Joined the B-15 Club today

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by prismacolor2, Feb 2, 2006.

  1. prismacolor2


    Nov 6, 2003
    I just purchased an Ampeg B-15S. I literally wheeled it down the street from the dudes rehearsal space.

    -Black tolex/Silvery white Grill cloth
    -Larger(and heavier) than typical B-15s
    -says 60 Watts but it's crazy loud
    -Low profile tube cage (same height as transformers - all black)
    -VERY (crazy) good shape except grill needs restapled on one end
    -original Dolly
    -Both channels have B,T,V
    -Channel one has a three way Response switch knob BASS, FLAT, and GUITAR
    -4 inputs - two bright and two normal
    -It's got three old style metal toggles -Standby, Polarity, and Power
    -Mine has Grey paint on the faceplate (not black
    -The graphics are black/square with no dividers and the logo is metal so I think it's a 72

    The bad - stamp frame speaker was replaced with a cast frame - PAS (professional Audio Systems - looks like a relabled EV or something.

    Sounds incredible the way it is but I could use some suggestions about suitable replacements. I'd like to try an original stamp frame before deciding anything,

    The amp sticker says service is in Linden NJ. Was this amp made there or did service remain in Linden NJ after Ampeg moved.
  2. 57pbass

    57pbass Supporting Member

    Congrat on your new amp..

    A true classic...


    Also call Dennis Kaeger @ Central Jersey Music..

    He worked for Ampeg for many years and now does repairs.
    He will answer any questions about that amp..

    Good Luck..
  3. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    Nice score! It sounds like a cool vintage compliment/option to a modern IP112 rig! ;) :D

  4. Wesley R

    Wesley R Supporting Member

    I miss my B15S every day. It was my friend for 29 yrs. At the end, I only used one or two times evry two years or so. When sold it had a K140 in it and an Anvil flight case.
    I used about half a dozen or so different speakers in it and would be more than willing to discuss the varying results. I was told that the cab is patterned after the BT140 only 1/2 of a BT140 cab.
    When I saw Johny Cash's player a long time ago , he was using one. Dizzy Gellespi's bassist also had one.

    Best of Luck,
    Wesley R.