ampeg vs. mesa boggie???

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by mikey patrick ., Oct 2, 2001.

  1. mikey patrick .

    mikey patrick . Guest

    Oct 2, 2001
    los angeles.
    i was wondering your opinions/recommendations on these two. it is going to be my first "big" amp purchase so i want to get it right. an ampeg svt3pro with 8 x 10's cab, or a mesa boggie????

    thanks. mikey patrick.
  2. Bass18

    Bass18 Guest

    Jul 21, 2001
    I like ampeg, but then again I've never tried mesa boogie.
    I think mesa boogie is more expensive, although both brands have a good reputation. Just go and try some out and see what you like (if thats an option).
  3. MrFortuneCookie

    MrFortuneCookie Guest

    Aug 23, 2000
    New York, NY
    Infact, i'm actually in a similar boat. I'm looking to buy either an Ampeg SVT IIPro with an SVT 810E or a Mesa Bass 400+ and Road Ready Powerhouse 1000 cab.
  4. I was really into Ampeg I own a SVP-BSP, a SVT-3 PRO and 4x10 then I tried the Mesa Boogie 2x15 and Basis M-2000 [​IMG], I was so angry at my self for spending so much on Ampeg and 4x10s, I still like my Ampegs very cool preamps, but I'm going to get the set I tried in the music store. I realize that 15s and 12s are best for bass after using 10s.
  5. Rickenbackerman


    Apr 17, 2001
    Laurel MD
    That may be your opinion, but mine is that I love 10's. Eight of 'em. :) 15's sound muddy, flabby and undefined to my ears.

    My two rigs are a '72 SVT, and a Mesa 400+ into two Eden 410XLT's. Both the SVT and 400+ are great heads, and both have their own sound.

    If you're looking to get a 'big' rig, I'd say go for either an SVT classic or SVT2pro (or a 70's SVT if you can find one) and 8x10, or a 400+ and powerhouse 1000 or two 4x10's.
  6. danny3k

    danny3k Guest

    May 26, 2001
    Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
    You may be lucky if you buy a Ampeg SVP-PRO preamp, then a Mackie i1400 Power Amp, and then a SWR Megoliath.
  7. boogiebass


    Aug 16, 2000
    If you're willing to carry it, the Mesa Boogie 400+ is the best choice, IMO, where power, tone and "tube-iness" are concerned. I also prefer the 400+ for all-around use although my '70 SVT has more grunt and raw edge for big outdoor gigs.
  8. 10's can be cool and seem to project better but not for me, I like the definition of the lows, I dail in my tone with tons of lows and highs (I usually set both boost +5dB) and don't pay attention to the midrange (I usually cut 220-900Hz -6dB or more) and compress the signal to prevent peaking and to keep it smooth. Usually live I lose allot of my projection because my highs overpower my lows killing my clean sound which comes out cheap and changing my tone would make me lose most of the agression I need to cut through heavier percussion and a distorted seven string guitar (also with scouped mids), that's why I like 15's.
  9. if you go with boggie(and I would)get road ready cabs..they are the last word said in cabs...they sound great and tough as nails(if you don't mind a little extra weight)try a rd.rdy powerhouse cab sometime...bring a kidney'll need it
  10. Steven Green

    Steven Green Guest

    Jul 25, 2001
    Pacific NW
    I much prefer Mesa amps and cabs to the Ampegs. I play Eden cabs now, but I used to have a Mesa 4x10 and 1x15 and they were loud, low, and HEAVY! They have way better frequency response than the Ampegs and are built to last. They cost more but are worth it in the long run, because they'll still be looking better than that beat up Ampeg. They also handle more wattage and the tone is amazing! No, I don't work for Boogie. They are hand-made and the company really takes care of you. Ok, I'm done...
  11. kirbywrx

    kirbywrx formerly James Hetfield

    Jul 27, 2000
    Melbourne, Australia.
    i dunno but i heard somewhere..arent masa boogies meant to be the best amps in the world? not jsut coz they are really expensive...and not just coz everyone uses em as seen in the boogie artist roster but because they are..good? any reason for everyone(well alot of ppl) saying they are good?
  12. Matthew West

    Matthew West Guest

    Sep 7, 2000
    Richmond, VA
    I own a Mesa amp, and I think it's great. Right now, I have a Buster 1x15 combo (200 watts all-tube). This thing can kill most half stacks, especially with another 1x15 cab hooked up. My dream rig is a Bass 400+ and a Road Ready 2x15. I may get that one day if I start playing more often and going out on the road.

    I think that if you're playing loud rock music, Mesa is the best stuff out there.
  13. Ely


    Jun 8, 2001
    Huntsville, AL
    Where can I find the prices of the Mesa/Boogie Bass 400+ and some of them there cabs your mentioning?
  14. kirbywrx

    kirbywrx formerly James Hetfield

    Jul 27, 2000
    Melbourne, Australia.
    i cant find any pricing info on the web site so it looks like your either gonna have to search all the music shops in the land till you find what ur looking for or go to the boogie contact page
    or the
    international boogie page

    the internation boogie page is only if u speak another language.....

  15. Shumph

    Shumph Guest

    Aug 25, 2001
    On the move
    I just looked at them. They are around $1399 US. With Mesa you pay retail.

    They sound great.

    Try the Sunn 300T it sound good also and is a little cheaper.

  16. I played a mesa M-Pulse 600 through a Mesa 8x10 at Guitar Center once. And...well, it was beautiful. I have no idea about the 400+ as Ive never seen it. But that rig...ohhh that was pretty. :)
  17. MrFortuneCookie

    MrFortuneCookie Guest

    Aug 23, 2000
    New York, NY
    the 400+ costs 1299, the M-Pulse 600 costs 1299 and the Basis M2000 costs 1699
  18. Shumph

    Shumph Guest

    Aug 25, 2001
    On the move
    At the mars here it was

    400+ 1399+
    m-plus 1279
    m2000 1699
  19. MrFortuneCookie

    MrFortuneCookie Guest

    Aug 23, 2000
    New York, NY
    recently? That's odd. Cause last time i called, and also in the price list which i recently lost, it had it for the prices i listed.
  20. boogiebass


    Aug 16, 2000
    Sounds like Mars may have jacked up the price on the 400+. Retail is $1299 as MFC has quoted. That's what you can expect to pay everywhere, actually since Mesa Boogie really doesn't allow dealers to discount. Never heard of anybody selling them for MORE, however!