advice on building a cab

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by richard_tibbett, Nov 21, 2001.

  1. I'm bored.

    So I'm gonna try and build a cab.

    I'm thinking either a 4 x10" or a 15".
    Not sure yet.

    Anyway, does anyone know of a good source of free plans that I can access before I start hacking up bits of wood.

  2. Nightbass


    May 1, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    No. The Electro-Voice plan set is dated, nothing really useful for the bass player. I am not aware of any other suitable box plans. Your best bet is to find a bass cab that you like and copy the box and port dimensions. I'd also suggest getting a copy of The Loudspeaker Design Cookbook, which will keep you from getting bored and answer all the questions you are bound to come up with. After browsing that book you will understand what is important and what's not when you go out and measure the cab you want to duplicate.

    I'd start with a cab that uses round ports, and seeing you're in the UK, the Trace and Ashdown cabs are a good start. I wouldn't recommend building a cab with a slotted or shelf port (e.g., Eden, SWR) though - it's too difficult to get it right the first time.

    And if you find some particular drivers you want to use, such as Celestion or Fane, for example, you can get the Thiele-Small specs from them and use a free proggy such as WinISD to help you figure out the box volume and port dimensions. I say this because I don't know how easy it is to get Eminence drivers in the UK, so maybe you'd prefer to use British speakers (man, I'd love to build a 1x15 cab with some Fanes!)

    Hope this helps,

  3. i_ love_ bass

    i_ love_ bass

    Nov 12, 2001
    i just finished my cab today! hehe, my amp sounds awsome:D i could help you out i guess, just ask me some quetions and ill answer them