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Bugera BVV3000 Infinium Tube Bass Amplifier Head

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Product Description

This amazing Bugera bass amp head brings the classic all-valve bass amp up to date. Lovingly handmade and sporting vintage styling, the Bugera BVV3000 Infinium Tube Bass Amplifier Head merges in-your-face bass tone with state-of-the-art features, such as a 5-position Voicing selector and Infinium Valve Life Multiplier technology, which will keep your BVV3000 head sounding great for many years to come.

With 300-watts of chest-pounding output, the Bugera BVV3000 Infinium melds old-school aggressive attitude with a touch of nostalgia, creating tones that are only possible from an all-valve amplifier.

Bugera BVV3000 Infinium Tube Bass Amplifier Head Features

  • Hand-built 300-Watt bass amplifier head driven by 6 x 6550 tubes
  • Vintage design from the '60s featuring 3 x 12AX7 and 2 x 12AU7 tubes for harmonically rich and vibrant valve sound
  • Revolutionary Infinium Valve Life Multiplier technology extends the life of the power valves up to 20 times, provides incredible reliability and consistent tone over the complete lifespan of your tubes, allows you to mix and match any combination of compatible valve types and brands and monitors performance of each power tube continuously and displays defective valves
  • Voicing selector provides you with 5 classic sound variations to suit your playing style
  • Dedicated Bass, Mid and Treble controls and High/Low switches for ultimate sound shaping
  • Balanced XLR DI for direct connection to your mixing console
  • Slave Output to connect with additional amplifiers
  • Preamp Out and Power Amp In connectors allow you a signal tap from the preamp section and a direct access to the power amp for even greater versatility
  • 3 speaker outputs: two 1/4 in. jacks and a professional speaker connector (compatible with Neutrik Speakon)
  • Impedance switch (2 and 4 Ohms) to match virtually any speaker cabinet
  • High-quality components and exceptionally rugged construction ensure long life
All-Valve Design
There are lots of amplifiers on the market today that claim to be tube amps just because they've got a 12AX7 inside. But it takes a whole lot more than just a preamp tube to qualify an amp as being ‘all-valve.’ The BVV3000 is a true all-valve bass amp with three 12AX7 and two 12AU7 valves. Two trios of 6550 (also known as KT88) output tubes operate in classic ‘push-pull’ mode to create 300 watts of room-shaking thunder.

Each Bugera valve goes through a rigorous 48-hour burn-in process before being individually evaluated by a skilled Quality Control Inspector. Only about one in every ten valves actually gets the go-ahead for use in our amps. The rest get tossed onto the slag-heap, where they are melted down to make shot glasses.

Taming the Beast
The Bugera BVV3000 bass head is so much more than just raw power. The all-tube preamp provides tremendous tone-shaping control. Sure, you get the standard boost/cut capability from the Bass (centered at 40Hz) and Treble (4kHz) knobs, but the real ‘voice’ of your bass is defined by its midrange content.

BVV3000's 5-position Frequency selector lets you choose the center frequency that best suits your playing style, or the one that brings out your instrument's true personality. Just select from 220 Hz, 450 Hz, 800 Hz, 1.6 kHz and 3.0 kHz and turn the Midrange knob to boost or cut by as much as 15dB-and that's a lot! And if you want even more tone-sculpting options, engage the Ultra-Low switch for an additional +2 dB boost at 40 Hz, or the Ultra-High switch for a soaring top-end boost of +9 dB at 8 kHz.

Product Specifications
Bugera BVV3000 Infinium Tube Bass Amp Head Specifications
  • Audio Inputs:
    • 0 dB Instrument: Input 1/4 in. mono jack, unbalanced
    • Impedance: 1 Mohms
    • -15 dB Instrument Input: 1/4 in. mono jack, unbalanced
    • Impedance: 120 kohms
  • Power Amp: 1/4 in. mono jack, unbalanced
    • Impedance: 55 kohms
  • Audio Outputs:
    • Slave Output: 1/4 in. mono jack, unbalanced:
    • Impedance: 2.2 kohms
    • Line Output: XLR, balanced
    • Impedance : 600 ohms
    • Preamp Output: 1/4 in. mono jack, unbalanced
    • Impedance : 20 kohms
  • Loudspeaker Connectors:
    • 2 x 1/4 in. TS jack
    • 1 x professional speaker connector
    • Impedance 2 ohms / 4 ohms switchable
  • Output Power:
    • Impedance setting: 2 Ohms
    • Power: 320 watts
    • Impedance setting: 4 Ohms
    • Powe: 295 watts
    • RMS: 240 watts / 240 watts
    • Peak: 300 watts / 300 watts
  • Tubes:
    • 3 x 12AX7
    • 2 x 12AU7
    • 6 x 6550
  • Tone controls:
    • Ultra High: +9 dB at 9 kHz
    • Ultra Low:
      • +2 dB at 40 Hz
      • -12 dB at 500 Hz
    • Bass: -10 dB / +15 dB at 50 Hz
    • Mid / Voicing:
      • -18 dB / +10 dB at 220 Hz
      • 450 Hz
      • 900 Hz
      • .6 kHz
      • 3 kHz
    • Treble: -18 dB / +16 dB at 5 kHz
  • Power Supply / Voltage (Fuses):
    • Power consumption: max. 700 watts
    • Mains connection: Standard IEC receptacle
  • Dimensions (HxWxD): 11.5 x 23.6 x 12.5 in. / 290 x 598 x 318 mm
  • Weight: 74.5 lbs. / 33.8 kg
Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
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Sean from Cave Creek, AZ
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SVT tone at a budget price
General
What is your overall opinion of this product?
Great value, with a few caveats. I've previously owned an American made SVT-CL, and my girlfriend has one of the current SVT-CL's made by LOUD technologies.
Quality
How is the quality of the product? Was it well made?
The construction of the amp is almost exactly like an SVT. The preamp and power amps are in separate chassis. The PCB's look solid, and the transformers are beefy. The only place I see corners cut was in the choice of the material they used for the cabinet. It's not plywood, or fibreboard. It's almost like laminated paper, or Masonite or something similar. I guess it's strong enough, but mine wasn't particularly rigid and you could sort of rock the whole cabinet left and right. I pulled the guts out of the cabinet, and drilled every corner and put in drywall screws, and now it is rigid enough, although if you were to abuse it on a tour, you might want to make your own case for it. The only other difference I noticed was the cooling fan. The Ampeg SVT uses a pretty decent fan that draws air through the amp and expels it out the front. The Bugera has a couple of medium size computer fans that take air in through the front screen and move it through the amp.
Features
Are the features on the product what you were expecting? What are your favorite features?
It's pretty much a straightforward copy of an SVT-CL, which doesn't have much of a feature set to begin with. It delivers in tone, in my opinion. The only thing different feature wise is the "Infinium" technology, which is a computer controlled auto-biasing for each of the power tubes. It seems to work fine...no different than a self (cathode) biasing amp really. Bugera claims that failed tubes can be replaced individually, instead of as a matched set. If that's true, than the money saved would be substantial. Getting a nice set of six matched 6550's is usually expensive. I like the winged-C brand, and that runs north of $300 for a matched set (6) of power tubes.
Sound
How is the sound quality? How does the sound compare to other products you've use?
Sound quality is fantastic. Idling, with my bass volume down, there is absolutely no hum at all. My girlfriend's SVT-CL still has a bit of hum. I think the SVT-CL might have slightly more power but it was recently retubed with decent tubes, so that might explain it.
Feel
Are the controls logically laid out?
The control layout is exactly like an Ampeg SVT-CL. Pretty simple and effective.
Tone
How is the tone? Distortion vs clean?
Tone is good. The preamp has that "growl" when pushed hard, which is typically why people want these amps. No complaints.
Value
Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range?
I got a "blemished" model for 25% the normal price, and I think that makes it a fantastic deal, especially with free shipping.
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