What's the heaviest amp that you ever had to lift?

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  1. Red Bread

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    I had a late 70’s Acoustic bass one piece amp 300watts with a single 18” speaker
    Bass playing jobs were easier to find in the 90’s
    I was driving a 85 Toyota 4x4 pick up
    And it squatted every time i put that monster in it
    Had to go 250-275lbs
     
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    1973 Silverface Twin with JBL speakers
     
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    Ampeg SVT or a Silverface Ultralinear Twin Reverbs with either JBL's of EV's
     
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    78 Fender Super Reverb . Great sounding amp. Almost as loud as a twin (70 watts) and just as heavy at 85 lbs.
     
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    The old Kasino 2-15 combo bass amps (yes,you read that right...combo!).It's like they were made of cement.

    Then there was this Twin with JBLs.....and then my current Dr. Z Z-28 4-10,but I digress………..
     
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    We took a lot of these old Acoustic bass amps in trade when I worked I. A guitar shop in the early 80’s. It was my job to move them into the basement where the basses were.

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    They were almost eyeball height. I’d meet the guys who toured with them and I always thought that they had to be tough as nails. In my old age I bought the 100 watt mini Reissue. It’s much easier to move and it brings back happy memories.

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    Fender TV12, looked nice and matched my Deluxe Jazz Bass
     
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    I have been noticing this thread for a couple of days, but when I saw that it had 8 pages of replies, I figured it had or would soon run its course, so I didn't even open it. Now that I have, I see it's a zombie thread, recently revived.

    Well, no matter. I still have lucked out in the grand scheme of things. I've never had to lift a Fender Twin or an AC30, or anything like that. The heaviest amps I've owned and had to schlep around were two Peavey Bandits. I no longer have them, and I don't know exactly what they weighed, but I'd bet money that they were each over 40 lbs. That seems pretty heavy to me now. My heaviest amp currently is my Crate "Limo" TX50D, weighing something like 30 lbs.
     
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    I see alot of acoustic bass amps in this thread
    Like i said in a post i had a monster and it was hell to move around even in my early 20’s
    And if i think back,,all the places we played,,,ever sound guy that ever saw that bass amp cry’d
    Sound guys hated it,even the few big places we played
    When i say big i mean theyd hold 500 plus people
    I dont think i ever ran that amp straight without being pluged straight in a board or mic’d unless we were doing an outdoor gig and even then i never turned that amp up past 3 on the volume,,,ever
    My drummer hated that amp!
    I could drowned anything out out of a mix easy
    Never understood why bass amps are so much ampridge compared to guitar amps
    Bass just rings right thru everthing
    I liked just running clean and using the EQ,,i was in a hard core band
    My band mates begged me to run a fuzz or faze just to cut the low end ring out of it so we could define the mix better
    We finally got signed to a little record label and did our debut album and then a computation album after and both recordings the producer made me run direct in the board,,,,never sounded the same to me and man did we all get in literally fist fight over it
    Ah the good ole days
     

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    Size to weight ratio gotta be my Musicman RD50 with the original EV 12” speaker.
    Ive seen many attempt and reconsider soon after trying to lift it.
     
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    Musicmans were heavy as heck !
     
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    Heaviest amp I owned and had to lift/carry...

    1970's Traynor YGL-3 Mark III 2X12 combo.
    No longer have it... wish I still owned it.

    Pic not mine, stole the pic from Reverb...

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    Heaviest amp I didn't own and had to help lift/carry...

    Our Bass players amp... Some kind of 1990's Fender Bassman...
     
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    My brand new mid-70s Ampeg VT-22.

    By the time I was 19, I built a head box for the chassis and chopped the cabinet down and closed up the back. Even back then, the combo was heavier than anything I wanted to lift--especially when our rehearsal space was up a tall, narrow flight of stairs.

    I saw a VT-22 at a music store a few years ago. For grins, I decided to pick it up. I grabbed the handle, but the amp had been bolted to the floor.
     
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    Ampeg VT-40 4-10 combo for me. 70 lbs of back breaking, ear drum shattering tone
     
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    My first big rig was a Sunn Model T head with a Sunn 610S cabinet back in the 70's. That's 6 10" speakers pitched at a 45 deg angle to center. Definitely well designed for the Summer outdoor show circuit I did for several years. Didn't want to get closer than 15 feet in front of these where the sound converged. Together about 130 lbs. Used an appliance dolly to cart it up a couple of flights of stairs for some gigs in Chicago.
     
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    Way back, we were playing at some church premises. There was a Fender Twin, there.
     
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    I can't remember, but I always hated moving my AC30 by myself when I got home. That one short flight of steps down always seemed treacherous. I also remember loading out of a gig with our new bass player back in the late '80s. He had an Ampeg head that was one model down from the SVT. I was making my second trip out of the club with one hand free and thought I'd grab the new guy's amp head sitting in the middle of the floor and haul it out to the van. I almost left my arm behind! It didn't even budge!
     
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    My 1977 Fender Super Twin Reverb was pretty heavy. I sold it and bought a DRRI
     
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    Ditto for me is probably my 70's Twin - My Bad Cat is a head and speaker cab so it weighs more all together, but separately less.... Played with a bass player with an old Ampeg however that was a monster....
     
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    Probably my Twin, but a friend had a Twin loaded with a couple SRO speakers that was heavier. I was the soundman, so I did lift it now and then because he's a decent cat. I had a 2x12 Marshall combo that was pretty heavy also, but that Twin with the SRO speakers easily beat that one too.

    That was all a long time ago.
     
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