Dismiss Notice

Psst... Ready to join TalkBass and start posting, make new friends, sell your gear, and more?  Register your free account in 30 seconds.

SVT-3 Pro or B2R

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Bass18, Nov 6, 2001.


  1. Bass18

    Bass18 Guest

    Jul 21, 2001
    Australia
    I've narrowed my amp choices down to these two. The SVT-3 is $1250 US and the B2R is $850 US. These are the best prices that I can find (I live in Australia). The head that I buy will go with my SVT-4x10HEN (500 watts) that I bought a while ago. I play in a 3 piece punk band that has me, a guitarist using a 60 watt valve fender and a drummer. So I would like to know...
    *Does the B2R have the same sound as the SVT-3? Or does it sound different as it does not have preamp tubes?
    *Do you think the extra cash worth it for the SVT-3?

    I'm going to go and test them all out with my cabinet, but for now I'd just like some opinions on what you guys think.
     
  2. Ziggy

    Ziggy

    May 9, 2001
    Orange County, CA
    Bass18,

    I have the B2-R and did a lot of shopping and comparisons... the SVT has a 'warmer', thundering low end sound. Where as, the B2-R is more of a snappy 'punchier' sound.

    The prices you quoted are significantly higher than I've seen around. With a little searching on the web, you should be able to find the B2-R for around $500 and SVT about the same price, $800, you've found the B2-R going for.

    All in all, whenever you get out and test the amps, "with your cabinet and bass", (assuming price isn't a major factor), pick the one that 'sounds best to you for "Your" playing and type of music'.

    michael s.
     
  3. $850 for the B2R is way steep. I have the B2 Combo with the single 15" that I bought for $720. I just recently(last week) added the Ampeg SVT-410HE as my extension cab. I play in a four piece punk band and prefer the punchier bass to help it cut through a little.
     
  4. FalsehoodBass

    FalsehoodBass

    Jul 22, 2001
    Denver, CO
    The cheapest and best sound you'll get in this case is to buy yourself an SVP-PRO preamp and a carvin poweramp.... LOOK INTO IT!!!!!
     
  5. lo-end

    lo-end

    Jun 15, 2001
    PA
    Definately the SVT-3 pro. The B2R isnt even close to being in the same league as the SVT3. Just the facts...
     
  6. BigBohn

    BigBohn

    Sep 29, 2001
    WPB, Florida
    listen to falsehood, hes right.
     
  7. I also agree with falsehood...that is my next step after replacing my bass
     
  8. Ely

    Ely

    Jun 8, 2001
    Huntsville, AL
    Remember this: The prices you showed were just the list prices, the real price will be a lot lower, in fact, the SVT3-Pro retails about $850, and the B4r, the 1000 watt version of the B2r retails about $950. Also remember this, in a punk situation, at least as far as I've experienced, gear isn't exactly handled properly, and preamp tubes can break, whereas solid state transistors are rather hard to smash into a million pieces.
     
  9. Bass18

    Bass18 Guest

    Jul 21, 2001
    Australia
    Guys, Guys, I live in AUSTRALIA! I know you may be able to find cheaper prices but the fact is after shipping costs and all the lowly australian dollar it ends up costing more. They are the cheapest I'll find in my area (Ampeg gear here is pretty expensive). Anyway, I'll keep in mind the SVP-Pro and poweramp but only if its a cheaper alternative...
     
  10. FalsehoodBass

    FalsehoodBass

    Jul 22, 2001
    Denver, CO
    i know nothing about shipping etc.. but the svp pro and a decent poweramp in US$ is cheaper than an SVT3 in US$... so although both prices may be higher in Australia than here... i don't see why the preamp poweramp combo would be more expensive than the 3
     
  11. lo-end

    lo-end

    Jun 15, 2001
    PA
    Mackie poweramps are also very awesome. I like the M1400i and the M1400. They're 1400 watts @ 4 ohms, bridged. The difference between the M1400 and the M1400i is that the M1400 has speakons and the M1400i has 1/4" connectors. If you use speakons, get the M1400.
     
  12. BigBohn

    BigBohn

    Sep 29, 2001
    WPB, Florida
    lo-end, why not use a Carvin poweramp of the same wattage and quality for SO much less? i just don't understand whats the big difference between one poweramp and another, beside it being a SS or tube.
     
  13. FalsehoodBass

    FalsehoodBass

    Jul 22, 2001
    Denver, CO
    better electronic components, better cooling design, more signal capabilities such as a low cut and a horn boost. Althought more expensive, the Mackie is a Better Amp... although it may not be so important with live bass, Carvin amps are known to be noisy in the recording industry... mackie amps haven't been around long enough to make a name for themselves, but i love mine, and if their mixers are any indication, the amps will be loved in no time...

    once again, i rant.. moral of the story.. yes mackie costs more, which is why i would recommend carvin on a limited budget, but yes i believe that the mackie is better, and worth the extra cash if you have it.