The SVT-7 PRO head from Ampeg is a truly refreshing return to the sounds that made Ampeg the frontrunner of bass amp companies. Out of the box, the head was a little larger than I expected based on Ampeg’s advertising that it is one of their lightest heads ever. Thankfully they weren’t lying, as it was a super easy item to lift, coming in at almost exactly their number of 15.5 pounds.
When plugged up, the SVT-7 PRO had plenty of headroom to play with, which is always nice when you get it into a decent sized room. We were able to find that the compressor had a good feel to it and wasn’t obnoxious at all. It took a lot of gain knob range before the peak light started popping on, which is a significant improvement over other Ampeg models that we have played in the past.
The 5-position frequency switch took a little getting used to in terms of being able to immediately differentiate between tones, but once it was committed to memory, everything was great. The head was very punchy throughout all 5 frequencies.
Overall, this is a great buy. You can get that gritty Ampeg tube tone without spending all your cash on an SVT Classic. Well done as always, Ampeg. You win again.