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Ampeg B-15S, thoughts?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by CTBassGuy, Aug 14, 2019 at 2:01 PM.


  1. CTBassGuy

    CTBassGuy Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2018
    Danbury, CT
    I have a bad case of GAS that I think I can be, and likely should be, talked out of. (I know, TB is the wrong place for that, but...)

    There is a B-15S for sale that I think I really want, but I already have a V4B reissue and a good choice of cabs to go with it (2x svt210avs, V4 4x12, and an 810 flatback). I think I’ve got “Ampeg” covered pretty well.

    But that B-15S is so cool....

    So is there any benefit to a B-15S vs what I have, other than the cool factor?

    I know the down sides: weight (120 lbs...), old amp that may need to be biased, recapped, retubed, etc.
     
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  2. CTBassGuy

    CTBassGuy Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2018
    Danbury, CT
    Nevermind; I cured my own GAS. Used this at practice tonight and I don't need/want anything else (except maybe an SVT :D ).

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  3. beans-on-toast

    beans-on-toast Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2008
    The B-15S is heavier, uses a 12DW7 and 7027A power tubes. Not a problem ordering the tubes but noit as easy as the V4BR tubeset. I wouldn't trade a V4BR for the B-15S, vintage amps can come with issues.

    But if you want the B-15S, why not make yourself happy.
     
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  4. CTBassGuy

    CTBassGuy Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2018
    Danbury, CT
    Thanks Beans. Agree with your assessment of the potential down sides of the B-15S.

    After practice last night running my V4B/V4 cab rig, I don’t have any justification for the B-15S, other than just GAS. I’m not cured of GAS, but it’s at least temporarily subdued for the moment. :)
     
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  5. beans-on-toast

    beans-on-toast Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2008
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  6. glivanos

    glivanos Supporting Member

    Jun 24, 2005
    Philadelphia Area
    I had a B15S. Killer amp but to your point way too heavy. I replaced it with a V4BH head and SVT 15E cabinet.
    Easier to get around. Sounds pretty much the same and the head has a DI output which I use with FOH PA systems.
     
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  7. CTBassGuy

    CTBassGuy Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2018
    Danbury, CT
    Excellent; thanks for the feedback and confirmation, gilvanos. I’ll stick with my V4B and V4. Both pieces together weigh less than the B-15S, has a DI out as you mentioned, and is almost double the power.

    GAS subsided for now... :D
     
  8. glivanos

    glivanos Supporting Member

    Jun 24, 2005
    Philadelphia Area
    GAS never subsides.....LOL!
     
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  9. CTBassGuy

    CTBassGuy Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2018
    Danbury, CT
    That should be the new tag line for TalkBass! :roflmao:
     
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2019 at 5:41 PM
  10. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I wouldn't mind a B-15S, but I certainly don't feel the least bit inadequate with a new V4B!
     
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  11. CTBassGuy

    CTBassGuy Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2018
    Danbury, CT
    Agreed Jimmy. Pretty much where I am now after practice.

    If it showed up at my front door, I wouldn’t refuse, but “Wouldn’t mind” is not enough of a desire given the distance to get it, space in the house to place it, and the $ to buy it.
     
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