cab buying question

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  1. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Supporting Member

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    I am looking to pick up a small, reasonably priced cab for gigs with a jazz quintet. I am using a Carvin BX 500 head, and either a passive fender or a Tacoma Thunderchief abg.

    I want something small - a 10 or 12 that can be carried easily. I would go either new or used. This is just a part time gig.

    Suggestions? Thanks.
  2. alexer47

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    Matching Carvin BRX 10.2 cab. 600 watts and about 47lbs. Sounds great and can handle a low B.
  3. 110s lover

    110s lover

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    The orange tiny terror cabs are beasts and are tiny funnily enough.

    I was lucky enough to play a obc410 and a sp212 cab together. They were both really light and they very petit. The price of a the sp212 is very reasonable. Very versatile and 600 watts at 8 ohms?
  4. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Supporting Member

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    I love the Carvin head, but was not impressed with the sound of the speakers (I have the 2x10)
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  6. tercesyrev

    tercesyrev Supporting Member

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    Buldog, did you have the BR210 or the BRX10.2 ... there's a significant difference between the two.
  7. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Supporting Member

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    I will have to look, as it is at my guitarist's house as a practice cab (I just bring the little head). But it was thelower priced 2x10 in 2012. My fault for not springing for the better cab, but it was recommended to me as what I wanted when I spoke with the rep on the phone.
  8. Joe Louvar

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    A single 10 or 12 can only put out so much and only take so much, so whichever 10 or 12 you get, just be careful not to destroy it with the BX 500.
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  10. Gizmot

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    If you want something good and small, the Aguilar and Mesa single driver cabs do okay. I just got a Euphonic Audio Wizzy 12 - http://www.eaamps.com/products-detail.asp?REC_ID=5. Its a unique sound - its solid and clean on the low end and it has good definition without being too zingy on the top like some speakers with poorly designed crossovers sound. The box only weighs 29 lb and its US built.
  11. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Supporting Member

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    This would just be for gigs where I don't need a lot of volume. I have a TE 15 that I love, and puts out tons of great sound, along with the Carvin 2x10. The jazz band plays small places where I am just competing with trumpet, sax, keys and drums unamplified or just a small PA, and I want a smaller rig so I can load in and out easily.
  12. rodl2005

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    Berg CN112
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  14. Jim Carr

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    Epifani UL1 210 8 ohm cab is very light (~31lbs), clean, great for upright and electric. The UL210 is my goto for Jazz, though the 15/6/1 has gone out a couple of times instead, haha!
  15. 4Mal

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    Get a small grab and go combo. Leave the carvin for bigger gigs. I did a bunch of lounge/easy listening gigs with a GK MB112. My MB Fusion / fearful rig stayed home as did my old tube rig. The little GK is soooo convenient.
  16. Low Class

    Low Class Supporting Member

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    You can get a Carvin combo for as much or less than you're going to spend on a cab.
  17. srayb

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    If you can find a Traynor TC112 - it might be perfect (25lbs 12" NEO 300W@8ohms). They are discontinued (replaced with new non-neo series cab), but there are still some new and used to be found. Should suit jazz as they have a nice smooth full low-end.
  18. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Supporting Member

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