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Bob Leonard

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Re: "Ten of the Greatest PA Amps Ever"
« Reply #10 on: September 28, 2017, 08:52:33 am »

Anything MacIntosh. No Woodstock without them.

Is this top 10, or top 10 due to historical significance?
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Re: "Ten of the Greatest PA Amps Ever"
« Reply #11 on: September 28, 2017, 09:28:42 am »

Crown's Belchfire BF-6000 series?
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Re: "Ten of the Greatest PA Amps Ever"
« Reply #12 on: September 28, 2017, 09:34:35 am »


Another vote for the MA 2400 but what about the Peavey CS 400? I think it was one of the first "available to almost anyone" budget amps that was actually built well enough to use. But I was a Crown guy; I've never owned a Peavey.

Scott
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Re: "Ten of the Greatest PA Amps Ever"
« Reply #13 on: September 28, 2017, 11:23:17 am »

Don't forget about the BGW750

I haven't. Always worked. Very popular in my neck of the woods.

Have to mention Bryston amps.
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Re: "Ten of the Greatest PA Amps Ever"
« Reply #14 on: September 28, 2017, 11:30:22 am »

I haven't. Always worked. Very popular in my neck of the woods.

Have to mention Bryston amps.
BGW 750 for sure and the Crown VZ5000.
The Peavey CS800 was pretty solid as well.
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Re: "Ten of the Greatest PA Amps Ever"
« Reply #15 on: September 28, 2017, 11:34:54 am »

Another vote for the MA 2400 but what about the Peavey CS 400? I think it was one of the first "available to almost anyone" budget amps that was actually built well enough to use. But I was a Crown guy; I've never owned a Peavey.

Scott
Not sure what "greatest" criteria means.

Crown DC300 was definitely a popular amp.

CS800 was also widely used, more than half a million sold when I last counted.

JR 

PS: I don't know legacy of CS400 (before my time). It was not as popular as CS800 that was better bang for the buck.
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Re: "Ten of the Greatest PA Amps Ever"
« Reply #16 on: September 28, 2017, 11:39:25 am »

Carver PM1.5 - Broke ground in weight and power output and ushered in a whole new class of switching power supplies.  With a few mods was good enough for Clair to put their name on it.

Oddly enough, I have a friend who owns a few PM1.5... I wonder if there's any value in them?

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Re: "Ten of the Greatest PA Amps Ever"
« Reply #17 on: September 28, 2017, 12:13:40 pm »

Oddly enough, I have a friend who owns a few PM1.5... I wonder if there's any value in them?

Do the fans still run?  If so, they're worth about $100-$150 each.

A failed or stuck fan means the amp will not operate at all...
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Re: "Ten of the Greatest PA Amps Ever"
« Reply #18 on: September 28, 2017, 01:20:01 pm »

I would include the first series of PowerLite's from QSC and maybe give the Crest Pro 9200 a runner up.  It was noted in a couple of "subwoofer shoot outs" that all the subs sounded better when used with the 9200.
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Re: "Ten of the Greatest PA Amps Ever"
« Reply #19 on: September 28, 2017, 01:24:11 pm »

Yamaha P2200 ( I still have mine from 1983 and it runs fine)


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