Trying to Decide Swart AST New or Used?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by darkstar11, Feb 15, 2008.

  1. darkstar11

    darkstar11 Member

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    Please help me decide.

    Buy used or new?

    The price difference is only $200-300.

    In general do you guys prefer new over used?

    Is there an advantage to older amps?
     
  2. Eugene

    Eugene Supporting Member

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    Haven't played the AST, but I've heard very good things...

    To quote what has been said many times in the past "buy used and play for free". They seem to come up with some degree of frequency and sell equally quickly. I'd go that route so if you decide the amp isn't for you, you'll probably break even.

    Good luck!

    Eugene
     
  3. Crazyquilt

    Crazyquilt Guitar Dad Silver Supporting Member

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    I'm semi in the market for one now, after selling the one I bought new a while back.

    I would not pay more than ~$1350 for a used one. The market is soft right now, but those prices have been more or less stable for a while now.

    From a buyer's perspective, the advantage to new is warranty. If you have a problem with a used amp, you're on your own.
     
  4. Jason_86_951

    Jason_86_951 Supporting Member

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    Well, not new vs used, but old vs newer.

    The first 80 or so (I forget the exact #) are a slight bit different than the newer ones.
    Less power supply filtering (a little more noise)
    Different volume pot which let the amp get into breakup a little bit earlier.
     
  5. darkstar11

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    Thanks for the input guys...

    I decided to buy a brand new one and it will be here early next week!!!
     
  6. TexasDude

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    Yeah, I too would say the $1,300. range is about right for a used one. I play mine in the smaller clubs and I absolutely love it. Sounds great straight in and accepts pedals (which I use a lot) very well.

    I always look forward to playing a gig with it.
     
  7. phatster

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    I was going to recommend used as most anyone who can afford it won't abuse.I got mine for a grand and it looks new.
     
  8. darkstar11

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    I was looking for a used one.. But GAS got the better of me and I got impatient :). So I just "pulled the trigger on a new one".
     
  9. solarbean

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    I had hoped to buy an Atomic Space Tone used, but I wound up buying new and I am happy that I did. I had a few questions after the purchase and called Swart. Michael Swart came on the phone and patiently answered my questions. 2 months later, I heard some noise, so I sent an email and Michael called me back right away and patiently worked through the issue with me. One of the power tubes was failing. Tubes are not usually covered under warranty, but he sent a replacement set out to me.

    There's nothing finer than great customer service! :BEER
     
  10. Drowned Rabbit

    Drowned Rabbit Black Beauty Beats Burst

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    I have an AST in the head version.
    These are VERY well made amps,
    so buying used shouldn't have any
    draw-backs.

    I'm thinking of selling mine and upgrading to
    the Super Space Tone head and matching cab.
    It'd be hard, though. I love that little AST head.
     

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