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Ampeg SVT 410HLF Classic vs. Heritage 410HLF?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by leemelone, Jul 9, 2015.

  1. leemelone


    May 24, 2011
    It's finally time for me to retire my SVT 810e. I only play medium to small venues at this point and it's too big and heavy for my needs. I'm keeping my SVT Classic head and I have it down to a couple of cabinet choices - the SVT 410HLF Classic and the Heritage 410HLF. The consensus is that the Heritage has better speakers, is lighter and better constructed. However I play an active Spector 5 string and wonder if the HLF Classic might be a better fit because it's ported and has a lower frequency response. Cosmetically the Classic also matches the head I have and is a little larger. The power handling seems to be about the same and the prices are only $100 different. I thought about going to GC and trying out both cabs but in my experience it's not the same as playing a live gig and doesn't really give you a true representation of the sound. Bottom line is I want to get the closest I can to my 810e in terms of sound, volume and the ability to handle a low B.
  2. cfsporn


    Aug 20, 2011
    New York City
    If you are happy with your 810e, then the closest you will get soundwise is a 410he.

    However, of the two, I'd recommend the Heritage.
  3. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I don't have either but I've played through both side by side and the Heritage is without a doubt better in every way and totally worth the extra hundy. They both have the same frequency response, BTW, but the Heritage has a more pleasing overall quality to the tone. They both also go deeper in the lows than the 810e, but while the older 410hlf Classics are very muddy and low in the mids, the ones Ampeg's been making since 2007 are much less muddy and more in line with what you hear with an 810e, although the frequency response is definitely lower. But by all means the Heritage is a no-brainer.

    OTOH, cfsporn is right that the 410he is closer to the overall sound and tuning of the 810e. I opted for a 410he when I needed to get a 410 last year. However, since you're playing lower notes than I am, you might appreciate the extra bottom of the 410hlf to make up for the smaller size. Just get the Heritage if you go that route. Don't even question it for a second :D
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  4. gsgbass

    gsgbass "ROAD REX" Supporting Member

    Ampeg has the Classic 4X10's rated @ 100 watts per speaker. The Heritage is rated @ 125 watts per speaker. Other than that, they're about the same. I haven't been able to hear the two cabs side by side though.
  5. meatwad


    Apr 9, 2008
    Smallville, USA
    I've been gigging the last few weeks with a USA SVT-CL + Heritage 410HLF (see my avatar), and am absolutely loving it so far. The only Classic Series 410HLF I've experienced was at GC, displayed with a reissue V4B. I must admit that it sounded pretty darned good as well, but in the end I had no problem paying a little extra for the Heritage, after considering all the advertised extras already mentioned above. It's a killer combination either way, but I say go for the Heritage.
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  6. FYI, they are both ported and have the same usable frequency range down to 28 Hz. The ONLY downside to the Heritage is the higher price. Lots of upside. Well worth it IMO. I have two of the regular 410 HLF's I use with my SVT-CL and love them.
  7. Bass 45

    Bass 45 Supporting Member

    Jun 23, 2011
    Tempe, Arizona
    Zzounds has a "blemished" Heritage 410HLF available for $619.00.

    It is unclear to me how long the warranty period is - in the same statement i read "full factory warranty" and "90 day manufacturer warranty" a few sentences later.

    Maybe you could get an extended warranty with part of the savings. Looks like a good deal either way.

    Ampeg Heritage SVT-410HLF 2011 Bass Cabinet (500 Watts, 4x10"), Blemished

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