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Timeless amp

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by vpermana, Jan 19, 2013.

  1. vpermana


    Nov 17, 2009
    Bethesda, MD
    What would be the today's amp that is potential to be a new timeless amp 10-50 years from today?
  2. f.c.geil


    May 12, 2011
    Ampeg SVT-7PRO, Ampeg SVT-VR, Genz-Benz GBE1200, Genz-Benz ShuttleMAX 12.2.
  3. vpermana


    Nov 17, 2009
    Bethesda, MD
    Can boutique amp such as monique jule amp or satellite become timeless too?
  4. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Mesa Walkabout, and probably the Carbines as well.
  5. vpermana


    Nov 17, 2009
    Bethesda, MD
    anything else?
  6. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    It ALL has an opportunity at timelessness if it keeps working ;) Unfortunately, I can see a lot of micro amps becoming white elephants along the way since the technology still hasn't completely shaken out yet, and companies that are here now may not be here in the future. Stuff like that is really hard to predict.
  7. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon. Supporting Member

    GK 1001RB-II
    Ampeg SVT and SVT-II
  8. tjh

    tjh Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2006
    GK 400 and 800RB's ... :)
  9. G-K Fusion 550 has that possibility as does the 700RB II.
  10. vpermana


    Nov 17, 2009
    Bethesda, MD
    I didn't realize that GK has potential
  11. BogeyBass


    Sep 14, 2010
    None of them

    other than the early GK and early SWR

    otherwise the well known timeless ones have it covered for a long time to come.
    hence timeless and anything past that is just a copy or to complicated, poorly designed and over done
    to even become considered timeless

    but I would say the well knowns of the era..would be the Genz Benz shuttle series
    or the Mark Bass whatevers and the Ampeg flop dingers and a few of the GK something somethings
    never forget the TC electronics wonder bucket....not timeless just well known
  12. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    That's a tough one. Even some of the industry standard amps from the 80's don't seem to be around much any more. You don't see too many 800RB's floating around these days.

    I think we're in a period of crazy growth and innovation in the bass gear market. Perhaps a few will stick around for a couple of decades, but after that I think the gear won't even resemble what we play through today.

    That being said, if any have a shot I would guess the Mesa Walkabout, a couple of GK heads (700RB maybe), many of the modern era SVTs probably have some staying power (if nothing else but because of tradition), probably a Shuttle or Streamliner model will rise to the top over time and stick around for a while, any current all-tube offerings will probably gain traction with the new kids in a couple of decades.

    There are currently more than 700 listings for bass guitar heads at Musician's Friend alone (and they don't carry all brands). It's a sea of equipment out there right now. It's really hard to say what will grab and what won't. A lot of that kind of thing is more marketing than quality. Interesting to think about though.
  13. vpermana


    Nov 17, 2009
    Bethesda, MD
    What do you think about aguilar?
  14. rust_preacher


    Dec 17, 2009
    +1 - the DB751 especially. The TH500 as a close second.
  15. g4string

    g4string Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Melissa, TX
    Timeless IMO means being able to be repaired/serviced years down the road. The problem with most, if not all modern amps is that the point to point wiring done in the past has all been replaced with PCB's (printed circuit boards) and line replaceable modules (ie, most micro amps). This leads to a major problem becoming timeless.....how do you get parts for an amp that has been discontinued 20 years into the future when the manufacturer no longer makes that model, sells the parts, or has gone OOB. I would assume getting a pcb or module for a most amps being sold now 20 years into the future will be next to near impossible. There really is no aftermarket demand for such things when a suitable replacement will be cheaper than repairing the timeless amp you want to repair. Unfortunately, I think modern manufacturing practices have made most things we cherish nowadays non-timeles.
  16. scottfeldstein

    scottfeldstein Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    West Bend, Wisconsin
    I wonder if the era of "timeless" amplifiers isn't largely behind us.
  17. g4string

    g4string Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Melissa, TX
    Yep, have to agree. All the "new" timeless amps are reproductions of the old ones. Anything made with modern practices at some point will face obsolescence.
  18. scottfeldstein

    scottfeldstein Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    West Bend, Wisconsin
    True, there are a parade of also-rans in the shadow of yesterday's timeless amplifiers. But even more importantly, tomorrow's equipment will obviate the possibility of "timeless" amplifiers altogether. As digital signal processing gets better and better, any amp can sound like anything you want it to sound like. Not like in the 70s when you had to have a certain brand and a certain model to get a certain sound.
  19. g4string

    g4string Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Melissa, TX
    True dat. Already happening in the recording world with amp modeling. Only a matter of time before its perfected and applied to live sound applications. With the micro power modules and a really good amp modeling pre, you truley could have a 5lb SVT...or Hiwatt, or orange or whatever floats your boat.