Bergantino nv610

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by wildsponge, Dec 8, 2005.

  1. wildsponge


    Oct 21, 2004
    Novato, CA
    Ok... I'm looking to making some alterations to my rig. Right now I have a Stingray and american Jazz in my arsenal plus an Ampeg SVT-CL and an SVT-410hlf. I'm looking to add a P to my rack, but my jazz has the series/parallel switch so I'm ok for now. My main focus is on a new cab. I would go with the ol' 810 standard but I don't have enough room therefore, I think I want to go with the Berg 610. There seems to be a real shortage of people who sell them anywhere. I live in the San Francisco bay area and can drive quite a ways in either direction, so that shouldn't be a problem. Does anyone know where I can demo one or someone who has one around here? Why aren't there any places besides about 2 to buy one online? How did you guys who have them find them? Thanks.
  2. icks


    Jul 12, 2001
    as far as i red on this forum (which is the best one) the berggie is a excellent match to the ampeg head, it makes the mids growling like hell !!

    Have you consider triying it at a big store ?
  3. wildsponge


    Oct 21, 2004
    Novato, CA
    That's the problem. There's only like 3 dealers on Bergantino's site and they're not near me. Are their any unofficial dealers in the bay area?
  4. cheezewiz

    cheezewiz Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2002
    I can't help you with finding one. I got mine used from an area talkbasser/pitter, but you'll be VERY happy with the cab if you do find one!

  5. Savage cab. Sonically like the old 810s except punchier, tighter, a bit more bottom end, 70 lbs lighter, a foot shorter and 4" narrower front to back. I use mine with a '76 SVT, I really dig it.

    Drop Jim Bergantino an email about a dealer in your area. He's very cool and I'm sure he could point you in the right direction.
  6. wildsponge


    Oct 21, 2004
    Novato, CA
    Good call. I forgot about that. THX
  7. jacove


    Apr 12, 2003
    Aalborg, Denmark
    I've played the nv610 for a long time, this cab is excellent..I've had Ampeg cabs (410, 610) in the past, though not the 810, but the NV610 is just superior in any way to my ear, it's got the right amount of grith, growl, punch, clarity to cut the mix!...the 810 might sound bigger, but tonewise I think the berg is in another league....
  8. msquared


    Sep 19, 2004
    Kansas City
    When I got my NV610, I A/B'd it with an Ampeg 8x10.

    I felt pretty embarassed for Ampeg as I was wheeling the NV610 out of the store.
  9. anyonefortennis

    anyonefortennis Supporting Member

    Jun 28, 2005
    Lincoln, NE
    Where can you get Bergie cabs in KC?
  10. Poon


    May 20, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    I live in San Jose, CA. If you want to bring your SVT-CL down, you can demo it through mine man.
  11. I live in Sacramento. I got my Bergie 610 (to go with my Mesa 400+, its louder and better sounding than the Ampeg 810) at Basses Electric Acoustic, which might be a bit of a drive for you, but it would be worth it.
    Mapquest it, and be sure to call Juan before you go to make sure hes got one in stock.
  12. msquared


    Sep 19, 2004
    Kansas City
    You can't get them new in KC, unfortunately. I got mine used from Spencer's Music which is down south in Olathe. Everyone else I know who has them got them shipped or drove to another state to buy.

    If you or anyone else is ever in the area and interested in checking it out, let me know in advance and bring your head of choice. :)

  13. I've had mine side by side with several Ampeg 810s. A few new ones and a very old one. The NV-610 sounds almost exactly like the older 810. In fact, it sounds more like the old 810s than the new 810s do...... It does have a little more bottom end than the old 810 but it's got that same tight, punchy vibe. In my opinion the NV-610 slays the new 810s sonically and with its size/weight advantage it's a no-brainer... :D
  14. +1. I don't think the old 810s are as deficent in lows as the new ones are either, but the 610 definately beats both for lows.
  15. I had one of these and loved it but had to sell for $ reasons I was VERY impressed by the "loadability" of this cab, even on wet grass uphill it was by far an away the easiest loading cab I've used in a long time. May get another.
  16. the dude

    the dude Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2004
    All of the dealers I've talked to will ship.

    imo, if you like the sound of the Ampegs with your CL, you will definitely like the NV610. Plus at 3'x2'x15" it's a no-brainer compared to a fridge.


    Nov 24, 2001
    New York,NY

    Suprised you moved it, I never gave it a fair chance, might have to get another myself...

  18. emjazz

    emjazz Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2003
    Brooklyn, NY
  19. I picked up my NV610 from Gary at GuitarX last week and couldn't be happier with the service or the cabinet. Jim went out of his way to make sure I got it when I needed it and I am in agreement with the posters here. I carried a 72 SVT and a 73 8X10 for almost 10 years and now I remember why!! The NV610 is definitely an improvement in every way. Even though it is substantially smaller and lighter, there is no compromise at all in the build quality or the sound quality. The NV610 is a LOT better at producing that vintage sound that we all love even at low volumes which is the problem I had with my SVT. It was either more or less off or REALLY loud!! Not a lot of room to maneuver and it did not sound great until it was pretty loud. I am running my NV610 with a DB750 and even at low to moderate volumes I am very happy (as are my bandmates :D ) with the punch and projection I am getting. Thanks to Jim for a VERY good design! I could not recommend them high enough if you want the vintage type vibe but don't want to hire a road crew to get it!!


  20. haujobb


    Dec 16, 2004
    Does anybody find it strange that the NV610 costs less than a new 810E? Is Ampeg overcharging or is Jim just undercharging?