Do I want to do this?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by emesen, Jul 31, 2009.

  1. emesen


    Jan 3, 2007
    Lake Forest, Ca
    So lately, after a year of a 1001RB-II and a 2x12 Avatar, I am thinking of putting it all on the block and getting an SVT3 Pro and an Ampeg 6x10... Do I want to do this? Anyone have an opinion?
  2. Your ears will have a far better opinion than us. It is subjective - i'm not going to tell you what i think an SVT3 Pro with the 610 sounds like to me, when compared to a GK 1001-RB-II with the Avatar 2x12...

    If you prefer the sound from the Ampeg rig, what more reason do you need to buy it?
  3. emesen


    Jan 3, 2007
    Lake Forest, Ca
    ****, I feel a trip to guitar center in my future - Man, I hate that place.
  4. Some people don't like music shops, but i'd rather persevere than trust someone else's ears with my sound.
  5. rbonner


    Sep 25, 2008
    The 3PRO is a very highly rated amplifier. A lot of guys really like 610HLF's.

    You must really have an action packed GC by your house. I was just in ours the other day and they only had a couple small cabs and a couple combos.

    Let us know how it goes.

  6. RustyAxe


    Jul 8, 2008
    If that's what you want, go for it. Other than that double hernia and slipped lumbar disc you're gonna have from toting all that weight around I don't see a downside.
  7. kdogg


    Nov 13, 2005
    The 6x10 is a very easy cab to move around, IMHO of course. I found it easier than my SWR Goliath III.

    Other than that, I would consider trying your GK with the 6x10. You might dig that combination, and it would save you the cost of purchasing another amplifier. Either way, both rigs are pretty sweet. :hyper:
  8. Eminor3rd

    Eminor3rd BLAAAAARRGGHH!! Supporting Member

    Feb 10, 2008
    I wouldn't. If I was going to go Ampeg, I'd go tube. Try to find a used V4 on eBay. Shouldn't cost you much more than a 3PRO.
  9. JGR

    JGR The "G" is for Gustav Commercial User

    Jun 29, 2006
    President, CEO, CFO, CIO, Chief Engineer, Technician, Janitor - Reiner Amplification
    Going with the cab is worth a short, but going from the GK1001 to the SVT3Pro is downgrading IMO/IME. You will be losing a lot of power and headroom, not to mention reliability.
  10. nonogz


    May 9, 2009
    i think you should go with the 1001rb and the 610. i like that config.
  11. Flatty Banks

    Flatty Banks

    Oct 26, 2008
    Keep the 1001rb and buy the SVT3-PRO. Ultimate solution.
  12. bass4me

    bass4me Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2007
    North AL
    the GK head, ampeg cab is a nice pairing IME, keep the GK

    I had a 3 pro and a 410HLF, after trying the 1001rb-II with the 410HLF, I sold the 3 pro
  13. Foz


    Jul 26, 2008
    Jax FL USA
    Properly tweaked I find the SVT3 Pro to be a fine sounding amp... but a bit light on volume even with efficient speakers when used with a loud band. I can get the SVT3 Pro loud enough but doing so narrows the range of tone choices in an annoying way for me [I can be clean or loud but not both, to be loud I end up more fuzzy and growly than I like at times].

    I'd try the 6x10 cab with you current amp before doing the amp swap.

    My $0.02
  14. ...long as you know what your tone & amp performance goals are. I like my Avatar 2x12s, but they've got a different sound than 10s as you probably know and as is widely discussed throughout TB. I'd take Foz's suggestion and try swapping things out one at a time - unless you've heard & played the new setup complete and know that's what you want to do.

    The SVT-3 isn't a particularly powerful amp - 275-Watts at 8 ohms/450-Watts at 4, and for $1K (new) there's a lot of other options that have a tube preamp, graphic EQ, etc....
  15. peterpalmieri

    peterpalmieri Supporting Member

    Apr 19, 2005
    Babylon, NY

    Without knowing what you're really after it's hard to say. I'd be interested in knowing what your not loving about your current rig and what you'd be looking for in a new one.

    I can say pretty clearly that I can't think of any particular situation where the Ampeg rig would outperform allot of rigs.

    If your looking for a 'fridge' type cabinet the Berg NV610 kills. Not to mention the fact that the 3pro is a dinasour that in my opinion was never really that great. If your looking to knock down some walls the Carvin B1500 and Bergantino NV610 is a monster. If your looking for more hifi a Markbass head with a Bergantino or Epifani 4x10 would kill.

    Lot's of options in the world of bass amplification, not sure I'd focus in on the old Ampeg stuff....Hey if you know you love that tone and it works for you by all means go for it...
  16. Korladis

    Korladis Inactive

    Why the 6x10? Not saying it's bad, just any particular reason for that cab choice?
  17. I agree with trying a different cab first. Avatars are good cabs but by no means the best, don't misunderstand they are an excellent value. You will miss the G-K in a VERY short time.
  18. lewislngvw


    Aug 16, 2005
    how much are you wanting to let that avatar go for?...i have one and would love to add another....i use one with an avatar 112 and i have yet to play a gig it cant more 212 would be sweet...
  19. georgestrings

    georgestrings Inactive

    Nov 5, 2005
    Keep the G-K head, and upgrade your cab - going from the 1001rb to the SVT3 Pro is a downgrade... As for cabs, IMO the SVT610-HLF isn't that good - I had one for about a month, and it sucked compared to my Powerhouse 610... I currently also have an SVT410-HLF, and think it's a better cab than their 610 - the 610 couldn't get as good of lows as the 410, and would fart out way too easily - and is said to blow the bottom two drivers too frequently... Although I'm not a huge fan of the Ampeg 810, IMO they're a WAY better cab than the 610...

    I'm thinking, keep your G-K head, and buy an SVT410-HLF or an SVT810e and skip the 610, unless you want to go Mesa or SWR...

    - georgestrings