Accidental NAD! US SVT Classic

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by SVTbird, Dec 30, 2014.

  1. SVTbird


    Dec 17, 2014
    Joliet IL
    Did you ever walk into the guitar shop planning on A-Bing a couple basses and walk out with a new amp?
    Happened to me today.
    Went to compare a G&L and a fender jazz and there she was...a like new US SLM SVT Classic, looking like the prom queen that got stood up for her date.
    I could be wrong but there might have been a beam of light from heaven shining on her and some angels singing too.

    Needless to say, she came home with me, and I've put off the plan to pick up a jazz bass.
    Sounds incredible. Honestly, I haven't worn a smile that big in years.
    Most of my gear is Mesa, and I've been fighting with it for months looking for "the tone". Don't know why it took me so long to try a tube SVT, but holy smoke is all I can say.

    Now if you'll excuse me I'm going to go outside and practice falling down and spitting out teeth for when the wife finds out :)
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  2. Sounds like your wife has the same cast iron frying pan that my wife occasionally hits ME with. The only advice I can give is , make sure you have an 8 10 cab to go with the amp. The sound of an SVT through an 8 10 is worth every bit of pain that that frying pan can inflict.;)
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  3. SVTbird


    Dec 17, 2014
    Joliet IL
    Yeah I think my wife got hers at cracker barrel lol.
    Im running through my mesa 4x10 diesel now, but I'd love to get ahold of an 8x10.
    Might need to price out a new roof if I get one of those though :)
  4. slade


    Apr 5, 2001
    great amp! Congrats!!!
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  5. mophead


    Oct 24, 2004
    Texas Panhandle
    Find a Berg NV610 and you will have the best 810 made.
  6. DavidEdenAria


    Dec 13, 2013
    On a Hill
    Be sure and tell "the wife" that this is the holy grail of bass amps and can easily be resold with little to no loss if need be.

    As long as you are responsible with your spending (as in this case) your wife should applaud your purchase.

    Its not like you just bought some 'weird boutique bass' or something that no one else may want down the road.
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  7. SVTbird


    Dec 17, 2014
    Joliet IL
    Have to admit I've never heard a Bergantino before.
    I definitely love my diesel 4x10 and 2x10, heavy as hell, but what a sound.
    there's no way I'm going to try for a diesel 8x10. I'd need a forklift to move the thing. Think tomorrow im going to run both cabs to the SVT and see how that turns out.

    How's the berg vs the ampeg 8x10?
  8. SVTbird


    Dec 17, 2014
    Joliet IL
    I think she's actually been pretty cool about it lately.
    I've gone pretty nuts chasing tone the past year (read buying stuff) and she hasn't really batted an eye.

    I think shes about over it though. I brought home a 4004cii for Christmas, so I think that was about her limit ;) I joked about selling some gear and looking for 4003spc Blackstar and she gave me "the look" (sadly she knows exactly what one is and how much they cost)

    I PLAN to do the responsible thing and sell of some guitars I never play anymore, maybe do her kitchen with the money, but we'll see how that goes. Its always hard to let them go.
  9. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Same ballpark but a little cleaner and tidier than the 810e. It's a good sounding cab but I'd rather have the 810e, unless it was made between 2000-2006. Those cabs are always darker sounding than the others. And if you can swing it, the Heritage 810e beats all previous 810 Ampeg cabs. Sounds as good as the original flatback 810's with the treasured CTS alnicos, but handles over 3x the power without farting out.
  10. Basshappi


    Feb 12, 2007
    Wow, that is one heck of an "accident" to have!
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  11. Smooth_bass88

    Smooth_bass88 vaxx!

    Oct 31, 2006
    Western Hemisphere
    Just food for thought: I've played my SVT (2-PRO actually) through many cabinet configurations and one of my favorites is an Ampeg 2x10 stacked on top of an Ampeg 2x15. Moves a ton of air while being somewhat more portable.
  12. SVTbird


    Dec 17, 2014
    Joliet IL
    Thats a lot like what I used to do with my Mesa's. Stack the 210 on the 410 or just bring whichever one I needed at the time.
    Main problem is I lost the casters for the 410 between Chicago and Virginia so now the 410 basically stays in the practice room.
    The 210 isn't much better to move either. Awkward and probably weighs as much as the SVT.
    I've mashed many a knuckle carrying it down a hallway.

    Having a bigger cab with the casters and towel bar is pretty appealing. Just roll it over and flip it into my truck :)
  13. Smooth_bass88

    Smooth_bass88 vaxx!

    Oct 31, 2006
    Western Hemisphere
    Cool. Yeah, my 1x15 has casters. But I also have one of those rock 'n roller carts (obviously useless when there are stairs). Another good thing about using two 8 ohm cabinets (yielding a nominal impedance of 4 ohms) is that now your amp is running at the full 300 watts. There is some debate about weather or not it's a good idea to run an SVT at 8 ohms all the time. I've done it for years with no problems.
  14. ;)
    The roof repairs are minor. The big cost is the bulldozers and cranes needed to reset the house back on it's foundation.:hyper:

    Dammit Jim , I'm just a country bass player.;) Jimmy doesn't like the 2000 to 2006 cabs because as he said , they sound a bit darker than the other year cabs. I think it's because they used a different speaker. What ever the reason , they do sound a bit different. That being said , I have 3 of those cabs and I like them just fine so give them a listen before you totally rule them out. Jimmy might not like them because he has a lot more experience with Ampeg cabs than I do and has a definite preference for what sound he likes........Or it may be because he lives in Florida and the heat and bugs have finally gotten to him.:woot:
  15. jbd5015


    Nov 23, 2009
    Boalsburg, PA
    That was no accident!!!

    Congrats on entering the Ampeg game with a bang! I started with a V4B and a B15 and havent looked back, just need an SVT and an 810 to complete my trifecta!

  16. Cracker Barrel. You guys are killing me.
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  17. SVTbird


    Dec 17, 2014
    Joliet IL
    Yep. I'm thinking it was preordained.
  18. SVTbird


    Dec 17, 2014
    Joliet IL
    Yeah, I call that place "the armory".
    Wife says she likes to go there for blueberry pancakes, but we always leave with a rolling pin or a cast iron skillet.
    I know the truth lol
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  19. GregC

    GregC Questlove, Black Thought, Hamilton Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2007
    One advantage to the Berg NV610 is that it's lighter than a fridge. It's no featherweight at 100 lbs., but it's probably lighter than your Diesel 410 alone.
  20. Gaolee

    Gaolee Official leathers tester and crash dummy

    Gotta love good accidents. I have had a few. My wife has been semi-indulgent of my behavior so far. Whew!