SVT 74' or SVT 2 Pro, US model

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by wonkey cat, Jul 29, 2009.

  1. Hi Guys. I have the chance to get either of the above but would appreciate opinions.

    I used an SVT II non pro back in the early 90's and recorded and toured with it and it was great but I haven't owned one for years.

    I use an SVT IIP, into a QSC PLX 3102 at the moment but madness has got the better of me, so I think I want to experience the face peel of power tubes.

    Feel free to talk me down off the ledge also.:(
  2. beebassdude

    beebassdude Supporting Member

    Sep 29, 2008
    Sterling, VA
    just tell me where that 74 SVT is being sold and ill go take care of him for
  3. England.:)
  4. beebassdude

    beebassdude Supporting Member

    Sep 29, 2008
    Sterling, VA
    on second thought, you take care of him lol
  5. akaTRENT


    Jan 10, 2009
    New Jersey
  6. The 74, for sure.
  7. Hookus


    Oct 2, 2005
    Austin, TX
    I would say it depends on if you will want to sound like anything other than the 74 SVT. You will have much more versatility with the II. This is exactly the reason I sold my V-4 and my SVT, and kept my 4-Pro.
  8. 74.
  9. Chris Ramlar

    Chris Ramlar

    Feb 8, 2006
    I will say... 74! vintage ampegs rule I love mine =D
  10. cripula


    Dec 20, 2006
    If it were me - 74, no question.
  11. nysbob


    Sep 14, 2003
    Cincinnati OH
    I'm spotting some consensus here. :D

    I prefer the older & simpler platform.
  12. Thanks fellas, I love you.
    I need some divine intervention to decide.
    About two years ago, I had the chance to buy a 1970 SVT head and cab, good condition,that was less than a mile away from me. I saw it on Ebay and thought it would be well out of my price range, so didn't visit it again, it went for $1500, £1000.:bawl:
    I've been haunted ever since.
    I would like to know what to watch out for when I go to audition the 74', gurus, ahoy hoy?
  13. matskull


    Jun 5, 2006
    Listen to the speakers, push them.
    The amp will most likely be just fine, use your ears, look at the inside, it might be dusty but as long as it is not totally rusted it should be fine.

    I love mine.
  14. Hi ya, I'm not getting a cab, just an amp, so would like any info on what to look out for when vetting the amp.
  15. nysbob


    Sep 14, 2003
    Cincinnati OH
    Abnormal hum or buzz wouldn't be good. It should stay fairly clean up to about 1/2 up on the volume - it should also be pretty damn loud at that point. Work the rotary tone knobs to see if they're doing what they should be doing.

    I'd leave the high and low boosts off when checking it - those rocker switches go through additional pre tubes and if they haven't been used, some might be wonky. Mine sounds a little nasty with the high switch engaged, but as I don't use that it doesn't bother me enough to get it fixed.
  16. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
  17. matskull


    Jun 5, 2006
    Oh, well in that case just move the pots up and down, see if they work, if they are noisy.
    Check if there is any buzz or hum like it's been said allready.

    There's not much more to do then inspect it visually and with your ears.