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Ampeg Micro-VR new design?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by ShowKing, Oct 4, 2010.

  1. I just found that the Ampeg micro head has changed in design.



    Sorry if this has been posted before but I couldn't find it in the search.

    What do you guys think?
  2. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol

    As cute as it is, the Micro-VR won't be cool until they load this baby with tubes.
  3. Andrew Jones

    Andrew Jones Inactive

    Feb 28, 2001
    Northampton Mass
    Visually better,,

    Is the headphone imput now on the back?
  4. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    New one has a better switch.
  5. modflea


    Apr 26, 2004
    Lafayette, LA
    I like it. The AV/VR look never gets old to me.
  6. Mojo-Man


    Feb 11, 2003

    Is new Micro-VR head out yet?
  7. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Washington, Utah
    John K Custom Basses
    i like the look of the older one better. IMO, the big aluminum valance below the faceplate looks more 'vintage ampeg' to me (and had to cost more money for them to include it).
  8. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    i like the nubby tolex and the switch better. the valance was cool, though.
  9. Yeah!! I like the look of the valance, but the switch, metal jack input & is that a jewel light- all look the goods to me.
  10. JOE EDO

    JOE EDO Supporting Member

    Aug 28, 2007
    Central New York
    No matter the cosmetics..the head reminds me of a small dog that I would like to punt.:bag:
  11. Phendyr_Loon


    Sep 4, 2010

    And if the "Ampeg powers that be" are listening hopefully it will be reasonably priced.
  12. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    I've had one.
    You can't realistically get 200 watts worth of tubes and transformers into something that size.

    If you want tubes, you might like the V4B better, if you don't like the Micro, but I think the Micro sounds great, really.
  13. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    they're cute little guys but they've got a kick to them. they're not shy.
  14. BroKenSticKs


    Jan 11, 2010
    Well if it had tubes it wouldn't need close to 200 watts really would it?
  15. coreyfyfe

    coreyfyfe Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2007
    boston, ma
    Is it just me or does the redesign look overall shorter than the original? I have one of the first design, decent sounding for what it is and pretty good as a practice amp of for when I don't feel like carrying the real deal around, but there seems to be a lot of dead space in the amp. Like they tried to make it look exactly like a mini-SVT/8x10 (and did a good job) but things like the valance and front grill are mostly just cosmetic. This looks like they tried to make the space a little more functional.
  16. evilgabe


    Jan 30, 2002
    Chicago, IL
  17. coreyfyfe

    coreyfyfe Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2007
    boston, ma
    That could be it too. The only place I could find pics with the switch were store sites that didn't seem like they were recently updated, and the ampeg official site is still showing the in-market variant rather than this other one.
  18. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    grrr...we was hoodwinked!!
  19. MingusBass

    MingusBass Commercial User

    Sep 27, 2004
    Fort Wayne,Indiana
    You've got it backwards. The "New" design is actually the original photos from Ampeg before the Micro-VR actually hit the streets. I know this because I had one of the very first Micro-VR available and when I pulled the amp out of the box, I was surprised to see it didn't look like the original photos, with the nicer switch.
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