Ampeg PF 500 or Ampeg SVT pro 3

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by descendent22, Apr 10, 2018.

  1. descendent22

    descendent22

    Jul 29, 2015
    Connecticut
    Currently I have an Ampeg portaflex pf 500 solid state head. It's great Head as most Ampeg product is but I'm looking for more tone options or more grind and grit. I would like to go tube also. Really I would love a v4b but I just don't have the $$. I'm taking steps towards the big boy. I have a SVT classic 610 HLF cab and I wanna move up a step with a different head. Pretty much I started my AMPEG line from the BA series to portflex to now possibly going pro series. I've already posted a thread asking for info about the Pro 3 but I want more info about it. Is it better then then portaflex pf500 ?
     
  2. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Inactive

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    There is an SVT 6 Pro on Reverb for $550 right now. I would offer even a tiny bit less than that.

    I have owned every tube and hybrid ever made except for the 5 and 7. I have owned a blueline vintage and currently own a late SLM SVT-CL.

    The 6 Pro is the BEST SVT ever made that isn't 300W all-tube. It will go from modern to tubey goodness with a turn of the voltage knob. Is has 4 tubes in the preamp if I recall. It's just the best hybrid they ever made to me.
     
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  3. High Camp

    High Camp

    Oct 3, 2013
    Netherlands
    Yes, the Pro 3 sounds better to me, but it's not a big day and night difference.
    It does produce a noticeable better grind.

    IMHO IME YMMV
     
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  4. descendent22

    descendent22

    Jul 29, 2015
    Connecticut
    That's what I'm looking for mainly as far as tone goes. A good grind and grit. So you're telling me this head has a nice gritty tone if I dial it in correctyl?For my budget of around 400$ there's some nice used ones
     
  5. High Camp

    High Camp

    Oct 3, 2013
    Netherlands
    Go for it! And don't be too shy with cranking the gain.
     
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  6. descendent22

    descendent22

    Jul 29, 2015
    Connecticut
    What's the difference between the SVT pro 3s 1st gen and 2nd gen if there are any differences? Which is better?
     
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  7. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    I'm pretty sure it's the same amp it's always been. There was an SVT 3 non-pro that was all SS and people who own them have told me they like them very much, but I can't tell much difference in the sound of new 3 Pros vs the one from 94 that I used to have.

    That said, I've got the PF800, which is the same preamp as the 500, and getting a good grind out of it is as simple as cranking the gain.
     
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  8. 75kva

    75kva

    Feb 11, 2011
    Kingston, Canada
    Own both and to my ear , the pf sounds a bit nicer although either sounds good to me . Bought the 3 pro after trying several other class d amps that had no character . The Hartke tx 600 had no mojo what so ever!
     
  9. If I could find a straight trade, Ampeg 3Pro for my Ampeg PF 800, I'd jump at the chance. The 3Pro is twice the amp, regardless of lower wattage.
    I rented a 3Pro and was astounded at its punch and clarity.
    I compare the two as the difference between a low torque, high horsepower 4 cyl to a high torque, but perhaps lower horsepower v8.
     
  10. descendent22

    descendent22

    Jul 29, 2015
    Connecticut
    I had a different experience with SVT pro 3. I was looking for that punch and clearity and it just didn't have it at all.i thought my Portaflex pf500 had way more punch grit and clearity. As much as I love Ampeg I ended up changing to Fender. I'm not looking back