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Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by axelrod, Oct 31, 2013.
AMPEG B2RE clearance sale at GC. $160
Worth it? 450w at 4ohm.
At that price, yes. Honestly, it's not my favorite Ampeg head ever, but certainly worth $160.
Thanks. I want something just to run a 210 ported 4ohm cab ( 2 8ohm bp102's) that I'm building, and then later another and then eventually 2 more, and that sounds like something to get me started. I was even looking at little acoustic 200h's that can be bought for $100 used, and adding one for each new cab as it got built. Is that crazy? Im mainly just interested in the power section.
I have one, probably 7 or 8 years old now.
I used it a lot when I first bought it, thought it was a great amp. I'm after getting into a few different Ampeg models not, so I don't play it as much as I used to. It's still a good amp though. Decent power and very reliable.
At that price, I'd jump on it for sure.
An anemic 450 watts. The b2re is not a real loud amp. It is also about the least ampeg'ish ampeg... That said it is as good an amp as you'll find for $160. Go into it thinking clean and hifi rather than 'ampeg' and you won't be disappointed.
Agreed on all of the above - that's a pretty good amp for $160...
The secret to that amp is to run the master full tilt on 10 and then adjust volume with your pre. It stays clean and you get full power.
Not a well-liked amp, but when I used it and heard someone else using it, I always liked it.
I never found mine to be weak or anemic.
Can't be afraid to really crank the knobs and work your EQ if you want volume. As was said, pin the master and control your over all level with the gain. Or even do the opposite. You won't hurt the amp, and with the right cabinet you should have plenty to work with - depending on your application.
But yeah - it's not so much a dirty, or even an 'ampeg-sounding' ampeg. Definitely cleaner and tighter tone. It's not an aggressive or gritty sounding amp, but I've never had a volume issue with it.
Yep, the B2RE and its descendants were designed to lure Ampeg non-lovers into the fold.
Holy crap, that's a steal.
aaaaaaaaiiiieeeeeeee!!! called guitar center to buy it, and it has a bad capacitor or something they said. Should have known. Any other good ideas for a cheap amp for my building project?
Did seem too good to be true. Thats unfortunate man. I would say go back into looking at the acoustic b200h head some more. You can find them used for about $100 and are pretty damn good. After doing some research and asking around here for opinions I purchased one about a month ago and was very impressed for the $100 I bought it for.
wow those used to go for $400 plus steal
but its 26lbs for 250 into 8ohms so
ahhh missed the earlier post about the bad cap. bummer.
Used GK 400. ... Strong and plentiful...
See a GK 400 Rb used for 150. Not sure of age and condition, just sent a a message asking for those. Sound About right? How many 210 cabs would this reasonably power. Currently just have one at 4 ohm, but will be expanding.
You will hard pressed to find heads that will run a 2 ohm load. None of the heads mentioned in this thread are capable of running another cabinet on top of the one you have unless you build a speakon series box or series cabinet cable so you could connect the cabs in series instead of parallel.
And you lose wattage when you do that. You drop down to whatever an 8 ohm load gives you.
what about using a separate amp for each 4ohm 2 x10? I actually kind of like this idea, conceptually, but what about physically? will two similar amps run in phase?
They can, sure.
cool-I'm gonna do that. Build a 210, get an amp, build a 210, get an amp and so on up to 4 2x10's and then a big amp to handle all 4 4 ohm 2x10"s, yep that's my plan. Should take about 2 years.