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Orange SP212 or Markbass 104HF?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by goran, Feb 1, 2014.

  1. goran


    Dec 17, 2002
    I can get both of them secondhand for roughly the same amount of money. I have one SP212 and I love it with my Genz Shuttlemax 9.2. It's more than enough for small gigs and rehearsals. For the last few months, I have been searching for another SP212 to run them in pair for bigger gigs and now, when one finally showed up, I got crazy good offer for Markbass 104HF, 8ohms, practically a steal.

    I know how Markbass 102HF sounds like (I have had two of these), so I guess 104HF is in the same sound ballpark, only bigger sounding. I only wish the cab I was offered was 4ohms instead of 8 because I don't ever see myself pairing it with another one.

    I also know how SP212 sounds like because I own one. Honestly, SP212 works better for me because it has bigger lows than Markbass 102HF, so I guess two of them should sound bigger than 104HF.

    I'm leaning towards SP212 and I'm pretty sure I'll take it, but I wanted to hear it from you.. Is there any reason I should prefer Markbass over Orange? I really play a variety of styles, from hip-hop to alternative rock and fusion. I do miss some treble in Orange, but it generally sounds so sweet that it doesn't really bother me. I'm not into tweeter sound anyway.

    Thanks! :)
  2. aproud1

    aproud1 Don't surround yourself with yourself. Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2007
    Cincy, OH
    Two very different sounding cabs. If you know you like the Orange I would buy the second 12 and be done with it.
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  3. Nickweissmusic


    Jan 26, 2014
    Agreed with above, if you know you like a cab, get another one.... But... Have you considered saving a little more and stepping up to something higher end? If you like big, solid tone without any flub or brittleness, Bag end makes a 212, although I think it's 4 ohms, never tried it but I'll bet it's violent. They make other 8 ohm stuff and it's all great, I have a 115. Bergantino makes 212's and 112's with tweeters that are not at all wimpy or brittle. Bag end and Bergantino may cost a little more, but for the warm tone you're describing (which I like too) you can't go wrong. There's just something about their perfectly constructed boxes and no nonsense speakers that sets them above anything else I've tried or owned- in fairness I haven't tried that Orange, and it seems cool in concept. Happy acquiring!
  4. goran


    Dec 17, 2002
    Big-name cabinets are out of question, I can't afford them unfortunately. Nevermind that, I bought another SP212 and I think I made the right decision. SP212 works great alone, but they slay in pair!!
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  6. good choice.
  7. If you can swing it, for yet another great lightweight option grab that Markbass if you think it's a steal.
  8. goran, any photos? love to see two together!
    Great choice!
  9. goran


    Dec 17, 2002
    Sure! I love posting these pictures :)

  10. trapezoid


    Mar 1, 2009
    Very true goran. the second cab makes for a bigger sound :hyper:

  11. Nickweissmusic


    Jan 26, 2014
    Those stacks sure do look like fun, I hope I get to try one (or 2) of those cabs out some day, I can't imagine what the isobaric speakers feel/sound like.
    It's definitely a similar look to my Bag End 2-15 stack, the cool thing about the Bag Ends is each cab is only an 18" cube so it's compact and easy to transport. The silly thing is, my Genz Benz 12.2 amp could run another stack... Maybe some day, you know, when I get that gig where I really need 4 15s.
    At NAMM this past year I played a couple Ken Smiths through an Epifani and a Bergantino stack of 12s with tweeters... Oh my. All I can say is it was much warmer and vintage sounding than you would think with tweeters, it's pretty amazing what $8,000 of gear can sound like (most of that's the bass, the amp and cabs would be "only" about $3000). All it takes is saving money... And not spending it on something else awesome first :)
    Well done with the Orange purchase, glad you got what you knew was best for you.

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