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New Ampeg models???

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by SIFJiggy, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. SIFJiggy


    Jan 22, 2011
    Soooo - NAMM was basically a bust for Ampeg I guess??

    I'm looking for the rumored foreign B15 and definitely interested in the V4 re-issue.

    Anyone got the inside track?

    That means you, JimmyM...
  2. SIFJiggy


    Jan 22, 2011
    Yeah I suppose I coulda paid attention and posted in amps...
  3. ric4682

    ric4682 Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2008
    I'd also like to know if they had anything new there!
  4. AdamR

    AdamR Supporting Member

    Sep 24, 2007
    Bethel CT
    Endorsing Artist: VF Cables, Dirtbag Clothing
    PF800 was it I guess. I didnt hear much in the way of new amps or cabs from anyone this year though.
  5. Dominic DeCosa

    Dominic DeCosa Habitual Line-Stepper Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 9, 2008
    Vero Beach, Florida
    DiCosimo Audio
    There's no overseas B15. Just the new Heritage B15N. It's slightly cheaper at $3000 compared to the older Heritage B15 at $5000.
  6. SIFJiggy


    Jan 22, 2011
    Bumping in hope of St. JimmyM showing up and giving us some deets. I'm soooo curious about the V4. Nice one in the classified section right now. GAAAAASSSSS
  7. smperry

    smperry Administrator Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Bay Area, CA
    Endorsing Artist: Martin Keith Guitars
    Moved to Amps
  8. A V4 reissue???????????????????

    Where, who, when, how much, how often, I want it, give it to me, NOW!
  9. SIFJiggy


    Jan 22, 2011
    Last I heard- it's a ways off....

    I'm stoked for it though.
  10. SactoBass

    SactoBass There are some who call me.......Sactobass Supporting Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    Sacramento CA
    JimmyM has made mention of the pending V4B re-issue in other threads. I know there are a number of TB'ers anxiously awaiting the release of this amp.

    C'mon Ampeg!!
  11. MRDOOM


    Jul 16, 2009
  12. SIFJiggy


    Jan 22, 2011
    Well - according to Mr. Ampe... I mean JimmyM, there is an overseas made B15 coming too.
  13. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Sorry...I thought this new Heritage B-15N was an overseas model, but it's not. Hodgy said it would be lower priced with a PCB and black finish, and I figured it would be an overseas model. See? I keep telling people I'm not Mr. Ampeg, and they don't believe me. Now maybe you all will ;) Still looks like a hot-ass amp, though.

    As for the V4B, there is a pic of a prototype built on a table without the case on Ampeg's Facebook page. The only thing I know about it is it's not coming out for a while.
  14. SIFJiggy


    Jan 22, 2011

    What good are ya then, Jimmy?

    Welp, between my new B100 and the fact that I AIN'T spendin even 3Gs in the B15- I'm hoping the V4B is reasonable price. He'll, make it overseas put a 999 price tag on it if you want.

    But they're definitely missing out by not having a lower wattage all tube head - Ashdown is about to drop a 15-watter.

    Edit: I mean, a lower wattage amp that can be had for less than 3GRAND
  15. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I hear you, but the B-15 is a legendary amp, and legendary comes with a price tag. But they aren't getting rich off of the B-15's by any means. That kind of build and parts quality ain't cheap.

    If it makes you feel any better, though, you can still find bargains on used B-15's.
  16. SIFJiggy


    Jan 22, 2011
    O ya- I want them to make money. I don't blame them for keeping it expensive to keep the quality up. Lord knows there are enough people upset that because they bought Ampeg, they didn't get "legendary" quality with their overseas line.

    I'd just like to see a middleground I guess and the V4B would be a great platform for that - I think I'll be disappointed. It will be Heritage and 2k+.
  17. Lync


    Apr 13, 2004
    I'd be surprised if they made a V4B reissue at this point. The V4BH I owned MIA St. Louis Music Ampeg was a nice head. Excellent build-quality, same pre as an SVT classic and 100 watts tube powered. Plus it had a DI. That was the first stab at a "modernized" V4B. I bought it discounted since they weren't selling at all. And then they dropped it. With all of the new micro heads out, I would be surprised if they allocated resources to build a similar amp.

    Why did I sell it? It sounded great, but with anything less than my 610 cab it just didn't have quite enough for when the drummer got excited. And meaning not quite enough it was getting farty, not a nice tube overdrive. If I used my 5 string P bass the B string would eat it up. My PF500 sounds just as good and blows it away in headroom and power to weight ratio.
  18. Jim C

    Jim C Spector#496:More curves than Sophia + better sound Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    2013 Ampeg catalogs from NAMM are out; I'll let you know if there is anything of interest as a friend just mailed me one
    I would think that if it's not in the catalog it would be unlikely that anything new would appear in less than 6 months.
  19. Jazzbass2010


    Dec 14, 2010
    100 watt tube bass head would be nice . Did the original 70s v4 bh have same preamp as svt ?
  20. Jim C

    Jim C Spector#496:More curves than Sophia + better sound Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    I've never compared schematics but I have read that here.