SVP PRO opinions

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Fantomaz, Oct 25, 2001.

  1. Fantomaz


    Oct 24, 2001
    Brussels Belgium
    What are your opinions on the SVP Pro preamp from Ampeg?

  2. lo-end


    Jun 15, 2001
    I think its the best preamp ever. 5 tubes!! :D :D

    it sounds great
  3. FalsehoodBass


    Jul 22, 2001
    Denver, CO
    I have one and i'd recommend it to anyone... one thing i've noticed i don't like.. the frequency selector knob on mine likes to come off... fixable with some glue i'm sure.. but still thought i'd let you know.

    I'm using it with a 5 string... if you do buy it, make sure you get a footswitch (carvin sells them cheap if you can't find it anywhere else) to control the Mute Button and Graphic EQ on/off

    If you're looking at the svp-pro... I suggest also looking into the SWR Interstellar Overdrive... i like the svp more, but you might not.. IMO the BSP isn't really as good as either the PRO or the's that for some acronyms?
  4. I really like the SVP-Pro. If you want distortion I'd get a BSP, though. Actually, I think the BSP is way more flexible than the Pro.
  5. ThunderStik

    ThunderStik Guest

    Jun 25, 2001
    Claremore OK.
    I love mine. If you do a search and look around you should find a review I did about 2-4 months ago. I liked the sound better than the IOD but to each his own, I just know that when I got all my stuff hooked up it sounded great and %100 happy with it.
  6. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000
    I like mine, and would recomend them. its the same circutry as the svt-2, without the huge price tag

    sit down with it for at least 30 minutes and really scrutanize it.
  7. Fantomaz


    Oct 24, 2001
    Brussels Belgium
    thanks a lot guys, I'm probably gonna indulge another $400 in bass gear, thing is I need a rock sound for a gig I just got and my SM900 just doesn't have that....
  8. I'm scared away from the SVP Pro because of many reports of hiss, reported cheesy physical construction of the parts, and the -3 dB rolloff at 30 Hz.

    I'm attracted to the SVP for the grind.

    If I had lots of $$$, I'd probably get the Aguilar DB680, or maybe an SWR IOD. There are a LOT of SVP being sold on eBay. Many, many more than all the others. Dunno why.
  9. ThunderStik

    ThunderStik Guest

    Jun 25, 2001
    Claremore OK.
    I have had no noise problems with mine at all. I thought it would be a little noisy but to my surprise its very quiet. I believe if you have a weak link in the chain it could be different but all my basses are well sheilded and great electronics, good cables etc... . Try one I dont think you will be disappointed, It was just the trick for me, out of the box it was just thick and fat. It will get pretty clean but not that super hi-fi clean that makes your ears bleed but thats not my bag anyway. Its definately (sp?) ampeg though-----and thats a good thing to me anyway.
  10. BigBohn


    Sep 29, 2001
    WPB, Florida
    I think the PRO is pretty good, yet I'm still in indecision between the SVP-PRO, SVP-BSP, and SWR IOD, so you might see me changing my views until I can get in a store and try them out once and for all.