Initial run sells out, Ampeg will build more Heritage Series

(Dave Molter | Posted 2011-04-02)

Initial run sells out, Ampeg will build more Heritage Series

No matter how you view it, rock 'n' roll heritage includes Ampeg, whether it's the Dan Armstrong clear Plexiglas guitar, the vaunted Reverbrocket guitar amp or the thunderous SVT bass amps. In this age of pocket-sized 500-watt bass maps, it's hard to explain to those not alive in the '60s just what a revelation the SVT was. Best let Ampeg explain in this, drawn from the Ampeg website:

"Unveiled at the 1969 NAMM show in Chicago, the SVT head alone weighed 95 lbs and contained fourteen tubes, six of which were massive 6146 power tubes. To heat all those tubes, massive transformers with magnetic fields powerful enough to cause genetic mutations were necessary. And what kind of speakers were able to handle all that power? Nothing less than two cabinets sporting eight ten-inch speakers and weighing 105 lbs. each."

Following the sell-out of all 2010 units, Ampeg has announced the 2011 build plan for the U.S.-built Heritage Series of SVT bass amps and cabinets.

First launched at NAMM in 2010, the Heritage SVT-CL, Heritage SVT-810E and Heritage SVT-410HLF represent the pinnacle of classic Ampeg tone, styling and construction.

“Ampeg customers wanted premium, U.S.-built Ampeg products, and we are pleased to see continued demand for this series,” remarks Ampeg’s director of amplification, Pyotr Belov. “We’ve re-jigged the production numbers to better reflect demand and are proud to be building Heritage SVT gear in a newly upgraded facility at our home office in Washington State.”

Ampeg’s Heritage Series heads deliver massive, all-tube power using premium JJ tubes for the preamp stage and power tubes. The Heritage SVT-CL pushes 300 watts of power, which is perfect for the companion cabinets. The Heritage SVT-810E and SVT-410HLF both feature custom U.S.-made Eminence® drivers and are built using rugged 15 mm birch plywood.

The Heritage SVT-CL has a U.S. MSRP of $3359.99, the Heritage SVT-810E has a U.S. MSRP of $1819.99 and the Heritage SVT-410HLF has a U.S. MSRP of $1259.99.

From a press release.

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