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Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by MattZilla, Sep 21, 2013.
Is this sarcasm?
The head is in immaculate shape but the price is outrageous.
Cut it in half and then you're in the right range.
Ya, pretty sure it was sarcasm. I'd guess either the dude is delusional or he was forced into it by his spouse and priced it not to sell.
Well, I really am speechless. I've played a few of these over the years, expecting them to sound better than a Crate, and them failing to deliver the goods. Were the ones I played busted, or is there something drastically different about this generation?
Never heard of a V4B failing to deliver the goods unless it was broken. I won't say every single bass player in the world is in love with its sound, but a lot are, and even the ones who aren't give it much respect.
Eh, I guess the few I'd had access to weren't right, had rough cabs, or my ears were too young at the time. I guess the "wife" theory wins.
Same here - IMO, they are as good as it gets for a 100 watt bass amp...
Buy a new one for that price. Its LIGHTER!!!
Maybe it comes with those equally shiny-as-though-been-in-a-vault cabinets.
After reading all the love this amp gets I recently tried a V6B since I figured it was the bigger brother of the V4B I assumed they would sound the same. I have to agree that I didn't like the sound out of it either. It did a nice old school classic rock tone but couldnt find much any other use out of it. And it was priced at 10% of what this one is. Am I missing something here? Why does this one get so much love yet I find nothing regarding the V6B?
The V6B is a solid state amp, completely different from the V4B.
ahhhhh and the V4B a tube amp. No wonder the V6B gets no love. Thanks for clearing up that confusion. I doubt I'll see a V4B come up at my local craigslist so doubt I'll ever get to try one out. Ofcourse now I really want to badly haha
You might wanna call around to the large music stores that are Ampeg dealers in your area. The re-issues are out and some stores will be getting them in soon, if they dont have one already!!
There's a nice early 70's V4B currently for sale in the TB classifieds:
I have no affiliation with the seller.
Word. Weighs 20 lbs. less than the original without sacrificing the awesome tone. Love mine...got elevated to #1 status the day I got it, despite just buying a Heritage SVT. But hey, even us tube snobs can appreciate a lighter load sometimes.
Jimmy: is the new one lighter because it doesn't have the spring suspension like the old ones have?? Just curious.
It's got a suspended head, but I can't remember how the old one was mounted so I can't compare it to the new one. I think it's lighter because the head box is smaller, and maybe some of the materials used inside were lighter as well. I don't know what the transformers weigh compared to the old ones, but they're quite good sized for 100w and are certainly up to the job.
Well a drive to SacTown from LA just to try out this vintage Amp doesnt seem worth it when apperently the new version sounds the same. Guess I have something new to try out
NOTE: Correction, he stay is MA; thought I read in your local craigslist classifieds
The side plates on the old V4-B had rubber shock mounts. This was my old unit and was a '73 I was always amazed just how well those old mounts held up over the years.