Can anybody explain why an Ampeg 810 is ALWAYS awesome?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Clark Westfield, May 15, 2021.


  1. Clark Westfield

    Clark Westfield Floyd Pepper is my mentor!

    Jan 30, 2012
    Central Jersey
    So we went back into the rehearsal studio after a while off and they had an Ampeg 810 cab hooked up so an older model Ampeg head( not sure the model) and it was just pure joy.

    And no matter where the head and bass were set, it sounded just awesome.

    I have an 810 Hartke and that too is amazing sounding.

    So the question is, why are 810 cabs just always awesome?
     
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  2. FRoss6788

    FRoss6788 Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 25, 2012
    Santa Cruz Mountains
    Huge amount of speaker surface area and cabinet volume?:eyebrow:
     
  3. wmhill

    wmhill

    Aug 20, 2012
    upstate NY
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    Just a matter of opinion- I have zero want for 8x10s and their tone.
     
  4. jimmydean

    jimmydean

    Mar 14, 2009
    Sheer mass x distance x amperage x speakers = M*****F***** ...... IMHO .
     
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  5. Chad Michael

    Chad Michael Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2001
    Pacific Northwest USA
    JMHO
    Because tens are quick and punchy, and in an 810 they go from the floor to your chest, and that sounds / feels just yummy.... I played thru one and it was like the voice of James Earl Jones. Ear heroin.
     
  6. Sealed cabinet design on the Ampeg. Mids are well represented. The cabinet is actually 4 - 2x10" cabinets stacked into one bigger box, really. No ports, so not a big bloom on the bottom rolling across the floor.

    Tubes love it with the dampening factor for the power section.

    Roadies Love it because it's AMPEG!
     
  7. Chad Michael

    Chad Michael Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2001
    Pacific Northwest USA
    Well now mr. endorsement:

    Tell us more since the thread title seems to bother you....
     
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  8. Clark Westfield

    Clark Westfield Floyd Pepper is my mentor!

    Jan 30, 2012
    Central Jersey
    I found a Hartke 810XL cabinet for $100 years ago and I used it in my old bands rehearsal space.

    Needed it for the sheer volume because of 2 guitarists and 8 12” speakers.

    Now my new band the volume is more controlled and the butter flows from the 810.

    The Hartke weighs a whopping 130+ pounds, and that’s why it was a $100.

    Same 4 cab sealed design like Ampeg and delivers the goods.

    Can someone design and make one out of fiberglass or carbon fiber, with NEO speakers to come in at 60#’s please?

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  9. Inara

    Inara Fierce Fun Fretless Female Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2017
    Seattle, WA USA
    The lightest weight possibilities I know of are the Barefaced Six 10 and Eight 10. They're not sealed, but are tuned to match the characteristics of a sealed cab, with a bit more bottom. The 610 is 65 pounds and the 810 is 79. A little heavier than you stated, and wow they're not cheap, but ...
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  10. Clark Westfield

    Clark Westfield Floyd Pepper is my mentor!

    Jan 30, 2012
    Central Jersey
    Always shopping here but can’t justify $2k more than my cab now.
     
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  11. Bergantino has an NV610 - Sealed
    4 Ohm - 750 watts
    36" x 24" x 15" @ 98 lbs
    Tilt back wheels.

    Sounds great!
     
  12. arbiterusa

    arbiterusa

    Sep 24, 2015
    San Diego, CA
    The 810 just moves air and one thing that it is awesome for - and it almost never gets used this way - is lower volume gigs. Still an enormous bass presence, but nobody’s getting buried or blown away. Back when I had one, I ran it with a 400RB with the master at about 8 o clock. Just barely open. You got heard. And nobody went deaf.
     
  13. agedhorse

    agedhorse Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 12, 2006
    Davis, CA (USA)
    Development Engineer-Mesa, Product Support-Genz Benz
    Remember that the SVT 810 was designed in conjunction with the amp, and at that time, with the speakers that were used, it required at least an 810 to keep up with the SVT amp power-wise. The low mid voicing is one of the desired characteristics, especially between 100 and 250 Hz, without excessive low frequency extension that got in the way of the articulation. Then, the high mid voicing just work well with the most popular basses and pick-ups being used. The drawback to this is obviously size and weight, but back then there was really little practical alternative.
     
  14. REV

    REV Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    Every so often a design just works. The Telecaster, the P bass, the DC 3. Some things are timeless and they just work.
     
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  15. JeezyMcNuggles

    JeezyMcNuggles

    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    I suck, but nobody really notices
    Because...bass.
     
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  16. joelns

    joelns

    Mar 10, 2014
    Not for me, thanks. I've never been happy with the tone. Or the weight. If you want to haul that behemoth around, more power to you, you'll need it.
     
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  17. smeet

    smeet Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2006
    Woodland Hills, CA
    Same reason a P with flats is always the best - bass players are kinda sheepy.
     
  18. Inara

    Inara Fierce Fun Fretless Female Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2017
    Seattle, WA USA
    Same! :) I was just flowing with the idea of the existence of lightweight options.

    And if anyone ever does manage to "make one out of fiberglass or carbon fiber, with NEO speakers to come in at 60#’s," it will most likely be in that same price range.
     
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  19. Tim Craig

    Tim Craig Supporting Member

    Feb 5, 2004
    Because they sound good and are loud.
     
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  20. It was mentioned a bit earlier that the speaker cabinet was designed with/for the Super Vacuum Tube 300 with 8 x10" speakers.

    But, it was not mentioned that a single cabinet was the fallback position. It was actually suggested/recommend that 2 Ohms was the best load and meant two cabinets was the intended operating condition.

    OMG!
     
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