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speakers for a vintage ampeg tube amp

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by dlmarquez, Aug 15, 2007.

  1. I have a mid sixties vintage Ampeg portaflex. (fliptop). It's the B18N. The amp makes great vintage sound, its 50wrms I believe. However I would like to run something much more contemporary in terms of speakers:
    say a phil jones bass 4 or 6 speaker cabinet, or perhaps something from EA or Bergantino. any suggestions? I play fretless and I want to try some ultraclean speakers with the old ampeg tube head. Besides, the 18 bottom weighs about 75 lbs. I think my back would love something about 1/2 to 2/3 that!
  2. How abou the Sadowsky SA410- made for tube amps....designed by Mr Berg himself!!!! ??????? I DO know MY V4BH sounds superb thru my old EV TL 1x15" cab & especially thru the NV610!
  3. Jazzdogg

    Jazzdogg Less barking, more wagging!

    Jul 29, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    I can understand why you're considering a modern speaker to obtain higher sensitivity and/or greater excursion. But, if your venerable Ampeg is in good condition, you may undermine its value by replacing its speaker with something unusual like the ones used by pjb.
  4. +1 keep the cab as is if at all possible. If U do want a different cab.. use an extension cab- a separate one. Then U can at least put the fliptop as original if needed!
  5. lowphatbass

    lowphatbass **** Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2005
    west coast
    IMO it's a fine line you're walking. Vintage and "Spine Friendly" are two worlds that don't always/often go together in the same sentence, or paragraph for that matter. It seems like you've got some research and experimentation to do. There are a lot of options available, don't do anything that isn't reversible to your existing rig. Buy used and stick with higher quality, you should be able to find a compromise. IMHO, that's what your search is about, compromising. You may very well end-up more satisfied in the long run, but you never know, our ears and hearts are funny in that way.

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