Anybody have any knowledge of this bass amp?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Ewok, Dec 22, 2014.

  1. Ewok

    Ewok Guest

    Sep 14, 2014
    Corpus Christi, Texas
    Well, I have an opportunity to pick this up pretty cheap and it works. Cosmetic issues, of course given the age, but in working order. Also there's no head with it. Anyways, I can pick this vintage piece up for fifty bucks. However, didn't know if it would be worth the investment. Opinions or experience with this particular amp would be appreciated:

    It's a 1972 Sunn Model 8 100W@8ohms 1x15+Horn+2xTweeter 29x19.5x17


    Missing the head, but didn't know if it would be worth throwing some money at to get this old girl up and playing again. OH, the horn knob is missing, but I think I get replace that fairly easy. Thoughts?


  2. It is not "an amp" or even a bass cab, It IS a 3-way PA speaker cab. The midrange horn is at the top.
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  3. Ewok

    Ewok Guest

    Sep 14, 2014
    Corpus Christi, Texas
    So, not worth throwing fifty bucks at I'm guessing? 72 was a good year for me, so it kind of perked my interest, however, if it's not worth it. No use taking up space, eh?

  4. agedhorse

    agedhorse Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 12, 2006
    Davis, CA (USA)
    Development Engineer-Mesa Boogie, Development Engineer-Genzler (pedals), Product Support-Genz Benz
    And not a particularly inspiring PA cabinet at that, but considering the time and the intended market, it was about par for the era, maybe even a little better than average.
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  5. Depends on what you expect from it. I wouldn't plan on gigging it ;)
  6. vmabus


    Nov 1, 2013
    It would make a great nightstand!
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  7. Ewok

    Ewok Guest

    Sep 14, 2014
    Corpus Christi, Texas
    Sounds like I'm gonna pass on this one. Thanks for the opinions and knowledge guys.... But, fifty bucks for a nightstand isn't bad these days. :)
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  8. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    might be able to sell the super hip sunn logo on ebay for 25 bucks
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  9. alaskaleftybass

    alaskaleftybass Will Hanbury, Jr. In Memoriam

    Mar 21, 2012
    Sitka, Alaska
    Do you have a bass head to try with it? If you didn't wouldn't cost a cent to see if the old timer gets loud.
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  10. nysbob


    Sep 14, 2003
    Cincinnati OH
    The existing 15 with the 2" coil has to go.
  11. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    New England
    Boat anchor.
  12. john m

    john m Supporting Member

    Jan 15, 2006
    Those were a good working PA cab in their day. A big step up from columns (some with piezos, some without).

    Used 'em 3 nights a week with a trio (vocals only). I recently tried to play my bass through them on a low volume gig--- by todays standards, they suck. My bass sounds better through a Line 6 studio 10 for low volume gigs..
  13. 10cc

    10cc Inactive

    Oct 28, 2013
    Be a great monitor for a drummer. We used an old Peavey 1820 for that in a rehearsal space for the drummer, it worked pretty good.
  14. walldaja


    Apr 27, 2011
    At least they made good engine analyzers in the day....
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  15. Different spelling (Sun) and company. Not even close to being connected. ;)
  16. lowend1


    Feb 15, 2005
    I'm pretty sure that's newer than '72 also. Sunn went to the white baffles, black grille and 2-color logo in the mid-late 70s - IIRC.
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  17. Ewok

    Ewok Guest

    Sep 14, 2014
    Corpus Christi, Texas
    Well, a little update on the old girl above. Dropped the price to 40 bucks. Like I said, 1972 was a good year for me and and a 72 bass I'd like to pair it up with. Call it nostalgia...along with 40 bucks burning a hole in my pocket. Might dive over with a head and give it a whirl. Like someone mentioned earlier: could have a use as a cab after stripping the insides, or an end table perhaps- a "mantique" if you will. Guess I'll find out if I get a peep out of it. What the hell, right?

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  18. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    I hate to spoil the "made in '72" thing you have going on, but that PA cab was manufactured in the late 70's at the earliest, maybe even early 80's. Those were the waning days of the Hartzell ownership era, and the quality had really slipped. Now, in the classic era of '66 to about '74, Sunn issued some mighty and iconic bass rigs, and some formidable PA gear, but by the time that particular cab was made, they were on a par with Peavey. I'm looking at a 1972 Sunn catalog right now, and by that year their PA cabs were mostly shallow columns with multiple 10" or 12" speakers, but they would also pair their single 15" bass cabs(very hard to find)with a large throated high frequency horns. Anyway, good luck with your purchase, but don't expect too much from it as a bass cab.
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  19. Low Class

    Low Class

    Jul 4, 2005
    Spend your $40 on a couple sets of strings.
    Better than flushing it if you buy that cab.
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  20. The cab looks to me to be not as old as the early 70's. By appearance, it looks similar to my Sunn Beta Bass, purchased in the early 80's.
    The woofer in that cab, also looks a lot like the original woofer in the cab when I bought it. After a fall in the back of my truck, I had to replace it as the magnet had shifted the voice coil during the fall.
    I replaced it with a Gauss driver in the 80's. sorry for the sideways pic!
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