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Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by dont, Aug 10, 2004.

  1. dont


    Jul 25, 2004
    What experience does anyone have with the Bill Dickens sub and/or Whappo Grande? How loud and how efficient are the two subs? How does each sound with the Whappo Jr. or Bill Dickens Signature 212? How are the various cabinets for handling a low B with power, clarity, and volume---and how are they for a solid, LOUD , deep tone? They sound interesting, but finding one to try is very difficult; and they are a little expensive to buy without an audition. :bassist: :hyper:
  2. knuckle_head

    knuckle_head Commercial User

    Jul 30, 2002
    Owner; Knuckle Guitar Works & Circle K Strings

    Do a search as well for AccuGroove info as they have been written about a fair bit here.

    What do you want to use the cab for? I have used the Whappo and the Whappo Jr as well as the Grande, but if you are tuning as low as B you may not necesarrily need a sub. The Whappo can carry what you do IMO.

    As for the Grande - an amazingly quick sub that you can appreciate pretty close up. It obviously hits its stride as you back away and let the wave form more fully, but I used it as an immediate sub at very low volume and was very pleased with it. It was attenuated exactly the same as the Jr that was sitting on top of it so its as efficient as the full range - that says alot as most subs suck power on the order of 50% or more just to keep up.
  3. Whappo Grande

    Whappo Grande

    Feb 9, 2002
    Santa Clara, CA.
    Manager: AccuGroove Speakers
    Subs are seldom as loud as full range cabs. These are very loud, but like most subs, need power.

    They can be intermixed with fantastic results. Keep in mind that Bill's sub is a little louder & the Grande goes a little deeper while both will nail a low B or F# like crazy.

    You've never heard or felt anything like it. Like Skip said, with Bill's 212, the El Whappo or the Whappo Jr., there's is really no need for an additional sub because they already do such a great job if you only go down to a B. Can they add something positive to the mix on a 4 or 5 string? Absolutely; we have pro players like Xavier Padilla (bass player for the Gypsy Kings) using a Grande & Whappo for his 4 string fretted & fretless Fender Jazz basses on his current world tour. Is this overkill, but of course...

    They were designed for the few bass players that really need to supplement with something this deep or for those that simply want something scary. Because few people do, few stores will have them in stock. I do know that New Jersey Guitar & Bass has a Grande in stock.

    Hope this helps,