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How do I know if my Ampeg BA112 v2 combo bass amp has tubes?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by villarddefender, Nov 23, 2017.


  1. villarddefender

    villarddefender

    Nov 21, 2017
    I'm new to amps and I was wondering how to know if my amp got tubes
     
  2. BigBobbyBass

    BigBobbyBass

    Jan 23, 2015
    It does not.
     
    Eric ER likes this.
  3. Hi new guy. Welcome.

    The manual should tell you.
    If you don't have the manual you should be able to find it on the Ampeg website.

    Otherwise, from a cold start, if it makes sound immediately after turning it on, it is solid state.
    If it takes a bit of time to warm up before producing sound it has tubes.

    Some amps have tubes in the preamp section but solid state output.
    Again the manual should discuss this.
     
  4. villarddefender

    villarddefender

    Nov 21, 2017
    Thanks for your prompt reply :). What a relief
     
  5. iagtrplyr

    iagtrplyr Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2013
    Clinton, IA
    Also, consider how much you paid for it. A 150-watt tube combo amp would have been much higher than the under $400 price you spent. Still a good-sounding amp snd without the hassles inherit to tubes. Enjoy!
     
  6. JimmyM

    JimmyM

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    LOL!

    The only hassles inherent to tubes is that you may have to change a couple now and then. And in an amp with only preamp tubes, it'll be more then than now. That said, I have a BA112 v2 and it's a workhorse, even without tubes.
     
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  7. There ya go, I was going to suggest that since it isn't wearing a Devo flowerpot hat it probably hasn't any tubes.
     
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  8. JimmyM

    JimmyM

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Damn it! It's not a flower pot, it's an energy Dome.
     
  9. iagtrplyr

    iagtrplyr Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2013
    Clinton, IA
    I meant for someone new to bass (based on the OP's profile), I think a solid state amp, like the BA-112 v2, is a smart option for the money, much like your 112 v2. You're right though, tube amps really aren't any more problematic than solid state.
     
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  10. FunkySpoo

    FunkySpoo Supporting Member

    Feb 6, 2002
    Is it heavy as hell and get super hot when you play for a little while?
     
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