Should I pay or should I go now....? (Acoustic 360)

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Flacco, Jun 12, 2019.

  1. Flacco

    Flacco Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2017
    Plymouth, MA
    2x Acoustic 360 Bass Preamps - for parts of repair

    Gentlemen here tells me they are more "pre-amps" than traditional heads as I am used to. Sorry for the ignorance but what does that mean in terms of me being able to drive my pair of rumble 2x10's with these?

    Is it still a good deal if I pair them with some power amps? What would I pair them with? Reccomendations?


    - Flacco
  2. skycruiser


    Jan 15, 2019
    Is it possible the seller's AC power outlet hot and neutral lines are just swapped, and that's why he's getting shocked? I had that problem with an outlet once that caused our TV rabbit-ear antenna to buzz you when touched. As for your other questions, I have no idea...
  3. Redbrangus

    Redbrangus Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2018
    Under The X In Texas
    It means they won't drive your speakers'll need to plug them into a power amp of some kind and then use the preamp ("head") to drive the power amp.
  4. Flacco

    Flacco Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2017
    Plymouth, MA
    Any recommendations on power amps that would work with these? I am a newbie and have only knowledge of using heads (pre+power amp together) and not as separated units.
  5. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    i don't think there is anything about those pre-amps which would make the seller's $60 asking price a bargain. the pre-amp and the power amp are 'married' inside the box, but if you pulled the pre-amp section and you figured out a way to use it with any power amp = you'd have to fabricate a box for it, install usable/competent connectors on the box, yada yada....

    unless you can do the work yourself (cannibalize one for parts to build the other back to functionality) you're in for some expense:
    - $60 = for the two
    - $65+ = bench fee
    - $130-$195+ = cost of repair --- if there are enough usable parts between the two!

    most shops would tell you that you were urinating up a rope! i would pass and look for power amps in the $250-$300 range and then consider that you dodged a bullet...cheaply!

    for PA use i once purchased two carver power amps "both with issues" (which were explained to me in detail) for next to nothing: after testing = i found that i could get one amp working by cannibalizing the other for parts (my goal) and i ended up with an amp in the rack for 15-16 years --- for peanuts + some time in the shop. but those were the days of fairly expensive $$ per watts, so it was worth it to me at the time...sort of. i wouldn't do that again now: too many competent, cheap, new/used options for raw power.

    good luck! :thumbsup:

    don't do it.
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  6. Redbrangus

    Redbrangus Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2018
    Under The X In Texas
    Practically any power amp would work. But...did you buy these? Do they work? Do you know how to tell if they work? (Implies that you have a power amp or a working stereo amp or something to plug it into, I guess.)

    Edit: I'm presuming that these are the series/vintage that had the power amp in the speaker cab and the 'head' was just a preamp, like this: Acoustic 360 Bass amp | Chris's Gear Emporium
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  7. Flacco

    Flacco Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2017
    Plymouth, MA
    Well it appears this is a bit of a hassle to get working. I appreciate the responses but I'm not looking for an EE project.