I need YOUR opinion...
I have a chance at buying a used Carvin Redline 4x10 for $120.
My current rig WAS a Hartke 115XL and an old Eminence 15" PA speaker stuffed into a cab made out of an old Peavey TNT combo, powered by a Peavey Firebass 700 head. I play a 5-string bass.
Long story short, this stack sounded decent to my low-fi ears. Decent bass, decent mids, decent volume, but lacking a bit on the high end and punch. I always heard that 15's tended to be dark and slightly muddier than 10's and this rig seemed to verify that.
Anyway, the Eminence 15 in the janky cab had an unfortunate run-in with the corner of my bass case and is now useless, which leaves only the Hartke 115XL. It's a good cab for low-end, but it seems to have little mids and almost no clarity by itself.
I've read the reviews about the Carvin 410 having bad low-end response and what not. I just want to get a consensus of opinions on whether or not you guys think it will sound decent with the 115XL. I know I should let my own ears be the judge, but this Carvin cab is 2 hours and $30 in gas away, so I'm hoping to get an inkling of an idea of what to expect before I waste the time and money to go test out a cab that may end up sucking.
It's a budget cab, and budget cabs almost always have budget sound. If you skimp on anything, don't skimp on the cab.
Also, the only thing you can tell about a cab by speaker size alone is the size of the speakers in the cab. If you could pre-judge the sound of a cab by the speaker size, then all cabs with speakers of a given size would sound identical. Trust me, they don't ;)
I also have a chance at getting either a Peavey TVX 410 or a Peavey VB 410 at more than twice the price of the Carvin. I've heard great things about those cabs, except that they weigh a ton which is fine by me. Would either of those be a better choice?
I've been living off of budget sound for my entire bass-playing career, so I don't know anything else. I'm not looking for audiophile quality, just something that can handle the Firebass head and a low-B string.
As a person who owned and gigged a redline 410, along with the redline600 amp as well as a Hartke Transient Attack 3500 and a Peavey T-Max, I will say the redline does indeed lack in lows. Nice, punchy mids....no lows. It gave credence to the myth that "you need a 15 for lows", because both my Carvin and my Peavey 15's had lows...the redline did not.
Knowing what I know now, I would've gutted that cab and built a fleet of compact 10"+ tweet vocal monitor wedges....they'd have sounded great there.
So....I'd offer $200 for the Peavey and be content paying $225. It's not a lowend monster either, but it's a better bass cab than the Carvin.
PS.....when you listen to them by themselves, the Carvin will sound a little "smoother" or "more refined" aside from the lack of lows. When you listen to them mixed in with your band, at a gig, from out where your audience is....the Peavey will be the clear winner.
I played through a RedLine 4X10 cab for a while and though it was "smooth" sounding it didn't really have the lows I like. I was playing 4 string, it wouldn't work at all with the 5 stringer I'm playing now.
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