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Glasstone or Avatar?

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by wave rider, Apr 25, 2012.


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  1. wave rider

    wave rider Supporting Member

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    Saw mention of an interesting cab by Glasstone on another TB thread, a small cube-ish looking 2x12 (one must be rear-firing, cannot see the second 12 in the image). My interest piqued, I dropped by the Glasstone site to get more info. Could not find that particular cab but did see a couple that looked strangely familiar. WELCOME TO GLASSTONE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS! (My bolds in the quotes below.)

    Glasstone GT-156 Pro
    GT-156 PRO
    [​IMG]
    Avatar TB153
    TB153* BASS CABINET
    [​IMG]
    Also very similar are the 4x10s:
    GT-410 PRO

    NEW B410 NEO

    I did not know that Avatar did OEM work. Now I am wondering who makes the other cabs in the Glasstone line. Nothing wrong with rebadging a product, especially good ones.

    Anyone know about the other cabs? Any info on the 2x12? The 2x10+12?

    Dang curiosity is almost as bad as G.A.S.

    =wr=
     
  2. punkrocko

    punkrocko Supporting Member

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    I thought Avatar sourced out their cabs. Probably the same 3rd party building for both.
     
  3. Morning Beer

    Morning Beer

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    Interesting basses on the glasstone, I hate that they have no prices listed for anything.
     
  4. will33

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    They may indeed be sourcing from the same cabinet supplier or be a spinoff of the same company. They do look strangely familiar.

    Avatar used to be a dealer of THD amps and is now doing Genz as well as their own (presumably farmed out) Marshall clones. Maybe they're branching out.
     
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  6. LostInSauce

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    Not that it's worth much, but Avatar is out of Idaho and Glasstone (based on the 703 area code on thier contact page) is out of Northern Virginia.
     
  7. LostInSauce

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    I also went to thier site and saw what appeared to be a 2X10 with a hidden 12" speaker cab - the GT 2012.

    GT-2012

    Anyone heard of either Faital Pro or Ciare speakers?
     
  8. wave rider

    wave rider Supporting Member

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    Fatal and Ciare are European speaker manufacturers and well regarded, at least as far as I remember from my Talkbass reading.

    I thought the Avatar folks had someone make their boxes and they assembled them in Idaho.

    Maybe someone with more experience on both topics can set me straight...

    =wr=
     
  9. will33

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    Right on both counts. Maybe this company is so as not to break an Avatar contract deal somewhere, or for tax purposes or something. Who knows how that all comes together.
     
  10. Brad Johnson

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    Glasstone makes each of the new little 2-12 cabs by hand. I don't know the
    sourcing of the other cabs and I sent him a him a link to this thread. The second
    12 in the 2-12 is perpendicular to the front firing 12, firing straight down.

    [​IMG]

    The design is still being tweaked esthetically, there are several in use locally. The
    main drivers are Faital neo 12PR300 twelves. Weight is sub-35 lb. and there's an
    optional dolly. Here's mine with my Glasstone Mahogany/Wenge 5:
    [​IMG]

    The website is still fairly new and there's contact info for any questions such as pricing.
     
  11. drslglass

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    When, I first started with cabs, Dave at Avatar and I tried to work out his building my boxes, but it wasn't profitable for either of us. These are the same boxes, I only made electronic mods to produce my sound, but ultimately discontinued offering the cabs. It will fall off my site soon as I offer a totally different line now taking a different approach to address issues presented by bass players. The Avatar desgin is excellent, which is why I had interest in it to start with, but you can get a better deal, direct from Dave.
     
  12. wave rider

    wave rider Supporting Member

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    I was thinking rear firing for the other 12, down firing is both surprising and interesting! The Bag End red carpet (in the first photo of your original post) caught my eyes initially since I knew you liked their cabs in the past. Looking forwards to an in depth review.

    Still sorry about the twister that got ahold of your fender...

    Thanks for chiming into this thread and curing my curiosity. Looking forwards to reading about your knew cabinets; I find the whole topic of speaker/cabinet design fascinating especially when the designs stray from the "status quo" of the mainstream. Sub 35 pounds for a 2x12 is impressive!

    =wr=
     
  13. Chef

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    attn drslglass:
    you have a pm;
    thanks
     
  14. phillybass101

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    Man I want me one of those LIL G's. Just a matter of time.
     
  15. Brad Johnson

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    Here's a clip with a Lil G outdoors without PA support.

     
  16. Brad Johnson

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    That's my Glasstone bass.
    :cool:
     
  17. jlepre

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    That GT-15 looks interesting. At 28 pounds it has my interest. I emailed them for pricing.
     
  18. jlepre

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    Well the email kicked back...now what?

    EDIT: I just called the number on the website, and it was Sammie's cell. I Left a message.
     
  19. pbasswil

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    Hi,

    Anybody know if Glasstone has any future as a builder of very light and very potent bass cabs?

    http://www.glasstonesound.com/lilgpage.html

    And does anybody know a way to contact him, to get the answer straight from the horses mouth?

    Thanks in advance!

    - Peter
     
  20. jlepre

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    Call the number on his website
     
  21. pbasswil

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    Ah, so your May phone call (as per post #17) was returned, jlepre?
    Did you learn anything about his speaker building plans?

    (Yes I will call him when I figure out my budget.)
     

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