Ampeg 8x10: should I buy it?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Mastodude, Dec 17, 2014.

  1. Mastodude


    Feb 6, 2011
    So I saw a listing near me on CL for an Ampeg 8x10 cab (not sure exactly what model) for $250. According to the ad, it's in great working condition, but it's not in great cosmetic condition. The pictures show that the tolex is almost gone on the sides, but the grill cloth and everything else is still intact.

    My ultimate amp goal has always been an 8x10 with a tube head, but the only thing I have right now that I could drive the cab with is my Acoustic B450, which would work great but isn't exactly practical since it weighs 75 lbs on its own and takes up a good bit of space.

    Is this a good enough deal that I should jump on it now and worry about getting the head later (I already have an Acoustic 4x10 cab I could use with a head), or do you guys think it isn't worth it?

    Thanks a bunch,
  2. Mastodude


    Feb 6, 2011
    The other problem is that I drive a Honda Civic. I COULD conceivably transport it if I let the seats down, but lifting it into the car will be difficult at best, so maybe it might make more sense to get a second 4x10... Really the only hangup I have with that is that it doesn't look like an 8x10 haha; the only advantage the 8x10 grants is coolness...
  3. If all the speakers are good it is a heck of a deal. Even if it was from the dark (sounding) years and you don't like that, you could sell the speakers to help fund the newer speakers. Strip the cab and sand it, either stain if it is a plywood cab or %50 worth of DuraTex painted on to look like Tolex (but more durable).
  4. If your Civic is a hatch back. .. These cabs are very easy to load. .. (If it actually FITS in the car). I started a thread exactly same title a while ago.
    I've found its actually EASIER to load etc than I thought it would be.
    Just tilt and slide.
    For that money, if it's all original and functioning properly, I'd grab it.
    I love mine.
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  5. Mastodude


    Feb 6, 2011
    Mine is regrettably not a hatchback... I do have access to a van; I'd just have to make arrangements whenever I needed to use it.
  6. subbasshz

    subbasshz Guest

    Aug 11, 2012
    phoenix az
    Im addicted to punishing volume.
    yes is always the correct answer to an 810e under 4 that works
  7. Oren Hudson

    Oren Hudson

    Dec 25, 2007
    Gastonia, NC
  8. beans-on-toast


    Aug 7, 2008
    Since the tolex is off in places, note if the wood is plywood or particle board. The particle board cabinets are heavier. Either way, great deal and fixing it up will be a fun project.
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  9. 10cc

    10cc Inactive

    Oct 28, 2013
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  10. venturawest


    Apr 29, 2004
    I must be getting old. The days of fantasizing about a 150 pound cabinet and 75 pound head are looooong gone. I can get excellent stage volume with a 2x10 and a 4 pound Shuttle that goes through the house mains, and carry it all in one trip. And it would fit in a Mini Cooper!
  11. Hamlett

    Hamlett Guest

    Dec 15, 2014
    ^^haha me too man. I keep it simple with the 1x15 combo. but just in case I keep a 4x10 in the practice spaces.
  12. Fair Warning

    Fair Warning Deliverin' the Goods! Supporting Member

    Yea....keep the smaller cabs for different situations. You will find that the 810 is great, as long as it stays in one place. I rarely use mine, since I cant move it out from the house by myself. As for loading it into a small vehicle that isn't designed for heavy cargo, you can expect some damage to your car interior eventually. But hey, it has been done.
  13. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    At 2am, the last thing you will want to be doing is jamming that thing into your Honda - IMO.

    Check it out and see how it sounds. If it sounds good, and the speakers are in good shape, offer $200 and see where it gets you. Make sure it fits easily into your car. As others have said, if you fix it up (new tolex or paint/stain, and new grill cloth if necessary), you can probably flip it.
  14. Winfred


    Oct 21, 2011
    If I could set it in my man cave, and never move it, my answer is YES!

    If I have to gig with it, then no...

    YMMV. :)
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  15. If the speakers all work, that's a great deal.
    If you have to buy a van to move it to and from gigs,
    that'll cancel out the deal part.

    Personally, I have a van and a station wagon for those kinda things.
    I own an Acoustic 361 cab, but never, ever move it.
  16. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Ampeg 8x10: should I buy it?

    How's your back?
  17. An 810 is actually easy on the back, it's its own built in handtruck, just tilt and roll.
  18. Yeah and if you gig with it the tolex gets ruined anyway. The tolex on my Heritage 810 is especially soft and tears if you look at it funny. Just part of what happens in the load/unload process. But you can always re-tolex it if you want.
  19. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    ... then it JUMPS up into the truck by means of its built-in launching springs in the bottom ...
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  20. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Inactive

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    Not just yes, HELL YES!

    I'm 57 and when we don't have a road crew, I carry mine up and down the basement steps to rehearsal with one of the other band members on the other end. They aren't nearly as heavy as I remember.
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