Ampeg is no longer owned by LOUD Audio LLC but will now be run from the Far East, as Yamaha has just purchased the classic bass amp manufacturer.
It is probably one of the best-known manufacturers in the bass sector. The US manufacturer is best known for its bass amps, especially the SVT, which has filled rock stages with the “fridge” (an 8 × 10 cabinet) for many decades.
Now the company belongs to Yamaha, a giant from the Far East. Japan. Whether this affects Ampeg’s manufacturing locations and quality remains an open question. The products will probably not change. Yamaha has other companies in its portfolio, including Steinberg, Bösendorfer and Line 6, all of which are doing fine and it appears that Yamaha is good at keeping companies healthy, well managed and creating great products.
Maybe they should buy Gibson? As we all have seen the news the last few weeks and know they are on their knees financially. So could a company like Yamaha could do great things for them as well? Just a thought.
- Yamaha/Ampeg and Line 6: Yamaha