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Need Help Identifing ohms in Mesa 215 cab

Discussion in 'Live Sound [BG]' started by ghanlon, Mar 18, 2014.


  1. ghanlon

    ghanlon

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    Hi, I have an older Mesa Boogie 215 cab I am trying to identify Ohms for.

    It is a monster, has casters and a solid wood front that attaches with 4 latches. Looks like 2 15" EVs inside and 1 - 1/4" jack in the back.

    Pictures can be seen on my CL add.

    http://tampa.craigslist.org/hil/msg/4365311740.html

    Thanks,

    ghanlon
     
  2. Thisguy

    Thisguy

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    Being that it's an older Mesa Cab, and could have had speakers replaced or the cab could have been rewired, your best bet is to get an Ohm meter and check it. If the speakers have the impedance on them, you can figure out the impedance of the cab by seeing if the cab is wired series, parallel, or series parallel.
     
  3. MesaBoogie

    MesaBoogie Gold Supporting Member

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    Customer Service/Product Specialist: Mesa Boogie
    They came in both 4 and 8 ohm versions (8 is standard). The best way to know for sure is plug in a cable and take a reading with a meter. GLWS. Thanks!
     
  4. ghanlon

    ghanlon

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    Thanks, so it looks like I need to take it somewhere that has a meter.

    and to get at the speakers themselves to look I need to take the front grill off I am thinking. I have someone who may be interested in it but said only if it is 4 ohms.
     
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  6. ghanlon

    ghanlon

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    Also I was under the impression that this was called a Mesa Boogie Diesel Road ready cab.

    Is that correct?
     
  7. MesaBoogie

    MesaBoogie Gold Supporting Member

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    That is correct! Thanks!
     
  8. ghanlon

    ghanlon

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    Thanks for the great info.
    I did a closer inspection today and removed grill and speakers to check for extra details.
    Here is what I found
    Both speakers look to be the same and stamped with

    ELECTRO-VOICE INC
    EVM MODEL 15L OEM TYPE
    ONE YEAR (LIMITED) WARRANTY
    MANUFACTURED_______________

    815 9462 8910


    The cone has a stamp on it
    79842

    The bottom speaker has an EV stamped on front looks like someone colored it in with pen, the top one does not, but is stamped on the back.


    [​IMG]
    I have put all the images on my personal page found here

    http://georgehanlon.com
     
  9. HolmeBass

    HolmeBass Supporting Member

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    When you measure the static resistance of the cabinet with an ohm meter, it will read slightly less than the nominal impedance. So around 6.5 or so is an 8 ohm nominal impedance, and around 3.5 or is a 4 ohm nominal impedance.
     

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