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SVT-2Pro concern....

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Irie01, Aug 26, 2002.


  1. Irie01

    Irie01

    Jan 22, 2002
    I was at my local GC today and I saw a used SVT-2 pro sittin in the back. It looked a few years old and was already on a skb case.It was priced at $941 and a could not resist, so I picked it up. Id first like to know how this amp has treated anyone that owns or has played one? I play everything from punk to reggae so I wanted a verstaile yet warm deep ampeg tone. This is what I thought would be my best bet. I also have a question about my cab I am using. I picked up a used peavey 4'10 cab that is 8ohms. I think it is 700watts program and 350 handling. I may have that backwards if that does not make sense. I was playing with it tonight and I noticed that the peak light was coming on very often. After adjusting the gain and volume on it I got it to stop.Is using this beast with only one 8ohm cab bad or potentially damaging to either?Should I consider upgrading and possibly getting one 4ohm cab(Im definetly goin with ampeg if so). The peavey cab is pretty large and heavy so I really dont want to get another one and lug 2 around.Please give me your opinions and let me know what you think.
     
  2. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I have the SVT-2PRO & the only reason I stopped gigging with it is because it's TOOO HEAVY for me to be lugging around after later night gigs (I'm getting old. :()

    I've read alot of threads aboud people using 8 ohm cabs w/their SVT-2PROS & SVT-CL's w/no problems. I've personally never done it. I've used the SVT 410HLF alone or together w/a Carvin 210 (Both 4 ohm cabs). If you're really interested in getting another cab, I'd definitly recomend the SVT 410HLF. IMO, one of the best cabinets Ampeg makes.

    About the peak light. I never worry about that. If you were to put the "Drive" knob up, you clip even at lower levels. I put the amp as loud as I can/need to with out having the speakers sound like their.... damaging them selves. I can't explain the sound. :(
     
  3. I liked mine fine while I had it. With the built-in EQ and all those knobs, loops and switches it certainly will be versatile enough while also providing "warm deep ampeg tone". Get a 4ohm cab, though.
     
  4. PICK

    PICK

    Jan 27, 2002
    Sydney, Australia
    I have been using my SVT-2 Pro with a single 8 Ohm cabinet since i bought it and i have never had any problems. The clip light shouldnt be of any concern either it always flashes, thats the beauty of the amp when the clip light flashes you get that warm subtle tube drive.
    If i was you i would get you local amp tech to give it the once over. When i bought mine the fan was not working, which meant that the amp shut down when it got too hot, and the tubes were in pretty bad shape. Congrats on getting the amp i love mine. Yes i agree with most people and say that the 70's SVT's are better but mine is going fine for me.
     
  5. Irie01

    Irie01

    Jan 22, 2002
    The 2 pro that I bought actually does not have a fan.Is this normal?Another thing I noticed was that it says "Premier Addition" on it and has a silver plate that says "123 of 250"Does anyone know what that is all about?
     
  6. Irie01

    Irie01

    Jan 22, 2002
    Also, is having no fan a potential problem?
     
  7. I've seen a lot of those "Premier Edition" models. For a "limited run" of 250, I'm quite suspicious. I find it a stretch to believe that only 250 were made the first year based on how many I've seen in my little corner of the world. I bet SLM churned out at least 2,500! Anyway, I think that "Premier Edition" signifies that it's the first appearance of that new model (As in you have the 123rd SVT2pro ever built).
     
  8. I would think so. Do you feel it's missing or that it never had one? I'd have that checked out ASAP. If it's a 300 watter it'll get very hot without one.
     
  9. PICK

    PICK

    Jan 27, 2002
    Sydney, Australia
    Ok, You cant see the fan without taking the top off the amp. It doesnt blow air onto the tubes IIRC is pulls the hot air away from the circuit boards underneath. I cant really advise doing this but, Take it outta the rack and take off the top cover you should see the fan without to much trouble. Now stand back and turn it on(dont touch anything while the amp is on) If the fan spins then you are ok. If not then take it to an amp tech and get it replaced.
    I also have a premier edition #164/250.
     
  10. j.s.basuki

    j.s.basuki Supporting Member

    May 14, 2000
    asia/australia
    I have SVT 2 Pro Premier edition , I think it has nothing to do with the number they make .

    I used exclusively in my music room because it is quite heavy, and I used it with different kind of cab 8 and 4 ohms. I only use the power section because I am using Aggie DB 680 preamp , then connected to a pair of WAYNE JONES 2x 10 cabs.

    Play this rig with Sadowsky = Tone Heaven.
     
  11. sleazylenny

    sleazylenny

    Jun 20, 2002
    Mpls, MN
    To address your preamp light concerns, are you running an active bass? I've found that a lot of the svt preamp sections run out of headroom in a hurry. I can't remember if the 2 pro has a -15db pad, but if it does and your running active, use it.

    Do you run a wireless system? If so, that may be part of a gain structure problem that is overdriving your preamp section. For a while I ran my wireless wide open with my Stingray wide open. I couldn't get much past ten oclock on the pre without the light being on constantly.

    Finally, run that head with the cab God intended it to be powering, an SVT 8x10. You'll be glad you did.
     
  12. j.s.basuki

    j.s.basuki Supporting Member

    May 14, 2000
    asia/australia
    I have checked with SLM /Ampeg, and they say it is true that the Premier edition only produced in 250 units quantity.
    Mine is #17/250
     
  13. Irie01

    Irie01

    Jan 22, 2002
    What makes the "Premier" any different? By the way,thanks everyone for your input
     
  14. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Hey J.S. or Irie, you guys have a picture of this amp? I have a regular SVT-IIPRO. I was wondering if it looked any different.

    <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/attachment.php?s=&postid=642193">
     
  15. j.s.basuki

    j.s.basuki Supporting Member

    May 14, 2000
    asia/australia
    Nino, yes it is completely different , the Ampeg letter is straight up and on the right side there is Premier Logo. I'll try to make pic tomorrow.
     
  16. PICK

    PICK

    Jan 27, 2002
    Sydney, Australia
    Here is a pic of my SVT-2 Pro. It was made in november 1993. It has the original style face plate. It is a premier edition #164/250.

    (sorry about the very very bad pic)
     
  17. j.s.basuki

    j.s.basuki Supporting Member

    May 14, 2000
    asia/australia
    PICK,

    Mine is exactly like yours, only the number is#17/250. I guess I don't have to put my pic..