Ampeg or Hartke?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by zero990, Aug 23, 2001.

  1. zero990

    zero990 Guest

    Aug 15, 2001
    I've narrowed down my choice to two amps: the Ampeg BA-115 and the Hartke B90. I played on the Ampeg a few weeks ago and i liked it a lot but i didn't see how loud it could get, then today i tried the Hartke and it was very loud and sounded very nice. Now, the Ampeg has sold and i can't compare the two, anyone have suggestions? Thanks
  2. EString

    EString Guest

    Nov 20, 2000
    Los Altos, CA
  3. hartkes rock....they are bright, punchy and sound sterile to me and not very warm. Ampegs are more warm sounding and have better bass response in my opinion. I'd go with the hartke....i have a 410TP that im borrowing and that thing rocks.
  4. Bernie

    Bernie Guest

    Dec 12, 1999
    Never tried that particular Hartke.I did try the kickbacks though.They were pretty nice but side by side i prefered the Ampeg BA-115.Ive had it awhile now and love it.No problems at all and plenty loud for 100 watts.If it had an ext cab jack it would be perfect,but it does very well without.Good luck!
  5. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    The Hartke that zero990 is refering to is not even close to the Hartke that you've been playing through. For one, it's a small combo & it has PAPER CONES as opposed to the "bright, sterile" aluminum cones. I'd personally go for the Ampeg. It sounds great & well, I've been playing Ampeg for years!!! :)

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  6. sorry bout that, i don't memorize the model numbers....hehe. but yeah, if it doesnt have the aluminium go with the ampeg.
  7. ThunderStik

    ThunderStik Guest

    Jun 25, 2001
    Claremore OK.
    Go with the ampeg, I just sold my hartke stuff cuz I was damn tired of that dry sterile sound but if thats what you like then get the hartke.
  8. stratfreak

    stratfreak Guest

    Aug 25, 2001
    southeast Missouri
    I have played quite a bit through the BA115, but I am playing through a SWR Workingman's12 now and I am extremely happy with the change, and I can add an external to it as well. If you have a dealer close by give the swr a shot, it might be just what your lookin for.
  9. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    give a try to the marvellous ampeg b 100r
  10. Old Blue

    Old Blue Guest

    Mar 18, 2000
    Ampeg or Hartke? This is the easiest question I've heard in awhile. AMPEG!
  11. MrFortuneCookie

    MrFortuneCookie Guest

    Aug 23, 2000
    New York, NY
    i have to agree too. I'm currebtly in the process of replacing my hartke stuff with probably SWR, but possibly Ampeg or Mesa instead.
  12. phunky345

    phunky345 Guest

    Jun 20, 2000
    Missoula, MT
    Or you can do what I did and comprimise! Ampeg head + Hartke cabinets! The BA-115 is kickass, I'd rather have that because...I've played it and it's really loud and nice. Or, if you can, get the BA-210SP. It has 220 watts and 2 10's if 10's float your boat.
  13. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000
    the choice is ultimatly yours, which of the 2 do your ears prefer more? I have both Hartke and Ampeg, They both have different sounds but both sound good, the choice is yours, play through both using your own bass and listen carefully to the both of them.
  14. bobaloo

    bobaloo Guest

    Aug 26, 2001
    Newport News, Va.
    I'm not too familier with Hartke but if it has a "dry, sterile sound" let me tell you my experience. Recently, I was shopping for a new amp. I bought an SWR Bass 750 which was very loud and very, very clean (sterile). I ended up buying a Sansamp Bass Driver DI and THEN I was happy with the tone I was getting. When I ended up experimenting with the Sansamp I discovered the setting I liked the most was "SVT"! So, rather than setting up an external box that required a 9 volt I returned both items and bought an Ampeg SVT IV Pro. Tons of power and real tube warmth and grind! I love it!
  15. xHarperx

    xHarperx Guest

    May 8, 2001
    buy the ampeg