Ampeg PF350/500 Part V

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Chef, Apr 24, 2012.

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  1. Chef

    Chef In Memoriam

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
  2. Thanks, Chef! I thought I would start this new thread off with some love. I've been a bit of a negative nancy about my PF-500 giving me some trouble with 2 cabs, but I rocked it at the gig last Friday (single cab) with no trouble.

    I did end up making the switch to an SVT7PRO, but the 500 does so well with one cab that I may have to end up picking up another PF-500/350 to have for small rooms (about 75% of my gigs) and backup. That said, I am subscribed and will keep following along with the latest news about this intriguing little amp.

    For now, I'm gonna haul around the 7 and jealously creep this forum until I figure out what my next PF move is going to be.

    Party on, Garth.

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  3. ddbassGA


    Nov 15, 2010
    Athens, GA
    So back to this porting the PF cabs discussion...has anyone found out any TS specs on the purple 15?
  4. mattsdad


    Oct 5, 2009
    My PF 500 took a dump after 2 months! Geez! Stuck in fault mode.
  5. So much for starting out with some good vibes! :rollno:
  6. GregT


    Jan 29, 2012
    Southwest Missouri
    The picture you posted was a really cool vibe and a great place to start the thread. Even in the red lighting, the purple bar shines through, not unlike the PF series shining through it all.
  7. Zapp


    Sep 4, 2005
    Gruene Texas
    if you discover, I'd be wanting to know what ailed the 500. these things bug me....

  8. PluckyThump


    Jan 4, 2008
    The Hammer
    I'm getting good vibes from your keyboard player. :D

  9. Rick&jazzbacker


    Jan 9, 2011
    Humm (grrr!), was supposed to buy it tomorrow... I'm wondering if the Eden wtx500 would be more reliable than the pf-500...?
  10. Thanks!

    Abridged version for those just tuning in: I discovered that my PF-500 couldn't handle low-frequncey transients (slaps, digging-in, heavy picking) while powering a 4ohm load. The solution was either squash the heck out of my signal with compression, or up my game to a 7pro. I choose the 7pro.

    Bottom line is it always performed great with 1 cab, just didn't work out for me with 2. Despite my trouble, I still think it's a great amp and I'm serious about getting another one (or else I wouldn't be here). But for now, she's the one that got away :bassist:
  11. LOL! Get in line ;)

    (a line I am not in btw... happily married to a non-bandmate).
  12. alaskaleftybass

    alaskaleftybass Will Hanbury, Jr. In Memoriam

    Mar 21, 2012
    Sitka, Alaska
    Wow. It sounds like the PF is not really ready for prime time. I know some have had luck with it, but in reality it sounds like when players push it, the unit buckles. Can't have that. I've been an Ampeg fan since I bought my first brand new Ampeg V4B (that's dating me lol) but this is a whole new brave world, and I'm just not sure Ampeg got it right... wow this is a long thread... looks like a lot of people want Ampeg to work out, but does Ampeg see all the complaints and problems? Or have they gone pure corporate????
    Good luck all PF owners...
  13. bassguppy


    Jan 8, 2003
    Queens PF500 has performed flawlessly for nearly 10 months running both 8 and 4 ohm loads. It mainly is my rehearsal rig but it has made its way occasionally to live gig use.
  14. mattsdad


    Oct 5, 2009
    You got a good one. Me, I'm getting mine fixed locally here per repair coverage. I'm gonna tell him to fix it GOOD. I'll even pay extra.
    Will probably save up for the SVT7PRO. Hopefully that one won't cut out as much.
  15. GregT


    Jan 29, 2012
    Southwest Missouri
    Hope no one minds me mentioning again just how much I am enjoying the headphone jack on the PF500. I just got lost in outer space playing my Precision at 11:30 PM. My headphones aren't anything spectacular, but the tone and vibe were still there.
  16. BIG97BEN


    Sep 12, 2011
    Richmond VA
    I haven't tried the headphones on it yet. From what you say I think I'm going to give it a try tonight. My wife will probably thank you for silencing my night playing.
  17. coreyfyfe

    coreyfyfe Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2007
    boston, ma
    I've never had it happen to mine in the 10 or 11 months I've owned it and I've pushed it pretty hard almost always with a 4 ohm load. Remember that the reports you see here are mostly going to be those with issues. These amps have apparently been selling in pretty large volume, and many of us are not having problems with them.
  18. Idiot Savon

    Idiot Savon Tall, Dark, Handsome, etc., etc. Supporting Member

    Jun 22, 2009
    Essex, CT
    Another practice with my PF500 running through the keyboard amp, and while I have yet to be named an official member of the band, they like that I can be heard over one of the guitarists (the other has heard of "reasonable rehearsal volume", so he and I get along quite well.)
  19. SkiFor3


    Aug 23, 2011
    The headphones out does sound good. I bought a nice pair of over the ear studio headphones but even with just ear buds it sounded good. I wish you could adjust the line in volume though on the amp. It runs a little too hot. If i plug my phone into it the volume at its lowest setting its louder than i want.
  20. coreyfyfe

    coreyfyfe Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2007
    boston, ma
    Yeah that's my only issue as well, the line in is pretty hot. Usually if I'm practicing with my laptop as the source if I pause then start a song at playing volume it will overdrive the input and fade out for a second then come back (just the audio signal, not the bass signal).
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