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Ampeg PF 350 for gigs

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Rottenheart, Oct 18, 2018.


  1. Rottenheart

    Rottenheart

    Oct 18, 2018
    Hey guys i need some help here, usually for gigs i use whatever amp they have at the venue and just plug it in, but i have been looking at getting my own head instead and was seriously considering the Ampeg pf 350 and just connect that to the existing cabs at the venue , we usually play in 300 hundred peoples capacity venues all equipped with pa systems, so the sound would be for stage purposes, still i would like to be sure i have enough power as we play metal and can be quite loud...
    Also would welcome other suggestions of portable amps kind of in the same price range that have already proven themselves capable on live situations.
     
  2. fermata

    fermata

    Nov 10, 2015
    I recently got a PF-350 and also use mainly for stage volume (into a 115) + PA, and I'm very happy with it. The tone is classic Ampeg, and I like the simple, musically intuitive controls. If you worry that 250 watts at 8 Ohms (350 at 4) won't be enough, the PF-500 or the Peavey MiniMax would be good alternatives (both delivering around 300 W at Ohms or 500 at 4).
     
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  3. sedan_dad

    sedan_dad Supporting Member

    Feb 5, 2006
    Columbus,Ohio
    I use the PF-350 and I love it. I'll run it through either a single 210AV or a pair of them. Plenty of volume.
     
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  4. JimmyM

    JimmyM

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    350w isn't exactly quiet. Just seems like it would be in these days of regularly seeing 1000w amps. Still very much a fan of my PF350.
     
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  5. jeff7bass

    jeff7bass

    Apr 9, 2009
    What was that bass combo Ampeg built around 15 years ago with like a 15" speaker, a 6 or 8 inch speaker, and a tilt-back handle and wheels? Might have been like 200w or so.
    I wanted to buy one, then they went away...
    Update, found it.
    Ampeg B3158 - Reviews Ampeg B-3158
     
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2018
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  6. neilshane

    neilshane

    Sep 21, 2007
    St. Louis
    I have a PF-350 I'm looking to sell. PM me if interested.
     
  7. The Bass Clef

    The Bass Clef “the brian” Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 17, 2010
    Southern California
    I wasn’t very impressed personaly with the volume of my PF-350. It did the job, but I had to push the volume pretty hard to be heard over drums and 2 guitars (both through small combo amps, not half stacks or anything). I had to run the gain at about 6/10 and the master at about 8/10 (with 2 SVT210AV cabs) to compete in a relatively low volume roots/rock band. For comparison, I have a 200 watt Overton Flyweight head I use as a backup head that is noticeably louder than the PF350 was, with the gain and vol knobs at only 1/2 way.
     
  8. JimmyM

    JimmyM

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Knob ppsition means nothing. Some amps give their volume early, some give it later.
     
  9. The Bass Clef

    The Bass Clef “the brian” Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 17, 2010
    Southern California
    Well that's true. Just didn't feel like it had much headroom to spare. I liked the tone ok for what it was, but I'd definitely go with the 500 or 800 if I was going to buy another SS Ampeg.
     
  10. JimmyM

    JimmyM

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    That I can't argue with. I do like the 800 best out of the PF line. But I still dig the sound of my 350...and I don't have to push it on my gigs :)
     
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  11. fermata

    fermata

    Nov 10, 2015
    The benefit of pushing the gain and/or volume, to my ear, is that the tone opens up more than at low volume (while remaining clean). I borrow an 800 W GK head at my band's practice space, and the gain/volume are in the first quarter of their rotation. Plenty of headroom, to be sure, but I'd rather have the amp sing than know I can crank the volume far beyond a hearing-safe level.

    The other factor is how much wattage one's cab(s) can take; my 115 is nicely matched to the PF-350's output; I'd have to be careful (or add more cabs) with a significantly higher wattage amp.
     
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  12. It wouldn't be the first perfectly functional amp rated at around 300 watts ;)
     
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  13. I own a PF-350. I don't gig it but can't imagine it not being loud enough to gig. I've gigged my GK MB200 just fine at just 200 watts.
     
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  14. I love the tone of my pf350 but your right it doesn’t seem to be real loud, I have used it at an outside gig with my Carvin 410 and and 1 18 cab and was really sweet but we don’t play real loud.
     
  15. I had the PF-500 and it was great while it lasted; I am using the peavey MiniMax everywhere and it has taken a beating throughout all our outdoor Florida gigs
     
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  16. Beersurgeon

    Beersurgeon

    Jul 16, 2010
    Denver
    I have the PF-500 and I have had great success with it! I haven't been at a gig were it doesn't have enough volume and the tone is awesome!
     
  17. twinfallsbass

    twinfallsbass Supporting Member

    Jan 24, 2005
    Somewhere in AZ
    This. Jimmy assured me this was normal ( I have a pf350 ).
    Don’t be scared about where the knob ends up. I seem to remember my Genz Benz Shuttles doing the same thing.
     
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  18. jeff7bass

    jeff7bass

    Apr 9, 2009
    Love to see an updated, lighter version of this amp.
    Ampeg B3158 - Reviews Ampeg B-3158
     

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