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Vintage Bassman discussion request -

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by ZSavage, Nov 19, 2012.


  1. ZSavage

    ZSavage GrooveBopDeluxe

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    I have a circa 1970s ('69-'73) Bassman that is pictured here.

    I am trying to match a cab with it. Any discussion about suitable pairing?
     
  2. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

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    Anything but a vintage Fender bass cab ;) Vintage Fender bass cabs can sound good, but they're designed very poorly for anything but low volume work IMHO.
     
  3. Tim1

    Tim1

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    +1 Jimmy. I would suggest an efficient 215 cab.
     
  4. ZSavage

    ZSavage GrooveBopDeluxe

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    I've got the 2X15 cab that is the mate for the head - but your right - it doesn't handle higher volumes (5.5+) well
     
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  6. hennessybass

    hennessybass Supporting Member

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    I have a bassman 100, and I use an aguilar DB212 cab with it.

    The aesthetics match.
    The DB cabs are sensitive (loud) which is nice with a low power tube amp.
    The DB cabs (DB212, 410) come in 4 ohms
    The DB cabs have a nice mid voice, which pairs nice with fender amps that are a little scooped in the mids.
     
  7. hdracer

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  8. shoot-r

    shoot-r

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    Avatar bass cabinets might be worth a look for you.
    Great componets, great built cabinets, inexpensive, and they can be ordered with the black tolex and fender style grill cloth.

    www.avatarspeakers.com
     
  9. rodl2005

    rodl2005

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    They seem very efficient too. Real loud guys these. Sound great with a Fender Tube head.
     
  10. ZSavage

    ZSavage GrooveBopDeluxe

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    When the word 'efficient' is used here -
    what is the definition?
     
  11. hennessybass

    hennessybass Supporting Member

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    Basically, how much bang for your buck you are getting... or how much volume for your speaker you are getting.

    With a low watt head, like your fender, you want an efficient cab to make the most out of the watts you have.
     
  12. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

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    One of these would work ...


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  13. Marton

    Marton

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    My cabinet would works great. Just send the amp my amp !

    More seriously, I use a Ashdown VS-212-200. Mine works great with my pretty low wattage head (400RB). It should work great, and the vintage look of the cab is a plus.
     
  14. pgk

    pgk

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    anything by Bag End or one or two EV TL-606 style cabs loaded with EV 15B's or eminence 3015 neo's. fwiw i've been gigging with bassman heads since 1987
     

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