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Orange SP212 or Markbass 104HF?

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

  1. goran

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    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 Hit that long lunar note, and let it float. Gold Supporting Member

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

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    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

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    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!!
  5. karl_em_all

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    good choice.
  6. TN WOODMAN

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    If you can swing it, for yet another great lightweight option grab that Markbass if you think it's a steal.
  7. Fluid Power

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    goran, any photos? love to see two together!
    Great choice!
  8. goran

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    Sure! I love posting these pictures :)
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  9. trapezoid

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    Very true goran. the second cab makes for a bigger sound :hyper:

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