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Hartke HA5500 - buying advice, being ripped off?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by arif.is.beast, Oct 18, 2010.


  1. arif.is.beast

    arif.is.beast

    Aug 3, 2010
    Hey all

    I need a little advice

    My local music shop has an awesome sounding HA5500 head and a 410xl cab, and they will sell it to me for $1460aus

    Is it worth it, or is that too expensive :( ? or would it be worth buying from America with a step down transormer (would bring it down to justover $1000AUS)? Or does anyone on here have one second hand they could sell at a better price?

    I live in the Frankston area of Victoria, Australia.

    Thanks for any help I get :smug:
     
  2. Well, even if it is a new head and cab, it sounds a bit steep.
    Buying from the US, is a possibility but I know for instance that in Belgium you pay
    a) the price + b) shipping costs + c) import taxes based on the price and shipping + d) VAT based on the price, shipping and import taxes ... so most of the time you only make a marginal profit.
     
  3. mcapote

    mcapote

    Sep 9, 2009
    Miami Florida
    that does seem high, but i guess its supply and demand. I wouldnt pay $1143 USD on that setup though.
    out of curiosity why the 5500?
     
  4. HeyyyyyJoe

    HeyyyyyJoe Yahtzeeee Supporting Member

    Nov 13, 2007
    Brooklyn, NY
    Def a rip off. You can get them here in the US for a little over $600USD. There's no reason that it should be twice that price in Australia. I say shop around online and find a site that will ship to you. Even if the shipping price is high, it should be less than $1200
     
  5. jbalou02

    jbalou02

    Mar 8, 2010
    I love my HA5500 and 410xl. Granted it was used, but in excellent condition. I got it for $500 USD. Added a 115xl for another $200. Seems way high to me!
     
  6. arif.is.beast

    arif.is.beast

    Aug 3, 2010
    Locally, the best amps I've heard are a Laney RB9 and the Hartke HA5500, and I'm looking to start playing live again in the near future. The Hartke just seemed to have more range of tone than the Laney.

    Was that $600US for the head alone? The head alone for the Hartke is $1000AUS and the cab is $600AUS they were giving me a discount if I bought the two combined... =/

    They are sounding more of a rip off the more I hear =P
     
  7. Rip off in a HUGE way
     
  8. mcapote

    mcapote

    Sep 9, 2009
    Miami Florida
    yup sounds like supply and demand if that's the only 2 you can get. surprised they haven't broken out at least the LH series or something. they usually run cheaper than the HA series iirc and are pretty much what the shop guys at hartke are using now in their own rigs.
     
  9. *ToNeS*

    *ToNeS*

    Jan 12, 2001
    Sydney AU
    Sounds about right for Australia. Gear here is always more expensive than in the States, so don't go comparing the two - you'll just get depressed. Import costs and blah blah, all that.

    Here, these guys do the best shop prices. They may be able to offer you a better deal, but they're in South Melbourne which is really not your area: Cool Hartke stuff at The Bass Centre
     
  10. HeyyyyyJoe

    HeyyyyyJoe Yahtzeeee Supporting Member

    Nov 13, 2007
    Brooklyn, NY
    Yes I found one online for about $500USD, other places might have it for even less. I say shop around, don't pay that much for a Hartke setup...
     
  11. HeyyyyyJoe

    HeyyyyyJoe Yahtzeeee Supporting Member

    Nov 13, 2007
    Brooklyn, NY
  12. arif.is.beast

    arif.is.beast

    Aug 3, 2010
    Thanks for your help guys, I'm trying to contact Sweetwater, no luck via the phone so I left a message online, hope I hear back!

    If i was to get a transformer for american to australian, how would i go about it, I'm a fair noob to step down transformers =/
     
  13. T-MOST

    T-MOST

    Dec 10, 2004
    NJ via NYC
    The church I play for bought that exact set up in 2005 for $750.00 new!
     
  14. *ToNeS*

    *ToNeS*

    Jan 12, 2001
    Sydney AU
    They're big clunky things, cost a few hundred (get them from any bigger electronics chain, like Dick Smith Powerhouse), and invariably someone will use your setup without realising they're supposed to use the transformer with it and boom - you're up for fat repair costs.

    Import guitars and pedals, not amps (think of the weight factor in terms of shipping costs, too). Once you pick up a transformer as well, you're not saving a thing.
     

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