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B1500 amp - now what cabinet?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by pete rallis, Oct 14, 2012.

  1. Seems the more I read , the more undecided I get..I play a G&L L2000 bass in a band with 3 guitarist,(and yes, more amp than god intended) a pretty loud drummer, and we run it all through a the PA. Old rock and blues with heavy bottom end..I have just bought a Carvin B1500(used), and am really at a loss for a cabinet. I have been using a borrowed GK 700 watt amp and a pair of no name 4x10 cabinets..nice sound, but just too much stuff to carry...any suggestions that won't break the bank would appreciated.
  2. CL400Peavey

    CL400Peavey Supporting Member

    Nov 7, 2011
    Grand Rapids Michigan
    I would love to play a B1500 paired with a fEARful 1515/66, fEARful 1212/6, fEARless 215, or a Greenboy Dually.

    The dually is probably the most economical, and with that head it will compete with any 810 in SPL at a fraction of the weight.
  3. pbasswil


    Feb 17, 2008
    That'd be my inclination too.
    The way you describe your tone goals, I'd probably go Dually.
    For super old school, choose Kapalite 3015 15" drivers; for a bit more hifi, go Faital drivers.
  4. Sundogue


    Apr 26, 2001
    Wausau, WI
    I would too. I lost out on a B1500 in the TB classifieds last week by about one minute. All set to pay via PP and immediately got a reply that it was sold. Damned, I sure would have loved to have pushed that through my fEARful 15/6
  5. CL400Peavey

    CL400Peavey Supporting Member

    Nov 7, 2011
    Grand Rapids Michigan
    The B1500 is on my radar as a possible amp to pick up. I dont need another one, but it has my interests.
  6. Thanks all...looks like I'll be talking to Greenboy, plus the fEARful's....
  7. husky123

    husky123 Supporting Member

    Jul 6, 2006
    Leesburg, VA
    Endorsing Artist: Spector Basses
    I've run the massive B1500 through my Dually for a time or two and it is an absolute building destructo leveling machine. Tone and volume that will find every rattle and squeak within 50 miles.
  8. CL400Peavey

    CL400Peavey Supporting Member

    Nov 7, 2011
    Grand Rapids Michigan
    Your rig/tonal goals/recommendation is exactly what I thought of first when I saw this thread.

  9. Ah yes! The Carvin B1500.

    Husky sold me his B1500 to pair with my fEARful 1212/6/1 because he knows I actually like "absolute building destructo machines". Actually, Husky can get just about any tone he wants out of just about any rig combination, which is why I tend to trust anything he says.

    For instance, he TRIED to tell me that the Carvin beats the Mesa M9 for volume and tone, especially at the last octave. Silly me didn't believe him, until I bought the B1500 and used it on a gig. Amazing head.

    Now, I'm not entirely sure what your budget is. And do you intend to run through the PA, or do you want a rig to carry its own weight.

    The B1500 can do virtually anything you want it to. Any of the 15" or 12" Supercabs are a great fit for this head. If on a real tight budget, take a look at the Avatar TB153. As long as you're not running a lot of effects, the Avatar would fit nicely with the B1500.

    Of course, any of the Greenboy designs would work well, especially the Dually.

    Personally, I would like to pair my B1500 with a pair of Acme B-2's, or the new Series III. The B-2's come up occassionally in the classifieds, and the Carvin seems perfect for those power-hungry low-end monsters.
  10. ErnieD


    Nov 25, 2004
    Though I just started having issues with my about year old TB153, 4 ohm, cab. I'm gonna get it fixed and try my B1500 with it.

    I have a B1500 I bought new about 1.5 years ago direct from Carvin. I think I've used it like 5 times since then. The mini-micro heads made me park it. Its sitting gathering dust in a 3 space SKB rollin rack. I used it once with my two GB Neox 212T's and :eek: Yeow-Ming, it was nice.

    Wonder how it would sound with my two 8 ohm, Epi UL410's or just a single Neox 212T. That'd prolly blow the dust off my B-Bomber, ya think? Darn, just small restaurant gigs booked this month. :bassist: I better not, HUH? :smug:
  11. mrpackerguy

    mrpackerguy Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2004
    Madison, Wisconsin
    Put a post in the wanted section. I got a pm within 48hr and got a great deal on one. They are out there.
  12. mrpackerguy

    mrpackerguy Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2004
    Madison, Wisconsin
    I thought it matched up great with an Acme Low B4.

    Now that I have one again, it's going to see stage time with my Berg AE212