Hartke 410 Cab re-hab/mod

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  1. Tommy Nat

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    I picked up a hartke 3500 and 410xl on trade a while back primarily for the amp as the cab was just about shot. 3 drivers were blown and it smelled like a wet basement so it was pretty much a freebie in the trade. It's one of the early 410xl's, the 240 watt version with the plastic recessed handles. I was gonna do a build thread on this, but never got around to posting. but here are a few shots of the before and afters for those interesed in projects like these.

    I've replaced speakers before and have done some slight modding to cabs, but nothing this extensive/major. It was a gamble but it paid off on this one. I'm extremely pleased with the results. Total cost was $175. Worth every penny.

    Here's what it looked like:

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    I found some eminence 1040's on avatar's website on closeout for $28 a piece. Looking at the specs of them they're far from the best speakers on the market, but for what I'm looking to do, it was worth a shot to try them out. I got them on sale with free shipping during the black friday sale $112 total.

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    Loaded em up, plugged in, and it sounded good. Not the best i've heard, but surprisingly really good. So then I figured lets get this cab looking good too. Some new tolex, corners, input jacks, and real handles were needed. It needed a grill, but instead of spending money on a new grill, I repainted an old grill I had from a 410tp cab. Different size but instead of cutting it down, I modified the baffle to fit the bigger grill. While I was at it, I added a cheap(ish) tweeter, and wired that to a 4 pole speakon to work with my gk 1001's bi-amp feature.

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  2. krutonlowend

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    That looks really good. You couldn't have timed your post any better. I have been thinking about getting rid of the rat fur on my 115 and putting some tolex on it. How did you remove the fur?
  3. shaginwagin

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    That looks really good! Nice job!
  4. Tommy Nat

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    The cab was so old the glue and carpet just came off with a little pull. Much easier than my last attempt. Little sanding and all the glue was off easily.
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  6. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member

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    otherwise i'd think a heat gun would work to soften the glue as you pulled the rat fur off.
  7. tjh

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    .. very nice .. I am contemplating re-loading my 210XL's, with TBD drivers ... did you keep the final cab impedance 8 ohms, or did you make it 4 ohms?? .. I am not familiar with the impedances that Dave was offering those drivers at ...
  8. Tommy Nat

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    Yeah, I kept it at 8 ohms. I just checked avatars website, doesn't look like they have the 1040's left, but some other nice options. I'd bet those celestions would work nicely.
  9. GreaserMatt

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    That is one nice lookin' cab! I've owened a few of those over the years, & I always felt that they should've tolexed them; that fabric they put on 'em blew chunks, IMHO... :)
  10. vdub75

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    I know this thread is old, but:

    first, good job! looks awesome!

    than I gotta question: I play Hartke transporter cabs with speakers replaced and I'm asking myself: do those marshall style metal handles drop right in?
  11. Tommy Nat

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    Hartke has switched handles over the years. From the plastic inserts to the spring loaded and most recently I think are the metal bars. I think the Marshall's are too big for any though
  12. vdub75

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    I think I'll order some of the adam hall 3402, somebody told me they fit his transporter 210.
  13. BrentSimons

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    Fantastic job! Hey could you do some work on my house? ;
    Take care,
    Brent

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