Worth Every Penny
Apparently Ampeg has finally worked out the kinks that allegedly plagued the first few years of production with this amp, because mine is every bit the F1 car of bass heads I anticipated it to be. Purpose built for the unmistakable roar of nearly every classic rock backline, I have been surprised at how versatile this unit actually is. Working with the different inputs and channels (including bridging them) gives a huge array of tonal options, even with my trusty-if-not-boring P-bass. Not as loud as the SVT Classic in terms of pure decibel output, but the SVT-VR certainly has a more organic feel and way, way more overdrive. And it's certainly more than loud enough.
Yes, it weighs a ton. Yes, it's expensive. And yes, it's going to cost half a paycheck to re-tube it. But plug into one of these through an 8x10 cab and watch your SVT4 start gathering dust. Big thanks to my sales engineer Mike Bonaldino for the advice and help on this purchase!