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Owner’s Manual
Heritage B-15 Bass Amplifier
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
1. Read these instructions. 15. Do not overload wall outlets and extension
cords as this can result in a risk of fire or electric
shock.
2. Keep these instructions.
3. Heed all warnings.
4. Follow all instructions.
5. Do not use this apparatus near water.
6. Clean only with a dry cloth.
7. Do not block any ventilation openings. Install in
accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
8. Do not install near any heat sources such as
radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other apparatus (including amplifiers) that produce heat.
9. Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized or grounding-type plug. A polarized plug
has two blades with one wider than the other. A
grounding-type plug has two blades and a third
grounding prong. The wide blade or the third
prong are provided for your safety. If the provided
plug does not fit into your outlet, consult an electrician for replacement of the obsolete outlet.
10. Protect the power cord from being walked
on or pinched particularly at plugs, convenience
receptacles, and the point where they exit from
the apparatus.
11. Only use attachments/accessories specified
by the manufacturer.
12. Use only with a cart, stand,
tripod, bracket, or table specified
by the manufacturer, or sold with
the apparatus. When a cart is used,
use caution when moving the cart/
apparatus combination to avoid
injury from tip-over.
PORTABLE CART
WARNING
13. Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms
or when unused for long periods of time.
14. Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Servicing is required when the apparatus has been damaged in any way, such as
power-supply cord or plug is damaged, liquid has
been spilled or objects have fallen into the apparatus, the apparatus has been exposed to
rain or moisture, does not operate normally, or
has been dropped.
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16. This apparatus shall not be exposed to dripping or splashing, and no object filled with
liquids, such as vases or beer glasses, shall be
placed on the apparatus.
17. This apparatus has been designed with Class-I
construction and must be connected to a mains
socket outlet with a protective earthing connection
(the third grounding prong).
18. The MAINS plug or an appliance coupler is
used as the disconnect device, so the disconnect
device shall remain readily operable.
19. For the terminals marked with symbol of “ ”
may be of sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk
of electric shock. The external wiring connected to the terminals requires installation by
an instructed person or the used of ready-made
leads or cords.
CAUTION
AVIS
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK. DO NOT OPEN
RISQUE DE CHOC ELECTRIQUE. NE PAS OUVRIR
CAUTION: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK DO NOT REMOVE COVER (OR BACK)
NO USER-SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE. REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED PERSONNEL
ATTENTION: POUR EVITER LES RISQUES DE CHOC ELECTRIQUE, NE PAS ENLEVER LE COUVERCLE.
AUCUN ENTRETIEN DE PIECES INTERIEURES PAR L'USAGER.
CONFIER L'ENTRETIEN AU PERSONNEL QUALIFIE.
AVIS: POUR EVITER LES RISQUES D'INCENDIE OU D'ELECTROCUTION, N'EXPOSEZ PAS CET ARTICLE
A LA PLUIE OU A L'HUMIDITE
The lightning flash with arrowhead symbol within an equilateral triangle is
intended to alert the user to the presence of uninsulated "dangerous
voltage" within the product's enclosure, that may be of sufficient magnitude
to constitute a risk of electric shock to persons.
Le symbole éclair avec point de flèche à l'intérieur d'un triangle équilatéral
est utilisé pour alerter l'utilisateur de la présence à l'intérieur du coffret de
"voltage dangereux" non isolé d'ampleur suffisante pour constituer un risque
d'éléctrocution.
The exclamation point within an equilateral triangle is intended to alert the
user of the presence of important operating and maintenance (servicing)
instructions in the literature accompanying the appliance.
Le point d'exclamation à l'intérieur d'un triangle équilatéral est employé
pour alerter les utilisateurs de la présence d'instructions importantes pour le
fonctionnement et l'entretien (service) dans le livret d'instruction
accompagnant l'appareil.
WARNING — To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not
expose this apparatus to rain or moisture.
Heritage B-15 Bass Amplifier
NOTE: This equipment has been tested and found to comply
with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to part 15 of
the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable
protection against harmful interference in a residential installation.
This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency
energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference
will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does
cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which
can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user
is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of
the following measures:
ATTENTION — Le présent appareil numérique n’émet pas de
bruits radioélectriques dépassant las limites applicables aux appareils numériques de class A/de class B (selon le cas) prescrites dans le réglement sur le brouillage radioélectrique édicté
par les ministere des communications du Canada.
•
Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
•
Increase the separation between the equipment and the
receiver.
•
Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different
from that to which the receiver is connected.
•
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for
help.
According to OSHA, any exposure in excess of these permissible limits could result in some hearing loss. To ensure
against potentially dangerous exposure to high sound pressure
levels, it is recommended that all persons exposed to equipment
capable of producing high sound pressure levels use hearing protectors while the equipment is in operation. Ear plugs or protectors in the ear canals or over the ears must be worn when
operating the equipment in order to prevent permanent hearing
loss if exposure is in excess of the limits set forth here:
Exposure to extremely high noise levels may cause permanent
hearing loss. Individuals vary considerably in susceptibility to noiseinduced hearing loss, but nearly everyone will lose some hearing
if exposed to sufficiently intense noise for a period of time. The
U.S. Government’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA) has specified the permissible noise level exposures shown
in the following chart.
CAUTION: Changes or modifications to this device not expressly
approved by LOUD Technologies Inc. could void the user's authority
to operate the equipment under FCC rules.
Duration, per
day in hours
This apparatus does not exceed the Class A/Class B (whichever
is applicable) limits for radio noise emissions from digital apparatus as set out in the radio interference regulations of the
Canadian Department of Communications.
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1.5
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Sound
Level dBA, Slow
Response
90
92
95
97
100
102
105
0.5
0.25 or less
110
115
Typical Example
Duo in small club
Subway Train
Very loud classical music
The boss screaming at his minions about
manual deadlines
Loudest parts at a rock concert
Correct disposal of this product: This symbol indicates that this product should not be disposed of with your household waste,
according to the WEEE directive (2002/96/EC) and your national law. This product should be handed over to an authorized collection site for recycling waste electrical and electronic equipment (EEE). Improper handling of this type of waste could have a
possible negative impact on the environment and human health due to potentially hazardous substances that are generally associated with EEE. At the same time, your cooperation in the correct disposal of this product will contribute to the effective usage
of natural resources. For more information about where you can drop off your waste equipment for recycling, please contact your
local city office, waste authority, or your household waste disposal service.
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Features:
Table of Contents:
• Hand-built in the U.S.A.
Important Safety Instructions
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• Limited edition production
Introduction / Features
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• Only 50 units available
Heritage B-15 Front Panel
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• Numbered and matched heads/cabs
Heritage B-15 Rear Panel
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• Classic Ampeg flip-top design
Important Information About Tubes
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• Chrome-plated chassis
Heritage B-15 Block Diagram
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• Rugged cabinets made with Baltic birch and poplar
Heritage B-15 Specifications
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• Legendary double-baffle cabinet design delivers classic tone
Heritage B-15 Service Information
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• Two distinct, hand-wired preamp circuits
• Channel 1 – 1964 (B-15NC)
• Channel 2 – 1966 (B-15NF)
• Selectable bias modes for ultimate tone
control
• 1964 – cathode bias (25W @ 4 or 8
• 1966 – fixed bias (30W @ 4 or 8
Introduction
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)
• High-grade new and N.O.S. tubes
• Preamp – 3 x 6SL7 (N.O.S. JAN Philips ECG 6188)
• Rectifier – 1 x 5AR4 (GZ34S)
• Power amp – 2 x 6L6GC
• Legendary Baxandall bass/treble tone
stack on both channels
• Dual inputs per channel (0 dB and –15 dB)
• Custom-designed 15” US-made Eminence
driver
• 4” voice coil
• 109 oz ceramic magnet
• Aluminum dust cover
• External amplifier out
• Removable dolly with casters
• Dimensions (H x W x D): 27” x 21” x 14”
w/dolly
• 96 lb / 43.5 kg w/dolly
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Hand-built and hand-wired in the U.S., the
Ampeg Heritage B-15 delivers legendary
tone in a design that truly lives up to the
iconic standard set by inventor Jess Oliver
50 years ago. The Heritage B-15 features
circuit paths of both a 1964 and 1966 B-15,
including classic Baxandall EQ controls and
premium 6SL7 octal preamp tubes along
with a bias switch, recreating each years’
distinctive bias methodology.
The extremely high-quality flip-top cabinet
features the legendary double-baffle design
and houses a highly-researched, customdesigned 15” Eminence driver. The Heritage
B-15 is no mere tribute; it meets and
exceeds the performance, look and tone of
the legendary original, down to each and
every component.
In order to get the most out of the Heritage B-15, please read this manual
before you begin playing.
And thank you for choosing Ampeg.
Heritage B-15 Bass Amplifier
Heritage B-15 Front Panel
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1964:
1. INPUT: The signal output from an instrument (active or passive) may be
connected to one of the two 1/4” inputs
by means of a shielded instrument
cable. The top #1 input jack is 0 dB
while the bottom #2 input jack is –15 dB. This channel replicates the
same circuitry as the classic 1964 B-15NC.
2. VOLUME: This controls the overall output level to the speaker outputs. Use
it wisely, and turn it down when making
connections.
3. TREBLE: Use this to adjust the high frequency level of the amplifier. This
provides up to 18 dB of boost or cut at
5 kHz. The high frequency output is flattest at the center position.
4. BASS: Use this to adjust the low frequency level of the amplifier. This provides up to 10 dB of boost or cut at
40 Hz. The low frequency output is flattest at the center position.
1966:
5. INPUT: The signal output from an instrument (active or passive) may be
connected to one of the two 1/4” inputs
by means of a shielded instrument
cable. The top #1 input jack is 0 dB
while the bottom #2 input jack is –15 dB. This channel replicates the
same circuitry as the classic 1966 B-15NF.
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6. VOLUME: This controls the overall output level to the speaker outputs. Use
it wisely, and turn it down when making
connections.
7. TREBLE: Use this to adjust the high frequency level of the amplifier. This
provides up to 18 dB of boost, or –30 dB of cut at 5 kHz. The high frequency output is flattest at the center
position.
8. BASS: Use this to adjust the low frequency level of the amplifier. This provides up to 11 dB of boost or cut at
40 Hz. The low frequency output is flattest at the center position.
9. ON/STANDBY SWITCH: Use this
switch to activate the amplifier after the
On/Off switch [11] is turned on. Always
make sure the On/Standby switch is
in STANDBY mode when powering the
Heritage B-15 ON or OFF [11]. Allow at
least 30 seconds before turning the On/Standby switch to the ON position.
During short breaks this switch should
be set to the Standby position to help
prolong the life of the amplifier’s tubes.
10. BIAS SWITCH: With this switch, users
may now select between 1964 cathode
bias or 1966 fixed bias, 1964 or 1966
preamp or have the ability to mix and
match.
11. ON/OFF SWITCH: Use this switch to
turn the overall system power on or off.
Always turn this switch ON first and OFF
last! Turn the On/Standby switch [9] on
at least 30 seconds after turning on the
On/Off switch.
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Heritage B-15 Rear Panel
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12. IEC POWER INPUT CONNECTOR: This
is where you connect the supplied AC
power cord.
The MAINS fuse is located inside the IEC
socket fuse drawer and should be left
alone unless a fuse has blown.
To remove and replace the fuse:
*Disconnect the power cord from the
IEC socket.
*Remove the fuse drawer.
*Remove the fuse and replace it with an
equivalent-type fuse (T 3.15 AL 250 V).
13. H.T. FUSE: The HIGH TENSION fuse is
located inside the fuse holder cap and
should be left alone unless a fuse has
blown.
To remove and replace the fuse:
*Disconnect the power cord from the
IEC socket [12].
*Remove the fuse by turning the fuse
holder cap counter-clockwise.
*Remove the fuse and replace it with an
equivalent-type fuse (T 0.5 AL 250 V).
14. EXT AMP: This feature was originally
designed as a means to daisy-chain
two or more B-15 amps together for
additional power. This new-and-improved
Heritage B-15 could also be used as a
line out to feed an unbalanced Hi-Z input
such as a direct box or a mixer.
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Alternately, it may be utilized as an
input. Any signal applied here will not be
affected by the volume controls [2, 6].
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15. SPEAKER OUTPUTS: These 1/4” TS
output jacks supply speaker-level power
to the speaker cabinet. The rated power
output is 30 watts rms into a 4 or 8
load.
The Heritage B-15 cabinet is rated at 8 . When using a single Heritage B-15
cabinet with the Heritage B-15 head,
connect the cabinet to the matching 8
speaker output jack using a high quality
speaker cable.
When using the Heritage B-15 cabinet
with an additional 8 ext. speaker, connect the two (8 ) cabinets to two 4 jacks using two high quality speaker
cables. (Two 8 cabinets in parallel
equal a 4 load).
When using the Heritage B-15 cabinet
with one 4 cabinet, such as a Heritage
SVT-410HLF or SVT-810E, connect the
single 4 cabinet to the 4 speaker
output jack using a high quality speaker
cable.
Use speaker cables with 1/4” TS ends
only to make the connections. Do not
use instrument cables as they may overheat.
Heritage B-15 Bass Amplifier
Important information about tubes
A brief history of the tube:
In 1883, Thomas Edison discovered that electrons would flow from a suspended filament when enclosed
in an evacuated lamp. Years later, in 1905, John Ambrose Fleming expanded on Edison’s discovery and
created the “Fleming Valve”. Then, in 1907, Dr. Lee de Forest added a third component – the grid – to
“Fleming’s Valve” and the vacuum tube was a fact of life. The door to electronic amplification was now
open.
During World War II, data gleaned from their intensive research on the detectors used in radar systems
led Bell Telephone Laboratories to the invention of the transistor. This reliable little device gained quick
support as the new component for amplification. The death of the vacuum tube seemed imminent as
designers, scientists, and engineers reveled in the idea of replacing large, fragile glass tubes with these
small, solid-state devices.
However, there were (and still are) many serious listeners who realized that the sound produced by a
“transistor” amplifier is significantly different from that produced by a tube amplifier with identical design
specifications. They considered the sound produced by these new solid-state devices to be hard, brittle,
and lifeless. It was determined that solid-state devices produced a less musical set of harmonics than
tubes. When pushed past their limits, they tend to mute the tone and emphasize the distortion.
Tubes, on the other hand, produce a more musical set of harmonics, the intensity of which may be
controlled by the player. This characteristic adds warmth and definition to the sound which has become
the hallmark of tube amplifiers. When tubes are driven into clipping, the harmonic overtones can be both
sweet and pleasing or intense and penetrating, depending on the musician’s taste and playing technique.
Over the years, application engineers have designed a number of outstanding solid-state amplifiers that
sound very, very good. Some use special circuitry which enables them to simulate distortion characteristics of a tube amplifier. However, the tube amplifier, still held in the highest esteem by many
musicians, offers a classic “vintage” sound in a contemporary market.
Tube types and usage:
The Ampeg Heritage B-15 contains three types of tubes: preamplifier tubes, power tubes and a rectifier
tube.
Preamplifier tubes amplify the signal from the instrument and shape the sound. They are inherently microphonic (mechanically pick up and transmit external noises). Since these tubes are used in the critical
first stages of a tube amplifier’s circuitry, it is very important that any replacements are high-quality, low
noise/low microphonic tubes for this application. Although tubes of this quality may be difficult to find and
typically cost more than “off-the-shelf” tubes, the improvement in performance is worth the investment.
The preamplifier tubes in the Ampeg Heritage B-15 are three 6SL7 (N.O.S. JAN Philips ECG 6188). These tubes use larger, octal, sockets and are physically larger than most typical preamp tubes (12AX7 / 12AT7 / 12AU7 / ECC81 / ECC82 / ECC83 / 7025). The Ampeg Heritage team chose 6SL7
tubes for period authenticity, as these tubes came standard with the 1964 Ampeg B-15NC and 1966
Ampeg B-15NF. Nothing sounds closer to the real thing than the real thing and to ensure the best possible sound out of the Heritage Ampeg B-15, we sourced the N.O.S. (New Old Stock) JAN (Joint Army/
Navy) Philips ECG 6188 that is a Super Military 6SL7. The 6SL7 preamplifier tube closest to the power
tubes is used to drive the power tubes. It is possible to change the sound of the amplifier by changing
the type of preamp and/or driver tubes. When making any modification to your equipment, it is highly recommended that you consult with a qualified service center.
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Tube types and usage continued...
Power tubes are the largest tubes used in an amplifier, generate the most heat and wear out the fastest.
These tubes convert the low-level, conditioned signal from the preamplifier into a level that is sufficient
to drive the speakers. There are several types of power tubes available, each of which offers a different
performance/sound characteristic. The Ampeg Heritage B-15 uses two 6L6GC. As with the preamp tube
selection, the 6L6GC was selected for period authenticity. When replacing power tubes, please replace
them with a tested, matched pair and have the amp rebiased by a qualified service center. It is possible to
change the sound of the amplifier by changing the type of power tubes. When making any modification to
your equipment, it is highly recommended that you consult with a qualified service center.
Rectifier tubes convert the high voltage AC from the power transformer to a high voltage DC supply that
powers all the other tubes. Rectifier tubes give the amplifier much of the compression “feel” as maximum
output power is approached. This, in turn, is one of the keys to an amplifier’s responsiveness to the musician. The Ampeg Heritage B-15 uses a single 5AR4 (GZ34S) for rectification to mimic the 1964 – 1966 era circuit. It is also possible to use 5U4G to get the vibe of a pre-1962 B-15N. Like all of
the other tubes, these rectifier tubes were also chosen for period authenticity. When making any modification to your equipment, it is highly recommended that you consult with a qualified service center.
The nature of tubes – why (and when) to replace them:
Tubes are made up of a number of fragile mechanical components that are vacuum-sealed in a glass envelope or bubble. The tube’s longevity is based on a number of factors which include how hard and
often the amplifier is played, vibration from the speakers, road travel, repeated setup and tear down, etc.
Any time you notice a change in the amplifier’s performance, check the tubes first.
If it’s been awhile since the tubes were replaced and the sound from the amplifier lacks punch, fades in
and out, loses highs or lows or produces unusual sounds, the power tubes probably need to be replaced.
If the amplifier squeals, makes noise, loses gain, starts to hum, lacks “sensitivity”, or feels as if it is working against you, the preamplifier tubes may need to be replaced.
The power tubes are subjected to considerably more stress than the preamplifier tubes. Consequently,
they almost always fail/degrade first. If deteriorating power tubes aren’t replaced, they will ultimately fail.
Depending on the failure mode, they may even cause severe damage to the audio output transformer
and/or other components in the amplifier. Replacing the tubes before they fail completely has the potential
to save time, money and other unwanted troubles. Since power tubes work together in an amplifier, it is
crucial that they (if there is more than one) be replaced by a matched set. If you are on the road a lot, we recommend that you carry a spare matched set of replacement power tubes and their associated driver
tubes.
After turning off the power and disconnecting the amplifier from the power source, carefully check the
tubes (in bright light) for cracks, white spots inside the glass or any apparent damage. Then, with the
power on, view the tubes in a darkened room. Look for the preamplifier tubes that do not glow at all or
power tubes that glow excessively red.
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The nature of tubes continued...
Whenever replacing power tube(s):
• Always have the amplifier’s bias voltage checked by a qualified service center. Improper bias voltage
will cause degradation in performance and possibly damage tubes and/or the amplifier. (See the section
below titled “The importance of proper biasing” for more information on this subject).
• We highly recommend replacing the driver tube(s), as well. The driver tube determines the shape and
amplitude of the signal applied to the power tube(s) and has to work almost as hard as the power tube(s).
You may check the preamplifier tubes for microphonics by turning the amplifier on, turning up the gain and
tapping lightly on each tube with the end of a pencil or a chopstick. You will be able to hear the tapping
through the speakers, which is normal. It is not normal for a tube to ring like a bell after it is tapped. If it
does ring, then it is microphonic and should be replaced. Remember to use only high quality, low microphonic tubes in the preamplifier section.
Even though power tubes are rarely microphonic, they should be checked, anyway. The power tubes may
be checked for microphonics just like the preamp tubes.
In the case of very high gain amps, you may be able to reduce the amount of noise generated by simply
swapping the preamp tubes around.
The importance of proper biasing:
For the best performance and longest tube life, proper biasing is imperative. Bias (in fixed bias circuits
such as the 1966 bias setting) is the negative voltage which is applied to the power tube’s control grid
to set the level of idle current. We cannot over emphasize the difference in warmth of tone and dynamic
response that come with proper biasing. If the bias is set too high (overbiased), the sound from the amp
will be distorted at all levels. If the bias is set too low (underbiased), the power tubes will run hot (the
plates inside the tubes may glow red due to excessive heat) and the sound from the amplifier will lack
power and punch. The excessive heat greatly reduces tube life – from a few days to as little as a few
hours in extreme cases. Setting the bias on the amp is like setting the idle on a car. If it’s too high or hot,
it’s running away with you and if it’s too low or cold it will choke when you step on it.
The factory bias is adjusted by George Metropoulos himself. It is important to point out that tubes of the
same type and specification typically exhibit different performance characteristics. Consequently, whenever power tubes are replaced, the bias voltage must be checked and re-adjusted to accommodate
the operating parameters of the replacement tubes. The bias adjustment should be performed only by
qualified service personnel with the proper, calibrated test equipment.
The bottom line:
Only 50 Ampeg Heritage B-15s were hand-built, with the intention of replicating the classic sounds of the
1964 and 1966 models. In order to achieve this, the combo comes standard with 3 6SL7 (N.O.S. JAN
Philips ECG 6188) preamp tubes, 1 5AR4 (GZ34S) rectifier tube and 2 6L6GC power amp tubes. As mentioned earlier, replacing these tubes with different rated ones is possible, but the consequence is a
completely different sound. Proceed with caution!
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Heritage B-15 Block Diagram
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HERITAGE B-15 TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Preamp Tube
3 x 6SL7 (N.O.S. JAN Philips ECG 6188)
Power Amp Tube
2 x 6L6GC
Rectifier Tube
1 x 5AR4 / GZ34S or user optional 1 x 5U4G
Two channels
1964 channel is based upon the 1964 B-15NC Preamp Circuit
Two inputs
Input 1 is 0 dB, Input 2 is –15 dB
EQ
Baxandall Bass +/–10 dB @ 40 Hz
Baxandall Treble +/–18 dB @ 5 kHz
1966 channel is based upon the 1966 B-15NF Preamp Circuit
Two inputs
Input 1 is 0 dB, Input 2 is –15 dB
EQ
Baxandall Bass +/–11 dB @ 40 Hz
Baxandall Treble +18 / –30 dB @ 5 kHz
Power Tube Bias
1964
1966
Output Power Rating (8 or 4
1964 Bias
1966 Bias
)
Cathode per 1964 era B-15NC
Fixed per 1966 era B-15NF
25 watts rms @ 5% THD
30 watts rms @ 5% THD
Ext Amp I/O Bus
1.25 Vrms (+4 dBu) @ amplifier output clip,
unbalanced bus connection, post volume controls
Speaker Outputs
1 x 8 (Heritage B-15 cabinet)
2 x 4 (One 4 cabinet or two 8 cabinets; i.e. Heritage B-15 cabinet plus 8 extension cabinet)
Speaker Specs
Custom-designed 15” Eminence driver
Die-cast aluminum frame
109 oz ceramic magnet
4” Voice Coil
Aluminum dust cover
400W power rating
Made in the U.S.A.
Cabinet Construction
Highest quality Baltic Birch, solid Poplar and featuring dovetail box joint construction
Size (H x W x D) with dolly
27 in/686 mm x 21 in/533 mm x 14 in/356 mm
Weight with dolly
96 lb/43.5 kg (approximately)
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Flip-Top Instructions:
So you’ve made it this far and you are now
ready to flip your lid...or at least the amp. We
will instruct you on how to do the latter, as
we are not in the business of lid-flipping!
Step 3: set the cabinet top handle-side down
on the top of the cabinet. The amplifier
should now be on the top.
It is accomplished in five simple steps:
Step 5: connect the amp to the cabinet.
Step 1: loosen the latches on each side of
the cabinet. There are two latches on each
side, four total.
Step 6: connect the power cable to a power
source.
Step 2: using the handle, lift the top of the
cabinet (amplifier is attached underneath) and
rotate it 180˚.
Step 8: power up the amp.
Step 4: line up and lock all four latches.
Step 7: connect the instrument to the amp.
Step 9: the rest is up to you and the world is
your oyster!
Service Information
If you are having a problem with the Heritage B-15, please contact George Metropoulos by
email at tech@metroamp.com or by phone at (810) 614-3905.
The Heritage B-15 is covered with sheet metal (amplifier) and a durable fabric-backed vinyl material
(cabinet), so be sure to clean with a dry lint-free cloth. Never spray cleaning agents on the Heritage
B-15. Avoid abrasive cleansers which would damage the finish.
Ampeg continually develops new products and improves upon existing ones. For this reason, the specifications
and information in this manual are subject to change without notice.
“Ampeg” is a registered trademark of LOUD Technologies Inc. All other brand names mentioned are trademarks
or registered trademarks of their respective holders and are hereby acknowledged.
www.ampeg.com
©2010 LOUD Technologies Inc.
16220 Wood-Red Road NE • Woodinville, WA 98072
Part No. SW0874 Rev. C 10/10
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