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Anyone ever built a 3x10?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Eric Cioe, Jul 10, 2003.


  1. Eric Cioe

    Eric Cioe

    Jun 4, 2001
    Missoula, MT
    I'm just curious to see if anyone's built a 3x10, specifically along the lines of the old EA cab where they were stacked on top of eachother. 3x10 tower someone called it. Could you use 2 10s tuned low (not really low, that's what my 18 is for :) ), and then have the third (different speaker, voiced higher) in a seperate chamber angled, like a 4x12 guitar cab?

    Maybe even 2x10's in one section of the cab and an 8 in the top... Anyone?
     
  2. Lonnybass

    Lonnybass Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2000
    Minneapolis by way of Chicago
    Endorsing Artist: Pedulla Basses
    It's very simple...

    Epifani for the 3x10.

    Acme for the full-range 3-way 2x10.
     
  3. Eric Cioe

    Eric Cioe

    Jun 4, 2001
    Missoula, MT
    Epi= too much money, Acme= can't be heard in a rock band. I don't need a tremenndous amount of bottom- that's why I have a sub. Something that gets down to 50hZ or so, -3db.

    I think the tower idea would be good for getting the sound up at me a little bit, if I played through this cab solo somewhere. Also, it'd be cool to have my 1x18 with the rack on top of it, with a 3x10 tower on either side, for blow yer head off gigs.
     
  4. If you want kickass noise from 89 Hz and up... look into the 15s and 18s and skip the 10s.

    Sort my spread sheet on SBB4 SPL in descending order. The head bangers are the big boys, not the 10s.
     
  5. Eric Cioe

    Eric Cioe

    Jun 4, 2001
    Missoula, MT
    A 3x10 I think would fit my needs perfectly. A 1x15 isn't big enough, and a 2x15 is too big. I have run my Yamaha SW1x18 as a standalone in my basement, and it sounded good. I just think that there is a ton of possibility in a cabinet with 2x10 woofers and one 10 for the higher end stuff.
     
  6. For me, it would be (3) 1x10 cabs. Easier to haul around.

    I have my teenie 1x10 sub in glue-up now. It is planned to sit underneath the 1x10 JBL E110 I use for the highs in my biamp rig. If the teenie sub works out well, I'll build a 2nd one and run it as a (3) 1x10 stack. The JBL is much more efficient than the sub, so I'll need two of them.

    Dimensions of each cab are 12H x 20.75W x 11D. All three can stack horizontally, or the two subs can stack vertically with the JBL horizontal across the top.
     
  7. Eric Cioe

    Eric Cioe

    Jun 4, 2001
    Missoula, MT
    Wow, those are teenie.

    If I were to follow your setup, with 3 1x10s, would you recommend me to use a different speaker instead of the sub, seeing I already have an 18 for that?

    How efficient are these cabinets? How much wattage are we looking at for performance volume (I'm in a loud band)?
     
  8. My 3x10 setup is not right at all for a loud band. It is intended for ease of carry, small size, full bottom end, and low output for very small venues. Power is no object, because I carry my full power rack no matter what cabs are attached. The subs draw 500 watts total, the JBL draws 75 watts.

    If you want loud, get a JBL or Eminence. An E155 1x18 in 2.5 cubic feet will produce 120 SPL from 300 watts and remain within Xmax across the entire frequency range. Two of these are loud as hell at 123 SPL from 600 watts total, and very easy to cart around. A Magnum 18HO will produce almost 124 SPL from 650 watts, but in a much larger 5.7 cubic feet. An Eminence Kilomax Pro 15 is an enormous noise maker in 3.5 cubic feet and produces 125 SPL from 1,000 watts.

    Check out my spread sheet, and you will find all the noise makers are bigger than 10" drivers.
     
  9. Eric Cioe

    Eric Cioe

    Jun 4, 2001
    Missoula, MT
    Maybe a 2x12 then? I know I sound like a broken record, but I think that a 1x15 wouldn't be enough, a 2x15 would be too much, so I was thinking 3x10 or possibly 2x12, if you can recomend me something that gets loud.

    I like the idea of a very small full range setup for small places. How much would it cost to do your 3x10 setup? Or maybe a 1x12 sub and a 1x10 high...