Hello all! I'm obviously new here, and I have a couple questions about cabs in particular. I'm running an Ampeg B1-Re, nothing special or particularly nice, and am looking for a cab to pair it up with. Now, as with most people, money is usually an object, and used stuff tends to be the best value, and in that alley I have a few options.
There's a Fender Bassman 70 cab, which is an older 2x15 that, while somewhat beat cosmetically, sounds pretty good to my admittedly inexperienced ear that might be available from a friend of mine for about $170.
The other option is a local Ampeg 410HE
for $250. There's two of them in the ad, one with casters and one without and he's selling them separate, so time isn't a huge issue, and he's willing to set them up with his amp or one you bring to try them out. The same seller also has a 1x15 Ampeg cab that I've read pairs well with the 4x10, but I don't know if I'll be struggling for low end enough to justify that much boxage.
Now, this friend is known to be a little on the crafty/wheeling and dealing side of things when it comes to selling, but he sold the Ampeg amp that I'm using now for what seems like a reasonable $120, considering nothing is wrong with it (I had it checked out at my LMS to make sure I wasn't getting taken for some kind of ride). In addition to the Fender and the Ampeg, there is an Bullfrog Alumabass 4x10
on my local CL, and from what I've read they sound pretty alright, but that's totally out of my territory in terms of knowledge. It seems like they were piggybacking on those 90's Hartke's with the aluminum cones, but I don't know.
As far as my needs, I'm playing 4 and 5 string stuff, generally rock and funk. I've played through the Fender and it sounds alright, but it's a little bit on the dirty side, and my only experience with Ampeg cabs are in music shops, and of course they sound magical because they're always hooked up to SVTs and the like. I guess I'm just looking for some advice on what some of these sound like to to other players, and if these are fair prices assuming the condition is acceptable, that sort of thing. Any help is much appreciated!