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Cab for Hartke 3500?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Tsal, Jul 2, 2002.


  1. Tsal

    Tsal

    Jan 28, 2000
    Finland, EU
    I have been thinking about getting head+cab system to replace my TNT-130 combo, and I'm pretty settled on Hartke 3500 head, mainly because it's good reputation and nice price.. They go around $500, new. I'll get used one if I can. Now, any opinions what cab I could get to go with it?

    I'm searching for something like thumby, blues-rock like tone, boomy but not muddy. I would like to spend around $500 for the used cab, less if possible. I have seen couple EBS' and Hartke 4x10XLs around in that range, but I'm afraid that EBS could be too 'hifi' for blues and rock'n'roll. As new cabs, I think Peavey TVX, Warwick 410 and Hartke VX410(trad. cones) are in that range.

    I would probably use the cab as stand-alone, so is 4x10 enough for the job or should I look for something like 2x15?
     
  2. JoelEoM

    JoelEoM

    Mar 11, 2002
    Lancaster, PA
    check into the hartke 4.5XLs, or if you want smaller, a 2.5XL. one thing for sure, stay away from the VX series. utter crap. ive not played any of the other ones youve listed however, so i cant speak for any of them
     
  3. TRU

    TRU

    Apr 12, 2002
    Northern Europe
    Knowing the prices and selection of bass stuff where you live, I'd say buy used if you find a good deal. EBS is a good choise. Where can you buy Warwick 410 for $500?
     
  4. OsQ

    OsQ

    Jun 13, 2002
    here
    Jep, hartke 4.5xl would be good choice... i paid 500$ used - haven't regret it. sound right for me, i had 15" speakers before for bottom and boom - novadays i'm using exclusively that 4.5xl, it got it all... bunchy, seriously deep, loud... what more could u possibly want. only problem is the weight!(50kg)

    it's also quite power hungry - so you'll be needing all the power that 3500 will produce, though i've never tried them together(no reason why wouldn't they be happy couple).
     
  5. Jodaka

    Jodaka

    Jun 28, 2001
    Riverview, FL
    i play a 3500 w/a 2.5xl and a 4.5xl. the 4.5 alone is a great cab. the 2.5 is a recent addition (bought about 3 weeks ago), that i've been using at practice. the 2.5 by itself is alright, but i've been spoiled from using the 4.5 for the past year or so. when using the entire rig, it's just awesome...
     
  6. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

    Used 3500's go for roughly $300 used on Ebay. If you plan on going with multiple cabs, might I suggest going with the 7000. It has 2 3500 amps in that head and has a crossover, can be bi-amped and you can adjust the output to each cab. It's a 3500 on steriods! I had a 3500 and for one cab (or 2 of the same cabs) it;s great. For 2 cabs that are different (like a 2x10 and a 1x15 together) you diffinetly want the 7000. I got my 7000 on Ebay for $405 and it is in MINT condition and came with a 2U rack. Hope this helps!
     
  7. Jodaka

    Jodaka

    Jun 28, 2001
    Riverview, FL
    not necessarily true. in retrospect, i wish i had gotten the 7000. but running 2 8ohm cabs on the 3500 is fine. i run the 3500 --> 4.5xl --> 2.5xl. the output from the 3500 is 240 watts @ 8 ohms, 350 @ 4ohms. the 7000 would be ideal if you had a 4x10 running on one side and say a 2x10 and 1x15 on the other. if you were only running the 2x10 (assuming 8 ohms) and a 1x15 (again, assuming 8 ohms) and weren't planning on adding any other cabs, the 3500 is fine...

    jdkh
     
  8. Tsal

    Tsal

    Jan 28, 2000
    Finland, EU
    From Germany. But it's the smaller 4x10 without the tweeter and rated only 300w. The larger(411 Pro?) w/ tweeter was around $650, IIRC.

    BTW, I hope I can find Hartke 3500 used, they pop up at times but the used market is smaller here. On the other hand, there is Ebay Germany where I have seen couple of those around 300e.
     
  9. Jodaka

    Jodaka

    Jun 28, 2001
    Riverview, FL
    there's a 3500 for sale here on the board for $295, but the shipping might be a killer...