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Ampeg Portaflex or Acoustic b450?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by bammons30, Jan 26, 2014.

  1. bammons30


    Sep 20, 2013
    Im looking into buying one of these 2 amps.



    I have played Ampegs before and I know their quality and am very pleased with it. But this Acoustic amp really interests me. I like the portaflex overall with its power, sound, and fliptop. But this Acoustic amp is a combo which just makes carrying everything easier. Both can put out the power I need and want considering I can hook up another 4 ohm cabinet to the acoustic amp and get up to 600 watts.

    the main issue is i have no experience with Acoustic at all so i dont know their reputation or quality all that well. Can anyone give me opinions on these 2?

    Money is also a factor. and with the Acoustic being cheaper its definitely something im considering. Either one i buy will be bought used also.
  2. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    The Acoustic is entry level, with really cheap spkrs. Ampeg is a much better choice.
  3. Zoa


    Dec 28, 2009
    I play an Acoustic stack. Get the Ampeg. The Acoustic heads are alright if you like clean thump. They're more powerful that their wattage ratings, and are durable, but heavy. Their cabinets use cheap speakers and are shoddily constructed.
  4. The Regulator

    The Regulator

    Aug 10, 2005
  5. CL400Peavey

    CL400Peavey Supporting Member

    Nov 7, 2011
    Grand Rapids Michigan
    As good as that Ampeg is, I dont prefer that ampeg cab. I suggest you look at the PF-115LF instead of the "HE" series cabs.
  6. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I like the HE series fine ;) The HLF and LF go too low for my tastes. So does the PF115he, but it's somewhat controllable.
  7. CL400Peavey

    CL400Peavey Supporting Member

    Nov 7, 2011
    Grand Rapids Michigan
    As long as he is playing an Ampeg though.... Right? ;)
  8. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Hey, not like I get commissions ;)
  9. southpaw723


    Oct 20, 2013
    The portaflex would probably be more portable because of the flip top thing. That acoustic probably weighs 80 pounds.
  10. CL400Peavey

    CL400Peavey Supporting Member

    Nov 7, 2011
    Grand Rapids Michigan
    I know, and you know I have nothing but love for my Ampeg gear.

    That said we do have different tastes in our sound. So to the OP, take it for what it is. You will find people that enjoy the same amp through different cabs, or different amps through the same cab.

    If you took all the gear that I owned, and all the gear that Jimmy owns, and mish-mashed rigs together either one of us could get a workable sound out of it. He might prefer certain pieces more than I, but it would all be workable.

    Jimmy's Herritage SVT+810 might not be on my gas list, nor my Classic 400 +'66 on his, but he would still sound like Jimmy through my rig.

    What all that really boils down to is that you need to figure out what sounds good to your ear.
  11. Gaolee

    Gaolee It's all about the polyester

    I don't know that much about Chinese made Acoustic stuff, but I have heard that they are OK. That said, even though I prefer Acoustic Control or USA Acoustic amplifiers over Ampeg, I would probably go with the Portaflex if I was making the same choice you are.
  12. Don't know if I would be comfortable buying the PF-500 used though. After warranty support for the "Acoustic" is from what I have heard really sketchy.
  13. Joedog


    Jan 28, 2010
    Pensacola FL
    Of those 2...Ampeg for sure. You might also want to take a quick look at the Genz Benz Contour combos. They are blowing them out for about $350 shipped!!!! 500W w/an extension cab (another $225 if you want their matching cab), 300W and loud as a stand alone.