"ba115 - KILLER starter ampeg for not much dough."
perhaps a preamp out power amp in would be good. It has a little hiss in the tweeter, dialing a little top-end out works. The XLR line out is also a little noisy... other than that, this beast can take whatever i throw at it.
i like that it has the voicing selector switch, helps the critical midrange. very nice bottom end, but only some much high end/high mids you can coax out of a 15" speaker.
the volume of this thing is beautiful. PLENTY loud. needs no boosts, really dont even need to mic in a club, other than for a little mid boost.
the only problem i have is the hissy tweeter. a simple dedicated noise gate onboard would be wonderful. no need for adjustment, just to silence that hiss...
5 year warranty, transferrable, cant beat that. I purchased this amp, the first one i got had been dropped, but exchange was no problem at all... took it and left ten minutes later with another.
i got this badboy for $375, at alocal ampeg dealer. ive seen lists of nearly $500. great deal on a kiler starter.
The Wow Factor:
if it only had some noise reduction, and a preamp in/poweramp out, i'd give it a ten. perhaps casters would be nice also, it a bit heavier than i like.
If i take care of this amp, I cant see why i wouldnt be using it years later, even after I upgrade to a SVT head/cabinet. I eventually will upgrade to a svtII pro, hopefully with an ISO-vent cab, but this will still be my practice/rehearsal amp.