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1969 SUNN 200S Cab rehab complete

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Oren Hudson, Mar 10, 2014.

  1. Oren Hudson

    Oren Hudson

    Dec 25, 2007
    Gastonia, NC
    After a few months of spending a little time here and a little time there, the rehab is finally done. This cab has been around the block a few times over its 43+ years, but was not beat up too much. It still has the original JBL D140F's that have been rebuilt years ago. One rebuild dates to 1987, so probably used the proper re-cone kits that were still around then. The biggest replacement issues were the handle and the grill cloth. It had the originals, but the handle was beat pretty bad and nearly pulled out of the wood and the grill cloth had a one huge gash and several small ones and had been painted black. I discovered that the original cloth manufacturer is in a little town about 20 minuets from me and still in business. So I called them and they invited me to come and look at the cloths and assured me that they had original design for my '69. Made the trip and came back with both an "aged" cloth and bright new look cloth. I went with the new look. Everything else was cleaning, buffing and detailing. Enjoy - I am. :D

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    Oren Hudson

    Dec 25, 2007
    Gastonia, NC
    And more.

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    Oren Hudson

    Dec 25, 2007
    Gastonia, NC
    Still more.

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  4. denton57

    denton57 Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2005
  5. bmc


    Nov 15, 2003
    That's what they looked like back in the day. Really impressive job. Good for you.
  6. johnpbass


    Feb 18, 2008
    Glen Mills, PA
    Looks great!!!!
  7. nysbob


    Sep 14, 2003
    Cincinnati OH
    Despite being a little (IMO) over-vented, the 200S remains one of the most successful early bass cab designs, and you've done a bang-up job of making it look like it just rolled out of the factory.

    Extra points for the D140s. :cool:
  8. Was it normal for bass/guitar speakers to be 16 ohms back in the day?

    Really nice looking 45 year old cab ya got there.
  9. beans-on-toast

    beans-on-toast Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2008
    Very nice. Man, I wish I could walk into Wendell and pick and choose from their cloth.
  10. Cirk


    Jan 16, 2011
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Beautiful cab.
  11. SeattleSunn


    May 6, 2013
    Very nice. Looks like new. I would love to hear that cab.
  12. Lowbrow

    Lowbrow Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2008
    Pittsburgh PA!
    NICE rehab!

    Find a few more and pile 'em up...
  13. chadds


    Mar 18, 2000
  14. Oren Hudson

    Oren Hudson

    Dec 25, 2007
    Gastonia, NC
    Thanks so much for the great comments guys. I really enjoy rehabbing and rebuilding gear. Some tedious work involved, but you gotta love the results. Plus, this cab sounds as good as it looks.

    I was surprised to find that Wendell Fabrics is so close to me. They make cloth for a lot of the current amps, including Fender, and one company that the manager wouldn't reveal due to "privacy" restrictions.

    A good many of the early good bass amps like Sunn, Kustom and Acoustic rigs were 8 ohms to "encourage" you to buy two cabs for max performance with the 4 ohm heads that they made. Although I didn't need to on this one, finding 16 ohms in the vintage JBL's or Altec's is not an easy job, particularly the Altecs.

    When time allows, I want to put this cab along side the 1975 SUNN 215SH cab that I finished a couple of weeks ago (see previous post) for a super photo opp. I've already played them together through a Coliseum head. One cab sounds great, but the two together are just amazing. The 215SH has JBL D140F's also.

    Thanks again for your super responses. :)
  15. Basshappi


    Feb 12, 2007
    That looks outstanding, well done!