Ampeg ba115 vs hartke kb12 - which one?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by TWolf, Jun 5, 2020.

  1. TWolf


    Jan 20, 2011
    The Deep South
    Both are brand new. Ampeg is $325 plus tax. Hartke is $300 total.
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  2. They are both wonderful amps, but tonally they are completely different. You must listen to each, because it will boil down to personal taste.
    • The Ampeg has that warm classic rock sound you’ve heard on thousands of Albums in the 70’s
    • The Hartke, with its aluminum cone speakers, has that bright funky sound that poppers playing through paper cones can only dream about
  3. TWolf


    Jan 20, 2011
    The Deep South
    Thanks. I went with the Ampeg.

    I posted the thread while standing in the music store. I pretty much knew the Ampeg was the right choice for me, but wanted to throw it out there on TB in case there was anything I wasn't considering.
  4. TWolf


    Jan 20, 2011
    The Deep South
    The full story is that I drove into "The City" (about an hours drive) to look at a used Epi T-Bird. I'd never played one but always thought if a good deal on a used one ever showed up nearby I would check it out. For $250, I figure if I didn't like it, I could always get my money back out of it.
    So this morning before leaving I find another add for the Hartke Kb12. Ad says it is brand new, never played for $300. It is also located in "The City". So I contact him and ask if I can get in there this morning to check it out since I will be in "The City" already. He says it will have to be after lunch, he has this and that to do, blah, blah, blah. I say OK, I figure I can meet the guy about the 'bird and then mess around, eat lunch, whatever until Hartke guy is available.
    So I meet the guy and buy the Epi. We met at his work which just happens to be right next door to the largest music shop in "The City." (You probably know where this is going.) So I buy the Epi and then walk over to the music shop with no intention of buying anything, just browsing around the bass section. (Because remember I have time to kill) Sales guy comes up and we start talking. I asked him if he has any used combos around and he says no but I can make you a deal on this new Ampeg BA 115. The Ampeg was listed at retail $399, the same thing Sweetwater sells them for. He comes back and says he can do $325. That was a better deal than I thought he would offer.
    So a brand new150w Ampeg with a 15 seemed like a no brainer even though the Hartke (list price $449) technically would have been the better deal, if it was indeed brand new and never played. The Hartke is 500w and a good bit lighter (28 lbs vs 45 lbs) but I still had concerns about its volume and tonal capabilities based on things I have read here and other places.
    In the end, the Ampeg was $340 with tax, so for $40 more than the Hartke, I got what I know is a brand new amp, and what I feel is probably a better amp for my needs and style, and at a great price as well.
  5. CallMeAl


    Dec 2, 2016
    Ithaca Ny
    I prolly woulda got the Ampeg too. Happy NAD!
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