Used 215 cab options on a budget.
I'd really like to venture into the 215 cab arena and primarily I'm on a $500 max budget. I have been using tens ( 210,410,810) for the the whole time I've been playing ( 27 years) until last year when I scored an BA115 Ampeg combo super cheap. I love the 15" speaker and want to put 215's under my 300w tube head.
Basically what I see on the used market is : fender, Ampeg, and peavey being the most readily available cabinets, at decent prices.
Besides blown drivers, what do I need to look for? I just don't have the knowledge base on 215 cabs to make the best decision, as I will have to, more than likely buy before I can try.
Fender has made 215 cabs forever and quite frankly I don't want a cab that's better suited for guitar or in any case just plain a bad cab. Then there is the sunn factor,pro series, and more.
Peavey is the same thing. Solid yes. Junk? I doubt it, just what is the best 215 peavey cab? Yes they are heavy! So I've heard, BW equipped is desired.
Ampeg? I know absolutely nothing here outside of I've owned a 810 and a 410-115 monster cab that both sounded great way back with the GK 400 RB amp I was using up till the early '90s.
I'd love to find a Mesa Boogie 215 power house as I hear they are killer and solid. Just rare, I guess.
I've seen some older GK 215 cabs out there, but, like the others they do have some crap.
Out of the three brands, which would be the best suited for rock,blues,funk, R&B, reggae, and improve style music and why? Weight not withstanding, is not an issue. However size is. I don't want 215's in an 810 box.
I played a gig Friday night on my 210 cab with the tube amp and where it sounded good, I had to crank the amp to get the sound to fill out. I was being lazy and didn't feel like dragging 2 cabs out. Will the 215 supply the headroom and thump I am looking for.......Or am I just looking for a good 810 cab to fill my sonic needs?
I primarily use a PBass with rounds. Depending on the band and style I play finger style and with a pick.
The biggest thing out of all this is, that I will be selling off my beloved amp to fund this. So I definitely do not want to get stuck with a dog that will send me into a manic depression of sorts, if that makes any sense?
Thanks in advance for your help and experience in this area of speaker cabs.