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FDP Forum / Fender Bass Guitars and Bass Amps / Hands up those who have played through an Ampeg with an 8 x 10 cab.

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Dec 2nd, 2018 01:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

Can you tell us what you thought of it and whow it came about ?

A band played alocal venue and the bass player had one of these and it sounded good.

They were also young fit looking blokes.

My only experience was in a second hand music shop trying out some pedals and they plugged me into one.

Certainly made the pedal sound good.


Elmo Clapner

I look at the World

While my guitar gently sleeps ...
Dec 2nd, 2018 06:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

I was very excited to play through one as provided backline, once. I don't remember the exact model of SVT head, or cab, either. It was quite a large room and I looked forward to some pants flapping bass!

What a disappointment! I don't know if the soundman that plugged me in had it switched to "quiet practice" mode, or just what, but it did NOT live up to it's reputation, at all! First, I couldn't get a good tone from the EQ. Then, I couldn't get much volume out of it! They stopped us halfway into our sound check song, saying "That's good!" When I told the stage soundman I could hardly hear myself he just said, "Oh, you're plenty loud." and walked off.

Clearly, this opening act got no respect.

But, I must say, it jives with my previous Ampeg experience with an SVT B2R and B410HLF. Couldn't EQ a good tone nor get much volume. I told the owner that either I didn't know the trick to work it right, which is quite possible, or it might have an internal problem. Next I saw, he had sold it!

Both times I was glad to get back to my trusty Bassman 250 combo with 115. It usually was connected to FOH, but I could always get the tone I wanted and never had any trouble hearing myself on stage.


(This message was last edited by Elmo Clapner at 08:07 PM, Dec 2nd, 2018)


New York City

Dec 2nd, 2018 06:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

Mid 70's Todd Rundgren had equipment stored in a warehouse in Kingston New York. He occasionally sold gear out of there. I used to live nearby. I bought a used SVT top and 8x10 SVT cab from that place. It was the real deal, first or second generation, all tubes.( except the real "real deal" would be with two 8x10 cabs!) The top was in a heavy duty road case. What a monster setup. The band I was in an oldies "Sha Na Na" type act that had roadies but I did have to move the thing by myself on occasion.
Hands down the best sounding bass rig I ever owned or played through. Sold it all a long time ago. Way too much for me to handle nowadays as an old geezer. But if I still had roadies, I'd never play through anything else, for ANY gig no matter how big or small. That thing had fast tight sound with all the clean rich low end bass depth I could ever want. If I really wanted to shake the room, I would take the casters off the cab so it coupled acoustically with the floor of the club. With my p-bass through that thing it was pure heaven.

Edited to add:
Funny thing about that 8x10 cab. Those speakers were not very expensive even for back then. I remember at some point, maybe when I first got it, I had to replace 1 or 2. They were 32 ohm 10" speakers and I can recall expecting the replacements would cost a lot more than they did. I guess with 8 of them working together they didn't need to be particularly robust.

(This message was last edited by digiboy at 11:54 PM, Dec 2nd, 2018)



The Plankster of Love
Dec 5th, 2018 01:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

Similar experience as digiboy's - I owned a fridge in the 70's, and for a short while actually had the use of a SECOND cabinet.... no idea what we were doing to the impedances, but it worked.... way too much air moving, but outdoors it was huge fun. But even just with 8x10's that thing was a monster.

The prior comment about difficulty dialing in tone must be related to the modern (lame) Ampeg amps.... the old models, you were hard pressed to make them sound anything less than "Wow"

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Chico CA

If you rest, you rust.
Dec 5th, 2018 05:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a once a month blues gig at a local casino where I get to plug in to an SVT Pro 4 with an 8x10 cab. I set the head to “classic” mode and bask in the lovely tone that pours forth from that cab! There’s a certain sweet spot between the amp and the floor wedge in front of me (with just a taste of the bass signal coming back at me) that just makes me grin. And the best part of it all is that the rig is set up when I get to the gig and I don’t have to tear it down at the end!



Dec 5th, 2018 08:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

I own a few old SVTs. They are from early 70’s through 90s. Used to own a couple Ampeg 8x10s. One was the earlier flatback cab. That one didnt have the towel bar and casters, and was a pain to haul around. My other 8x10 was a little newer and had the casters and the towel bar which allowed me to tilt it back and roll it in the venue. I sold the cabs a few years ago, because I got tired of the load in and out, and also because I really didnt need that much cabbage behind me with the FOH carrying the sound. I just didnt need a gigantic rig for bass monitor. They do sound great though. There is a sweet spot when you crank the volume and get the tubes into a slight overdrive that delivers a glorious thick syrup of tone. When your band is playing tight and loud, and you are in the zone, and surrounded by this tone, it is simply heaven.

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North of Philly

Solid state = solid sound+light weight
Dec 6th, 2018 12:28 AM   Edit   Profile  

Way back when I was young and foolish, and had a strong back I wanted an SVT in the worst way.

So I travelled out the then Mecca of all over the top musical things here in Eastern PA! took my only bass along with me and plugged into the holy grail of bass. The disappointment was palpable!!!

My B18 at 60 watts had much fatter bottom end! My first lesson in input impedance. My bass was a Kalamazoo with that big Gibson humbucker, and the SVT has a relatively low input impedance. No bottom to be had!

A short time later the band broke up and one of the guys wanted my PA cabs, but didn't have all the cash. So I took his SVT cab with a BT140 head in trade. Suddenly I had a killer bass rig! The BT140 has a much higher input impedance and now the Kalamazoo could really rumble!

Jeff Scott

On a spinning rock

Dec 6th, 2018 02:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

I did, once, back in 2006 when the band I was in opened for the Average White Band. Honestly, as it was a supplied BL, I just made sure I could hear myself okay and really did not pay much attention to how it sounded. It must have sounded good enough that I didn't bother changing to the other amp next to it, an Eden WT800 with two 410 cabs.

(This message was last edited by Jeff Scott at 04:26 PM, Dec 7th, 2018)

Steve Dallman

Merrill, Wisconsin

Age is just a number...mine is big
Dec 7th, 2018 01:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

I gigged with an SVT in the mid 70's through the very early 80's. I preferred my EV coffee can SRO's in TL606 cabinets.

I did two gigs about 10 years ago with 8X10's, just for old time's sake, but my current rig...a 12/6/1 three way cabinet and a 12" sub are the best speakers I've ever used. Better low end, better high end, better dispersion and overall better punch and fidelity.



Jul 23rd, 2019 06:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have a Ampeg Heritage SVT w/ 8/10s
Also a Portaflex and a small practice amp.
Ampeg has the sound for me.
I also have 2 Ashdown amps that the SVT retired.

Jeff Scott

On a spinning rock

Sep 24th, 2019 09:10 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've played through an Ampeg 810 cab only once. This was a supplied backline, along with a vintage blueline SVT head, at a show where my old jazz fusion band, Rare Blend, opened for the Average White band, in 2006.

(This message was last edited by Jeff Scott at 01:29 AM, Sep 27th, 2019)

Jeff Scott

On a spinning rock

Sep 24th, 2019 09:10 AM   Edit   Profile  


(This message was last edited by Jeff Scott at 07:09 PM, Sep 26th, 2019)

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