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Ampeg 2x12 AV good match with SVT CL head??

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by nhoj, Nov 21, 2018.

  1. nhoj


    Nov 21, 2018
    Hello fellow bass heads,
    I am a first time poster and I'm really happy to be part of the club.
    I have a pf800 matched with a pf410 and I really dig the sound but it gets a little farty when I start getting loud. I also have a SVT CL head but don't have a cab for it yet. Is the 2x12 AV a good match? will it handle my active 5 string bass? Is the head too powerful? Anybody own the 2x12 and can help me out??
    Thanks yall.
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  2. haystack55

    haystack55 Supporting Member

    Jan 16, 2011
    Houston, TX
    As far as wattage and ohmage you should be fine. It's ported, so you'll get some good low end response, although not quite as much as you might get with say an HLF cabinet. Live, I play an SVT-II (which is essentially the same as an SVT-CL) through a ported Emperor 2x12 that's only rated at 350 watts and I've got way more headroom than I need. Different animal, the Emperor, but two twelves is really a sweet spot for my SVT.
  3. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Farty when getting loud? Well of course! It's a 410 powered with an 800w amp!

    The 212av IS a good match with the SVT, but it's also going to get farty when it gets real loud. Neither are big cabs. They take a good pounding but they do have their limitations, as do all similar cabs.
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  4. nhoj


    Nov 21, 2018
    Thanks for the response guys. I have been visiting this site for bass info for years but only signed up earlier today. JimmyM I have read so many of your posts and now you have replied to one of mine! What do you suggest, the 2x12 or keep the portaflex rig? I know the ball is in my court but I would love to hear your opinion.
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  5. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Well I haven't played the PF410hlf, so I really don't know how to answer that. Generally though, a 410 has more output than a 212.
  6. coreyfyfe

    coreyfyfe Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2007
    boston, ma
    I really liked my pair of 112AV cabs with my SVT. They're ported as mentioned but the tuning is much higher than most cabs, it rolls off much earlier. With a solid state head (sometimes used them with a PF-500) they never felt right in the low mids/lows but with a tube head they were perfect, the low end was full and controlled without getting boomy.

    Gear pron picture opportunity:

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  7. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I miss the SVT-DI my friend let me try out.
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  8. BogeyBass


    Sep 14, 2010
    2x12 or 410 will only get to so much SPL or loudness before farting out.

    More effective system be compare 2 of those cabs. So a 412 or 410

    All in all same power handling but the 412 would be more efficient or louder before it farted out. Possibly giving you that extra oomph you need before fartout.
  9. bassmutz


    Aug 28, 2015
    I play my SVT CL Heritage with the 212AV in an ACDC Tribute Band and it Is great and loud enough for most clubs.
    The 212 AV sounds good and handles the power of the SVT very well.
    It‘s quiet near to the sound with my 810 Heritage. The 810 is the best combination and very powerfull...
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  10. coreyfyfe

    coreyfyfe Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2007
    boston, ma
    I really like it, but mostly use it for recording now. I’ve started using another head with an OT line out into a DI for most of my live stuff.
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  11. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    "Another head," huh? If it was the PF-50T or 20T, you'd mention the name. I don't like the sound of that :D
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  12. Backdrop


    Feb 2, 2011
    Los Angeles
    Been using a SVT-CL and a 212AV as my main rig the last couple years. You should be good.
    Don't know if a fiver would make much of a difference. Mainly play four.
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2018
  13. nhoj


    Nov 21, 2018
    Thanks for the wise words from everyone. This made my work day much more entertaining .
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  14. BOOG

    BOOG Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 2016
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Welcome to TalkBass!
    Good luck with your quest
  15. Got nuthin’ helpful to add.
    Just stoppin’ by to say welcome.
  16. DaveDeVille

    DaveDeVille ... you talkin' to me ?? Supporting Member

    yeah , should be no problems ...
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  17. nhoj


    Nov 21, 2018
    What a beauty set up
  18. TrentB

    TrentB Supporting Member

    Aug 10, 2010
    Yorba Linda, Ca
    I’d say it depends. I used my 212av with my SVT-CL at a gig this weekend where the stage volume was very low and it was fine. If you need to crank the volume I don’t think the cab sounds that great. It’s the most colored cab I’ve ever played and it really rolls the lows off. A larger cab like my NV610 is a perfect match for the SVT if you need more volume. It can take everything you can throw at it.
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  19. Sounds great together--I use this set up all the time.

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  20. Bodeeni

    Bodeeni Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2010
    How does your 4/10 cab sound with the SVT?

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