Does anybody here LOVE their Ampeg SVT-4Pro?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by kdogg, Nov 27, 2005.

  1. kdogg


    Nov 13, 2005
    I just picked one of these bad boys up on ebay, but reading some of the reviews has been a little discouraging. I think the issues with a lack of volume, may be due to the way the bridged mono speakon jack is wired, positive/+1 negative/+2. If someone plugs a standard speakon into the bridged mono jack, positive/+1 negative/-1, they're only getting one side of the power amp, therefore the lack of volume.

    Anyway, does anybody love their SVT-4Pro? Please, please, I need the encouragement :help:
  2. arbitrary

    arbitrary Supporting Member

    Oct 24, 2005
    Boston, MA
    I enjoy the hell out of mine. It definately works and I've never had a problem with volume. Sometimes they ask me to turn it down. If I had to redo it over again I would probably pair the svp-pro with a power amp...but c'est la vie. Don't fret it'll work plenty.
    After vistig talkbass it's easy to become discouraged if you let it get to you..but if you watch the new dredg video he uses the svt-4 pro, but live he uses a vintage svt tube head. At least it looks good.
    good luck
  3. David Vega

    David Vega

    Aug 28, 2002
    Puerto Rico
    I have mine so far so good!! This head is a "cab blowner" :eek:

    Regarding the cable, i tried once to connect a 1+, 1- cable into the bridge speakon, and no sound.

    regarding the volume, I dont think so! it is loud, but it is a speaker hungry amp. I think this amp can move 2- 810 easily

    Crank the gain past 6, and you will see what this beast is capable of
  4. kdogg


    Nov 13, 2005
    I plan on using an SWR 4x10 Goliath III and Son of Bertha 1x15. With the power this thing puts out, I may just run stereo. In bridged mono, I'd probably blow my speakers :bassist:
  5. mobax


    Dec 31, 2002
    New Baltimore, MI
    I like everything about mine except the weight. It is very versatile; it sounds good at low or high volumes and there are many possibilities as far as speaker combinations. Utilizing the stereo or bridged mono functions there are a wide range of output power levels from which to choose. I don't understand the comments about lack of volume. This thing is loud. With a Bergantino mini stack running at 8 ohms in stereo mode, the SVT sings. With a pair of Epifani 210UL cabinets bridged mono at 4 ohms, it is incredible. It also works very well with one Epi 210UL bridged at 8 ohms. That said, I really don't need all of it's power and am considering an Eden WT550 as a lighter weight alternative. In any case, I will be keeping the SVT.
  6. Got a chance to play live with mine for the first time over the holiday. It was in a small to medium sized club and through a single SWR Goliath III cab in bridged mono mode.

    The sound was big, full, and punchy. Absolutely tons of headroom.

    I was using a Stingray 4 3EQ but a couple of other bass players sat in and I could hear what it sounded like in the audience. One used a 70's P-Bass and the other was a Sterling. Nice, big, P-Bass thump and the Sterling was very clear and not quite as thick.

    All of us were able to dial in our tone without too much trouble. So far, I really like mine. Just my .02 but everyone hears things a little differently.
  7. chaosMK


    May 26, 2005
    Albuquerque, NM
    Too much hip thrust
    For a few years I used an SVT-4 with an Ampeg 2x15 and 4x10 setup. Talk about volume! Although it was superb, I never could dial in just the right tone I was looking for. I bet with a Sansamp and some Mesa cabinets it would make all your dreams come true.
  8. 8mmOD


    Mar 20, 2005
    I endorse & use Tech 21 pedals, Eminence loaded cabs, EMG pickups, Jim Dunlop picks & Ernie Ball Strings, BC Rich Basses.
    I have used the 4 pro many times & its super loud. If someone is having volume problems with the 4, its probably user error. It also has a ton of features, although its not really the sound that I like. However, I have heard some guys using a Sansamp BDDI on the front end of the 4 pro and IMO it sounded really good. Much closer to the all tube SVT sound. I think The BDDI lacks as a stand alone DI pedal, but it can add serious warmth and growl to the 4 pro IMO. If you are happy with the way your 4 sounds, then cool. But if you want to "spice it up", try a BDDI on the front end.
  9. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    Been happy with mine for about 4 years now.
  10. kdogg


    Nov 13, 2005
    Thanks guys, for all the responses! I feel much better now :hyper:
  11. arbitrary

    arbitrary Supporting Member

    Oct 24, 2005
    Boston, MA
    I've been pairing my SVT 4-pro w/the bddi for that rock/dirty/o.d tone and it works great for me.
  12. yep its a good amp....had mine for around 6 years now. Some kid at gig (gearshare) fried the power transformer once and I had to replace that, otherwise no problems.
  13. Dan T.

    Dan T.

    May 9, 2005
    I've owned two of these now. My first was a brand new out of the box, new model with the white lettering and I absolutely hated it. The one I own now I got used and I actually like quite a bit more, it's the older model with the Blue and Orange lettering and has a few less bell and whistles than the new ones but in my opinion is 10 times the amp the new ones are.

    As for the speakon cables, I've had a correctly wired speakon to speakon with both amps on my 810 and in both cases it overloaded the cab, I don't care what anyone says speakon to speakon does not work with these amps into 810's, I use monster speakers cables and they work fine.

    The other big key I have found overcoming the loudness issue is to make sure you crank up the volume on the active EQ and have it engaged at all times. It gives the overall volume a nice boost. I also use the Sansamp BDDI as well to boost the overall sound of the amp, great tool, I'll never leave home without it and pretty much essential for making the svt 4 sound decent.