#1
If they are the kind I'm thinking of, they sound REALLY good. They seem to pop up frequently at reasonable prices. Why? Is there something about them to be wary of?
#3
There just really isn't that much demand for bassman heads, typically vintage dudes buy marshalls and supros/ other boutique brands. Bass players rarely have heard about bassmans from the ones I talk to. Showmans are more heard of and people will pay higher for them.

Basically you pay for how much a vintage amp is being talked about by the pop market, not by how good it actually sounds to people who know what they're doing.
#4
^That and they changed A LOT over the years. I have a 1975 Bassman, and though I love it, it is not very similar to the famed 1960s Bassmans. If it were a 1985 it would be even less similar. So the 'cheap bassmans' you are looking at are probably not as good as you might think. I did, however, recently see a $550 1968 Bassman, which is a steal, but see below.

The other thing is most of the ones you can snag off of ebay or craigslist will need some work before they are operational. I got my head for $200, but had to immediately spend $400 on techwork.
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#5
I see. I figured as much. So there shouldn't be any trouble more unreasonable than typical old gear risk? I shall tuck this information away...
#6
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I see. I figured as much. So there shouldn't be any trouble more unreasonable than typical old gear risk? I shall tuck this information away...

Ya there's always a risk buying used, vintage gear. My rule when I bought it was if it played at all, I figured it was worth $200. Unfortunately I should have taken it to a tech before powering up because I fried a few things when I first cranked it. At $600 for the head, I am very happy though. It is a 6L6 workhorse to say the least.
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#7
Then you can be a lucky S.O.B. like me and get a '74 Bassman head in perfect working order for absolutely free.
#8
I have a 1967 Bassman head that sounds like ****ing butter. Oh my god it is sweet.
I think it was the last year they made blackfaces before CBS bought Fender out. But I got mine for like $1000. I'm not unhappy though, since it is a blackface, which is what I wanted.