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For all you eBay junkies (vintage Ampeg)

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Psycho Bass Guy, Aug 18, 2007.


  1. Anyone looking at this V9 should be aware that in addition to crap Mesa Chinese 6550 output tubes, the amp in question has had a cap job and probably other service as well. It's a very clean amp, but it's not as advertised.
     
  2. nysbob

    nysbob

    Sep 14, 2003
    Cincinnati OH
    I've had a set of Chinese 6550s in my SVT for the past decade or so. They are working well. YMMV.

    I've never played through that model, but it sure is clean.
     
  3. gillento

    gillento

    Oct 15, 2005
    Luxembourg, Europe
    Nordstrand pickups
    How come you know?
     
  4. You're kidding, right? :eyebrow: :D
     
  5. Those big blue filter caps shown in the photos weren't even being made until ten years AFTER the production of the V9 ceased and if you'll look closely, you'll also see that the rivets in the cap bases are missing.
     
  6. SoComSurfing

    SoComSurfing Mercedes Benz Superdome. S 127. R 22. S 12-13.

    Feb 15, 2002
    Mobile, Al
    Damn, you've got good eyes!
     
  7. Thank you, but it's more from knowing those rivets have to be drilled out for the caps to be replaced. Those big blue cans are obvious replacements and the missing rivets confirm it. Old Ampegs used aluminum or black paper for large electrolytics.
     
  8. Jazzman

    Jazzman

    Nov 26, 2002
    Raleigh, NC
    I would add, it is a good thing those caps were replaced. It saves you the trouble of doing it.
     
  9. Not necessarily. My V9 has its original caps and they're fine. While it IS likely that an unused amp sitting in a box would kill its caps, this one is being advertised as mint NOS when the seller clearly knows otherwise. Since that much is not true than you don't know what else is fishy.
     
  10. gillento

    gillento

    Oct 15, 2005
    Luxembourg, Europe
    Nordstrand pickups
    No I wasn't. I never owned a tube amp.

    But now I know:)
     
  11. Veeerrrryyy intarestink!
     
  12. JonathanD

    JonathanD

    Dec 13, 2006
    Atlanta, GA
    Please don't bid because I am GOING to win this auction. The more you bid the more I pay :) Seriously.
    Jonathan
     
  13. Sorry... I should have explained. The idea of opening a NOS Ampeg and finding Mesa tubes inside tipped me off. I did not spot the other items PBG mentioned however, so I'm glad you asked the question. ;)
     
  14. Hookus

    Hookus

    Oct 2, 2005
    Austin, TX
    It may have been repaired by Ampeg sometime later, then shipped back out for sale, and I would think that is the most likely case.

    I thought the seller stated that he had the Mesa tubes installed....
     
  15. stingray56funk

    stingray56funk Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2005
    Atlanta
    Anyone ever been to the fliptops.net website??? You could almost built an SVT from their parts...this thing could have been completely routed and parts replaced, faceplate replaced, tolex, corner, etc...the seller could be really smart...but I think he thinks most other people are dumb.
     
  16. Geoff St. Germaine

    Geoff St. Germaine Commercial User

    Well, he does claim he had the tubes replaced with Mesa ones for some reason or another.
     
  17. Bryan316

    Bryan316 Banned

    Dec 20, 2006
    Detroit
    I'd demand the original tubes be shipped with the amp.
     
  18. luknfur

    luknfur

    Jan 14, 2004
    DIXIE
    Yep, no matter what you buy the seller is a critical component in the purchase whether's he's clueless and doesn't know what he's got, will stand behind the sell, whatever.

    Putting the hairy eyeball on the seller as hard as the item is a habit worth having. Beyond ensuring you put yourself in the position to be the one to decide whether you accept or reject a piece, it's a major plus to have someone you can work with when things go sour cause you may want to keep the item but not under the original terms.
     
  19. jvdb

    jvdb

    Jul 26, 2006
    Is the Ampeg logo on the footswitch from back in the 70's?
     
  20. BASSKADET

    BASSKADET Gold Supporting Member

    May 17, 2007
    NC
    Go back and read the revised description at the bottom of the page. Some people were inquiring about the caps.
     

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