Sunn Colisseum Bass Amps

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Winston TK, Oct 20, 2001.

  1. Winston TK

    Winston TK Hairpiece Adventurer

    Oct 8, 2001
    Burnaby, BC Canada
    Any experiences/opinions? I've tracked down a 300W version and am wondering about the quality and sound.

    --Winston TK
  2. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Welcome to Talkbass, Winston!

    Assuming we're talking vintage Sunn (I don't know if "Fender-Sunn" is making their version of the original Coliseum) -

    I played a 2-cabinet Coliseum quite a few times way back when the Beatles were still doing drugs. In a word - Excellent! And I mean that in terms of sound AND construction. Big, husky, brute tone and very dependable. It was about the first amp I used that allowed me to sound like the people I was buying concert tickets to see.

    Of course, it was a few decades newer then. But, like an old Fender or Ampeg, I think one that survives till today would be quite good if it was well maintained or reconditioned.

    Just don't expect the modern, more hi-fi, sound of so many newer amps with tweeters.
  3. ESP-LTD


    Sep 9, 2001
    I fiddled with one in a store a few years back. It had more "hiss" than you'd expect of a new amp, but it made plenty of loud. In a live sttuation you'd never hear the hiss. Pretty simple EQ for a pretty simple day.

    Overall, a well made, sturdy, amp for the money.