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18 inch cabinets?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by ericmonster_tm, Jan 13, 2007.

  1. Looking for an 18.

    Here are the ones I am looking at.

    SWR Big Ben.

    Eden D118XL.

    Ampeg SVT-18.

    I looked on the board and could'nt see a whole lot of people using them.

    I tried to look for Bag End 18 as I have read tons of good stuff. I somehow cant seem to find any shops that sell them online?

    I understand the pre-fender SWR Big Ben's contained the Bag End woofers.

    The SWR seems to be the winner of the group. This is based soley on research.
  2. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    the Yamaha 1x18" PA sub makes a killer bass cabinet.
  3. Gearhead17

    Gearhead17 Supporting Member

    May 4, 2006
    Roselle, IL
    I have not tried many 18's, but the Ampeg SVT 18 is only $600 at www.musiciansfriend.com - plus it's loud! Up to
    130db's peak volume (not sure what frequency for what DB level though).

    I heard a few people that have tried the SVT 18 have loved it! The only descriptions I get are "Huge low end", "Loud", "really pumps out the lows".......

    Plus, the Ampeg 18 handles 1000 watts peak - awesome.
  4. joegeezer


    Mar 9, 2005
    Northern Wisconsin
    Avatar Club#12 Eden Club Lucky# 13--USA Peavey Club#37 Carvin Club#5
    I use an Avatar 410NEO, and a Carvin RL18 cab for my rig. The Carvin has the real McCoy Eminence driver, 800 watts RMS, and I think you can still get them in 4 or 8. They come up for extremely cheap on E-Bay from time to time, and aren't that bad new. I love mine. Makes the 5 string really stand out. Bill F. said that the 410, one 18 stack, is the number 3 choice of touring musicians, behind a single 410, or an 810. I chose it over an 810, for ease of cab loading, cause of my age, but, I find I like it better than the 810, now that I'm used to it.
  5. BillyB_from_LZ

    BillyB_from_LZ Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2000
  6. thebassist1234


    Feb 12, 2006
    PV BW
  7. I use the SVT4 pro, SVT4x10HLF, and the SVT18, (so yeah, Im pushing some sound!) And from what I can tell you it does sound good on the low end. ALSO NOTE that I took my casters off so it could sit on the ground and get an even better low sound. The only other thing that I could tell you is that alone, the overall tone isnt as clear as the 4x10, but with the 4x10 on top, its nicely rounded out.
    Have fun, hope this helps!
  8. I like the Ampeg from among those you listed, for no particular reason other than the fact I have always been well served by Ampeg products.

    I sometimes use a Peavey 2 x 18 cab that produces bowel shaking lows, and never luffs, even with the SVT-4 Pro driving it with the ultra low button in. Its a cool cab with the drivers mounted sideways inside and 10-inch ports. Nice tight lows.

    Anyway, hope the 18 works out for you.:bassist:

  9. You got the model number on that Peavey there?
  10. Rockbobmel

    Rockbobmel Supporting Member

  11. The Ampeg SVT-18E I have sounds a little wooly, but projects forever on low wattage. What sort of sound are you looking for, and what's your budget?
  12. yamaha


    Apr 7, 2006
    I have a big ben, and I love it. It sounds great at any volume. This is a nice thing, because you can have a full and rich sound even at low volume. I don't know about the other cabs you mention, but for example : JBL's don't sound good unless you seriously drive them. Then again, JBL's sound outstanding when driven.
  13. BillyB_from_LZ

    BillyB_from_LZ Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2000
  14. Wesley R

    Wesley R Supporting Member

    in the EV cab (still have the plans). The port was rectangular and you could cover it and chane the freq. response of the cab.

    I had a 360 cab and loaded it with a pyle, worked well.

  15. here is the deal.

    I have a Sunn 1200s with an Ampeg B410HLF. I cut through fine. Tone is fine.

    We tune to C. When I play any note below F (low C#, low D, low D#) on the last 4 frets (Frets 1 through 4) the Ampeg cab just doesnt like it and those notes, just the notes on those frets. They get buried in the mix and have low output.

    It has to be a frequency response issue.

    A band im into called "The Sword" (http://swordofdoom.com/) tunes to C. Their bassist has an SWR Big Ben. I suspect that the way the cabinet looks, it is more than likely the older one with the Bag End woofer. He has it biamped using a GK 800RB.

    I would like to try to keep it as cheap as possible and go used if I could.

    But I will probably opt for new. I don't want to spend more than $600.

    Most signs seem to be pointing towards the ampeg SVT-18.

    I've also been considering a Trace Elliot 1518. I cant seem to find many user reviews anywhere on any of these cabinets.
  16. Salicete, that Peavey cab looks like and old RBS 215, early '90s vintage. Came with a passive high pass crossover so you only needed to plug into the bottom, then route your highs to another cab. Those are kind of unique, but heavy as well.
  17. When I bought my 18" about 10 years back, I sampled all that I could and the SWR Big Ben was easily my favorite. Great cab!
  18. BillyB_from_LZ

    BillyB_from_LZ Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2000
    Sounds like a Fitzmaurice subwoofer is in order...
  19. Im in Oklahoma City. Shipping might be a bit costly on that. I was hoping to get free shipping from a store. But it depends on what I find.

    So far no one has commented on the Eden 18.

    The SW and Ampeg seem to be the most played. The Ampeg's frequency response and out put is louder. It's also a 4 ohm cab and would amtch the ampeg cab i have now.

    That would bring a 2 ohm load with my current cab.

    I wish I could try these cabinets out!

    Anyone one out there A/Bed the Big Ben and SVT-18?
    Or, anyone have any other 18 inch suggestions?

  20. You got a link? I did a search, looks lie some sort of manufacturing process??