Ampeg B18 / B15 combo

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by DaveDeVille, Nov 11, 2017.


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  1. DaveDeVille

    DaveDeVille ... you talkin' to me ?? Supporting Member

    well ,
    i've had this old Ampeg B18 {1965} amp laying around for a few years ,
    never really gigged with it , mostly used it in my practice room ...
    so when this 1970's B15 cab came up for sale , i had to grab it .
    --- special thanks to Bikutsi Boy {Greg } ...
    SOLD - Vintage 70's Ampeg B15 cab and speaker
    ... loaded with an old Altec 418b - 15" speaker , the cab was in overall great shape ,
    but needed a new speaker jack and minor repairs to the dolly .

    a friend and i installed a new 1/4" jack , and mounted the B18 amp to the existing flip top .
    very secure , shock mounted .
    speaker seems like it might be a little stressed , but still sounds awesome .

    will post more pictures when i get to use this at an actual gig .
    anyway , here's a few pictures ...:cool:
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  2. DaveDeVille

    DaveDeVille ... you talkin' to me ?? Supporting Member

    more pictures ...
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  3. DaveDeVille

    DaveDeVille ... you talkin' to me ?? Supporting Member

    flush mounted 1/4" jack
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    cab sealed with amp mounted inside
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    finished job
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    :cool:
     
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  4. DaveDeVille

    DaveDeVille ... you talkin' to me ?? Supporting Member

    finally at home in my practice room ...
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  5. bobyoung53

    bobyoung53 Supporting Member

    I have a B-18, came with a Goodmans speaker in it, I love that amp in fact I'm playing through it right now. I did gig with it a few times and the guitarist flipped when he saw it and heard it, it was a blues pickup gig and it sounded perfect. I also have a late 70's B-15S that looks a lot like that, had a 1980 B-15n years ago that I bought brand new but stupidly sold it.
     
  6. bobyoung53

    bobyoung53 Supporting Member

    i forgot to say good job, I came in here bragging about mine and didn't even mentions yours.:laugh: I had heard the B-15 and B-18 chassis's were the same size and now I know, how's it sound?
     
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  7. DaveDeVille

    DaveDeVille ... you talkin' to me ?? Supporting Member

    :D
    thanks man , i appreciate that .
    i'm no expert , but the B18 did fit right into the B15 cab , no problems at all .
    maybe someone with more Ampeg knowledge will chime in ...
    soundwise , no real difference between my old B15 amp and this B18 amp that i can tell ,
    it just seems louder ... 25 watts vs 65watts .
     
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  8. coreyfyfe

    coreyfyfe Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2007
    boston, ma
    The B18 amp chassis was used in the B15NC (2x15 cab) and B15ND (1x15 with a 1x15 extension cab) models so it should work pretty well with the single speaker. I don't have a B18 but I have a B25 which uses essentially the same power amp. Sounds good with a single 15 or 12.
     
  9. bobyoung53

    bobyoung53 Supporting Member

    I have a B-15S which also has pretty much the same chassis, 60 watts with a single 15.
     
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  10. lowplaces

    lowplaces Got Punch ?

    Dec 20, 2015
    Louisville Kentucky
    Cool thread... if I ever get a B model, it will probably be the B18.
     
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  11. bobyoung53

    bobyoung53 Supporting Member

    They're usually cheaper than B-15's too for some reason, mine sounds great.
     
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  12. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    It's because they're not B-15's, and the B-15 is the first thing people think of when they think of Portaflexes. But I'd totally take a B-18 or B-12!
     
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  13. Keyser Soze

    Keyser Soze Supporting Member

    Beautiful, Dave. Congratulations!
     
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  14. CaseyVancouver

    CaseyVancouver

    Nov 4, 2012
    Cool!
    My b15n is good with electric and really good with upright.
    I wonder how the 18 would sound with upright?
     
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  15. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    That's awesome congrats.
     
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  16. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    That's some great info to know because I noticed the price differences now I know they sound similar that will save me some money.
     
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  17. salcott

    salcott Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2007
    NYC, Inwood.
    B-18s are great amps for lowish-volume gigs. Moving one is not a lot of fun.
     
  18. DaveDeVille

    DaveDeVille ... you talkin' to me ?? Supporting Member

    yeah , a low volume gig is what i have in mind with my B18/ B15 .
    it's really not difficult to move , the dolly is in great condition and rolls easily .
    and besides , i own other cabinets alone that weigh more than this combo ...
     
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  19. shadven

    shadven Twang-tastic Bass Player and Song Writer Supporting Member

    Dec 30, 2009
    Tampa, FL
    I rock, therefore I am.
    Awesome. I'm doing the same thing. I have an orphan 1966 B-18 head, and I just found a 1963 B-15 cab on Craigslist. I'm picking it up this week.
     
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  20. dbase

    dbase Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2008
    South Jersey, USA..
    I started with a B18 then got a B15 and bolted the cabs together... It weighed as much as a freight train. Thank god for the wheels .. that didn't last too long.. wish I took a picture of it. ;)
     
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