Hope I Didn't Make a Mistake .......

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by hsech, Dec 14, 2014.

  1. hsech

    hsech Work hard. My Social Security needs a raise.

    Jun 27, 2012
    Central Iowa
    I just won an auction on a Ampeg SVT-7 Pro on Evil Bay. I got it for $425. I checked several others on the Bay and the price was in line, perhaps a little lower than a lot of other used ones. I jump on here and start reading threads about the SVT-7 Pro and I'm beginning to wonder if I made a mistake. I see a lot of dislike here for that amp. I bought it to leave at a practice space with a couple of my cabs. I have a couple of Fender vintage tube heads that I didn't want to leave there. Have I shot myself in the foot with this one or are there some success stories out there.
  2. RoadRanger

    RoadRanger Supporting Member

    Feb 18, 2004
    NE CT
    Ya coulda got a new Aguilar TH-350 for less than that. Or a Micro-VR if you're an Ampeg fan.
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  3. hsech

    hsech Work hard. My Social Security needs a raise.

    Jun 27, 2012
    Central Iowa
    Yep, probably could have if I wanted either of those amps. Besides, I'm asking about the SVT-7 Pro. I already have a MB Fusion that I don't want to leave at our practice space. I'm pushing two 4x10 cabs at practice. A bit of overkill, but I know where the gain and volume controls are on my amps. I leave the cabs there because I don't have the room for them at home.
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  4. sissy kathy

    sissy kathy Back to Bass-ics Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2014
    Arbutus, MD
    Time will tell, but opinions are like a$$h*135s; everybody has one, and most of them stink.
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  5. Bent77


    Mar 6, 2013
    Desert, Colorado

    I think if you like it awesome, but if not you should be able to flip it with little or no loss.
    Get that pup on a cab and try it out.
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  6. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006
    Out there!
    We'll be prayin' for y'all! ;)
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  7. For your purpose, you'll be fine. I think you'll be plenty happy with it.
  8. That amp certainly didn't do anything for me on the couple occasions I've played one (frankly, none of the Ampeg "pro" SVTs sound great to me), but that doesn't mean it won't work for you. And as a rehearsal amp, it's probably not a bad idea; that thing is too heavy for anybody to bother stealing!
  9. neckdive


    Oct 11, 2013
    The SVT-7 is only 16 lbs.
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  10. hsech

    hsech Work hard. My Social Security needs a raise.

    Jun 27, 2012
    Central Iowa
    So far it sounds like it wasn't a bad idea. I generally gig with a Markbass CMD 112p and a Markbass NY121 Extension cab or a GK MB Fusion and any of the several cabs I have. I just wanted an amp I could leave hooked up to my two cabs at our practice space. If it works for that I'll be happy. I haven't owned a Ampeg in at least 20 years. I figured I would give it a whirl. My MB Fusion drives my two 4x10 cabs at practice and sounds great at the volume we practice at. I would think a 1,000 watt Ampeg would do the trick. Our practice volume is not loud by a long shot, but I like have a good quality sound with plenty of overhead available.
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  11. Bubby Brown

    Bubby Brown Supporting Member

    Oct 10, 2014
    That's a pretty solid deal for a practice head. Who knows you that Ampeg might grow on you and you could even end up flip flopping your set up. Good luck with your gear.
  12. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    I think the 7 Pro is the best sounding lightweight head on the market. I'm aware of the problems as well, but I also see plenty of success stories, and despite having more amps than I know what to do with thanks to my excellent friends at Ampeg giving me endorser pricing, I got one last month because I needed something rackable for the gigs we do where our stuff has to go in a trailer. So far so good ;)
  13. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    They all can't be bad? It seems once a few people here have a problem it's everywhere.
  14. davy4575


    Nov 4, 2009
    Denver, CO
    Probably be fine for what you intend to use it for. Id love to bash ampegs cause I generally cant stand the sound of em, but its probably a decent unit and will function just fine for ya. Honestly I know whats its like to second guess your purchase, I think we all do to a certain extent. I had the same thing with a compressor of mine, Everybody loves to hate it, but it functions perfectly for what I use it for.
  15. At risk of going all Confucius on you: There's no such thing as mistakes, only decisions that you would make differently next time.

    $450 sounds like a steal to me. Now go and rock that bad boy! If it survives, it's cool. If it blows up, make sure that you have a cellphone or camera to catch the moment.
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  16. AdamR

    AdamR Inactive

    Sep 24, 2007
    Bethel CT
    I had one for a year with no problems, Sold it to a friend of mine whos had it for a year now with no issues.
  17. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism

    Great sounding head but crappy Ampeg reliability. I enjoyed the SVT-Pro heads although I got rid of mine because it had problems, I had a 6. It replaced another failed Ampeg product... fool me twice...
  18. coughingskunk

    coughingskunk Guest

    Nov 26, 2013
    fort collins, co
    I sold one locally for $450 after Loud sent me a new replacement. For what its worth, I had a couple of them just die on me and got sick of waiting for either the repair shop to fix it (under warranty) or Loud to send out a new one. Got out of that Ampeg game, probably forever.
  19. hsech

    hsech Work hard. My Social Security needs a raise.

    Jun 27, 2012
    Central Iowa
    I Googled the heck out of it and found a couple of old magazine reviews and they raved about the amp. I've owned a couple of amps in my time that were rated poorly but turned out to be just the ticket for what I wanted them for.
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  20. AltGrendel

    AltGrendel Squire Jag SS fan. Supporting Member

    May 21, 2009
    Mid-Atlantic USA.
    Can't get a better recommendation than that.