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18" sub

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by BassShreddr, Apr 10, 2009.

  1. BassShreddr


    Apr 4, 2009
    Have played for about 10 years with this setup: Bag End 410, BE 15, Stewart WT 2.1, Alembic FX-1 pre-amp. Great sound & zero technical problems. I had always hoped to replace the 15 with a BE-18/Infra processor someday but it has become cost prohibitive. After trying my 410 with a friend's Peavey 18" sub, I was way impressed with the low end--- deep, smooth, solid as a rock-- although above mids there was a drop in volume. My question--- has anybody used the Peavey SP118 in their setup. Good? Bad? I will definitely play thru it before I buy but it seems like a relatively inexpensive alternative to the Bag End 18/Infra. Thanks.
  2. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    I'd stick with your matched set, and skip on the Peavey, but that's me. I did have an old Peavey 18 way back when, and all I remember of it is alot of booming mud.
  3. bassman10096

    bassman10096 Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2004
    I got a good price on the ELF (Infra) processor and BE 118, and they show up for a reasonable price from time to time in the used market. But that can take time. Ironically, my favorite 18" traditional sub is the BE S18B-D (the big 18" cab) it's a heavy (86 lb) big old sucker, but you can play it with the port covered or open and it is not muddy - huge, and you have to EQ your way out of boominess, but it sounds great set up correctly.

    The ELF/INFRA approach is very cool and surprisingly lightweight (cab weighs less than 70 lb). But it requires the integrator and a dedicated amp channel (easiest if you are already in a preamp - stereo power amp configuration). The sound is a show-stopper, though. I keep trying to talk myself out of keeping mine - lots of shows with good PA support, more stuff to carry, etc. But nothing beats the ELF 118 with a Schroeder 1515+L on top for an outdoor or big room/no PA support show. :cool:
  4. BassShreddr


    Apr 4, 2009
    Seems to keep coming back to the ELF setup. Do you have any good suggestions on used market sources. I've looked a little on craigs, TB, ebay without luck. I think you're right, it may take some time.

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