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Transporter 115 Reload?

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by bryan gibson, Mar 25, 2014.


  1. OK, so my well-used Hartke TP 115 cab is starting to sound a bit tired and "flappy." The cab itself is still solid, and $$ is tight at the moment so....

    .....is this thing worth reloading? What would be a decent semi-budget driver to install (sorry I don't have the box dimensions handy at the moment)? Yeah, I know a K140 would do the trick, but I'm broke at the moment. Amp head is an old "Model 2000" with a SWR 210 as the top cab. Overall tone is very good, but the speaker is starting to show it's age and getting weaker. Any (affordable) suggestions?
     
  2. oerk

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    I can measure the inner volume of my 115 XL, which is the same size AFAIK, but I don't know if the Transporter cab has the same port dimensions.

    If you could measure the port area and depth it would be possible to offer suggestions.

    What's your price range?
     
  3. will33

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    What do you mean by "tired and flappy"? Is the cone coming loose from the surround or the dustcap separating? Is there hardware or glue joints on the cab coming loose?

    Speakers do continue "breaking in" over their lifespan, but they don't just tire out and be flappy, unless this thing has overheated at some point and got its voicecoil deformed.

    Anyway, typical sized and ported 115, Eminences Beta 15 is a decent budget replacement. Solid step up from there is the CB158. Might be a good Dayton alternative from Partsexpress. More money than that and it's time to consider something beyond a simple reload and/or maybe tweaking of tuning ports.
     
  4. jsh008

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    If you're happy with the sound, why not just get the model number off the basket and do a recone?
     
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  6. oerk

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    Listen to Will. Find the source of the problem first. And if I may offer another suggestion: are you sure it's the driver, not the cab? These things can be hard to track down.
     
  7. I don't hear any rattling from the box/hardware, etc, no farting/rattling at lower volumes, and no visible damage to the speaker itself. It just sounds like it's starting to "break up" at slightly lower volume levels than before. I bought it used, so I don't know how many "miles" it had on it prior. Of course it may just be my imagination, too:) Thanks for all replies, BTW.
     
  8. Reviving my own zombie thread just for the point of closure, so here were the problems/fixes:

    1) HPF button was accidentally flipped, forcing the cab (and head...) to deal with the super-low frequencies and kill usable headroom. Easy fix there, obviously, flip the dang thing back;

    2) Usable volume was still a bit weak IMHO, so I followed some threads/advice about the 3500 series: killed everything under 30 hz, and did the "upside down face" on the EQ, boosting the crap out of the mids. This really punched up usable volume and helped cut thru the mix;

    3) Found a seemingly-thrashed SP2 box at a yard sale for five bux. Box was shot, crossover was shot, but Black Widow 1505 was minty fresh :) Installed it into the TP box and noticed a massive improvement in usable lows and overall volume.

    4) Neither cab really "likes" the 5-string, so I put it on the back burner and pulled out the old 4-string Kramer Fretless (with tapewounds), once again, even more usable volume and headroom.

    Anyhoo, total spent was $5 for the SP2, and a little bit of time and gas money. The rig still retains most of its specific "tone" but with a ton more usable volume. I be happy now :)
     

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