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Are all Ampeg PortaBass heads like this?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Zapp, Sep 28, 2005.

  1. Zapp


    Sep 4, 2005
    Gruene Texas
    played through a friend's Portabass nominal 200w amp head on sunday, into a behringer 210 cab I am trying out.
    I was underwhelmed with the amp head and wondering if there was something actually wrong with it.

    I played the same cabinet with my Workingman's 12 and at about 70% of peak it would really move some air. got some good tones out of the cab but you do have to load it up. it doesn't like low wattage.

    With the Ampeg head, it seemed I got basically one tone no matter how I monkeyed with the eq trappings. I could boost the bass some and that seemed to work, but the two midrange controls and their associated switches seemed to have zero effect no matter what I did. I was really stumped.

    have also used a GK 400RB with this cab and that produced the best sound so far on my limited "trial".

    any clues on that Portabass? any of you have one?