Best 2x12 Cab?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Aristotle, Jul 17, 2003.

  1. Aristotle


    May 12, 2002
    Easton, MD
    I like the sound of 12 inch speakers with my bass sound but I most likely cant afford a cab much larger than 2. Any good suggestions? I've been looking at Aguilar and Ampeg models but there may be some good ones I'm over looking. Feedback would be great. Thanks.
  2. Avatar came out with a 212 recently . I don't knnow about that one in paticular but if it is like everything else they make in cabs , Should be extremely good and reasonably priced. The web page is : lots a lots of threads on their cabs. Just nothing but good reviews on their cabs. Hope this helps you. May not be what your looking for but is and option like your requested.
  3. mooseman


    Jul 24, 2002
    Chesterfield, VA
    Check out the EB-Musicman HD212. It's been discontinued, but I picked one up for cheap, which is still a possibility. It's built like a tank and is quite heavy, but it has added some heft to my sound. A new QSC RMX 1850 didn't hurt either, but this cab sounds good, especially at bargain prices. I was thinking Aguilar, but I am happy to have saved some $.
  4. Lockout


    Dec 24, 2002
    Aguilar and Epifani both make very nice 2x12s.
  5. boogiebass


    Aug 16, 2000
    For me and my ears, my basses/amps, my tastes and my music, I like the Epifani T212 far. Haven't heard the Bergantino, however, and I like their other cabs VERY much! :D

    The Epi is a very strong cab and really fills a small to medium-sized club very well. Good for outside, too. Not nearly as punchy as 10's but significantly stronger in the low-end and very balanced overall.
  6. I just bought the last 2 music man 2x12's on their Ebay page. I can't wait to try with it my Mesa 400+. I was looking for something to make my teeth rattle hopefully this would do it.:bassist:
  7. Big String

    Big String Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2000
    Northwest Indiana
    Bergantino HT212 is a great cab. I have one for sale, but I'm in NW Indiana and I don't really want to do the shipping thing. Want to take a drive from Montana? (I'm a Dental Floss Tycoon)(I love Zappa!) Anyway, the HT212 is discontinued replaced by the populare HT322 which I just happen to have. I also have two Berg 112's HT/EX and that has taken the place of the single 212 for portability reasons. It has MASSIVE bottom and sounds great from top to bottom. I just don't need to move to big cabs. If you could find one closer or a shop that would ship you one they are definatley worth considering.

    I highly recommed the HT112 and EX112 combo. Plus they as light as a feather but pump out some real bootay. I use these two most of the time in clubs.
  8. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    I'm thinking that it would be hard to go wrong with a Bergantino or Epifani 2x12, but just to throw out a more affordable option, the Eden 212XLT is really one of their best cabs (to my ears, at least). I own one, and in comparison tests with my EA VL series cabs and my Epifani T-112/T-110UL, it is most definitely colored, but it does hold its own. While it is not quite as articulate as either the Epi's or the EA's, it is fairly close. The mids are a little less in your face than the EA's, but it does have a lot of punch, and it cuts real well. One thing it does add, which the others don't have, it a bit of that SVT grit. It definitely handles overdriven sounds quite well.

    At any rate, the Eden may be one more option to consider amongst a bunch of other good suggestions.

  9. rayzak


    Jan 13, 2001
    Louisville, KY
    I love my Aggie 212. Big, round, and a rumblin':) Haven't tried the Epi or the Berg, but i'm sure they are incredible too. Sorry i'm not much help, am I?
  10. jerry

    jerry Too old for a hiptrip Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    The Bergie 2/12 rules!!!! They don't make them anymore[I don't know why:confused: ] I know Bigstring has a good deal on his! I have over 250 gigs on my 2/12 and it's still my favorite.
    I also have one of the Ernie Ball 2/12's that they sell cheap on E-Bay, and for bang for the buck is a very nice tight sounding & well built cab.....very underpriced!!!
  11. zoran


    May 10, 2002
    I owned one, too and liked it very much. The only thing that I didn't like was lacking in volume on bigger gigs. But, if I've had bigger truck and bought another one... that would be another story.
  12. marc40a


    Mar 20, 2002
    Boston MA
    I'd say Epifani.

    Though, an Ernie Ball seems like it would really be the ultimate effects cab because of the Mid Driver instead of a tweeter. I would imagine that distortion would rock through it! Very tempting.
  13. Mike


    Sep 7, 2000
    The EB cab is probably a great cab (never played one) and the best "new" deal around when EB auctions them on eBay. SWR 2x12's can be found used for decent prices. Bergie's, Aggie's, Epifani' great but depends on your budget. I have a preowned EBS 2x12 I picked up for $425 shipped I dig. So many choices, that's the problem!
  14. iplaybass


    Feb 13, 2000
    Houston, TX
    No!!! Avoid these like the plague! I had one, I couldn't stand to use it by itself. Not punchy at all, it was nice and deep but sounded too 'womby'. Sounded like I had a blanket over it all the time.
  15. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    Aristotle, you're a fellow Marylander! I believe Atomic Music in College Park still has a used Bergantino HT212. They're advertising it for $750 but I'm sure you can negotiate a better deal. Intrastate shipping costs shouldn't be bad, or if you feel like a road trip you can try it yourself (call first to make sure they still have it).

    Full disclosure: that HT212 used to be mine. It's a fantastic cab; the only reason I traded it in is because I liked the punch of my Bergantino HT310 just a little bit better, and I didn't need both of them. Note that Atomic Music owns that HT212 outright: it's not being sold on consignment. In other words, I receive no compensation for recommending this cab to you.
  16. ThunderStik

    ThunderStik Guest

    Jun 25, 2001
    Claremore OK.
    I have had an bergie 2-12 for about 2 years and still love it.
  17. junglebike


    Feb 14, 2003
    San Diego, CA
    I sure do love my Epi 2x12. I honestly can't imagine how a cabinet could sound much better... It's not as heavy as the EB MM's (75lbs vs 95lbs), but it's a bit bulky.
  18. coyoteboy

    coyoteboy Bongo destroys villages and does my laundry Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2000
    Sactomato, CA
    I'll second (or third, or fourth) the recommendation for the Epi. T-212. Had one + a T-112 and it was a ab fab rig driven with the aggie DB728. Immense low end and very long throw.
  19. Aristotle


    May 12, 2002
    Easton, MD
    Hey Fuzz, thanks for the tip. I'm headin up that way anyhow, so I'll try to stop in and give it a whirl this week. Additionally, is there a good website that I could use to find specs and information on Epifani, Eden and Bergantino? Thanks for the support TB.
  20. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine