Originally Posted by twotonetommy4
hey guys, i know everyone appreciates a little gear talk every now and then, so i thought i'd get yalls opinions on a situation i've found myself in.
currently, i play an ampeg '69 b25b amp through an ampeg hlf 4x10 cab (rewired to run at 16 ohms). i am happy with the tone, but feel it lacking some on the low end. due to my neverending search for that ultimate tone, i've recently stumbled upon a CL seller selling his b25b cabinet, which would match my head.
my question is, will matching the head and cab create for a better tone than what i already have? will using the b25b cabinet (which is 2x15) help to get some more low end?
just looking for some expert opinions here. any advice will help and i thank yall in advance!
Don't confuse speaker diameter and low end extension. Too many people seem to think that larger diameter speakers equals more low end. The Ampeg 410 hlf cab goes waaaaay lower than that vintage 2x15 cab. It's all about cab tuning and speaker design. That's
what governs frequency response.
Btw, alot of TB'ers have commented that the hlf cab isn't the greatest. (Their opinion, of course, but there seems to be quite a few who feel that way about the hlf.)
If you want more "punch", you might look into a custom made cab. That's what I did for my early 70's Ampeg B25B amp. I had Don Oatman at LDS (Low Down Sound) make me a cab loaded with four Eminence B810 drivers. I had the cab made with an internal vertical separator so it's actually like having a pair of vertical sealed 2x10's, each with their own separate input jack. 16 ohms per side, which is a perfect match for the two 16 ohm output jacks on the amp. The cab rocks!
Please keep in mind that the baby Ampeg (that's what I call my B25B compared to my other Ampeg amps) only pumps out about 55 watts RMS, so it's not going to provide lots of low end at high volume. You need more output power if you want low end at higher volumes. That's why I also have a 100 watter (Ampeg V4B) and a 300 watter (Ampeg SVT-II nonpro).