Ampeg B-15R

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by lemonadeisgood, Feb 1, 2002.

  1. lemonadeisgood


    Aug 22, 2001
    I've never played one, but is it really worth the 2,499$ USD list price??


    AMJBASS Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2002
    Ontario, Canada
    IMHO it is not worth the price that Ampeg lists it at. It is great for more of a modern tube sound(more versatile), but if you want those rolling smooth tones like a vintage B15 gives you, I wouldn't go for this amp.
  3. Heheh.... that was my first amp. got it used in 1980. I think mine was a 1972... if I remember correctly. It sounded like crap, but the speaker was shot and one of the tubes glowed like the sun. I wish I held on to it... I'm sure it would sound sweet re-tubed and with a nice new speaker in it.

    and no... I wouldn't pay more than maybe $500 for that combo
  4. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    a friend of mine, not that close, owns one. i was enough lucky to try it once. it's an incredible sounding amp, the best one i have ever tried. the guy plays musciman basses, a pre ernie ball 4 string and a 5 string fretless and he's got a WONDERFUL sound, when they recorded their 3 tracks demo CD he took that amp in the studio ( a pro one) and recorder the bass direct with this amp with no post eq. i tried this amp with my Fender P and i was very very happy! but even if this is a tone heaven amp, i wouldn't buy one, too much money for me.
  5. lemonadeisgood


    Aug 22, 2001
    I heard the amp SINGS in the studio.

    Anyways, i'm looking for a vintage type combo, any suggestions?
  6. jasonbraatz

    jasonbraatz Supporting Member

    Oct 18, 2000
    Walnut Creek, CA
    get the real thing.

    i bought my 1974 B15S for $450.

    unfortunately, i traded it in for $250. dumbest thing i've ever done.

  7. jasonbraatz

    jasonbraatz Supporting Member

    Oct 18, 2000
    Walnut Creek, CA
    and as for vintage type combos -

    pignose B100V. 200 Watts all tube, 15" speaker, 500 bucks.

  8. ESP-LTD


    Sep 9, 2001
    It was my first amp in the 60's. I thought it sounded like crap as well. I have never regretted selling mine. My Kasino 100 was way cool 'though.
  9. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    $2499?!?...ohhh, "LIST".

    I paid a little over $1300 for mine. It could've come with a
    beefier speaker cable, tho :(. Nothin' a 3' Monster can't fix.

    It DOES weigh a bit (~117lbs.) but comes with a dolly.
    One interesting feature is the "instant bias switch".
    If you swap-out the 6L6's for EL34's, just flip a switch
    on the back panel. Wouldn't hurt to double-check things
    with a DMM.

    I've got a `66 B15-N that's literally a "basket case" -
    parts in a box. It'll get of these days :rolleyes:.

    I thought those Pignose B100's were 100 watts :confused:.
    That's what my B100V-H (head only) is.
  10. SRSiegel

    SRSiegel Guest

    Sep 17, 2001
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    hmmm... yea 2500 sounds a bit high. i was in a shop here in Ann Arbor yesterday and saw one for what looked like $1800. i didnt get a chance to play through it, though i checked out the construction quality, and it looked quite good. THEN, some little kid came in and wanted to try it out. so he played some "smells like teen spirit" (i am NOT kidding) but heres the interesting part, despite the horrible sounds being fed into the amp, i was able to notice that this thing has MILES OF GEORGEOUS TONE!!! heh. if i had 1800 to blow... i wouldnt spend it on this amp. but i can see why someone else would.
  11. jasonbraatz

    jasonbraatz Supporting Member

    Oct 18, 2000
    Walnut Creek, CA
    again - my inability to correctly recall information is highlighted.

    :( yeah it's 100 watts.

  12. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Inactive

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    I'm not sure if most people realize this is the reissue and is different from the originals. I had three of the originals and when used for what they were designed for, worked very well.

    The R's don't sell anywhere near $2500... I'm surprised to hear of an $1800 asking price. I've tried several and ended up buying a B-100R;)
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