It's been about 1.5 years since I stumbled across that weird JBL theater group buy stuff: http://www.avsforum.com/t/1317390/big-jbl-theater-items-for-the-diy-guy
Back then I was on Craigslist and someone had a couple Ashley amplifiers for sale. I went and looked at them and they were beasts. So of course I bought them.
I told the guy if he had more I would be interested because of the guys on AVS. He said the rest were sold but mentioned all that other JBL stuff that we all took advantage of back then. That was a fun time and the first big group buy I helped with. What stunk was that most of the amps and compression drivers were sold before I found out about it. After realizing the 5 amps I had were overkill for my needs (back then), they were sold to MKTheater to power his crazy stuff. If I recall, he thought they were nice and very powerful. I think he used them to power his Danley TH and his pro JBL gear.
This brings me up to yesterday. Out of the blue I get a phone call and the guy on the other end says "Is this the speaker guy". Uhhhh, yeh? He reminds me that he sold all the JBL gear and kept my phone number. I started to get excited. But was let down for a second. He said he has about 11 horns and the drivers that go on the back. Not those big massive horns like last time. And he said he had 9 big speakers. I was guessing they were the dual 15's and hoping for some of the 18" subwoofers. So no where near as much stuff as last time.Here's where it might get interesting.
I called him today to stop by and take a look at what he had. On the phone I asked him if he had any of the amplifiers, and I hear him start counting. He said: "Yes.....at least 20 of them". Oh yeh. He takes me upstairs into the room with all this gear. Guess what? I see racks full of them! Sweet Momma!
Each rack has 5 of these monster amps. But 2 racks in the back were empty. Total amp count: 37!!
He knows they are worth something, but said to make an offer. Does anyone have any need for these before I even start thinking about it?
They're Ashley FTX-2001. The ones I saw looked very clean. There used to be a good deal of info about them on the web 2 years ago, but can't find much right now. Bummer. I know they're 2 channel commercial amps that can take a beating. 2 Ohm stable. These have a built in crossover at 750hz, so one channel powers a CD, the other powers the woofers. But I think that can be turned off. Maybe MKTheater will chime in with more info. They weigh about 55lbs each and the caps are massive. I took photos of the ones I sent MK and will try to find those to post.
Here's some info, but very little: http://www.manualslib.com/manual/9847/Ashly-Ftx-Ftx-2001-Ftx-2001.html
I didn't ask if they all needed to be bought at the same time, or if we could just buy some. I can't recall how much they were when I bought five 2 years ago. But I bought them from what might have been another middle man. So maybe they could be even cheaper by going with this guy. I don't know just yet.
Any price ideas for these beasts? I don't need 37 of them,
but I'm going to buy some for myself just so I can try them out on a speaker using the BA compression driver talked about in another thread.