Economical cab for the TH500?

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  1. jumblemind

    jumblemind I also answer to Bryan Supporting Member

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    Getting my TH500 shipped next week and am thinking about cabs. Right now I have an Ampeg classic 1x15 with a 4ohm neo speaker upgrade, as well as an ancient 8ohm Hartke 4x10. I'm guessing the 15 will sound pretty good, but who knows. I want to do the modular thing for indoor gigs, a 1x12 or 2x10 to start. I would LOVE to do the Aguilar SL112 pair, so sexy and gotta be some good voicing, but I can't swing $1.5k in the near future.

    I'm looking at the Avatar 1x12 with neo eminence speaker. A pair would be about the same as a single new SL112, and I might sweat it less throwing into the back of the Honda and dragging it into bars. Any other suggestions for economy cabs (sub $500) with the Tone Hammer? Or is it wasted money in the long run to go cheap on the Aguilar?
  2. jmattbassplaya

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    I use mine with a Genz Benz Neox 212t. It's lightweight and loud enough for any gig that wouldn't already require PA support, and it's very mid friendly, so you'll always be heard in a mix.
  3. jumblemind

    jumblemind I also answer to Bryan Supporting Member

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    Nice. I was looking at the Genz Benz single 12s earlier. For the range of gigs and rooms I find myself in, I'm wondering if 12s would be too boomy in some rooms/not enough cut in others or just right everywhere. Their rise in popularity makes me think the latter, especially if I get one with a decent horn for the highs in boomy spaces.

    Meantime, I seem to have found myself between amp heads for this weekend. Go an extra you can rent out for a PresPub gig?
  4. Freddels

    Freddels Musical Anarchist Supporting Member

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    I've done gigs with the TH500 and an Avatar B210 neo and it sounded very good (with the tweeter off) :)

    It also sounds great with the Genz 212neoX. There's a Peavey Headliner 410 at my practice space and I've used that for a few gigs and it sounds really good too (it's a sealed cab).
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  6. rpsands

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    Try a GK MB410.
  7. jumblemind

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    Nice to hear on the Avatar. I suspect with that giant shelf port it gets some good low end for a pair of 10s. Also nice to hear on the sealed cab, as I was contemplating a couple of SVT210 AVs for the vibe and the weight.
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  9. NWB

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    Yeah, I'd say that the new Genz Focus cabs would be an economical solution. I think even the single 15 cab is pretty light. They have great reviews so far and are light and inexpensive.

    FWIW, I prefer a pair of 1x12's. I do cut the low-end for boomy rooms. I don't think there's any other solution for boomy rooms no matter what the driver size.
  10. acleex38

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    I've been using a pair of Hartke hydrive 1x12s with my TH500 and been very pleased (the pickier out there may disagree). I also have the Ampeg classic 1x15 (plain old 8 ohm version) and while I've played with it in the house briefly, I haven't felt like lugging it to a gig. I may try it for my trio bar gig on Saturday and see how it works (all else being equal, across 4 different heads, that Ampeg has been my favorite sounding cab, but not enough to lug and load it when a 112 at half the weight will do).
  11. wcriley

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    If you have the tools (or know someone who does), a fEARful 12/6 can be build for less than than $500.
  12. Freddels

    Freddels Musical Anarchist Supporting Member

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    The low B with the Avatar is quite thunderous!!
  13. NWB

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    I'm sort of picky and that's the rig that I use. I really like it too!
  14. tbirdsp

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    Focus 115 is 46 lbs (which is the same as a Hartke 210XL BTW). I have a bad back and shoulder and can carry it around easily. I like mine so much I just ordered another.
  15. jumblemind

    jumblemind I also answer to Bryan Supporting Member

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    Cool. These Hartkes seem like a Swiss Army knife of a cabinet, and except for the grill with the goofy type they look beautiful.
  16. acleex38

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    I am picky about my tone - don't get me wrong. But my gigging cabinet experience is limited, I have little-to-no experience with boutique amps, and I am prone to mocking audiophiles.

    Yeah - I really dig the Hartkes. My Ampeg SVT15e is my favorite sounding cab I own, but the Hartkes are quite good, easier to transport, and get 98% of the playing time, home or gigging.
  17. acleex38

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    "gigging cabinet experience" = I have only gigged with a small range of cabs, so my knowledge breadth is limited.
  18. nutdog

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    I really, really like this rig.

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    You might be interested in this since you're in Knoxville.

    http://knoxville.craigslist.org/msg/3430051176.html

    The Avatar B212 neo is a superb value on the used market. Light, sounds good. I bought and sold mine a few months ago for $250 so this one really looks like a good deal. Should be able to flip it easily if you don't like it.
  19. Will Kelly

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    Wait until you can afford the cabs you really want.

    The Ampeg 1X15 will probably sound really good in the meantime.
  20. GRoberts

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    This is UBER COOL!!! Don't know what those cabs are, or how they sound, but way cool!

  21. SJan3

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    I'm using a pair of Genz Benz Focus 1x12s with my Tone hammer 500. I'm very pleased and @ appx $698 the pair, how can you go wrong??

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