I want to get a second cab to complement my Barefaced Compact (2nd gen). It will have to be 8ohm.
When using both cabs, I'll most likely be using a Markbass LMIII.
The Compact is nice, but a little on the dark side. I'm looking for something that has enough "oomph" and is a bit more "clear" and prominent on the midrange.
Oh, and I want to keep it reasonably small (up to BF compact size or so) and *light*.
Yes, I care about it being light. Bite me.
I'm looking at 3 possibilities, but I'm open to others... I wonder what the collective wisdom and experience here says. The three options I have here are all in the same price range, roughly.
Barefaced Big Baby 2
56 x 45 x 37cm H,W,D (stacks nicely on the Compact)
not the nicest handles, but at 13Kg not an issue.
30Hz - 20KHz
timescale: 3-months wait or so?
returns: 30-day trial, easy.
1x12" + 1x10"
60 x 48 x 41cm (stacks perfectly on the compact)
handles are not very comfortable
40Hz - 18KHz
timescale: 2-weeks + shipping from USA (air freight)
returns: not practical, too expensive (USA)
50 x 50 x 41 (stacks nicely, just 2cm wider than the Compact)
great comfy handles
45Hz - 16KHz
timescale: in stock, UK (Bass Direct)
returns: at least 7 days, I have not checked further.
I have not tried any of them and I'm not likely to be able to try before I buy...
I like my mids... think "fingerstyle funk" with a Stingray or Jazz on bridge pickup alone (in the latter case, with a J-Retro preamp fattening up the bottom end a bit).
The lazy guy in me wants to go BF, but what I hear about the Schroeder and VdK cabs makes me think they're probably a very good option... and 4 more Kg won't kill me, especially with a nice handle. The grip on the VdK has a cylindrical cross-section and I find those nice when carrying weight. The ones on the Schroeder these days look a lot like the ones on the TCE RS210, flattened, and they dig in my hand after a bit (I have soft hands, ok? :lol