Cabinet for Fender Bassman Pro 100T

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Auguste, Apr 12, 2012.

  1. Auguste

    Auguste Guest

    Apr 5, 2012
    I have just received a re-tubed Fender Bassman Pro 100T amp (gift from family member who has moved up to a more powerful amp.) but no matching speakers. He has these humongous cabinets and there is no way that I can move them around.

    With the switch for 25 W and 100 W use I was considering getting two 1X15in Fender cabinets rather than one larger much heavier cabinet.

    I know that two separate cabinets will be about $250 more expensive than a single cabinet with 2 15 inch speakers but it would make it so much easier for me to move them around.

    I want to get a deep and throaty warm sound from my speakers.

    Would going this way be a good decision?

    Any and all suggestions and comments would be truly appreciated.
  2. What is your budget and are you only looking at new cabinets?

    If I was given that head I would be pairing it with a Greenboy Dually. Yeah its a 215 cab, but you have your choice of drivers (I would go with more sensitive drivers to get louder with a small 100 watt head), and the cab is fairly light (60 pounds in wood, less in composite).
  3. Tim1


    Sep 9, 2005
    New Zealand
    I have a 100T. It sounds best to my ears through my Bergantino NV215 cabinet, but it also sounds amazingly good through the Bergantino HT112ER - exactly what you described, warm and deep with a smooth top end. I just purchased a GKNeo 115 for smaller gigs, this is very light at 40 pounds and easy to schlep. It handles the output of the 100T very easily and has a drier, slightly more middy tone with it than the Bergantino cabs. I was unable to source a Fender 115 cab, but was not totally convinced by their other cabs when I tried them with the 100T and much preferred the Bergs.
  4. Auguste

    Auguste Guest

    Apr 5, 2012

    I went to the Bergantino site to see the specs for the NV215 and they only have up to 12" speakers . . . did I miss something?

    Thanks for the responses so far
  5. Auguste

    Auguste Guest

    Apr 5, 2012
    Yes I am considering new at this time.
  6. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Washington, Utah
    John K Custom Basses
    IMO, a dually or a barefaced super fifteen would be a great cab for that amp. the barefaced weighs 49lbs and the dually can be as light as 50lbs in wood and 40-42 in composite.
  7. Tim1


    Sep 9, 2005
    New Zealand
    Auguste, the NV215 is currently out of production unfortunately. You could consider the NV412 which many people say is superior to the 215. I do like sealed cbas with tube amps, and all the NV series are sealed.
  8. Auguste

    Auguste Guest

    Apr 5, 2012
    Thanks for the update.
  9. nitromullet


    Mar 29, 2012
    Seattle, WA
    I'm considering a bunch of options with two 1x15 cabs as well, mainly for the portability reasons the OP mentioned.

    Anyone have any thoughts on a pair of Orange OBC 115s and this head? I know someone ran the 100t through an Orange and another TL606 type cab in the, but these were modified with Eminence Kappa 3015 (non LF) speakers. I'm curious about stock.
  10. Are they the orange cabs that have no batting inside them, and are priced way more than they should be?

    I would pass for better options.
  11. dustinfennessey


    Sep 29, 2011
    I use the 100T with a matching Fender Bassman 410 Neo. It's light and the combination is just magical! Plus it looks great together!
  12. wideload


    Apr 15, 2004
    Salinas, CA
    Me, I'd go with a Fender 15, then add another ONLY when I needed to. I like things that match, and that rig would look (and sound) sweet! If I didn't care about losing my wife, I might well have the same rig.
  13. nitromullet


    Mar 29, 2012
    Seattle, WA
    Well, they're the standard new OBC 115. I can them for under $600 shipped. Most reviews on TB have been pretty positive. The thought of having to add batting annoys me (as Orange should be doing this themselves), but it's a fix I can do for little cost.

    There are more expensive options I'm considering also. Among them the new Mesa Traditional Powerhouse (which no one seems to have tried yet), and of course the Bassic 15. The regular/Vintage Mesa PH115 and the Aguilar DB115 might be options as well, but a $900 single 15" is a little out of my league, especially because eventually I'll probably want two of them.

    Any other suggestions?

    I should clarify, I don't have the head. Money and staying married are serious considerations here, so I'm really trying to do my research before I spend any (more) money.

    The Fender cabs do look amazing, and they are light too. The 410 and the 15 are both considerations, but I do have some reservations. The reviews on these, especially the 15, are mixed. Although, the 410 seems to be more favorable.

    Thanks for all the responses and input. Keep it coming!
  14. jwindham


    Sep 17, 2006
    I just ordered one of these to try out. I will definitely post my insights when it arrives. I did not order a matching cab yet, but I am going to try it out with some various cabs to "give it a whirl." :bassist::D
  15. Tim1


    Sep 9, 2005
    New Zealand
    Since my last post I have purchased a Fender Neo 610 cabinet to go with my 100T. It is a match made in heaven IMO. So light and easy to shift and the 610 speakers seem to give the 100 watts the impression of a little extra grunt. Plus the bling look of the two together - visually a stunner and tonally very well matched.
  16. nitromullet


    Mar 29, 2012
    Seattle, WA
    The Fender Neo 610 is supposed to be a great match for the 100t, but a little bit too big for my car. Dual 115s would probably be ideal, but a 410 would be workable too.

    An Aguilar DB410 in black with the silver grille would probably look stunning with the new 100t as well. It's a pricey 410, is it worth it?
  17. will33


    May 22, 2006
    It's a 100 watt tube amp. Forget the uber-excursion arms race and just worry about tone. Look into some old EV's or JBL's. Maybe the Faital driver everybody likes around here or some other off-brand sort of offering that has tone and doesn't worry so much about handling 36.862 godzillawatts and can pump excursion enough to unclog the toilet in the back of the bar.
  18. Tim1


    Sep 9, 2005
    New Zealand
    Ah, but it is a modern 100 watt tube amp and a far cry from the old Bassman 100s - it can do justice to modern speakers with their wider frequency range. Hence I enjoy it into my Bergantino NV215 which has a huge frequency response with its 6" driver, and as I said the Neo 610 matching really gives it a wide range of tones.
    I used to use the old JBL and EV fifteens with my Bassman 100s in the seventies, but this amp deserves better IMO.
  19. adivin


    Jul 9, 2009
    New Orleans, LA
    So how did this story end? What did you end up with Auguste?
  20. Auguste

    Auguste Guest

    Apr 5, 2012
    I ordered the Fender 2x15 cab . . . Should receive in a couple of weeks

    Will post my impressions then