Need advice on cab(s) to go with Carvin BX1500 for rehearsal
Need some advice here, as I am looking into getting a cab(s) to go with my Carvin Bx1500 for rehearsal. Our studio is in a basement and I am tired of hauling my two Carvin br410s up and down for gigs. So I'd like to find and inexpensive cab or cabs that would be loud enough to compete with my guitarist (120watts Mesa). I like my sound now with my regular cabs for gigs, but I'd like to get some ideas for picking up something cheap used that would suffice for rehearsals. New cab(s) would just stay in studio for practice and I will transport my rack for gigs. My back appreciates and ideas!
Light, cheap, and loud? pick two.
Lots of choices, from a good 210, good 112, 212 or 410 since it would be a leave it in the basement. An old Peavey 410 would likely be the least expensive good cab.
I would recommend picking up another BR410 or a used cab with similar specs, so that you can use it as an alternate if one of your main cabs ever fails. That way you get a bit more value for your money than if you just bought crap cabs that you'd never use other than at practice.
If do that and it proves not loud enough for practice volume, you can either bring just one of your main cabs to practice or then spring for a cheap-as-possible second cab to make up the volume difference.
On that note, I see this deal on GC...
A 410 with neo speakers 8 ohm 800 watts? Wow.
My head bridged at 8 ohms is 900 watts, so unless I pushed it hard
This might be good. Thoughts on this???
The cab seems like a steal for 300 bucks new.
Use your ears and what is between them and you will be fine.
Dang they are giving that cab away. The MBE don't go quite as deep as the NEO series but you are in a basement with it so the NEO could be too boomy. You may not care for the piezo tweeter horn but it can be switched off.
Go with a PAIR of 112's so you can make use of all the BX1500's functionality. I have a BX1200 with a pair a kickass 12's, a sub and a 3-way, and run mine in bi-amp mode. It's friking awesome. You may choose to run yours in dual mono (two volumes but no X-OVER) or in bridge mode for HUGE power. If you do BRIDGE mode, your cabs have to be 8 ohms each. In bi-amp or dual mono, you can run two 4 ohms cabs at 450w each or two 8 ohms cabs at 325w each (I think). I would look at the ACME Full Range plus the ACME Flat cabs. BIG sound, great tone and easy on the back.
Thanks guys.... Jeff I run my br410s in dual mono right now at 8 ohms for 300 watts per cab and almost never need more. Great amp for sure. Was thinking to run just one cab bridged might be way to go if one would handle the 900 watts bridged at 8 ohms. I have never tried running just one power amp by itself, as I don't know if that's OK or if it might cause a problem with the head. I haven't tried bridged yet either. Your 1200 is pretty close to mine. What's your experience been in the different ways to run that head? Thanks for everyone's thoughts.
I run a BX1500 bridged into a single 8 ohm cab. Carvin said this is fine when asked.
I just picked up this super lightweight SKB rack case, love it.
I hope to purchase a GK Neo 212 within the month to complete my light and powerful rig. I test drove a friend's 212 Neo with my amp and loved it.
Reasons for two cabs: Easier to move, if one blows you're still in business, stages differ which causes me to reset my X-OVER knob, two volumes to adjust to different rooms, less distortion than most 212's, etc....
Amazing head. I brought it to my friend's, who built his own studio, and he was having a grand O'l time playing around with it.
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