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Hi all,

Just after opinions on Ampeg cabs.

Any experiences? Ones to miss? Compact ones? Lightweight ones?

There seems to be loads out there.

I'll save time and say an 810 is completely out of the question.

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I had an SVT410HE and it was a nice sounding cab, nice balanced sound,  and used an SVT410HLF on tour last year, again nice cab. They have a reputation for being very low end biased but as I had a twangy overdrive sound it worked very well.

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Cheers lozz. Is there much difference to look for between the HLF series and HE etc?

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I've owned several and rate them highly. I moved to Orange a while ago but Ampeg was always solid & reliable. The Portaflex cabs were great. Medium weight but sturdy. I had a 4x10 (the heaviest), a 2x10 and a 1x15. The heavy ones have side handles so easier to carry and all have super cool retro stylings. My personal favourites & I loved flipping the lid with the head underneath.

I also had the SVT ones which were older. These looked good, sounded great but were heavier. I always ran mine with Ampeg heads but did have a phase of using an old 1978 alll valve Fender Bassman head (brilliant sound, heaviest rig ever) and an Orange Terror head - again sounded great. 

New(er) more lightweight cabs exist now but I think the Ampeg stuff is so classic & iconic that most owners don't mind the weight as they sound great and are no heavier than the stuff players had in days gone by. 

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47 minutes ago, la bam said:

Cheers lozz. Is there much difference to look for between the HLF series and HE etc?

Well aside from that the HLF is a deeper more low-end biased cab, it’s also 4ohms and a fair bit bigger, though has inbuilt castors you help move it about. I used each amp with different amps & bands so difficult to be objective but I’d say the HE was more what I would recognise as the traditional Ampeg sound.

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I gigged for many years with a Peavey Max160 into a B115E in pubs & clubs.

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Well made, strong, good handles and castors. Warm deep sound. Weight 46lbs, fairly easy lift. Not made anymore.

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I had one of the B410hlf 410s. It was a great sounding cab. It could shift a serious amount of air. Big. Built like a tank... unfortunately weighed about the same as well. 

Having owned one, I always look to see what Ampeg stuff is for sale.

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Ive played them exclusively the last few years from 610, 410he, 410hlf, B410 to my current 212av.  Wonderful cabs for my type of sound (vintagey, P bass, flats etc).  Tried to go lightweight a few years back at significant cost but it was too much of a compromise tone wise.  

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