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Ampeg B15-R versus older B-15

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by dancehallclasher, Nov 12, 2002.

  1. how does it stack up? not looking to buy, just curious.
  2. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    I snagged a `66 "N" for $150 looong time ago. It worked :rolleyes:...
    like a Model T held together with bailin' wire and wishful thinkin'.
    I was gonna' tear it down and put in new tubes, yadda yadda.

    Beat up as it was, the mojo was still there. I ran a `77 pre-
    EB Stingray through it...bliss! I couldn't help noticin' the tone
    was very much like Mr. Jones' on the first Zeppelin album - clean,
    up front, and punchy as all get out.

    Wouldntcha know it? After my 10 year hiatus in...heck, Ampeg
    brings back Jess Oliver and they come out with the "R".
    Second item on the G.A.S. list (1st was the R/A #115).

    I don't recall if the N had the 5 position mid-shift switch thingie.
    It IS a nice feature on the R. The 60/100 watt switch is cool too.
    No, it's not gonna' work in large clubs or whatever. But if you
    hook up with a tone freak gee-tarist with a 50-60 watt old-
    timey tube combo, you're all set.

    If you can score an "N" off eBay for a fair price and you
    got the know-how, patience, etc., to fix `er up, I think it'd
    be worth it :). If ya hit the Lottery, go ahead and put an
    R on the list :D.
  3. jasonbraatz


    Oct 18, 2000
    Oakland, CA
    i had a b-15N i bought for $400 in great shape, and sold for $250 in the same shape. (traded towards a bass 350 and goliath jr)

    stupid stupid stupid....the only piece of gear i wish i still had and don't.
  4. JayAmel

    JayAmel Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2002
    Carcassonne, France
    The price at which new B-15R list in France (3.400 EUR, so you can hopefully get one new for 2.700 EUR) makes me regret I sold my old original B-15N I had bought used in 1980 for 3.500 FRF (= approx. 530 EUR).

    That amp was damn heavy and had a serious lack of power, but its tone was something like the voice of God... Unfortunately, at this time I was a hard rocker, and dB were in a way more important than tone... :(
  5. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson SUSPENDED Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    The reissue handles a low B better and it has a tweeter. I had three of the original B-15 tube models and even had a solid state B-15(T?) years ago. Between the R and N I'd pobably look for a nice N. Usually about 1/3 the price of the reissue.

    I had the choice between the two and another Ampeg combo a couple of years back. Between them, I chose a B-100R. Sounds damn good to me, in a vintage kind of way.

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