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Mesa boogie diesel speaker replacement question..

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by infect, Jan 8, 2008.

  1. infect

    infect

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    I have an early 90's mesa boogie diesel 1x15 that I'm considering replacing the speaker in. Thing is, I want an exact replacement. Does anyone know what was in these? Would I have to pull the old speaker out to figure it out? Here's a pic:

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  2. morebass!

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    EV (Electrovoice) 15L. They came in 200 and 400 watt versions and sound great. I don't think they still make them but I've seen them on Ebay.
  3. Chef

    Chef Moderator Supporting Member

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    EV 400 watt 8 ohm.
    No reason not to re-cone what's in there.

    The Eminence 3015 Kappalite neo is what I put in mine; but, it came with a blown Bheringer 200 watt 4 ohm-ick!
    Saves weight, sounds great; get it from BLT Sound...
  4. billfitzmaurice

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    More likely a 15B. The L was the guitar version.
  5. THB_bassman

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    Bill, I won't argue with a man with your credentials...but my understanding is that Mesa bass cabs from that era, came with a 15L, regardless of what the B and L stand for. At least the two I bought did.

    infect, If it was mine I'd recone the stock speaker and it'll be good for another 10-20 years -or more.
  6. greenboy

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    That's by 15 standards a small box. And a Em Kappalite 3015 (not the LF version!) would do better than most in there and shave some weight too.
  7. infect

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    I may do that :) Thanks for all the help.
  8. rodl2005

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    GREAT SPKRS!!! I got one in my EV TL cab. got it from Mesa. 15" 400w EV -I think it was called Black Shadow??? would that be right???
  9. billfitzmaurice

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    It's certainly possible, but would not have been the wisest move on Mesa's part to have done so, as in the same size cab the L has 3dB less sensitivity/output below 150 Hz, the equivalent of halving power.
  10. THB_bassman

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    I don't know, and I don't have anywhere near your knowledge about these things...but I'll give a call to Mesa - might provide the answer either way.
    Other than reading the "specs" on the cabs when I bought them, I can't prove it either way. It's been a few years (like 13-15) and I have nothing in writing. The back of the speaker magnets have a series of numbers which I haven't been able to decipher.
  11. RockBobby

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    I couldn't make sense out of it either, but all the Mesa Diesel cabs came with the EV15L. The P1000 I use has one. I tried a Kappa 15Pro in there and blew it so the EV went back in and all is well. IMU that the L & B were the same except the ribbed cone was on the L and it extended higher freq. and the low end was identical. The B had a smooth cone.
  12. THB_bassman

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    That's the way I recall it, too, but for the life of me I can't remember where I got that information, other than the sales literature back then.
    Where did you get this information?
  13. RockBobby

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    The guy that used to repair/recone speakers at New England Speaker in Stoneham, MA
  14. morebass!

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    +1 my diesel 2x15 came with 15L drivers. It's not a real bassy tone. It's more about full, cutting mids.

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