Peavey 1516 replacement 15" driver

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  1. jmcorn

    jmcorn Supporting Member

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    I purchased a cheap peavey 1516 cab with a distorted sounding 15 and i am looking to replace it. Peavey calls out a 1502 4 BW replacement. After researching the topic I have seen several people wanting to upgrade these cabs but I haven't seen any of the results after upgrading. So I am curious as to what was or is the best replacement driver. Should i Go with the peavey replacement or go with something different?
     
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    Since you just got the cabinet, I'd go with the OEM driver, which doesn't suck. These were nice, tight-sounding cabinets if one didn't need a really loud cabinet. I saw a lot of keyboardists in "the day" using them. Bass players not so much, but they were quite decent for bass.

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    You might have a Black Widow model that has the replaceable basket making repairs less expensive than the whole driver.

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    I have replaced a Peavey Black Widow basket and it is simple. 3 bolts hold the magnet to the basket.


     
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    Black Widows are real solid speakers.....good JBL copies with huge voice coils.
     
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    Turns out I don't think it has the original Black Widow speaker. It doesn't have any screws on the magnet but it does have a cast frame. With no label.
    [​IMG]
     
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    In that case, I'd just get the recommended Peavey 1502-4 BW. It's a good sounding speaker and not that expensive.
     
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    Any thoughts on using a Peavey 1505-8 instead of a 1502-4. I know the xmax is double on the 1505. I am just not sure about the rest of the specs and if the 1505 will sound good in the 1516 cab. Any thoughts on this?
     
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    Actually, I have one of those cabs sitting in my drummer's rehearsal room....it's been there for 7-8 years easy, and I gigged it for awhile before that. Really not a bad cab at all for what it is.

    It seems to me that if you replace the 150x-4 with a 150x-8 you will change the overall impedance of the cab. With a higher impedance 15 you may also find that the 2 8's are getting more than the normal amount of the power due to the higher impedance 15, but admittedly I'm not certain about that part, as I don't recall what sort of crossover setup is in there.

    Curiously, the 15 let loose on mine a year or 2 ago...I just replaced it w/ stock, which I happened to have on the shelf. (Don't ask, I'm a hoarder of bass and PA gear). I may have another 15 for your cab in the garage...let me know if you end up needing one and I'll take a look.
     
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    Someone had replaced the 1502 with a no name 15 that doesn't sound very good. I found a magnet off of a 1505 so I could get a replacement basket for it. But They don't offer a 1505-4 anymore. That does make sense about the resistance I am sure that would send too much power to the 8"s. So I should probably replace it with a 4 ohm.
     
  12. DavidEdenAria

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    Oddly enough I pulled the BW 15 in my Peavey TKO 115 and replaced it with an import heavy duty 15 with a giant magnet and heavy bass cone which actually sounds good.

    The reason I pulled the BW 15 out of this amp is I concluded that this particular BW 15 was a multi purpose speaker and I intended to try it in several of my guitar amps.....never did though and I need too.
     

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