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Favourite tube head?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by 60jbass91, Apr 25, 2010.

  1. 60jbass91


    Apr 24, 2010
    what are your favourite al tube heads?
    and has anyone played an ampeg heritage svt-cl?
    please describe tone and the styles of music you play
    include some pictures if you like :D
  2. Rumblefisher

    Rumblefisher Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2007
    Astoria, NY
    Favorite tube heads...hm...Top 10:

    1. Matchless Thunderchief
    2. Reeves Custom 225
    3. Divided by 13 TBL 200
    4. Sadowsky SA200
    5. Matchless Superchief (similar awesome tone to the thunderchief, but less power makes for less low end. Still pretty amazing though.)
    6. Hiwatt DR405
    7. Fender 400 PS
    8. Orange AD200
    9. Mesa 400+
    10. Mesa D180

    Honorable mention: Ampeg SVT. Classic sound, obviously has withstood the test of time, just not my personal preference.
    Sunn 300 as well.

    I would like to try a Verellen Meat Smoke, Wizard, 65Amp, Ark Amp, Electric, and a whole bunch of others.
  3. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    Ampeg SVT
    Sunn 2000s
    Sunn 190B
    Sunn 200S
  4. Mojo-Man


    Feb 11, 2003
    That's my kind of list.
    Big +1 on the "Thunderchief"
    Only made for a few years, but what a tone.
    The Thunderman combo kills too.
    The D180, SA200, and Orange AD200 make me smile too.
    Sunn 200s, is great also.
    And have heard good things about the Morgan 200 watt head?
  5. Aint had the pleasure of trying an old [70's SVT but LOVE My '91 SVTII & for the $$$$$ TRaynor YBA200 is simply an awesome bass amp!!:)
  6. Favorite? Portaflex B15, ask JimmyM, it's like the voice of god on a sunny day.
  7. god's not as loud as i woulda thought then
  8. You know what? I played a stingray through a tweed Fender Bassman 4x10 combo and was thoroughly impressed. It really combined well with the punchy 'ray tone. I might just have to buy it.
  9. Mudfuzz


    Apr 3, 2004
    Mesa 400+ [main amp]
    SVT CL [Old main amp]
    Sunn 200S [Recording]
    Orange Thunderverb 200 [recording]
  10. meatwad


    Apr 9, 2008
    Smallville, USA

  11. my top 6

    1 Traynor YBA1a...sounds like a tube amp, raw and powerful
    2 Mesa D180-Very powerful, not as raw, almost too polite but still great.
    3 Traynor YBA3-Louder, but not as awesome as the yba1a
    4 Mesa Bass 400-pretty damn great, too clean almost though.
    5 70's era SVT-They should make a one knob version, just loud-louder-loudest.
    6 Mesa Bass 400+-kinda too clean compared to a 400 non plus or an svt, but louder than effing hell and gets nice and grindy at volume.
  12. jastacey


    Feb 8, 2009
    Mine are:
    Ampeg V4-B
    Traynor YBA-3A
    Fender Bassman 300 Pro
    Peavey VB-2

    I own all 4 and all 4 are very different sounding amps ... and I like them all ... like to get a SVT - VR or a Vintage ... but the money tree has been kinda bare !!!
  13. TomB

    TomB Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2007
    Wow! I can't believe it took 13 posts for the V4-B to show up. ...'70's model, of course.
  14. iualum


    Apr 9, 2004
    Trace V-types (own a couple 4s & a 6...would love to have an 8 :hyper:)

    Mesa 400+ (have a 1/2 dozen)

    Fender 300 Pro (have 2) or its twin, Sunn 300t

    ...would love to pick up a Hiwatt or Orange...
  15. Pics?
  16. I have a Mesa D180. It's incredible. I play mainly black metal, but I use it for doom as well, and could probably play it clean for jazz, as it can actually get quite thumpy.

    I've also played through an Ampeg SVT-CL. Nice fat sound.

    As to ones I've heard, the SVT2Pro is great, as is the Sunn 300T/Fender 300pro. 70's SVT's are fantastic, too.
  17. Rickett Customs

    Rickett Customs

    Jul 30, 2007
    Southern Maryland
    Luthier: Rickett Customs...........www.rickettcustomguitars.com
    SVT VR
  18. Peter Lufrano

    Peter Lufrano Blues. and nothing but the Blues. Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2004
    Berkeley, CA
    Morgan MP200
  19. Rumblefisher

    Rumblefisher Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2007
    Astoria, NY
    I think this is going to quickly become a hot amp. All the reviews of it are very positive, and the gentleman who builds them sure does some clean work.

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