Ampeg BA115HP 220 Watt 1x15" Bass Series Combo Amp 886830042874

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220W drives the custom 15" woofer and 1" compression tweeter. Variable pad adjusts the crossover EQ and Style controls deliver lots of tonal flexibility. XLR direct out, digital chromatic tuner, CD in... Click To Read More About This Product

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220W drives the custom 15" woofer and 1" compression tweeter. Variable pad adjusts the crossover EQ and Style controls deliver lots of tonal flexibility. XLR direct out, digital chromatic tuner, CD input, and mute switch.

Features
  • 220W power output
  • Custom 15" Ampeg driver
  • 1" compression driver
  • 3-band EQ
  • 5-position Style mid control
  • Built-in tuner
  • Input gain and master
  • CD input
  • Mute switch
  • 21"W x 21"H x 15-1/2"D
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
On May 1st, 2009, the Mackie, TAPCO, Crate, Blackheart and Ampeg websites will be updated with the addition of warranty URLs (e.g. www.mackie.com/warranty) expressing new A Stock warranty terms. These warranty URLs will go live on May 1st, 2009. Formerly, warranty periods for these LOUD brands appeared in a variety of locations – in product manuals (for Mackie and TAPCO) and on warranty cards and hang tags (for Crate, Blackheart and Ampeg). In order to streamline and clarify this process, Mackie, TAPCO, Crate, Blackheart and Ampeg warranty periods and terms will be communicated in full on the warranty pages. Any LOUD products purchased prior to May 1st will bear with them the manufacturer’s warranty as predates the new policy. Moving through this transition, in order for customers to obtain warranty service, both the sales receipt and a physical copy of the (older) warranty statement will be required by our Service and Support departments in order to issue Service Requests, etc. If the product was purchased on or after May 1st, 2009, but a physical copy of the older warranty terms is not presented, the new warranty terms and periods will apply. Meanwhile, the products that bear with them the new warranty periods (as reflected in the box contents of each product) are being tracked by serial #, and contain new warranty content referring customers to the appropriate brand website. The information below reflects the product warranty periods that will be effective on May 1st, 2009 for the Mackie, TAPCO, Crate, Blackheart and Ampeg brands: Mackie: A 3-year, nontransferable, inclusive warranty on electronics and a 2-year, nontransferable, inclusive warranty on drivers (where applicable) apply to loudspeakers (active and passive), power amps, powered mixers, and HR studio monitors. Specific models under this warranty include all SRM, HD, SA, C and S Series Speakers, all FRS Amplifiers, all HRmk2 Studio Monitors. A 1-year, all inclusive, nontransferable warranty applies to all mixers, MR Studio Monitors, Control Surfaces, Processors (digital), MR Studio Monitors, Control Surfaces, Audio/MIDI Interfaces, other SR & Recording Products. Specific product models under this warranty include all Onyx Compact, 4-bus and 8-bus, all VLZ3, all PPM, all ProFX, all CFXmk2 Mixers, all MR Studio Monitors, Big Knob, Onyx 800R, all MCU Pro family. Tapco: A 1-year, all inclusive, nontransferable warranty applies to all products and all models. Crate: A 1-year, nontransferable warranty applies to electronics and speakers on all models of MI amps, cabinets, and combos. 90-day warranty on all tubes Blackheart: A 1-year, nontransferable warranty applies to electronics and speakers on all models of MI amps, cabinets, and combos. 90-day warranty on tubes. Ampeg: A 5-year, nontransferable warranty on electronics and a 2-year, nontransferable warranty on speakers apply to all SVT Classic and Pro Series, MI amps and cabinets. A 2-year, nontransferable warranty on electronics and a 2-year, nontransferable warranty on speakers apply to all B Series, all Diamond Blue, and all BA combo amps. 90-day warranty on tubes.


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AmpegBA115HP 220 Watt 1x15" Bass Series Combo Amp
 
4.0

(based on 69 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (35)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

50%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (4)
  • Portable (4)
  • Warm / comfy (4)
  • Excellent sound (3)
  • Good power output (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (3), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good Amp But...

I have owned this amp for 3 years and have used it for small gigs and jams of all types. Performance is good and it sounds very nice. It has that typical Ampeg SS...Read complete review

I have owned this amp for 3 years and have used it for small gigs and jams of all types. Performance is good and it sounds very nice. It has that typical Ampeg SS tone that seems slighlty fuzzy and mid-range heavy. It's nice and round but not vintage like. I hope that doesn't confuse anyone. I like it... Volume wise I have the same problem as the other reviewer. It's loud enough in small gigs and jams with a couple of 65 watt guitar amps and a drummer. When you add keys and another guitar you start pushing this amp at moderate volume levels. I will run the gain at 8 and the volume at 8 to stay in the mix on stage. I also will dial in some more mids on the EQ to cut through. In side by side copmarison w/my Peavey Combo 115 (200 watts)the Peavey flat out blows the Ampeg away in sheer volume. It sounds huge compared to my BA115HP. It does hang in there though and can be used as a gig amp as long as your stage volume isn't too high. I would have liked to have had an effects loop because some pedals I like to to run through the loop instead of directly into the input and the ability to run an extention cab would have been nice. The D.I. is nice and quiet and sends a nice clean signal to the board. The built in tuner is handy as well. I have had some problems with the tweeter on my amp and it required a 6 month stay in two different repair facilities before it was fixed. I don't think the long repair times was caused by Ampeg so much as it was just bad repair shops in my area. Everything was covered under warranty though. Over all it's a nice amp and has features that make me keep it. I use it as a practice/jam amp more than anything these days and I still really like the way it sounds.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Quality Control Problems

I purchased this BA-115HP amp online because local stores had only the demo in stock. This amp is a little pricey but has great tone and features. The tuner is a nice touch...Read complete review

I purchased this BA-115HP amp online because local stores had only the demo in stock. This amp is a little pricey but has great tone and features. The tuner is a nice touch for quick approximate tuning. I also love the variable level control for the true horn unlike the piezo-electric horn in the cheaper BA-115. The fact that this amp is passively cooled is also nice while practicing in the house because there is no fan noise. What is NOT great is the quality of construction. There appears to be a severe problem with these amps rattling! At even mid volumes, I had a severe rattle over a 3 note range near the front upper side of the grill. Seeing other reviewers with similar rattles, I called Ampeg's support line to see if there was a service bulletin on this problem like recalled grill mounts or something simple that could be easily fixed. They denied any problems with this amp and recommended that I exchange it with the vendor. After finally traveling 50 miles to the nearest Guitar Center that had one in stock, I was very suspicious about this problem so I asked to play their demo unit. It was a brand new just unboxed demo that had not yet been plugged in. It rattled worse than mine! This one in the rear of the cabinet. At this point I realized that even though Ampeg built their reputation on great tone and amps that were built in the US, they have compromised their quality by having these amps built in China. Unfortunately, I cannot afford one of the very few amps they still manufacture here in the US, so I decided to exchange the amp for another brand. Let�ۡ���s hope Ampeg gets their head out of the sand and makes a radical change in manufacturing process before they become a legend of a company that once built great amps.

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1.0

Loud buzz after 1 year

By MC cloud

from Newport Beach, CA

About Me Experienced

Comments about Ampeg BA115HP 220 Watt 1x15" Bass Series Combo Amp:

I bought this amp and unfortunately was unable to use it for about a year as I was busy with school. Fast forward one year, I started using the amp regularly and it began making a loud buzzing noise and volume would cutout and then come back. I was out of warranty. So, I called around and no one will service this amp as they say there is a fault in design and problems will reoccur even when fixed. I have been a long time Ampeg owner prior to buying this combo and never had any problems. This amp is a big disappointment from what was a solid company. Don't waste your money!

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

bass amps

By Junior Ranger

from New Orleans, LA

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

    • Poor Sound Quality

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about Ampeg BA115HP 220 Watt 1x15" Bass Series Combo Amp:

    sounds like the speaker is cracking straight out of the box.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome! Highly Recommend

    By Bigfoot

    from Springfield, MO

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Mobile DJ
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Ampeg BA115HP 220 Watt 1x15" Bass Series Combo Amp:

      Love it. Musiciansfriend is the best. Fast shipping. Missing the wheels, they shipped them the next day. Great services!!!

      (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Very nice

      By Ron Clewett

      from Prescott AZ.

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Ampeg BA115HP 220 Watt 1x15" Bass Series Combo Amp:

        Well, I was really skeptical for a long time about this amp because I took caution to a lot of the bad reviews I read. I have the 100 watt BA 115 and it sounds great, so I wanted the 220 watt one. Well I finally took the chance and bought it, and glad I did because it's a real monster. I really can't understand so many bad reviews unless previous versions were just not good and had problems. But mine sounds absolutely awesome. Probably the best sounding amp I've ever had (and I've had a lot to compare it to) It has way more than enough power for any situation. So people who say it's not loud enough, I don't get! This thing will blow your house down if you turn the gain past 2 with the master up. I tried it at about 5 and thought it was gonna break my windows and rattle the roof off. It's clean and very deep. Crank the Master to 8, 9 or 10 and use the Gain as your volume, I doubt you'll turn past half way for any inside gig. If you crank the Gain all the way and use the Master as your volume it's not as good. Or just find a happy medium. Anyway, I love this thing and would definitely recommend it. It has that nice, solid, clean, smooth, deep, DEEP Ampeg sound and tone. The on board digital tuner is very nice too and works great. I'm glad I took a chance and ignored the negative reviews because it's a great amp. Hope this helps anyone who is, or has been leery like I was. One word of caution: The wheels are for moving it only! You don't have to put the castors on that come with it. If you do need them to roll it somewhere, DO NOT keep them on while you play because they will make it rattle. They go on and come off very easily in about 5 seconds if you need them though. Just pull them off and set the amp on it's rubber feet or you'll think the amp itself is rattling to death when it's only the hard wheels. Personally, I just pick it up and move it and will probably never use the wheels, not unless I had to roll it far. Good luck!

        (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awesome!

        By mackavella04

        from New Orleans

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Excellent Tuner
        • Good Warmth
        • Portable
        • Powerful
        • Reliable
        • Tone-king

        Cons

        • No Compressor
        • No Effects Loop
        • No speaker out

        Best Uses

        • Live
        • Practice
        • Recording
        • Rehearsal

        Comments about Ampeg BA115HP 220 Watt 1x15" Bass Series Combo Amp:

        Well I have had the ba115hpt for over 5 years and I must say this thing is great. Mine is the 220w version with the tube preamp and I have not had a single issue ever. I can't believe this many ppl had problems with this combo as these are the first reviews I have read. I have played this amp with a church band in front of 1000+ ppl all the way down to practicing in my old appt with headphones and this amp sounds great doing it all, and took the travel well too. I play guitar and bass, and this is the best sounding combo I have ever heard for any price. I can get real punchy mids w sharp highs and full bass (to cut through a muddy mix), alll the way to earth rattling lows with highs rolled back.. This amp can do it all with style. This was my first ampeg way back when and this is still my go to bass amp when the size venue is right. My only gripes are that it has no effects loop or compressor (which I would like to run). this is your grab and go bass amp which sounds it best with nothing but a bass plugged into it. I'm the type of player who likes to feel the music and this amp definitely delivers. It'll make your nose hairs rattle if your too close to it. I've played in my post-grunge band with a LOUD drummer and the amp performed flawlessly, actually he was asking to turn it down. It sucks to hear about all the ppl who have had problems with this amp but I simply love mine. Simply fantastic tone at any volume. out of my many guitars/amps/basses/effects this is my one piece of irreplaceable equipment (well maybe my 86' Gretsch country club too). I get reminded every time I play this amp how great it really sounds. For the longest time, this was the most accurate tuner i owned! i just wish I could hook up another ba115 cab up to it. I would buy this amp again in a second, but after these reviews I'd get the warranty too.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        This isn't the Ampeg I know!

        By Troy Falciani

        from Spokane, WA.

        Comments about Ampeg BA115HP 220 Watt 1x15" Bass Series Combo Amp:

        This amp had all of the tone that I wanted and was the perfect size for the small gigs I was playing. The problem was that the first one had a bad driver straight out of the box, so I took it back to G.C. and they set me up with another. A day later I played an acoustic show in a small venue. The amp didn?t even make it through the first set before the same driver problem started. I?ve never had any problems with my Ampeg amps before, but it seems that Ampeg really dropped the ball on this one.

        (4 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Good Practice Amp

        By Bassique1217

        from Warren, OH

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Warmth
        • Portable

        Cons

        • Grounding Problems
        • Power Issues
        • Tuner Issues

        Best Uses

        • Practice

        Comments about Ampeg BA115HP 220 Watt 1x15" Bass Series Combo Amp:

        Got this amp for church about 3 years ago, and in that time, have had it repaired TWICE. First time was for the tuner emitting a low beep constantly (and pitches while playing). After a couple months, same problem PLUS overall power kept cutting in/out. Finally had the repair guys cut the tuner from the signal chain & fixed the power issues which was a bad power cable connection & grounding problem.
        The amp works fine now, but it doesn't get that Ampeg breakup that I always wanted. The Gain does almost nothing for it. It does get loud enough, but no dirt. If you want a very clean sound or want good warmth for practice, this is your amp... After you send it to shop...

         
        5.0

        Great Tone!

        By JULIAN ROUSE

        from Cairo GA

        Comments about Ampeg BA115HP 220 Watt 1x15" Bass Series Combo Amp:

        I was unsure about what brand of amp to buy, but I knew I really wanted that Ampeg sound. Reading some of the reviews was a little jarring, but I decided to go for it, after tech support at Ampeg suggested this model. I am a novice, and not a gigging bassist at this point. But I have been a drummer and involved in sound for over 25 years. I know what sounds good. THIS sounds good! No disappointments. I bought the service plan, too so that if I manage to rattle it apart while shaking my home to pieces, I am covered!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Amp!

        By JULIAN ROUSE

        from Cairo GA

        Comments about Ampeg BA115HP 220 Watt 1x15" Bass Series Combo Amp:

        I bought this amp despite some negative reviews I read. I knew that I wanted that Ampeg sound, and anything else would be cutting corners. It's a heavy amp, (thanks for including rollers) and it sounds great. am using it in a small room and not gigging with it, so I cannot attest to it's use at the club, but the tone is great with my SBMM Ray 34. I am keeping the tone flat on the amp and boosting the low just a bit on the bass' preamp. Boost it all the way and the thing could do structural damage to the house. All in all I am very and have no complaints with the rig at all.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Ampeg Tone!

        By julian rouse

        from Albany GA

        Comments about Ampeg BA115HP 220 Watt 1x15" Bass Series Combo Amp:

        I just got my amp last night and though I haven't really put it through the paces yet, I am thrilled to pieces with the sound. I almost went for a Peavey, but even though it got stellar reviews I just didn't think I'd be happy if I didn't go for the Ampeg Sound. The built in tuner wasn't a factor in deciding to buy this particular amp, but it is tremendously convenient and you won't misplace it. I bought this model at the recommendation of Ampeg's the support department at Loud Technologies. I also got the 3 year plan so I won't have any worries along the way. The amp is loud and powerful and I have a Ray 34 and they are a match made in heaven.

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