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AMP amps!

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by superbassman2000, Nov 24, 2005.


  1. Hi guys,
    i just got my used AMP 220 head the other day, and i've got to say, this is a great little amp. I got it once i heard that Steven Rabe (SWR) designed the preamp, and it had that SWR sound, for a lot cheaper than SWR prices! It really blows my old GK 250BL right out of the water!

    I am sorry if this sounds like i am advertising for AMP, but i'm not...they went out of business, but i will say, if you see one for a decent price, and want that SWR sound, AMP is definatly worth a try!

    Charlie
     
  2. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

    Personally, I think they sound a hell of a lot better and an SWR (and I've owned my share of SWR's). It's (BH-420) my favorite all solid state head period...
     
  3. westland

    westland

    Oct 8, 2004
    Hong Kong
    The Thunderfunk is the current state of the evolution of the AMPs. I'm very happy with my TFB550, but am interested in comparisons with its predecesors ... I bought the TFB because it was so highly praised by bassists
     
  4. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

    If you want a comparison, hit up Brad Johnson. He has em all (AMP BH-420, Gibson GB-440 and a Thunderfunk or two).
     
  5. Crockettnj

    Crockettnj

    Sep 2, 2005
    North NJ
    anyone able to do a quick compare and contrast on the 220, 250, 260, and 420?

    thanks
     
  6. westland

    westland

    Oct 8, 2004
    Hong Kong
    No Kidding? Any reason?
     
  7. AMP went out of business a while ago...i couldn't find a homepage
     
  8. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Opportunistic, basically.
     
  9. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    I'd say the 250 is VERY transparent...like it's not there...oh yeah, that's because there was no 250 :D

    The quick compare and contrast is that the 220/260 are simplified. Only three bands of sweep EQ (vs. 4 on the 420), no limiter, crossover frequency is fixed at 1Khz, only one volume (no gain/master, no clip LED), a few pounds lighter.
     
  10. K-Frog

    K-Frog

    Feb 6, 2002
    Camden, AR, USA
    Actually, there was a 250. It was a dual channel model.
    I was talking to Russ a couple of years ago and I asked if he happened to have anything laying around and he told me he wished I had gotten hold of him a week earlier because he had just gave a 250 to a friend. I don't remember the specific details, but I remember him saying something about it being 2 channel.
     
  11. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    Well K-Frog if the 250 exists it's a scarce one...never seen or heard of it so it must have come out in the final year of the company's life when they also made one last stab at speaker cabs (I actually HAVE seen one of those...they put the ports inside the handles!!!).

    The catalog sheets I have from a year before they went under don't list it but do have the equally rare keyboard and guitar amps.
     
  12. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

    I saw one (a 250) for sale on Ebay a few months back and yes it was dual channel. It was up for auction in the UK and the shipping would have killed me (I emailed him for a quote). So yes, they did exist...
     
  13. K-Frog

    K-Frog

    Feb 6, 2002
    Camden, AR, USA
    I had only seen one prior reference to the 250 before talking to Russ, him confirming the existence, and the rarity of them.


    I didn't realize they did guitar amps until I saw a broken one in the basement of a local music store about 6 months ago. I can't help but wonder how nice they were, given our love of the AMP bass heads.
     
  14. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    There was a two channel recently on eBay, it was north of Baltimore IIRC. First time I'd ever seen one.

    Anyone want an XB-15?;)
     
  15. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    C'mon Brad, the XB-15 is just too cool!!!

    I use mine as part of my practice rig :cool:

    It's too bulky to take it on gigs, I just bought it for grins...
     
  16. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

  17. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Me too. Now it's just taking up space in my garage.
     
  18. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
  19. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts