69 Ampeg B-15n

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by SVT Bob, May 29, 2018.

  1. SVT Bob

    SVT Bob

    May 22, 2018
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    I have often said that this very well might be the best sounding single amplifier I have ever heard. As far as I can tell the only modification ever done to this amp is the black plastic "paddle" power switch was replaced. This is not uncommon for this era Ampeg amp. I've used this amp both for sessions and for live gigs. It works particularly well miced with an EV RE-20 and mixed with a DI bass signal. Sounds HUGE! It's great for in-ear gigs as well where the proximity of the amp isn't as big a deal. It's the cleanest and most original one I've ever seen. I thought you might want to see it.

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  2. Nice amp, I have a 1978 B-15S in nice shape and had a B-15N like yours years ago, I had bought it new as a left over sometime during the early 80's. I like the late 60's and 70's B-15N's because of the deep and bright switches, mine sounded great too, punchy and clear, sold it like an idiot years ago. I just bought a JBL D-140 for the B-15S, why? I just had to have it. I also have a mid 60's B-18 with a Goodman's 18" in it.
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  3. Son of Wobble

    Son of Wobble

    Mar 8, 2010
    Two of my favorite Bobs, again in one thread! :thumbsup:
  4. Thank you, that's quite a compliment.
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  5. SVT Bob

    SVT Bob

    May 22, 2018
    @bobyoung53 i noticed after I created this thread that you belong to the "portaflex club". I searched for it and put a link there... still new at this. More of these to show.
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  6. I'm sure you do have more of them.:laugh: The more the merrier I always say, my wife doesn't agree though but can't tell them apart, makes it easy to sneak stuff in.
  7. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    May 24, 2006

    I’ve got the exact same one. Bought it way back when from a guy in a band. Broken power switch (since replaced) and all. Bought mine used but I didn’t get it in the pristine condition yours is in.

    Does yours still have the square magnet speaker?
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  8. soulman969

    soulman969 Inactive

    Oct 6, 2011
    Englewood, Colorado
    The only bass amp I've never owned I wish I had. They were the sound of the '60s for so much stuff and still one of the best club and studio bass amps ever made.
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  9. farace


    Jul 9, 2016
    Connecticut USA
    I have a '68. Interesting how similar and also different they are, especially the knobs (My '72 B-15S has knobs like yours). Mine also had the power switch replaced at some point, but I found a replacement paddle switch for it.
  10. Basshappi


    Feb 12, 2007
    A fantastic specimen Bob, looks practically brand new!
    I have never owned one due to price but I have played several over the years and have always loved them.
    When it comes to the traditional electric bass sound there's nothing better.
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  11. JIO

    JIO Scott Lives Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    The Mission SF/CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    Mine's a '76 -

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  12. GreaserMatt


    Sep 4, 2004
    Seattle, WA
    Love those amps! I have an ampeg B15-S cab that I'm looking for a head to put in it...
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  13. SVT Bob

    SVT Bob

    May 22, 2018
    No, this one has an Altec 421A 15" speaker in it.
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  14. SVT Bob

    SVT Bob

    May 22, 2018
    I'd be very interested to know where you found a paddle switch? I would buy several if I knew where to get them!
  15. farace


    Jul 9, 2016
    Connecticut USA
    I can't remember for sure, but it most likely was from fliptops.net. It wasn't new, it was scavenged from a dead amp, which they'll do when they have something available. I never found a source of brand-new ones.

    When I bought mine, it was in pretty rough shape. Got it for, if I remember correctly (I think this was around '94 or so), $175 from some guy in Yonkers who said he got it from "an old black blues musician who brought it around the world", and it looked it. And it reeked of smoke. I put new Tolex on it and found some NOS grille cloth at an old Ampeg dealer in North Providence, Rhode Island. Got some original amp corners from Excelsior Hardware in Stamford, CT who were OEM suppliers (they had closed shop just a week before I went there, but there were still a couple of guys in the office, and they gave me some corners). It has a service sticker on it from Andre Audiotronics, which was run by former Ampeg employee Gene Andre.
  16. spiritbass

    spiritbass Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2004
    Ashland, MO
    It looks like your '69 lived a comfy life in studios (it sure was 'babied'!). :cool:
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  17. SVT Bob

    SVT Bob

    May 22, 2018
    She has certainly been "babied" since I have owned her! Many of these amps have interesting stories and this one is no different. In the early 90's I had the opportunity to play with a very significant bluegrass legend, even though my standup skills weren't (and still aren't) great. After 1 or 2 gigs of plodding on my 3/4 upright, the artist said (graciously) "It seems you would be more comfortable playing a solid body". I honestly thought I was going to get fired, but he said, "bring your fender, I've got an amp you can play through". This is that amp. I raced home, put a set of flats on an old P-bass and the rest is history. The amp was a gift from the artist when we parted ways. It will always be VERY special to me...
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  18. spiritbass

    spiritbass Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2004
    Ashland, MO
    Cool how this baby came into your fine family of classic amps. :cool:
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  19. Basshappi


    Feb 12, 2007
    Yes, a great story!
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  20. Gringo Basso

    Gringo Basso

    Aug 26, 2016
    Do you have a license to show bass porn? That's some sexy amp, and thanks for sharing. I need a cigarette all of a sudden......
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