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NAD - Ampeg V4

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by jumbodbassman, Aug 8, 2012.

  1. jumbodbassman

    jumbodbassman Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    Stuck in traffic -NY & CT
    Born Again Tubey
    after all the hype and then disappointment over the ampeg new tube amp V4 thread I just couldn't say no anylonger. I sold my 73 V4B back in early 80's and my SVT in 88 and for a long time i did not really miss the gloriuos tone of those 2 beasts. Over the last few years and thanks to TB and Jimmy and John I have gotten the tube bug back in a strong way. First was 2 B15S's , then fixing a dead Univox 1246 i had for about 12 years, followed by 2 musicman HD130 heads, and then on JohnK's great advice I found a super twin and mojo headcab and now have a " Super Bassman" which is really sweet. Then comes along the ampeg thread about the new 100 Watt head thas was not to be. So i decided to make a bid on V4 head at the last second and won it off feebay. Didn't even realise it was the 76 distortion head until after i had won it. So the amp shows up on saturday but i had a gig so didn't touch it till sunday morning. All i can say is YUM!!!!!. I always preferred my V4 to my SVT when venue size didn't dictate but just forgot how much i loved that head. Played it thru a few cabs I have (squareback and 2 15 altec v4 both long gone) and it just soundy so good. like oming home after being away for 30 years..... My favorite that I played it through was a 4 12 delta cab i built with rear ports. it was amazing and i need to decide if i want to change the ports to a one front center one or not but i doubt it will sound as good. maybe seal it off. just hate rewar port cabs for outside shows if there is no back wall....

    back to the ampeg. after playing it I had to AB it with the musicman and univox heads and they both sound great thru that cab BUT none of that V4 warmth. The super twin is being checked out at my tech so can't compare yet and the ampeg will get a checkup on friday hopefully nothing major as tube amps/ singing mics are not to be taking lightly in my book.... The distortion channel is basically a useless fuzz but which I may use once in a while as it does a decent Sly/Graham thing and one of my bands does a few Sly tunes. Anyone know if i can use a y jack and blend the 2 channels. that may be more usefull but if not thats cool as channel 2 just sounds like it should. My ampeg svt 7, eden and markbass sd 1200 will be getting more rest than i envisioned when i bought them as i am clearly heading back in time

    only ebay picture right now for the head



    the 412 cab with the 1245

    some MM porn too

  2. Looks great, congrats! Envious!!!
    Wish there were more V4's around here available :-/
  3. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Good looking head, bro! Hope you have fun with it!
  4. jumbodbassman

    jumbodbassman Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    Stuck in traffic -NY & CT
    Born Again Tubey
    thanks. looking forward to picking up that beast.....

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