Ampeg SVT15E Bass Cabinet (200 Watts, 1x15") Customer Review
Great sound quality, have owned this model type for over 10 years and it sounds just as great now as then. I use an Ampeg B2 head for power and it makes a great sounding setup for both practice and live (though it weighs a TON, and my model was before it came with wheels.)
I have several different basses and styles that I like to play. An acoustic bass I like to use for songwriting and general playing, a fretless I use for serious jamming, and a standard 4-string Ibanez that I use for a post-punk/art-rock sound. Also, my boyfriend is a DJ and EBM/Industrial musician... i.e. a serious "sound creation artist" and synth-head who likes to plug into it when he plays live for the added "oomph" it gives his sequenced bass lines.
It really doesn't seem to care what we throw at it, it always sounds great with a MASSIVE sound. Even at small clubs where I've used it, I never had to mess with the amp much (or set it above 5 or 6) to fill the place with deep resonate bass...
It does weigh a ton. And I got mine was before they started putting the wheels on the front of them... So yeah, lugging around 72 pounds with only the too-small handles don't do much (except give you a awkward way to accidentally drop it on your foot.) Glad they figured that part out... so a score of 8 on my older model... but a 10 for solving it yields a score of 9.
Ease of Use:
plug and play... but seriously not for use anywhere where noise is a problem because it will put out some serious vibrations.
Though has only seen a few live shows (I use it as more of a jam/practice amp)— I have lugged the bohemoth around to practices a lot. It has taken a beating over time... but it still sounds great.
All around workhorse. 10+ years and still going... Think it's great for those wanting that big bass sound.
This is a great place to start for those that want more than a 20 watt practice bass amp or to add more "oomph" to their current sound. It could also easily function as your entire set up if you play smaller venues and bars like I do. It is sensitive enough to purr like a kitten at lower volume uses, but can really fill a room with a massive bass sound as well.