first, I had three goals
1) much lighter,
2)fits in my trunk
3)sounds better than my old Yorkville 400B combo
It is WAY lighter than even the 400B cab without the head in it. I haven't weighed it yet but probably under 40 lbs. The driver is an Eminence basslite C2515 neo. The combo's driver has a giant magnet.
I've always played with a 1x15 combo amp. We play classic rock in bars and pubs. I've never really gone for tweets. I also have an SWR 2x10 but never felt it was necessary. Sonically, this cab sounds "wider" than the YV driver. On top: The C2515 is quite a bit brighter even though I play with flats. On bottom: My combo starts rolling around a G (I'm playing a 4-string bass). So, on the E-string...
G: still ok,
F#: hardly notice,
F: noticable now
open E: really bad roll off and tons of classic rock tunes are in E.
Of course I didn't notice any of this until I was able to compare the two. The new cab is very consistant down through an open E. Even below that - If I detune a D-A-D-G tuning for something like Nirvana's Heart Shaped Box (my bottom is then Db) it's still pretty strong.
The 400B was a pretty loud combo, this is a 4-ohm speaker instead of 8, so it is quite a bit louder when comparing.
I used WinISD for the box design. The box is roughly 87 liters. I only set a 15" depth so I can lay it driver-up in my trunk and a 24" width. The WinISD set the height (almost 19").
All the parts are from PartsExpress, wood from Home Depot. The box is painted Benjamin Moore 1673 (Vermont Slate). I forgot to order black screws and bolts, so all the hardware is stainless steel from the neighborhood hardware store. The speaker grille stand-offs (spacers) are just nylon spacers that I colored with a Scripto perm-ink marker (LOL).
I'm dying to play it out - haven't done that yet. I was planning on building a matching 4-ohm 2x10 cab and switch to a Crown XLS402. But, before expending that cash I'll roll with this for a while and see how it goes. I've got a couple of house projects in play and I have to return my attention back to the honey-do list for now