Ampeg B15N 1966

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by slotrod65, Jan 1, 2014.

  1. slotrod65


    Dec 29, 2009
    My local shop has an Ampeg B15N which they state is from 1966. Can anyone give me some pointers of what to look for? My Wife was with me and I did not have the time to properly evaluate the amp. Both transformers appear to be originals based on the cases, but I plan on going back to really try it out. The salesman told me that the amp had been into their shop for a checkup and worked fine. I do not know if a cap job was done or anything like that yet.
    Any tips, or things to look for/watch out for will be appreciated.
  2. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Rally not much to look out for other than checking all the knobs and both channels to see if it sounds and works well, though a record of what was done to it when it was last serviced would be a good thing. You could take a look at the tubes and see what kind they are. I would check and see what kind of a speaker is in it, too. A 66 should come with a CTS that has an Ampeg sticker on it or a JBL D130F. If it doesn't have one of them, it doesn't make it a bad buy or anything, but you might be able to use it for leverage to get a few bucks shaved off the price.
  3. beans-on-toast

    beans-on-toast Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2008
    Here are some buying tips that you might find helpful.

    Let us know how it goes.
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  4. If there's a CTS inside , part of the number stamped on the magnet will have the date it was made.
  5. Farfetched


    Jan 7, 2009
    These amps should also be relatively quiet. Check for any huming or rattling. Also if there are any extraneous holes.
  6. Bill Hughes

    Bill Hughes

    Oct 17, 2013
    A 1966 B15N will have a chrome plated steel chassis, and eyelet board construction, not a PCB.
  7. slotrod65


    Dec 29, 2009
    Thanks guys, I will let you know how this turns out
  8. coreyfyfe

    coreyfyfe Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2007
    boston, ma
    I'd assume a 66 will be PCB as I have a Jan 65 dated amp (NC/cathode biased revision) with a PCB.