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What amp holds its value the best?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Skel, Apr 7, 2006.


  1. Skel

    Skel

    Jun 19, 2005
    Boulder, Colorado
    If you had to pick an amp brand and model that you think holds its value the best, what would it be? And this is relative, so even a $200.00 Hartke or Crate can count.
     
  2. Plain Old Me

    Plain Old Me

    Dec 14, 2004
    Trace Elliot V8 :p
     
  3. Skel

    Skel

    Jun 19, 2005
    Boulder, Colorado
    Hmmm. You might be right. There are certainly some amps that you never see on eBay, and when you do they just get snapped up in a heartbeat. I don't know much about Trace Elliot, but is this amp still made?
     
  4. Mcrelly

    Mcrelly

    Jun 16, 2003
    Minnesota, USA
    a well taken care of amp with good name reputation and decent power (400w+).

    that was my general answer.

    my suggestions...

    Eden wt550, Thunderfunk, aguilar, ampeg, swr.
     
  5. steve4765630

    steve4765630

    Feb 27, 2006
    Walter Woods hold their value better than any other amp I've ever seen.
     
  6. How about Orange or Matamp? I've never seen one in decent nick go cheaply.
     
  7. B String

    B String Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Walter Woods amps might be the ONLY amps I know of
    that go up in value. I'd say that represents a good value.
    Of course you have to come up with the "investment" money.
     
  8. oldfclefer

    oldfclefer low ended

    May 5, 2005
    Southern Ohio
    My experience is that amps don't hold their value at all.

    "Vintage" Acoustic and Traynor's have made a comeback though.
     
  9. Kenny Allyn

    Kenny Allyn

    Mar 25, 2006
    Memphis
    AMPEG ... go look up the price of a SVT in say 78 and then price a good clean one NOW ... flip-tops too ...
     
  10. Skel

    Skel

    Jun 19, 2005
    Boulder, Colorado
    I'm starting to wonder if bass guitars and amps would not be a bad investment. If you bought Fender USA basses and Ampeg SVT's like the Classic or SVT-II, I wonder how much they would go up in value in 15 years. Or maybe Gibson Les Pauls.
     
  11. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    Fremont, Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    Yup, Trace Elliot V8 or Walter Woods, IME.

    Tom.
     
  12. Pneuma

    Pneuma

    Feb 14, 2004
    Arkansas
    Definately NOT Peavey BAMs. Good combos, bad resale.

    P.
     
  13. gwx014

    gwx014

    Dec 22, 2005
    The Oranges and Matamps hold value pretty good.
     
  14. ()smoke()

    ()smoke()

    Feb 25, 2006
    Dallas
    old ones that you buy used:)
     
  15. jive1

    jive1 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 16, 2003
    Alexandria,VA
    Owner/Retailer: Jive Sound
    The amp that holds it's value the most is the one you love so much that you wouldn't dream of selling it. It goes from the price you paid all the way up to priceless.
     
  16. JansenW

    JansenW

    Nov 14, 2005
    Cambridge, MA
  17. Eric Cioe

    Eric Cioe

    Jun 4, 2001
    Missoula, MT
    Vintage SVTs. Every few years, they jump in price. Whereas a while ago, you could get a decent one for $1200, now, they don't seem to go for less than $1700 or so. WW looks good too.
     
  18. Christopher

    Christopher

    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    Ampeg - esp vintage SVTs or fliptops.

    Walter Woods.

    Do Fender Bassmans count?

    Most high-end bass amp manufacturers are too young for the market to determine whether their products will hold value in the long run.
     
  19. fdeck

    fdeck Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 20, 2004
    Madison WI
    HPF Technology LLC
    That's right. Once an amp is fully depreciated, it doesn't lose any more value. But there's a couple more things to think about:

    * The less you spend, the less you stand to lose. I can tell you how much value a BX4500H will lose -- exactly $249.95 :bag:

    * Like the collectibles market in general, something could have a high market value but very few buyers. An esoteric amp might be difficult to sell, even if it is worth a lot.

    * Classic amps are classics because they are associated with a sound and an era. I don't see any modern amp having the same market appeal in 15 years, when even more modern amps come out.
     
  20. Pickebass

    Pickebass Supporting Member

    Jul 12, 2004
    San Antonio, TX
    I think there are two answers to the questions. Most new amps aren't investment worthy. Because, like a car there will lose money when you walk out the door. However there is probably one exception. Walter Woods are probably the only new amp you can buy that will hold its value.

    Other amps such as the Trace V8 and a few other amps with limited numbers and have been discontinued will also have increased value in a shorter time period. Older high quality amps will always retain/maintain value...

    My $.02
     

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