Mesa Road Ready 2x15 or 70's Ampeg 810?
I have recently starting to have the urge to play bass again and got sweet prices on a Mesa Road Ready 2x15 and a 70's Ampeg Silverface 810. I've had a 90's Ampeg 810 before and I loved the sound of it. Would I love a 2x15 more?
I would be playing music like
but possibly other genres too.
The Mesa road ready 2x15 I'm getting a sweet price of 300$ and its down the street from me. I'm really eager to try something new.
The 70's Ampeg 810 is an hour and a half away if not more. I'm getting a sweet sweet price of 250$ for it. It's pretty beat up looks like its been to lots of gigs and loading and unloading. The speakers are in perfect working condition. What urks me is, I don't know if i would drive a three hour round trip to save 50$ which will probably end up to be 300$+ total after gas and tolls.
I love the sound of my old 810 but I've been hearing that the mesa 2x15 is an incredible cab. I'm just really looking to see pros and cons of both. I'm torn between these two because the Ampeg is at a goddamn dirt cheap price! But is it worth it? Help me decide! It's up to you my fellow talkbass members to help me choose my new cab!
Can't answer which you'd love more. 70's SVT 810's are the bomb tonally, though. The only problem with them is that the official power handling is 250w, and while I think they really do slightly better than that, it isn't by much. So if you're looking to throttle it, I'd look for a newer 810e. But if you can hang with playing at a volume the cab can handle, the sound of those old cabs is unequaled by anything Ampeg's made since then except the Heritage 810e. They all sound great, but those 70's cabs and the Heritage have THE sound.
That said, I have a two-115 rig and I really like that as well. Doesn't move quite the amount of air that an 810 rig does but they have a sound. Both are good stuff, but you'll have to decide yourself which you like best.
What JimmyM said but I lean towards the RR215. Been using one since the early 90's & never needed anything more.
250w killed it for me since I was planning to get a svt 7 pro my friend has! I think I have decided that I'm going to get a RR215. Unless anyone has objections ;)
Use your ears and what is between them and you can use any amp with any cab.
Thanks CL400Peavey! I just gotta go try it out, I'm excited to hear this beast.
I've played both of these cabs in very loud band settings, and currently keep a Roadready 2x15 around for that purpose. Indeed nothing is quite like the Ampeg, but the Mesa sounds awesome and will put out more than enough volume IME.
If you're going to be touring on this rig, the Mesa will be way tougher of course, but be aware of the additional weight when you're loading out -- it's no joke!
Yeah, I plan on getting a hand dolly for moving it around! I've lugged around an 8x10 on a tour before it was killer, not to mention all the scuffs and stuff happened to it. How much is the weight difference?
Keep the responses coming I would love
To hear as many as possible before i commit to either one!
"How much is the weight difference? "
I think its @165 for the ampeg and @ 140 for the mesa
This is a no-brainer:
If the Mesa RR2x15 can be had for $300, then you should buy it.
If the SVT 810 can be bought for $250, then you should buy it.
I'm thinking that for a little over $600 you can have both. :o
FYI: I have the RR 2x15 and I drive it with a 300W tube SVT. I love the tone. If I could find an Ampeg 8x10 at that price I wouldn't hesitate to drive an hour and a half to go get it. Too much is never enough.
Am I doing a good job of enabling? ;)
On a serious note -- consider that both of those cabs are easy enough to deal with on a flat surface with casters, but they're going to be a difficult one-man lift if you have to encounter stairs. With two people, one on each side, it's easy to move the Mesa RR 2x15. With one person it can be pretty hard to get it up a flight of stairs. I had mine get away from me when I blew out a pneumatic tire on a hand truck, the hand truck twisted under the weight, and the beast went bouncing & tumbling down the stairs like a football.
If I could replace my Mesa RR 2x15 with a pair of Mesa RR 1x15 I wouldn't hesitate to do that.
WretcheExcess you have a point why not buy both? hehehe I've had to lug my 810 up stairs once, I was just dragging it, there was no way I was actually carrying it up.
Does anyone have any videos of a Mesa RR 2x15 they could share?
And is there anything different from the 2x15 diesel vs the 2x15 road ready besides the road case?
The RR 2x15 is the same as the diesel 2x15, if I recall correctly.
And yeah, get both.
If anyone's got a video of the EVM-15L in a TL-606 cabinet, a pair of those stacked in parallel is pretty darned close to the exact cabinet specs of a Road Ready 2x15.
I have a separate EVM-15L / TL-606 1x15 cab and a Mesa RR 2x15 cab and they sound the same. If/when the 2x15 isn't enough I use both cabs paralleled for 3x15 on the 2-ohm tap of my SVT. Another option would be to just drive the separate cabs with two amps.
I've also heard the Mesa RR 2x15 come in a 400w version and a 800w versions?
Road Ready = EV speakers = 400W
I ran 700w through a 1976 ampeg 810 for about 10 years once a week at practice for several hours and also at tons of gigs. If it's rated at 250w then thats an exceptionally conservative rating. Never had as much as a whimper from that cab, it just kept going... and going.. and going...
I really liked the mid growl I got with the 810, however the bottom wasn't the greatest IMO. That's why I got rid of it- in a live situation I had to use a 2x15 to keep the bottom end present (played a lot of places with crappy PAs)
For recording though, holy crap... NOTHING can hold a candle to that cab. with some good mics on it, it sounds amazing no matter what I was playing through it- clean, distorted, 5 string, it sounded freaking awesome on tape every single time.
165lbs is correct- I put mine on a scale once.
Di you run a 700w amp through it or did you run AT 700w? If you did the latter, how did you keep from puking? ;)
Still kind of stuck but definitely leaning towards the RR 2x15 from what everyone's been saying!
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