Originally Posted by will33
What makes them great? Not being an ass, just asking. General tone. Hard to fart out? Breakup nicely or something? General design, ported, sealed, rough size, etc.
My Apologies - would have written more to begin with but was tied up until just now to review a little. Have tried this out with both my Line6 Lowdown 400w & Traynor YBA200-2 heads. The Wizard 410 are extremely transparent, no odd overtones whatsoever. Can be very Hi-Fi sounding depending on how it's being fed. Fantastic clarity with the Line6 head using Eden simulator. Nice and squishy with the Traynor, takes scooped tones very well. Can't get the things to break up whatsoever with either head pushing @ full tilt, although would not want to risk this kind of tone by overpowering it either.
Construction reminds me of Top Hat / Black Cat Guitar cabs as I have not seen a bass cabinet this well made in forever. Old-school Marshall-like in appearance with a few classy touches. Very solid, nice round sanded & tolexed corners. Feels incredibly sturdy. Handles are well made and comfortable - very much like the handles on Traynor gear. Is also Canadian made interestingly enough. Only oddities I have noted are that it seems to be un-ported (have not had the grill off though) and that there is no back-plate for output jacks. Both 1/4" in-out are @ opposing top-rear corners mounted on small stainless-steel plates.
Is missing Speakon jacks (as well as an easy way to mod.) Might think this would rule out this cab for anything more than 400W or so. This being said - for 300W and less all-tube heads would say this one is a clear winner.
IMHO - I always thought that the Ampeg cabs (410, 610 & 810) sounded a little "Boxy" regardless of what you played thru them. Great kick and low end, but always a very pronounced "rock" amp kind of tone.
This tone is much more transparent - more Eden or high-end Ashdown like, which leaves tons of room to get more of what you want from the cab as long as you are aware of how to use your gear as it's clearly not a stock "EQ @ 12 o'clock and roar away" cab like Ampeg/Fender/Gk etc. In short - it sounds like your head - not like a tuned single purpose bulk made cabinet.
Website stated that this cab was in about 80 lb. range, but does not feel that heavy at all to me. Is an easy lift with one person from back of my SUV and carry into rehearsal space. Cab is not overly large either as it is lacking large bottom porting like SWR/Eden. Makes for a great center of gravity while moving. As far as an overall on size and weight - reminds me of some of the more solid Orange/Markbass stuff in weight, and is short enough that it sits squatly below the top of the bench seats in the back of my Dodge Nitro. I would not recommend that you put casters on this though - feels/looks too well made to risk marring the finish (yep, that nice). Picked up a small flat furniture dolly for $18.00 @ Tractor Supply store that moved it with a very large rack-case atop exceedingly well.
Was going to run to Orange, CT Guitar Center and pick up an Eden 410 before I saw this - glad I tried the thing out. Far out-classes any Eden I have played with. As well as the Traynor - I would imagine that this would be stellar with modern hybrid Ampeg/SWR (etc) gear for a player that wants outside-the-box tone in a very simple modular cab. Would have paid twice over for this and still felt good about it.