Since playing with legendary shock rock band, Lizzy Borden, Brian has held down the low end for a fat list of awesome players: Prong, Jake E. Lee, Flood, Dirty Looks… Jammed/worked with/for the likes of Disney, Vinny Appice (Heaven and Hell/Black Sabbath/Dio), Dave Lombardo (Slayer/Grip Inc.), Ray Luzier (Korn/DLR/Wicked Alliance), Randy Castillo (Ozzy Osborne), Eric Singer (Kiss/Alice Cooper), Nick Menza (Megadeth), Ivan De Prume (White Zombie). A couple of notable guitarists are: Jake E. Lee (Ozzy Osborne/Badlands/Wicked Alliance), and Tommy Victor (Prong/Ministry/ Danzig). Not too shabby.
But, that’s not what this is all about. Brian loves his B-15 and wanted to share his B-15 story.
Brian Perry’s B-15 Story:
When I was about 14 years of age and living in Scranton, PA, I used to walk a few miles with bass in hand through rain, sleet and snow to go and jam at a friend’s house in West Side. I would do my best to keep the bottom but, because I didn’t have a proper bass amp, I used the same friend’s brother’s amp. He had a very nice all original B-15 from the ‘60s. Needless to say that little amp sounded incredible, and I eventually I bought it from him for $75.00. It served me well for sometime, but on a sad note the B-15 was destroyed in a rehearsal room fire a few years later… It was never replaced and was sorely missed.
Fast-forward to 2008: One evening while on eBay I spied a 1965 B-15 that was bought at an estate sale! Not a scratch! All original including the tubes! The price was right and I bought it on the spot. Upon opening the amp I noticed a mass card for a woman by the name of Lena, and at that I decided to investigate who Lena was. After a few phone calls I found out… Lena played the organ for her church. She died in 1979 in Whitefish, Montana. The amp was stored in an attic ever since. I took it to Amphole here in Los Angeles and was told it was the cleanest, best sounding B-15 Bob (the owner) has ever seen. I’ve since used this amp along with other vintage basses for many a recording and all who hear will concur “It’s the best sounding amp they have ever heard”.
And to think this amp went into the attic and stayed there for 30 years untouched! Unbelievably, it was put up there right at the same time I bought my first B-15.
Thank you Jess Oliver and thank you, Ampeg, for all the years and the monstrous mountains of sound!
- Brian Perry
I know there’s a lot more of you out there with your own B-15 story. Email it, with pics, if possible to firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to share.