15" cab help...Trace 1153 vs Ampeg SVT115E

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by HillBillyWannaB, Dec 27, 2012.


  1. HillBillyWannaB

    HillBillyWannaB

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    I'm looking for a single 15" cab to take to smaller gigs. Tired of lugging around my 4x10 (Trace 1048). I'd probably pair them together for larger gigs. I run a Trace elliott AH600SM with the GP7 Preamp (300w).

    I'm between the Ampeg SVT115E and the Trace elliott 1153. I can get either one for around $200. I'm leaning towards the Ampeg only because of some good reviews and for something different. The 1153 is appealing too in order to have everything match, but ultimately I want a good all around 1x15 since I'd be using that almost exclusively.

    Just looking for your opinions.

    Thanks.
  2. Versatek6

    Versatek6 Supporting Member

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    Go Trace.

    Better wood in the cabinet, and a very nice sound. Better sounding than the newer 1518.

    I wish I could find one at that price to go with my 715X!

    Good luck!
  3. RickenBoogie

    RickenBoogie

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    Buy whichever sounds best, but I would not recommend pairing a 1x15 with a 4x10, no matter how popular that may be. Plenty of info in the amps forum for the reason why.
  4. rtav

    rtav Millionaire Stuntman, Half-Jackalope Supporting Member

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    Go with the Trace. The Ampeg is a fine cab, but as you know the TE is practically bulletproof and VERY efficient. As a Trace user it's my very biased .2 worth.
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  6. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

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    That used to be true, but no more. Since 2006, Ampeg went back to plywood for their cabs after using OSB since the early 90's. All the Heritage, Classic and B series cabs use baltic birch, the Portaflex cabs use poplar, and the 210av uses birch.

    Don't know much about the new Trace stuff, but I must admit a fondness for cabs that match the head. 115e's a killer cab, though.
  7. HillBillyWannaB

    HillBillyWannaB

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    I do like the quality of the Trace stuff, heard good things about the SVT classic cab though. Now I'm really not sure.
  8. vin*tone

    vin*tone

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    They're both awesome cabs. I've always loves the warm smooth fatness that oozes out of the SVT 115E.
  9. zachoff

    zachoff

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    My backup/medium rig is an SVT210 & SVT115. I mic the 115. It's a great sounding cab. No experience w/ the Trace cab.
  10. 77jazz

    77jazz Supporting Member

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    I purchased a Bag End 1X15 because of the super tiny footprint.
    I then purchased a new Peavey BW 15 4 0hm speaker to replace the original.

    Now I have a tiny 15, that handles 400+ watts and is rated at 4 0hms so I get to use all of my amps power. And paired with my GK MB Fusion head, the tone is unreal, and the volume is huge. All told I spent less than $350.00 and it is now my main cab. Even though I play in a loud 80's rock band, I have plenty of volume.

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