fitted with a single 1/4" output jack intended for use with any 8ohm cab. It's also had a grounded 3-prong plug installed. I believe these put out about 20-22watts of tube thump, but it's remarkable how loud it can get with a quality modern cab. Cosmetically it shows its 54 years of age with the oxidized chassis and general wear, but as you can see, it looks great internally. Definitely not a museum piece but an excellent way for somebody to get that classic fliptop/portaflex tone at a lower price point. I got this amp last year from a gentleman who runs a pro recording studio. He's a pretty well-known guy in the local music community and assured that it was recently gone through by their amp tech, yielding a clean bill of health. This was good enough for me and I've never encountered any issues with it. It hasn't left my house since it arrived and I've used it regularly for solo practice and several times for in-home jam sessions, without any issues.
    I went back and forth on this one, really don't WANT to sell it, but I have a few other amps and need to free up some space as we are moving to a slightly smaller house, so my music room and my wife's art room will be combined into one. Also, this sale would allow for some in-depth shop-time for some of my other gear.
    *Just in case you're looking to build or restore a full SB12, the entire length of speaker wire is still in place (tucked under the internal lip of the chassis), including the clips at the ends, so this could easily be hooked back up to the speaker terminal bolts on the lid of an SB12 cab.
    $430 + approximate shipping to your location takes it. Paypal preferred. Of course, I'd love to do a local face-to-face deal on this, but it's compact and light enough that shipping should be fine as well. If you're in Florida, I might be able to meet you half-way, depending on where in the state you are.
    Always willing to hear out trade offers, but not likely since I'm pretty happy with my music gear stable and really just need less stuff.
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    Last edited: Aug 16, 2020
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    I wish I had money, this would be gone!!!!!!
     
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  3. jnewmark

    jnewmark Just wanna play the groove. Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2006
    Stax 1966
    Third St. Cigar Records staff musician.
    So this head can only be used with an 8 ohm cab ?
     
  4. mellowgerman

    mellowgerman Supporting Member

    Jan 23, 2008
    Orlando, FL
    As far as my research goes, it looks like an 8ohm speaker is ideal, so that's the only thing I ever ran it with. I'm not confident enough in my amp tech knowledge to mosey outside of what is recommended. That said, there is a lot of discussion about the topic of different impedances though and a good number of well-regarded amp guys seem to suggest that a 4ohm would be fine.
    Here's one of those threads if you're interested: Will a Ampeg sb-12 run at 4 ohms?
     
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  5. DanL

    DanL

    Jul 5, 2016
    Ohio
    I am so very tempted on this...
     
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  6. DanL

    DanL

    Jul 5, 2016
    Ohio
    PM’d
     
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  8. mellowgerman

    mellowgerman Supporting Member

    Jan 23, 2008
    Orlando, FL
    Still available at this time
     
  9. Darn it!

    I was hoping it was gone, and the temptation too :(

    Must look away to guard against divorce. look away, look away...
     
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  10. Smogcity

    Smogcity

    May 12, 2016
    Los Angeles
    Offer sent!
     
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  11. DanL

    DanL

    Jul 5, 2016
    Ohio
    Still available?
     
  12. mellowgerman

    mellowgerman Supporting Member

    Jan 23, 2008
    Orlando, FL
    Hello Dan, it is still available, yup! Just haven't been bumping every day because I'm not in a big hurry to sell it. I don't use it much currently, but I feel like a few years down the line I might be happy to still have it around :smug:
    Still for sale though, just "casually"
     
  13. DanL

    DanL

    Jul 5, 2016
    Ohio
    PM'd you for a more detailed conversation...
     
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