Ampeg SVT 610 HLF made in USA for a SVT 410 HLF made in Vietnam, is it worth it?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by andbaggio, Jan 5, 2019.

  1. andbaggio


    Dec 16, 2011
    Treviso, Italy
    I'm selling an Ampeg SVT 610 HLF made in USA (older than 2014) for an Ampeg SVT 410 HLF made in Vietnam (2014).

    Am I doing a good switch? I'm switching because the 610 is too big and heavy and I don't actually that much sound. The 610 is very nice but I think the 410 is enough for what I do and it's not as big and heavy.

    I found this 410 made in Vietnam built in 2014. My 610 is made in USA and it's older than 2014. Don't know exactly what year since I bought it used in 2014.

    I using it with a GK 700-RB II. Is it worth the exchange or am I doing a wrong switch and losing in quality?
  2. voided3


    Nov 11, 2008
    A lot of the USA-built Ampegs were made of OSB and are a lot heavier than the LOUD-era plywood overseas cabs. I specifically sought out a used plywood 410HE when I was looking around because the OSB US made cabs are nearly 20 pounds heavier.
  3. andbaggio


    Dec 16, 2011
    Treviso, Italy
    Yes I know, in fact my 610 is made of OSB. The thing that I want to know is will I lose in sound quality switching with a 410 made in Vietnam?
  4. voided3


    Nov 11, 2008
    The cabinets are tuned differently, but I don’t feel there is a quality difference between the two. I have a US 810E from ‘96 and an Vietnam 410HE from ‘08 and I don’t see any real quality difference, just the OSB vs plywood difference.
  5. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    If it was made in 2014, it was made in China. Ampeg only built stuff in Vietnam in 2007 and 2008.
  6. jamzcl


    Jul 21, 2004
    Des Moines, IA USA
    Keep the 610. They have similar tone/power handling and the 610 is easier to move around than the shorter, boxier 410.
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  7. meatwad


    Apr 9, 2008
    Smallville, USA
    The 410HLF is no fun to move around. I had a Heritage edition, and it was easier to pick up and carry than to roll by the towel bar. My 100lb Peavey 215D maneuvers better, simply because of it's height.
  8. FWIW, it seems as if I like the sound of the 610 more than a 410HLF. And my 410 was tough to move as it is an odd height....
  9. Pat C.

    Pat C. Supporting Member

    Jan 1, 2005
    Tuscaloosa, Alabama
    I can't speak on any tone differences.

    But would you rather tilt and roll (on flat ground and up stairs) a taller 6x10 or a shorter 4x10? If you have the ability to transport either, I'd pick the 610 every time despite the extra 25lb cab weight.
  10. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Washington, Utah
    John K Custom Basses
    i preferred the sound of a 610 over the 410 but both of mine were plywood cabs. and i agree the previous comments that the 610 was a lot easier to move around.

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