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4x10 - bang for my buck

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Cary713, Apr 24, 2009.

  1. Cary713


    Apr 8, 2009
    Boise, Id
    Noob on a budget here, and I just got my first 'big boy' rig:
    Behringer BX3000 I picked up for $160
    ...I have a choice for the cab between a Hartke 4x10 ($200 used on CL)
    OR go get the matching Behringer 4x10 new from GC ($300)

    I've heard the Hartke will outlast the B. and has better drivers..
  2. jgroh

    jgroh Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2007
    Hartke is the better choice there. As soon as you can, upgrade out of Behringer stuff as its not put together well.
  3. DaveLS


    Sep 5, 2008
    I had an Ashdown MAG 410T 4X10" Deep Bass Cabinet with Tweeter

    that blew the socks off the Behringer and Hartke 4x10s I tried. New it's like $300 and used you can find it for under $200.

    Also, I'd check into the new line of Acoustic cabs. I tried a 4x10 in Guitar Center and I liked it very much.
  4. Greyvagabond


    Aug 17, 2007
    Los Angeles
    $200 for the hartke is a great deal, if its the XL model. If not, I keep looking for either a nice Peavey or Ashdown.
  5. Cary713


    Apr 8, 2009
    Boise, Id
    Yeah, I'm definitely leaning towards the Hartke (it is the XL)...

    CraigsList Ad quote:

    Dual-Chamber, Dual-Ported Cabinet
    Four Hartke XL 10" Aluminum-Cone Bass Drivers
    Power Handling: 400 Watts @ 8 Ohms
    Frequency Response: 30 Hz To 5 kHz
    Sensitivity: 98 dB @ 1 W/1 M
    Voice Coil: 1.5"
    Magnet Weight: 60 Oz.
    Parallel 1/4" Inputs
    Dimensions: 24"(H) X 24"(W) X 15"(D)
    Weight: 88 lb
  6. Greyvagabond


    Aug 17, 2007
    Los Angeles
    Yeah, that's a great cab, it will serve you well. I don't mind the Behringer amps (actually, I think they are a decent deal), but their cabs are pretty terrible. $200 is a great price for the XL!
  7. PSPookie


    Aug 13, 2006
    Ocoee, TN
    Avatar is also pretty high on the list of bang for the buck cabs. If you can find one use it would be a good way to go.
  8. jeff7bass


    Apr 9, 2009
    Avatar 212 NEO, 4 ohm version.
  9. narcopolo


    Sep 12, 2005
    richmond, va
    careful with those new acoustic cabs. my buddy at GC warned me that the new ones have crate guts. yuck.
  10. Rick Auricchio

    Rick Auricchio Registered Bass Offender

    Play the cabinet and then decide. Specs are meaningless.

    Also, lifting that 88lb monster gets old really fast. Consider a lighter cabinet.
  11. watch craigslist like a watchdog and you will score
  12. DaveLS


    Sep 5, 2008

    Everyone hates the Crates, but the ones I've had are as bombproof as any Peavey.
  13. Used Peavey would get my vote.

    410TX, 410TXF, 410TVX.
  14. Between the two, the Hartke is a no brainer..
  15. I'm surprised no one has mentioned Ampeg yet. They can be had for similar money used, and are miles ahead of some lesser brands. Just my $.02 worth. Whatever you decide, you're gonna love a 4x10 cab!

    BTW: I see we're next door neighbors in the Mediocre Bass Players Club - howdy!
  16. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 11, 2008
    the Cali Intergalctic Mind Space
    Song Surgeon slow downer software- full 4 hour demo
    Be sure to take your amp/bass with you to try it out. It's also good if you bring someone with you to watch your back.

    If they are asking $200, offer $150 and deal from there.
    When you start walking out the door, you can finish the deal more easily if they really need to sell it and they think you are leaving.

    +1 on looking for Peavey cabs

    Here's one in your area and price range: http://boise.craigslist.org/msg/1136824447.html
  17. b_carville


    Jun 26, 2008
    I second this choice.

    The replacement drivers are reasonable new.Not that you see blown ones too often.These cabinets are close to bombproof.

    They turn up cheap my way.A friend of mine got a beat up one( speaker & sound wise fine.) for $150 recently.
  18. Here are some things floating around in my part of the world:

    WOW - I'm wishing I had some extra $$ right now after looking at these! Good luck.
  19. Carvin has some good cabs out there:smug:
  20. Cary713


    Apr 8, 2009
    Boise, Id

    ...if these weren't my only two choices in my price range (locally), I'd definitely go with an Ampeg. But that 'instant gratification' gets me most of the time...
    Boise CL doesn't see a lot of good bass gear.

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