Anyone tried Sovtek bass amps? Opinions?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by soundmasterg, Nov 19, 2001.

  1. Hey everyone. I've seen these Sovtek bass amps around but have never tried one. Supposedly one of the models can imitate the Ampeg Portoflex tone. Has anyone tried these Sovtek bass amps? Are they any good? They are really cheap moneywise! Thanks!
    Greg Simon
  2. Would that be the same Sovtek that makes tubes?
    Never heard of them making amps....interesting.:confused:
  3. rmonk


    Aug 26, 2001
    Spokane, WA
    I've never played one, but a local player (from Spokane's Seawolf) plays one & sounds great.

  4. Sound,

    They have a couple sovtek heads on ebay.Also did some research on the net and from what I read they seem to be well made(no frills)and affordable(compared to other tube heads).I did my search on,had to wade thru a bunch of stuff but found some good info/reviews in the mix.
  5. Wowzers - the cold war really is over!!!
  6. Tapp


    Aug 29, 2001
    USA, Mississippi
    I don't see the Sovtek bass heads alot but the Mig guitar heads are pretty popular among the guitarists. They're patterned after the "plexi" Marshall circuit and can grind nicely when cranked. I've never worked on one, but I've heard that the jacks are a weak point.

  7. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    also known as the red russian thunder!!!
  8. I've never had the opportunity to try one, but from all that I read they sound pretty good. Typical Russian tecnology...simple, rugged and easy to repair. I hear the tech support is first class and the people who own them love the sound. The only complaint is that the top of the line model is rated at 100 watts which leaves most bassists wanting more. My personal feeling about it is that if somebody at Sovtek gets smart, they'll turn out a 350 watt version for a good price and really shake up the market.