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SWR Basic Black or Workingman 15

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by reddavid, Oct 19, 2001.


  1. reddavid

    reddavid

    Oct 11, 2001
    Wayne, PA
    Been watching the forum and picked up a nice G&L L2500 thanks to your input. On to the amp.

    I can get an SWR Basic Black for $400 - no warranty or a Workingman 15 for under $600 - new.

    What do you recommend? Why?

    Thanks,

    John
     
  2. captainpabst

    captainpabst

    Mar 18, 2001
    Tennessee
    i used to own one of these. very sweet tone. i had a friend who had a workingman's 15, and i've had the chance to compare them side by side many times. the basic black sounds better. the WM will play a little louder, and also has a limiter and a transparency knob (which is kind of nice for slapping, i think). other than that it's sort of a toss up. for less money, as long as it's in good shape, it'd go basic black.

    funny, i sold mine for 400 bux this past spring. upgraded to a bass 750 and 8x8. rock on.
     
  3. reddavid

    reddavid

    Oct 11, 2001
    Wayne, PA
    Thanks for the replies...

    I ended up going with the Workingman. I couldn't trust the store/salesman who had the Basic Black. They've had it for years, it wasn't in great shape, so I was skeptical, didn't want to inherit a lemon.

    At my level, I had to go for the 'warranty' thing, and purchased from the store where my kids (and I will) take lessons, etc. Although they weren't much better - as far as customer service goes. but that's OT. Spent $575 new (after they order it, call me, pick it up, etc. But I have the 'store' one home now.)

    Anyway, it's loud, has lots of nice buttons and dials, and it will be a long time before I know any different.?! Also looks a tad nicer in the living room (waf). I love being able to run the CD/Stereo thru the effects return, using headphones. Rocking till all hours of the night. Probably get some casters and side handles for it (Ernie Ball?)

    Thanks again, this forum and it's members are fantastic.


    John
     
  4. captainpabst

    captainpabst

    Mar 18, 2001
    Tennessee
    sounds like you did the right thing. i don't like buying used either. and 575 new is a pretty good price!

    as for the casters and side handles...i'm honestly not sure what the best route is, but you could just go to a hardware store, build a 2x4 base and slap a few casters on that. then you won't have to modify the amp cabinet.
     
  5. JazzV

    JazzV

    Feb 27, 2001
    I ended up just buying a simple dolly (no, not that kind :rolleyes: ) at the local Lowe's. The nice thing about doing that was that it was the perfect size and had carpet on the points that would contact the cab. About $22 for the one I bought. I don't know if you could buy all the materials for that. I do prefer that to self-installed casters (think resale). Good luck.