Looking for a good 2x10 cab that can function as the standalone speaker system with the BVP-5500 hybrid tube/solid state power amp.
I'm sitting on an impressive stock of NOS 12AX7 tubes that I recently found on the web and I have been wanting to buy a more powerful rig for my Fender American Deluxe Jazz and Rickenbacker 4003.
I tried some of the combo amps in this same price range and I wasn't impressed with the overall tonal options, so I decided to go for a separate head and cab system instead.
I am trying to keep the price down under $600.00 for the whole thing.
I got a really good deal on a new Bugera BVP-5500 hybrid head which puts out well over 250 watts and uses 4 12AX7s in the preamp section which is exactly what I wanted as a good use for some of these 1965 vintage JAN Phillips 12AX7s I scored. The amp has gotten very high marks for its sound quality, especially for the price.
Now I need to find a good cab to go with it. For the literal space I have to put this new rig, I am leaning heavily towards a 2x10 cabinet. I think it will probably give me the best tone in the medium sized spare bedroom my studio is built in.
I actually purchased a Peavey Headliner 210 cab with the amp earlier today, but the cab is backordered untl the 15th, so this gave me some time to do a little searching on the web for reviews on this new line from Peavey and frankly, I didn't like what I found. Seems that this new line is built for the price point which is never a good thing to read! This line doesn't appear that have the same price to quality ratio that Peavey has always been known for.
So... I have cancelled that part of the order and now need to find a better 2x10 cab to go with this somewhat powerful amp. The amp is apparently a clone of the popular and well regarded Ampeg SVT-3PRO hybrid head. I don't want to spend a fortune on the cab, but I don't want a piece of junk either.
I have narrowed the search down somewhat between two brands, but I am open to other suggestions as well.
Right now it is between these two, although the first one is a lot more within my comfort zone for this particular purchase. Ashdown MAG 214T Deep 2x10 Markbass Standard 102HF Front-Ported Neo 2x10 Bass Speaker Cabinet 8 Ohm
I am going to try and get a better price on either one of these of course, but I was wondering if anyone out there has had first hand playing experience with both of these cabs and can comment on whether the Markbass is really worth the extra $$.
It looks from the picture that the Markbass has some kind of tweeter in the cabinet, but it isn't listed on the specs. I am not always a fan of these tweeters, and one thing I like about the Ashdown is that it has a three way control for their tweeter. (Off, Low, High)
Thanks in advance for any input!