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Ampeg B-15N

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by dzaneh, Feb 2, 2013.

  1. dzaneh


    Oct 13, 2012
    got this tonight...only two owners...
    original owner female gospel singer bought it in '65...
    sold it to my brother in laws brother 3 years ago...
    got it for $500




  2. f64


    Oct 31, 2009
  3. Great score! I've seen them for $1.5k and more, in Atlanta.
  4. stingray56funk

    stingray56funk Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2005
    Wowzas! Nice score and great to know its history. Congrats!
  5. spacebassed


    Jan 31, 2009
    Blazin' deal! This could be a NC (cathode bias, 25w) or a NF (fixed bias, 30w) depending on when in '65 it was made.

    EDIT: It looks like it has the wider cross member across the speaker so it's likely a NF. Could you post a pic of the inside? I'd like to see if this is one of the double baffles with the smaller ports.
  6. dzaneh


    Oct 13, 2012
    yeah it's NC...


  7. dzaneh


    Oct 13, 2012
    he said the woman had it in a closet for 35 years...
    with the bass & a microphone she plugged into the amp when she sang...

    played it at his house with his bass for a few hours & played about 45mins when I got home...
  8. spacebassed


    Jan 31, 2009
    That's likely one of the very last NC's made, I have a NC from a couple months earlier that has the narrower cross member. I can't see the ports in the baffle from that pic, but since its an NC it should have the standard size ports - the very last double baffles had smaller ports, but I've only seen that on NF's. Another thing I've noticed about the '65's is the chrome colored speaker baskets on the square mag CTS's - most were painted black.

    Yes they do!
  9. shackled


    Jun 25, 2009
    Western NY
    Hell of a deal! Congrats.
  10. dzaneh


    Oct 13, 2012




  11. spacebassed


    Jan 31, 2009
    Yep, those are the standard size ports.
  12. dzaneh


    Oct 13, 2012
    seems to be in really great shape only just a few small "snags" in the tolex...
  13. beans-on-toast

    beans-on-toast Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2008
    Congratulations on the new amp. I feel that the NC is the most desirable model.

    It looks like some maintenance has been done, which is a good thing. The power supply has been re-caped. The speaker cable has been changed as well as the cab connector. A lot of these amps have had this mod. Also it looks like the power transformer was changed. This is fairly common as well as the old ones like to blow. You have a better transformer in there now than the one that came with the amp.
  14. dzaneh


    Oct 13, 2012
    cool...good to know...
    I sure the original owner had any work that had been done to it done...my brother in laws brother said he rarely used it,because he didn't want anything to "happen " to it...
  15. jnewmark

    jnewmark Just wanna play the groove. Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2006
    Stax 1966
    Play guitar.
    Nice. Funny about the wiring on some of these B15's. On my '71, the green wire is attached to the Red marker on the speaker terminal, which I assume is positive. On yours, it's not. Guess it depends on who was doing the wiring that day at Ampeg . :rollno:
  16. christw

    christw Get low!

    May 11, 2008
    Dayton OH
    I want to be Tesla (tinkerer at Dayton Amp Co)
  17. ChrisB2

    ChrisB2 Bass... in your fass

    Feb 27, 2008
    TalkBass > Off Topic
    "Stole it" you mean!!!


    j/k, sweet amp!!!

  18. klejst


    Oct 5, 2010
    Very nice score! Nice pictures too. Now rock that thing :bassist:
  19. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Bah, that amp will outlast you and your brother in law both ;) People think of B-15's as delicate, but they're actually tanks. I use mine on gigs all the time.
  20. dzaneh


    Oct 13, 2012
    cool !!