As this is the only bass head that I have played through, I do like it and would buy it again. I am looking into getting on the Ampeg bandwagon, so I will let you know when I run it against something else.
Model Year: 1988
Where Obtained: pawn shop in Florida
It is the BLOC250B bass head only. It has effects loop, is solid-state and very durable. It provides enough power for my blues/rock band in a moderate to loud club setting. I run this head through a Sunn 2x15 cab.
The basses that I run through this head vary from an Epiphone Thunderbird, Ibanez Soundgear model and a "no-name" P-bass copy. I play with no effects at this time. This head is well suited for the blues/rock that my band plays. The clean/unclipped sound could be abit better, but hey I got it in a pawn shop for next to nothing.
Yes, you have to fiddle to get the sound you are looking for. The EQ is ok, but it also has a Parametric EQ that adds quite a bit of punch if desired.
Could not ask for a more durable bass head.
First, I recommend trying it with "your" bass if you consider buying it, this is crucial, because the tone and sound of the amp varies greatly. If you really need a solid, low cost combo, this may be your unit, but I can't say I recommend this to anyone without adding a good 2X10 cab . By the way, I didn't buy the combo, I prefer waiting a little bit and buying something that don't hum when I play...
Where Obtained: Local Music Store
Solid State electronics, many adjustement switches (presence, EQ kill, etc...), effect loop, two imputs, three different gains, volume for bass, low mid, mid and highs as well as master and volume. You can fiddle a lot with the amp to get the setting desired, but you need to know what you're doing, or you're going nowhere. Setups are complicated and need a lot of time to achieve.
I found it loud, in fact, very loud for a 250 Watt, but also very noisy. I couldn't quite achieve the clean, unclipping sound I want for an amp and I think this is caused by the 1X15 speaker, it had a lot of difficulty to "push" the sound in a clear tone, but it didn't not distort. Maybe adding a 2X10 would solve the problem, but it would get costy. I play mostly Rush, Sabbath, Dream Theather and the like, and it only suited the Sabbath sound, as it emulated the original "hiss" and noise that early albums had. In fact, this amp would be great to play old stuff. You can describe this amp as Raw and middy...
Ease of Use:
This amp will surely give you headaches if you don't sit and carefully fiddle with the different knobs and controls. I tried during 2 hours to get a decent tone, and even at low volume, I never achieved this goal. I tried this amp using a Peavey graphite neck bass (around 3000$ new), so it wasn't the bass... Even a pro player tried to set it up and failed (he tried during 30 minutes).
Yorksville is renowed for long lasting units and this ones fits well in the picture. The Metal plate on the head looked like a tank and the enclosure is very thick and solid. This is one combo that can take a serious beating before needing any repair.