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Thursday
Sep292011

Ampeg BA500 2x10 Tiltback

An oldie, but goodie.  This is my go-to big gig amp.  It's a 2x10 combo and it's surprisingly loud.  It has a ton of punch and low-end for a 2x10 combo.  I used to play with a 1x15 cab and I thought I would never be ever to live without it...this amp changed that.  It's been a workhorse for me for years and years.  I used to play on an Ampeg stack (SVT 4-pro, 2x10, 1x15) and then you start getting closer and closer to 30 and looking to scale down by any means necessary.  

You can add an external cabinet, so I could add the 1x15 back if needed.  The 9-band EQ is great and very responsive.  I really like the tiltback feature because at bigger gigs you can just run the XLR out and then turn the amp to you, tilt it back and use it as your monitor.

If you are looking for a good 2x10 combo - you should really try to find the BA500.  

Here's my warning:  I cannot recommend the new Ampeg BA600.  You'll notice on this blog that the "Amps" category is 100% Ampeg.  I'm not sponsored by them or anything, I just like they way they sound.  I have 4 different Ampeg amps, and I have not had a problem with any of them.  That being said, I recommended the new BA600 to my church when they were looking to get new gear (because of how much I like my BA500).  They bought 2 of them for our church campuses.  Neither one lasted 18 months.  They are both completely dead.  The BA600 couldn't have been a bigger downgrade from the BA500.  They took away the tiltback feature, tried adding a "vintage" ampeg channel that was supposed to simulate the old school Ampeg sound (which it didn't) and it seemed to be made very cheaply.  I was extremely disappointed in the Ampeg BA600.

We've already replaced one of them with the new Ampeg Portaflex PF-500 head and just run the line out.  I'll do a post on the PF-500 soon...that bass head is a great little amp.  I'm not sure what was going on with the BA600, but it looks like Ampeg is back to making the solid amps that I've known and loved for years.

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