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Ampeg Heritage B-15 2012 Edition

User reviews on Ampeg Heritage products

sat4n's review (Ampeg - SVT-810E Heritage)

By sat4n, 09/11/2008
The Ampeg 8X10 -- "the refrigerator" -- is pretty much the gold standard speaker cab for rock bass guitar. I should point out that the one I own, the only one I've used, and the one on which I'm obviously basing this review, was bought new in 2006 or '07. It was one of the last made in the USA.

It has eight 10" speakers, obviously. It can be run in stereo (top and bottom) or mono. It has a roll bar and big wheels on the back side, so you can move it around like a hand truck. This means that even though it weighs more than most people I know, I can still move it around by myself pretty easily. It has hard plastic rails on the back for sliding in and out of cars, and up and down stairs. I've moved it around several times, to different people's houses and to clubs. I've broken a lot of stuff doing this, and put holes in walls, but the worst that has ever happened to the cab is a few scuffs to the tolex. People often say that tough gear is built like a tank. I'm pretty sure this thing can actually be turned into a tank!


I play a '70s Ampeg V4B, an all tube amp, kine of an SVT jr. The sound is tight, funky, balanced, aggressive, whatever you want. The natural inclination of this thing is, obviously, to rock, but it responds extremely well to different amp settings, and I'd imagine it would create an accurate picture of any amp you plugged into it. Standing in front of it you feel the bass hit you in the chest, even at relatively low volumes, and yet it never gets muddy or flabby. It's tall enough that the bottom is coupled with the floor, but the top is right at ear level, giving you the best of both worlds in terms of tonal balance and range. I have never played in a room with this thing that its sound could not fill up. People who play, like, five or six-string bass may feel that it's too aggressive in the mids and not booming enough in the near-sub-sonic range, but unless you're trying to hit the brown note or something this is probably the best cab you can get.


One last thing -- if you have a normal sized car (say, a Camery) this will fit in the back seat snugly. I used to think you needed a van or station wagon to have one of these, but it's just so well designed that it fits exactly in the back of a four door car.

I tried the whole range of Ampeg cabs when I bought this, because there was an Ampeg dealer in my town going out of business and having a big sale. This one sounded by far the best. Believe the hype.

moosers's review (Ampeg - Heritage SVT-410HLF)

By moosers, 28/07/2010
The Ampeg SVT-140 HLF is a popular bass guitar cabinet that is great for uses of all kinds. I've only got experience using the SVT-140 HLF in the recording studio, but there shouldn't be any difference between using this in the studio or elsewhere. This bass cabinet has four 10" bass speakers that cover the low end, and a series of high frequency drivers. It has a 1/4" speaker cable output in the back. We use this amp cabinet with a variety of different amplifiers in the studio, but it probably works best with an Ampeg amplifier.


I can't say a bad thing about the Ampeg SVT-140 HLF bass cabinet, as I really can't find any flaws to it. It sounds awesome with just about any amplifier, as I've gotten great results using it with both an Ampeg and Gallien Kruger head. Depending on the amplifier you are using, you can really get some sound out of this cabinet. It's able to take a lot and presents an accurate picture of what you're sending to it from the amp. Of course since it's just a speaker cabinet, there aren't any on board controls or anything as you'd change any sounds directly on the head.


As far as I'm concerned, the Ampeg SVT-140 HLF is pretty much the perfect bass cabinet for almost any bass head. Of course Ampeg on Ampeg is probably going to sound best, but having used this cabinet with amps from other brands, it works well with any head you want to use with it. It's got more speakers than you'll ever need and as a result is definitely heavy! Luckily, Ampeg knows this and they put a set of wheels on the bottom for easy transportation. If you're looking for a true professionals' bass cabinet, you need not look any further than the Ampeg SVT-140 HLF.

moosers's review (Ampeg - Heritage SVT-CL)

By moosers, 07/02/2011
The Ampeg SVT-CL Classic is a tube bass guitar amplifier head that's suitable for use in the studio or on the stage. My experience with the amp head has only been inside the studio, which is probably the best place to check out an amplifier anyway. The amp has two 12AX7 preamp tubes and a 300 watt output. It's got two 1/4" inputs in the front (high and low) as well as speaker outputs in the back in both Speakon and 1/4" form. It's also got 1/4" connections for a slave out, preamp out, and power amp in. It also has a balanced XLR output connection for going direct. You're definitely not lacking in options here...


The make up of the Ampeg SVT-CL Classic isn't hard to understand and at the same time there's a ton of control possible over your sound. For setting controls, you've got knobs for gain, bass, midrange (with add frequency control), treble, and master. It also has buttons for both a high and low boost, which can certainly come in handy. I haven't seen a manual for the SVT-CL Classic.


The Ampeg SVT-CL Classic is definitely up there with the best sound bass amplifier heads I've heard. It's really kind of impossible to go wrong here as this amp has pretty much everything you could ask for. In addition to be tube based, it's got all the modern amenities you'd want in terms of routing options and a healthy amount of parameters as well. The session I recently used this head on was for a punk band and the sound of the amp definitely worked well with the bass player's P-Bass. It's a really full sound and will undoubtedly work well for any genre of music.


It doesn't get much better than the Ampeg SVT-CL Classic when it comes to bass amp heads. Of course it's going to cost you a pretty penny but if you're a pro or semi-pro it's going to be worth investing in something that sounds this good and in something that will last a long time like this should. If you're interested in a top of line bass amp head, the SVT-CL Classic is a fine choice!

tomainabox's review (Ampeg - Heritage SVT-CL)

By tomainabox, 14/04/2007
See below


The config could not be simpler, one branch, it sounds pretty quickly
not read the manual


The sound is perfect
I use it with a Fender jazz bass deluxe mexico
you can have the sound you want with this Ampeg
I rule fairly and medium ca really tans
I plug the distortion (rat turbo) is super powerful, almost too
with 6 * 10 Ampeg is sper, we can push the suffisemment for ca saturates slightly


I have a few months
I had a Hartke head forward (350w with 4 * 12 and 15) and it is incomparable, the sound spreads much more while playing less strong
Ampeg has baiss I believe its prices
all ways is clear, bass amp, it's the top

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