Ampeg B-18 "Sort of"

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by main_sale, Jun 27, 2008.

  1. main_sale


    Apr 26, 2004
    Cape Cod
    I've been looking for an Ampeg B-18 to keep my B-15-N company without success. I've been thinking of getting a B-18cabinet from Fliptops and picking up an older V-4B and running them together. I know the V-4B is not a B-15 amp but I'm hoping they would be close, maybe even running through a Fliptop pedal like the Tech21 VT or Barber Linden. Do any of you Portaflex fans out there have any experience that you could share with me?
  2. anderbass


    Dec 20, 2005
    Phoenix. Az.
    Sounds like a very cool rig.
    If your picturing that amp placed on your cab, keep in mind the V4/V4B's are nearly 27" wide...
  3. coreyfyfe

    coreyfyfe Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2007
    boston, ma
    Owning both a V4 and a B15, I don't think the V4 in a 1x18 cab would sound anything like a B15/18, with the caveat being that I haven't ever tried my V4 with a 1x15 or 1x18 cab.
  4. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    I think it would be fairly close. The B-18N came with a 50w head that uses 7027A's. And the V4 used them, too. And really, all tube amps Ampeg made have all been trying to emulate the B-15 at higher volumes, so there's a certain similarity to all of them.
  5. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    I am not exactly a B-15 fan, though I appreciate their tone in small rooms or studios.
    That said, I did use a B-18 on gigs a few times, and while it was a bit more
    capable than the 2 B-15s I had used a lot up to that point, the B-18 was
    still pretty "underwhelming" for the work I was doing.

    The musical application was what you might call "fairly soft Art College
    blues band music of the late 60's/early 70s." The bands were not loud,
    and the amp was certainly not enough. When it farted, it really FFFFFAARRTTED!!! :spit: :spit: :spit:

    All IMHO, YMMV. :D

    Have you considered finding an Acoustic 301? Now I realize you need a
    larger vehicle and a fair amount of determination to schlep one, even
    with the tilt back wheels and recessed built-in handles--but THAT was
    an 18, IMHO.

    It bet it would love a V-4B! :hyper:
  6. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Nobody would ever accuse the B-15/18 of being capable enough to handle gigs where a lot of stage volume is needed. And I never bring mine to a gig where that's the case. But I rarely play gigs where a B-15 couldn't cut it. And slap a mic on one and crank it in the PA and the audience will experience multiple orgasms over your killer tone ;)