I felt some obligation to post a few comments on my continued experimentation with bass cabinets over the last year or so. Last night, was really cool. I'm now the proud owner of an Aguilar DB810 and man, what a special cabinet it is!
For that that have read a few of my threads, I was playing Eden cabinets for years until recently making the change to Mesa. I had a chance to own a pair of Ampeg 810E's and a PR
-810 over the past 6 months too. Just collected them up used and it's amazing and how quickly all of them sold again!
I had a Mesa recent Powerhouse 8x10 up until last week.
Ended up selling it to a local guy. I was all about starting to make the move to more lighter weight cabs, but then I caught wind of an available DB810. WOW!
Since I've owned the four different 8x10's, still own two Mesa PH410's and two PH212's, and have demoed a PH412, let me just say that Aguilar DB810 truly blew me away!
I tried it first with the original owner's SWR SM-1500 (that's an old gem of an amp) with his Warwick bolt-on 5 and couldn't believe the sound of the B string. It was so even.....and the strings were dead on the bass!
The other very cool thing about the DB810 is with the rear porting, it fills the room with bass very evenly. I love that effect it has.
So, when I got it home last night, I had to plug it into my Ampeg SVT-2Pro and grabbed my Fender American Jazz 4 string......and of course, I was very happy with the results. It's going to be interesting to see how it sounds with my other basses and amps. I'm anxious to hear how my Mesa 400+ (not hot rodded up with brand new tubes and an adjustable bias) and my Titan V12 Big Block will sound through the DB810 I'll probably post some more comments as I've tested out my gear.
There was a few people on here who inspired me to take a look at the DB810 and I read Justin Meldal-Johnsen's comments as well. I've seen him play several times with NIN over the past 5 years and always loved his live sound. I always wondered how he was able to amplify his upright bass while playing 'Piggy'. I'm going to guess that it was going through an Aguilar DB for sure.
Now, this cabinet may have been a catalyst for a change in gear......but I think I might try a different brand of cabinet.
Still thinking of getting some lighter weight cabs. But I might just get hooked by a DB410. Ah, maybe I'll be swapping my Mesa 4x10's for a couple DB410's. Still want to try a couple more Bergantino's though. I played a 410 back in the winter that just smoked.
Anyway, hoping this thread will get some more people to check out Aguilar if they're looking for new cabs. I'll have to give the GS series a shot too......but I'm thinking they're going to be more similar to Eden.