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Which Ampeg should i get

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by MrFortuneCookie, Sep 11, 2001.


  1. I play a lot of Rock music. I want a lot of quality in my new Rig. Which Ampeg heads and cabs should i look at? I figure for cabs, i want either a 810, or two 410s.
     
  2. Also, do the Ampeg cabs and heads have speakon connections by chance?
     
  3. bassclar7

    bassclar7

    Apr 22, 2000
    Goodrich, MI
    Hey,

    I recommend a SVT Classic for a head. 300 watts, all tube. Very warm, thick, and full sound. IMO alot better than some other amps out there. If 300 watts is too much power, or it's out of price range, go with the Ampeg 4BH head. Same controls as the classic, but only 100 watts. Still tube, and a little cheaper.

    As for cabinets, it depends on what your looking for. If you want the portability of them, and you don't plan to upgrade much, go for the 2 4x10's.
    If you want to either upgrade later, or don't mind the weight, the 8x10 is better. The reason being is that on the back of the classic head, there is an impedence selector. Either 2 or 4 ohms. If you buy two 4x10's, each of which are 4 ohm cabinets, you will run the head at 2 ohms. You are done for expanding. If you use the 8x10, which is a 4 ohms cab, then you can run the head at 4 ohms. This not only uses less power and puts less strain on the head, but if you wish to add another 4 ohm cab in the future, like another 8x10, a 4x10, or a 2x15, just switch the impedence to 2 and you are set.
    If you want to run the amp in stereo, and think the 2 4x10's are better, the 8x10 will also let you use both 4x10 cabs seperatly in stereo, or all one 8x10 for mono.

    Go with the Classic head, and the 8x10.
    Best flexibility and tone.
     
  4. bassclar7

    bassclar7

    Apr 22, 2000
    Goodrich, MI
    oh, and yes, both the new Ampeg heads and cabs have speak-on connectors
     
  5. Is there only one model of 8x10?

    Also, the SVT-350H or the SVT-CL?
     
  6. Lumpycat

    Lumpycat

    Sep 16, 2001
    Philadelphia PA
    If hauling around a cabinet the size of a good fridge isn't a problem, get your self an 8x10. Don't rule out a used one. Some place there is always one hidding in a garage for a very reasonable price. I play everything from punk rawk to my Double Bass through it and the *x10 always holds it's own.
     
  7. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    SVT 810
    <img src="http://ampeg.com/images/products/SVT-810Esmall.jpg">
    SVT 810 AV
    <img src="http://ampeg.com/images/products/SVT-810AVsmall.jpg">
    PR 810H (Big $$$$)
    <img src="http://ampeg.com/images/products/PR-810Hsmall.jpg">
    The 1st 2 are the same cab but one is made to look vintage. The PR series is alot of money & I really didn't like any of the PR series cabs I played. IMO the SVT line sounded much better. Get the SVT Classic or SVT II PRO w/an SVT 810 & never look back!!!! ;):D
     
  8. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    <img src="http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?u=1174383&a=8647027&p=50445750&Sequence=0&res=high">
    I paid $300 for the SVT 810 & $650 for the SVT II Pro.
    <a href="http://www.theoremnyc.cjb.net"><img width=385 height=70 src="http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?u=1174383&a=8647027&p=41535909&Sequence=0&res=high" border=0></a>
     
  9. Rickenbackerman

    Rickenbackerman

    Apr 17, 2001
    Laurel MD
    I got a 70's 8x10 for $239 and my '72 SVT for $600. The only way to shell out big money is to buy new, and many people (including me) think that the older stuff is better anyway... At the very least, look for a used SVT classic or 2 pro!
     
  10. Freakapotamus9

    Freakapotamus9

    Jun 20, 2001
    Nebraska
    holy crap!!! $239?!?!? how did that happen?
     
  11. Ty McNeely

    Ty McNeely

    Mar 27, 2000
    TX

    I wouldn't care if the PR 810H wasn't big money...I actually wouldn't care if I got the thing for free. One thing turns me off on that cab (this directly off of the Ampeg site):

    Weight : 212 Pounds

    :eek::eek::eek:

    Unless I had a truckload o' roadies, I'd say forget about this thing.
     
  12. Rickenbackerman

    Rickenbackerman

    Apr 17, 2001
    Laurel MD
    Well the cab did need some work - I had to make a new piece of ply for the bottom of the cab (the angled part where the casters mount) - it was so beat that the corners were worn through! You could stick your finger in the holes, and with a flashlight, you could see the backs of the speakers! It also had no tolex and no grillcloth, but the speakers were in ok shape...
     
  13. Freakapotamus9

    Freakapotamus9

    Jun 20, 2001
    Nebraska
    i knew there was a catch. still... not a bad deal tho....
     
  14. FalsehoodBass

    FalsehoodBass

    Jul 22, 2001
    Denver, CO
    Check out the SVP-PRO preamp and then your poweramp of choice.. all the heads except the svt-II are hybrids anyway....
    I have an svp-pro going through a macke 1400 (with speakons) and i got a SWR 810 because i wanted a ported 810. Give the swr a chance if you want an 810, i really like mine, IMO the ampeg ones lack the low end, and the swr is plenty punchy...
     
  15. Lumpycat

    Lumpycat

    Sep 16, 2001
    Philadelphia PA
    The Early 70's Ampeg 8x10's can provide a lot of low end power with clarity. These newer Ampeg cabinets are made smaller and out of thinner wood. I have played through these models and not liked them.
    And as you can see a lot of us here picked up these monster cabinets for a very good price.
    :D :D :D
     
  16. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania

    I second that, the Classic head's a fairly good tube head. Although, if it were me? I'd get the Ampeg b4r, just because I perfer the way you can blend the over drive channel with the clean channel, and all. It makes for an incredible head. I suggest trying both. A lot of people will tell you the B series is designed to be a cheaper series, but I actually perfer the b4r to any of Ampeg's other heads.
     
  17. the SVT-350H is simply the B2R head (solid-state) in a "retro" cabinet, looking much like an SVT.

    the only true tubies of any power are the V4BH (100w), SVT-CL (300w) and SVT-2 (300w w/graphic eq).

    any other Ampeg head (apart from vintage tubies) will either be solid-state, or a hybrid (tube pre, SS power). and if it's anything from SLM (apart from the tube SVTs), the output ratings are grossly inflated. seriously.

    with an 8x10, you might find that the V4B is well enough - I used to run a B2R into a 4x10 that was pretty (relatively) quiet, but when plugged into an 8x10 there was a serious increase in volume.
     
  18. Lumpycat

    Lumpycat

    Sep 16, 2001
    Philadelphia PA
    The V4b is a killer head.
    I swear by mine and it's never let me down.

    -Lumpy:D