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Ampeg experts: What kind of portaflex is this?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Bjazzman, Jan 4, 2012.

  1. Bjazzman


    Dec 7, 2004
    Madison WI

    it has an input for an accordion. it looks wider than the normal b-15
  2. TheDialog

    TheDialog Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2008
  3. Bjazzman


    Dec 7, 2004
    Madison WI
    cool. it seemed a bit small to be an 18 in speaker though
  4. coreyfyfe

    coreyfyfe Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2007
    boston, ma
  5. Bjazzman


    Dec 7, 2004
    Madison WI
    anyone know the value? it belongs to a friend of a friend. are they rare?
  6. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    They are somewhat rare. No idea what it costs, but if he goes to sell it, I'd advise him to clean it up and take the beer off of it.
  7. stiles72


    Mar 20, 2009
    Albany IL
    If it looks smaller than an 18", then it could be a B-15X. According to the Ampeg book they were only made for about a year and are super rare. Check the model number which should be on the top of the chrome chasis in front of the plexi logo, and maybe also inside the cab.
  8. Old Fart

    Old Fart Supporting Member

    Mar 11, 2011
    Beverages do not go on amplifiers. Ever.
  9. stiles72


    Mar 20, 2009
    Albany IL
    But they are in Wisconsin... I bet the fliptop cab actually doubles as a cooler ;)
  10. nysbob


    Sep 14, 2003
    Cincinnati OH
    Judging from the size of the beer can and the baffle hole, I don't think it's a 12" OR an 18". The amp is definitely wider than a standard b15 series.

    Interesting. :meh:
  11. Bjazzman


    Dec 7, 2004
    Madison WI
    ok it's not my amp but i would venture to say we've all put a beer on our amp at some point. yeah they guy could take better care of his gear but he's going to get it serviced soon to convert it to a 3 prong cord.

    i'll check the serial number next time im over there
  12. If you're out of Schlitz, you're out of beer!
  13. christw

    christw Get low!

    May 11, 2008
    Dayton OH
    You want to get the model number off the top of the chassis right in the middle from in front of the plexiglass logo too.
  14. Bass 45

    Bass 45

    Jun 23, 2011
    Tempe, Arizona
    It appears to be a B18X. The elusive B15X was made in a year (ca. 1963,'64) that had an earlier control layout (for the B.12.X and the B15.X - (there was no B18-X or B12-XT yet)). The control layout on the earlier models included from left to right - six knobs, five 1/4 inch inputs in the middle, then three more knobs on the right (for the effects). The later models (B12XT & the B18X) had ten knobs with the five inputs in three different locations like the example shown in this thread. I also have a photo of a B.15.X that shows the speaker taking less space then this example. I would say it is worth about a $1000.00 if he was willing to ship it - maybe a little more if it was shined up:)
  15. If you have a full case of Schlitz you're still out of beer! :D
  16. pfschim

    pfschim Just a Skeleton with a Jazz bass

    Apr 26, 2006
    SF Bay Area
    warning .. totally Off Topic:

    "There's just one Schlitz, yeah, yeah, nothing else comes near.
    When you're out of Schlitz, you're out of beer.
    If you like it light with a good taste too,
    There's only one brew that will do.
    When you're out of Schlitz, you're out of beer.
    Real gusto in a great, light beer – Schlitz!"

    ahh, that really takes me back ... hey maybe another one

    "From the Land of Sky Blue Waters
    Hamms the beer refreshing
    Hamms the beer refreshin"

    geez, I am really thirsty all of a sudden! .. maybe I have a nice cool long neck Leinenkugel in the fridge ;)

    Carry on with the previous serious discussion of Ampegs

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