To SVT, or not to SVT?

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Re: To SVT, or not to SVT?

Postby harleyyy » Wed Jul 01, 2015 4:11 pm

I still have my 65 B-15 and the V-4 Pete.
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Re: To SVT, or not to SVT?

Postby nolabass » Wed Jul 01, 2015 8:47 pm

See, the Pete's know. [smilie=cool-smiley-031.gif]
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Re: To SVT, or not to SVT?

Postby harleyyy » Thu Jul 02, 2015 5:11 pm

nolabass wrote:See, the Pete's know. [smilie=cool-smiley-031.gif]


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Re: To SVT, or not to SVT?

Postby Mike Childree » Sun Jul 12, 2015 5:29 am

I've owned a couple of SVTs, and I completely agree that the tone can't really be created with anything else. But I realized that nobody else onstage or in the audience ever noticed how much better it sounded than any other rig I'd used....apart from the occasional gear hound who might comment. Doesn't matter what you have to haul the thing around, you still have to lift it at some point. I decided to be kind to myself and go back to solid-state.

Having also owned an early B-15, I'd take one of those nowadays way before an SVT. In fact, I've been keeping my eye out for one, to use for recording.
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Re: To SVT, or not to SVT?

Postby Floyd Eye » Sat Sep 26, 2015 10:19 am

I am 47 and still lug around SVTs and fridges. I hear lots of guys, many younger than myself, make the claim that their lightweight SS amps sound just as good and say that I'm a dinosaur blah, blah, blah. My response is that many have fooled themselves into believing they are sacrificing nothing by moving to these Neo cabs and featherweight SS amps. The punters never notice anyway, right? [smilie=icon_biggrin.gif]

To each their own. I would never criticize anyone's choice in equipment. That is until they criticize mine or make ridiculous comments like " My Squire J bass sounds and plays just as good as your American Deluxe" or "My Bugera rip-off/clone sounds just like an SVT". I understand guys who gig a lot as they get older wanting to lighten up and make load in/out easier and faster. For me personally, I have load in/out down to an art. Full, extensive, high quality PA, Full SVT rig, 125 watt tube half stack and large drum kit, all set up, fully mic'ed, sound checked and ready to roll in about an hour. 3 piece band, 16' enclosed trailer. No roadies. For starters, the Ampeg 810s I use are easier to move than 410s and two people carrying an SVT or a tube head is easy enough. My subs are LS801Ps and weigh far more than my 810s. All of these things are on wheels and have handles.

Anyway, now that I have blathered on for an hour, I vote you keep the SVT. I have a few. My favorite is an SVT II. I also have an SLM '06 CL. Before it's over I will own a vintage V4B and a vintage B-15.

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