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Ampg (PortaBass) cabs

Discussion in 'Amps, Mics & Pickups [DB]' started by Adrian Cho, Jul 30, 2005.

  1. Adrian Cho

    Adrian Cho Supporting Member

    Sep 17, 2001
    Ottawa, Canada
    It is interesting to note that Ampeg has discontinued production of the single 10" and 12" super light-weight cabs. I tried them each once and found the 12" too coloured. The 10" was nice but the grille rattled and that really turned me off. However I would like to check them out again.

    I note also that Ampeg has introduced a PBC228 combo which includes a 200 solid state amp and 2 x 8" drivers (and apparently no tweeter) weighing in at 35 lbs. Interesting that they would use 8" drivers.
  2. Ric Vice

    Ric Vice Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2005
    Olivette, Missouri
    Dose this remind anyone of the SVT100T?? Since I live in St. Louis and actually played through one, it reminds me of that amp.
    This was Ampeg's first entry into the dual 8" Cabinet amplifier.
    It didn't sound bad at all. Nothing like a Walter Woods or a AI but
    once again the 2X8 configuration of that cabinet complimented AB
    very nicely. St. Louis music took it out of production after 2yrs. As I recall
    it didn't sell very well. Does this new model have Neo 8's?

  3. Ric Vice

    Ric Vice Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2005
    Olivette, Missouri
    I "walked" over to the Ampeg site and got a picture of this
    baby for everyone to see. Since I live down the street from St. Louis
    Music, I'll see what I can find out. Someone just bought them out this
    year so give me a little time. Only weighs 35 pounds thats not to bad if
    it sounds good. It looks a lot different than the SVT100T and I'm sure
    it weighs less. Probably sounds better as well

    Ric :D

  4. anonymous0726

    anonymous0726 Guest

    Nov 4, 2001
    (Concerning the 112 and 110)

    Why are these discontinued, if so? You should hear the wails of agony in the upright bass world. I have a 112 cabinet and have probably sold ten of the things for you. Just curious...





    Hey Ray,

    I was asking the same question. Sometimes these things get discontinued for reasons that I don't even understand. There are a number of dealers around the country that still have some though.

    Thanks for your support in Ampeg

    Dino Monoxelos
    Ampeg Product Specialist
  5. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    I had the 110 and it farted out fairly easy. Still it was so light (15lbs?) that i wish i didnt trade it in. Even thinking of looking for another strictly for practice.
  6. Phil Smith

    Phil Smith Mr Sumisu 2 U

    May 30, 2000
    Peoples Republic of Brooklyn
    Creator of: iGigBook for Android/iOS
    I have two of the 12's with the updated drivers, which turned the cabs into 8ohms instead of 4ohms cab with a slight weight gain, greater efficiency and better sound.
  7. Ric Vice

    Ric Vice Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2005
    Olivette, Missouri
    I called a dealer rep yesterday and the new amp isn't even
    available yet. I'm trying to get over to visit STLM and see if
    they will let me check it out.
    As far as the single 10' and 12', all I can say is that just like the
    EA VL 208's and 108's it's a bit of a puzzle. One of two things are happening, change just for the sake of change, or a particular
    cabinet not selling well (bottom line). Unfortunately, it always seems
    to impact AB players more, maybe it just seems that way, but there are
    a lot of cabinet's that are no longer in production that I really liked. Ampeg is a company in flux STLM no longer runs the show.

    Ric :eyebrow:
  8. Adrian Cho

    Adrian Cho Supporting Member

    Sep 17, 2001
    Ottawa, Canada
    The single 10" is actually 20 lbs and some dealers do still have stock of these and the single 12". I don't remember either being super fantastic but for the price and weight, it is very tempting to get one.
  9. Damon Rondeau

    Damon Rondeau Journeyman Clam Artist Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2002
    Winnipeg, baby
    I love my 12. Paired it with an AI Clarus. Coloured, yes, but I like. It makes a real nice growl sometimes. And the lightweight convenience factor is so nice.
  10. anonymous0726

    anonymous0726 Guest

    Nov 4, 2001
    Up close it sounds like a bass cabinet -- but out front, where it counts, it gets a great, natural sound with a lot of thick, percussive attack with my WW and FullCircle. With the Popsicle Stick (Alter Ego EUB) it responds similarly and I've been loud as hell with it without headroom problems. I do have a Bag End 15" for louder stuff, and play through the house cab for rock level+ stuff.
  11. macmrkt

    macmrkt Banned

    Dec 4, 2002
    Just curious...what do you mean by a company in flux? And overall, being so close to the factory, what do you think of STLM's performance during their tenure carrying the Ampeg name?
  12. Ric Vice

    Ric Vice Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2005
    Olivette, Missouri

    St. Louis, Music rescued Ampeg from the ashes in 1975. Had they not
    purchased the company, It might still not be around. They were the first commercial company (at least to my knowledge) to use neo's in compact
    portable bass enclosures. They have continued to develop new bass amps
    while reviving the SVT and B15, overall they have done well.
    Loud Technologies/Mackie Audio now owns STLM, that said only time will
    tell what that will bring, for the moment, as far as I know things are pretty
    quiet. One correction for the record, the factory is in Arkansas. STLM headquarters is in St. Louis, they don't build em here anymore.


    Still trying to get my hands on a PB228 to check it out. :smug:
  13. Ric Vice

    Ric Vice Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2005
    Olivette, Missouri
    I talked with the Ampeg (STLM) folks. It's gona be two weeks
    "around the middle of August" before they are avaliable.

  14. Ric Vice

    Ric Vice Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2005
    Olivette, Missouri
  15. anonymous0726

    anonymous0726 Guest

    Nov 4, 2001
    Damn, no 12"'ers listed.
  16. Ric Vice

    Ric Vice Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2005
    Olivette, Missouri
    If you do a google search there are 12's still out there but
    their pretty pricey at $619.00=shipping!
  17. anonymous0726

    anonymous0726 Guest

    Nov 4, 2001
    Yeah -- got that. As soon as I hear of a pile of these going for $199 I'll be grabbing a couple.
  18. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    You can get the GK 112 MBX for 3 and change...
  19. Ric Vice

    Ric Vice Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2005
    Olivette, Missouri
    Interesting, dosen't have a tweeter like the Ampeg 112, but it
    sure is light at 15 lbs. Used to own GK's, never thought that the
    midrange voicing on their amps was very complimentary for DB, but it could just be that I am easily comfused by more that three
    knobs on a amp.

    Ric :rolleyes:

    AMJBASS Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2002
    Ontario, Canada
    I just recently sold my 112MBX cab. Super light, but it didn't complement my mic all that well. It was great for the portability, but far from the most accurate sounding cabinet around.