This may have been discussed here already, but are there any builders out there making replicas of the '70s Ampeg SVT tube heads?
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I have discussed this topic with Paul Ruby and others. Not the SVT exclusively, but rather high powered, all tube, bass heads in general. It has been slow going at best, as there is much more acceptance for "hybrid" amps in the bass community in comparison to guitar. Would be happy to discuss my findings with you if you like. Just send me an email sometime.This may have been discussed here already, but are there any builders out there making replicas of the '70s Ampeg SVT tube heads?
The amp that has my interest now is the Reeves 225 Watt Bass Head.
Two channel preamp design with bright and normal volume controls
Treble, Mid, Bass, Presence tone controls
225w via four KT-88's
Three 12ax7's, One 12AT7
Hand wired turret board construction
Active/Passive input selector
Switchable 4,8,16 ohm impedance switch
Transformer balanced XLR line out
freq response 2.5k-40hz
PRICE & DIMENSIONS
Custom 225 Bass Amp Head
24" (width) x 11-5/8" (depth) x 11-13/16" (height)
Fender still sells it, as the Bassman 300.About 10 years ago I had a Fender endorsement.This is when they were using the Sunn label .They had an amp called a 300t I believe that was an SVT knockoff.They wanted to give our bass player one but he was too proud of his 70s SVT.
I always see those Sunns in pawnshops when I have no money.
The thing about the Ampeg isn't just the power, but the tone, especially when plugged into a Fender bass. I've played other very loud bass amps that don't have anywhere near the definition down low, or the growl. I would like to see an SVT w/o all the unneccessary (IMO) preamp controls, and just the one channel. Would cut down on the weight a bit, and certainly on the noise.