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Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by kidvsking, Feb 15, 2003.
is it worth $800 dollars in good condition?
Yes, but you must allow $200. for a re tube. Most 400+ owners replace the tubes with Svetlanas or JJs. You don't have to as the tubes in it are likeky OK. But Mesa usually uses Chinese 6L6s or russian 5885/6L6 (Sovtek). The Chinese tubes have a bad reputation....The Russian 5881s have a very cardboad like sound.
I sold a ten year old 400+ in great shape two weeks ago for $811 on EBay. Before the auction I briefly listed it here and a moron (who shall remain nameless) immediately posted a whine on my ad that he could buy two something or others for that price. It's apparently not widely known everywhere but the market value of a used 400+ is about 8.
As Rockbobby said, they're worth it. In fact, that's about the going rate. You'll pay full list ($1299) for a new one and used ones go for 8 bills all the time. Depending on tube age and hours, however, you may or may not need to re-tube.
And I may add that if you were to buy a new one and did not like the tubes, You may end up re tubing anyway. And what makes that worse, it will void the warranty unless you buy Mesa/Svetlana STR 454 tubes. Prolly $250+!!
Yup, that's right, amigo. The curse/blessing of "valves."
Bought mine new and LOVE IT!!! Sounds like a good price. I wish I could've found one used. A Bonus...I've heard that Boogie's Customer Service is top notch no matter if you buy new or used. Compare that to some of the other companies producing valve amps.
I recently found one used in good condition for ..... you sitting down: $500.
I would have jumped on it but my college tuition on my credit card told me not to. Damn!