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FDP Forum / Fender Amps: 1985 - Current / Fender 70 Bassman Head & 15" Bassman matching Cab

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Enjoying my lost youth!
Oct 22nd, 2017 05:18 AM   Edit   Profile  

Time has come to part with these two beloved items. Old age catches up with us all!
The valve head dates from 1981 (serial no:F148276) & is in excellent order.
The cab dates from 1980 & is also in good condition apart from one small repair to the grill (serial no: F058883). It has been fitted with a 15" Black Widow Speaker & the inside of the cab with the excellent Talon Bassliner insulation which has only improved the frequency response. Original Pyle speaker (with torn cone) also included if required.
Both items have bespoke covers. Pictures are available if needed. FYI I am based in the UK.
What are they worth?

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Enjoying my lost youth!
Nov 8th, 2017 10:27 AM   Edit   Profile  

Any thoughts Gentlemen?


on the rhine

Nov 10th, 2017 10:02 AM   Edit   Profile  

Hi jackhor!

I´m afraid neither the head nor the cab is in big demand these days.
The 70-watt Bassman-heads are not very popular for guitar OR bass - as are the cabs.
I´m sure, though, that someone would love to own either - you just have to find him ;-)

Personally, I would try to offer them through local ads (or ebay) and start with a price that I´d be happy with.
I really don´t have an idea about the UK-market for older Fender-amps, so I can´t really give a sound advice on the price...

cheers - C.

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Enjoying my lost youth!
Nov 13th, 2017 12:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks Carsten,
I really appreciate your reply ---- not what I wanted to hear of course !
OK I will try eBay in the UK.
Why is the 70 watt version not liked so much?
I used it mainly with my Musicmaster Bass driving an SWR Big Ben & a 2X10" neo pair for ages & just loved the sound.
But as my first message said --- bad backs come with age!
The lead guitar in the band has tried it & loved the sound with his Strat. But he is a "Peavey" man !!!

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Boston Area

Nov 13th, 2017 05:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

>>Why is the 70 watt version not liked so much?

70W is anemic for a bass head especially when you factor in the weight of the amplifier. At the same time, it's too much power for guitar yet still too heavy.

As a gigging musician these days (as both a bass player and a guitar player), and at the age of 57, I can tell you that

1) Bass combos with Class D amplifiers and neodymium magnets are in most cases lighter, more powerful and sound just as good as your Fender (although some more so than others) if not better. Most of the good ones these days are more than enough for a good stage mix AND house sound. They also have balanced line-outs for larger venues.

2) For guitar gigs, in clubs, pubs, and taverns, I haul a tweed Fender Deluxe 5E3 clone. It's usually all I ever need. Anything larger, and I'm inclined to haul my (not much bigger) Marshall 18W clone. Although neither is a Class D power platform, they are still easy on the back despite being tube combos, sound great at almost any volume level, and can get me in any stage mix just about anywhere. For larger venues, I'll mic the amp with a Sennheiser E906.

For hobbyists who don't need to move these things frequently, your amp might work just fine so you need to tap into that market as Carsten suggests.

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