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give me your opinion on the ampeg 'fridge'!

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Flatty Banks, Jul 30, 2009.

  1. Flatty Banks

    Flatty Banks

    Oct 26, 2008
    Well, the deal is that I have the oppertunity to restore a 4-year old Ampeg Classic SVT 810. It needs a lot of cosmetic restoring, but I can handle restoring it.

    How do these babies sound? Other than the fact that it's freaking huge (hence the 'fridge' pun), how will it treat me while I'm gigging in bars, medium-sized shows (possibly around 600+ people)?

  2. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    So you think you made up the "fridge" thing? OK...but you should know that a 610 is not considered a fridge...but an 810 is.


    610 sounds good but very deep in the low end and uses a tweeter to make up for its lack of high end. Give me a 90's or before 810e any day over it, but many do like it, so it's not a bad cab by any means.
  3. Flatty Banks

    Flatty Banks

    Oct 26, 2008
    My bad- this IS an 810.

    And I didn't make it up, haha.
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  5. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Nothing else really sounds like an Ampeg 810. It has more punch than you could imagine. If you're into that sort of thing, there's nothing else that compares. Plus, it has the looks to scare people, that's worth something by itself.
  6. A fridge is a fridge. JimmyM and the 'peg faithful will say the quality varies from generation to generation but from my experience, using one from the 80s, one from the 70s, and a nampeg one, they all have the same distinct tone that you'll either like or hate.

    I personally like the way it pushes air into my back but I'm not crazy about the tone of the things. But they do sound good in a mix and thats really all thats important when playing large venues. I would say if it's a USA and they isn't anything mechanically wrong with it, rock it with the cosmetic defects. I think a thrashed 810 looks pretty damn cool.
  7. Flatty Banks

    Flatty Banks

    Oct 26, 2008
    Yeah, that 'classic' Ampeg tone. It's also fairly large.

    For R&B and that church stuff (I play music that sounds like Worship, even though I don't play *near* a church), what head would you recommend along with this?

    I just hope me restoring this baby turns out to be a good decision. But I wouldn't mind getting some suggestions for a head to buy to get it's full potential. Currently, in my possession, I only have a Hartke 250 watt HA2500. That can't power crap.
  8. you'll be surprised at the extra volume 8 speakers can muster from even -300 watts

    also, either go for a SVT classic, a VR, or a peavey VB-2. I'm not sure what the dubby people use but you should be able to grasp an appropriate tone from either box
  9. akaTRENT


    Jan 10, 2009
    New Jersey
    i used to use a hartke ha3500 with mine. its def loud enough
  10. Flatty Banks

    Flatty Banks

    Oct 26, 2008
  11. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    A 250w amp is plenty for a fridge. I've used it with a 30w B-15N head and it's plenty, especially in church.
  12. rbonner


    Sep 25, 2008
    I'm afraid to play in church. I keep looking up even at Christmas just in case.


    BTW: my evil twin lives in Bradenton.
  13. Uniquely powerful punch.

    You'll be noticed.
    That said, it's definitely not the sound I pursue.


    Dec 27, 2007
  15. speedkills


    Jan 10, 2008
    The 610 is a mini-fridge!!

  16. StyleOverShow

    StyleOverShow Still Playing After All These Years Supporting Member

    May 3, 2008
    Punch for pound ration is about even. Have worked with Ampeg 2X12(reverse-mounted magnet to magnet) cab and it is respectable but nowhere near the punching power of the fridge.

    I power my with an SVT Pro III: reliable; tube pre-amp; and heavy!

  17. groooooove

    groooooove Supporting Member

    Dec 17, 2008
    Long Island, NY
    ampeg 8x10 is a ballsy cabinet. all the other ampegs are just..cabinets. the 8x10 definately stands out.
  18. I had one in the late 70'.Great Punch & Volume..............but you'll get tired of lugging that BEAST around from gig to gig and your bandmates will start to whine and hate you !!!.....of coarse I'm not 25 yrs. old any more. The head alone was 100lb. I now use an Acoustic 4x10 w/ horn cabinet and a Hartke 3500. Much more compact with lotsa punch & volume.....but that's just my personal preference.
  19. lazyone2


    Jul 27, 2006
    new jersey shore
    Nothing sounds quite like an early 70's SVT8x10. I powered mine with either an SVT or the V4B depending on the size of the room. I got to old and the cab got to heavy.
  20. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Syracuse NY
    Endorsing artist: Dingwall Guitars
    All of the replies here are pretty right on.

    An 810 is it's own beast. It's a wall of sound. Old 810's have a mid forward tone to them, but also can have some nice lows if you tame the mids. For small bar gigs? Well, probably overkill, as they're hard to play quietly and take up more space than many small stages have.

    You may also want to consider if you can transport one. It can be a problem since its hardly a 'portable' cab.

    I played an old Ampeg 810/SVT when I first started playing bass in high school, and it was great fun.

    I've also had them provided as backline over the years, and on stage its a very tactile cabinet. It reaches out and touches you...from your ankles up to your neck, and you'll be heard on stage no matter what (I remember liking it because I wasn't pinned to a location right in front of the amp). I have nice memories of the house SVT at Sound of Brazil in NYC from way back...