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Barcus-Berry 300 Watt bass amp, model 1730 , info?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by RollnROCK89i, Dec 21, 2004.

  1. RollnROCK89i


    Dec 21, 2004
    Hey, my friend just picked up a big old 300 watt Barcus-Berry bass amp model# 1730 with two 15'' speakers used for $150. It has a few problems, such as crackling when you play.
    Does anyone know anything about this amp or company? searched the internet but turned up nothing. For $150 I think it was a terrific deal, man it is loud. It only crackles when you are playing through it. about a second after you hit a note the crackeling comes in.
    He is looking into having it repaired, but any idea on what might be causing the crackles when it is played? The owner said it was from the 60's, so maybe something in it is just too old? Anyway I can't wait till he gets it fixed, then a major rock sessions goin down. Before he had this little 12 watt practice amp, and now, 300 watts! this thing is about 2.5 feet wide and 4 feet tall, looks like a concert amp.
    Thanks if you can tell me anything about it.
  2. RollnROCK89i


    Dec 21, 2004
    bump, anyone? maybe this thing is so super rare noones ever heard of it.
  3. Hey! I know this post is suuuper old... but... did he get it repaired? One of these is in the local classifieds for $160. Same thing, but only one 15" speaker. Worth it?
  4. Ric Vice

    Ric Vice Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2005
    Olivette, Missouri
    Taz the Wonderdog,
    Barcus Berry made two very decent amplifiers in the late 80's. The power amplifier is in the cabinets making them a little heavier, but reasonable to move around. What you are looking at is probably the bass amp. The bass pre amp head was simpler than the guitar pre amp. It's has no reverb or effects controls. It was one of the first amplifiers that I know of (other than a Walter Woods) that had the higher input impedance for piezo pickups. It's a solid state amp that worked very well for upright. I've used them with Double Bass and they sounded pretty good, but with Electric Bass I'm not sure that they would sound all that great. Take your axe and check it out very throughly.