Cabs in America

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by BOOG, Aug 7, 2021.

  1. BOOG


    Dec 13, 2016
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Hello everyone! I am getting to the point of upgrading my cabinets. I’m usually playing with (3) guitarists/loud drummer/keyboardist/(2) vox and we are covering any/all 1960’s-current rock/reggae/punk/soul/country. Currently, my main rig setup is active or passive bass ===> pedal board often with hairy-overdrive/distortion ===> Mesa WD800 ===> (2) Hartke HD210.

    Specifically, I am looking for American constructed (2) cabs to stack vertically and I am undecided on what to spend my money on. From the following list, I have not played through any but, I have heard the Mesa’s live on a couple of occasions being used by others in medium sized venues.

    I guess, ideally, I am asking for a comparison of the Hartke’s I am using with any of the cabs listed if there’s anyone with that specific knowledge. Any feedback on any of these would be appreciated, though.

    Anyway, here’s what I’m considering buying a pair (2X) of:
    Trickfish TF212
    Rev Sound RS212XT
    Genzler Nu Classic 212T
    Genzler Magellan 212T
    Mesa SW 210
    Gallien-Krueger NEO IV 212
  2. BOOG


    Dec 13, 2016
    Cleveland, Ohio
    I’m surprised with 40+ views and no comments?!
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  3. BOOG


    Dec 13, 2016
    Cleveland, Ohio
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  4. The Mesa Subway 210 is a fantastic cab. Also, the Subway 115 is a fantastic cab, but a little different. Together they are even more than fantastic!

    The Subway stuff is designed to work together, and would be a great match to your WD800.

    Everything you've listed should be great, high quality gear. I don't think there's a bad option in the bunch.
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  5. BOOG


    Dec 13, 2016
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Just as I suspected, this is going the route of a Mesa fest.
    Disregarding the head that I mentioned (yes, I use others), what is it that makes Mesa cabinets so much better than Revsound, Trickfish and Genzler?
  6. flojob

    flojob Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 15, 2011
    Some of it is probably exposure. Mesa is just available to try for more people than the others
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  7. BOOG


    Dec 13, 2016
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Yeah, I was hoping to flip some rocks and find out about the other cab manufacturers within our borders.
    edit: are the others as good in quality/customer service/output? what is the tone like? etc…
  8. Nebadon2000

    Nebadon2000 Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2005
    Moyock, North Carolina
    You got a great list there might as well add the Killer B's Bergantino and Barefaced:)

    The GK saves you a few bucks if all else is equal and Mesa Subway seems logical
    but this is a very subjective business.

    Genzlers seem to be designed to have a 'old school' type palette
    Not a GK Guy but have not heard their newest offerings
    Lot's of folks are falling all over Subway 1x15
    never heard them live but RevSound and Trickfish have solid reputations

    With so many excellent choices available the agony in making a choice can be brutal:)
    [went through it with my last Bass Purchase]
  9. It's a Mesa fest for me because I currently have USA made cabs from 4 brands (and more in the past) and the Mesas are the ones that perform in a way I like most, and they are also NOT the most expensive.

    Sorry if that doesn't flip the rocks you want. I sure feel like that matches the original ask. Is that now not good enough since many other people on this forum have spent tens of thousands on bass gear over the years and come to a similar conclusion? (Note: I said MANY, not all.)
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  10. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Fusion Cats Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    I believe Barefaced are made in the UK. If you want to flip some rocks for amazing American cabs try MAS or Audiokenisis.
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  11. jeff7bass

    jeff7bass Inactive

    Apr 9, 2009
    All great cabs but I'm leaning towards Revsound for my next rig.
  12. superblues


    Oct 5, 2006
    I’m a big fan of the previous generation of 212 GK Neo cabs. I have not heard the gen IV cabs yet, but if their tone is similar to the IIIs, the improved form factor gets a big plus from me.
  13. Mesa Subway 215 or two 1 x 15s. If that setup isn't loud enough, I'd be looking for another band.
  14. bmac314

    bmac314 Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2015
    Aguilar SL212
  15. Al Rivera

    Al Rivera

    Mar 20, 2021
    20200406_152721.jpg I've gigged this for the last 5 years,definitely takes a beating and keeps up with my 5 string,though not particularly light or small.
    Good luck finding one in stock though,you should check availability in all of theses cabs,covid has limited what you can buy off the shelf.
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  16. BOOG


    Dec 13, 2016
    Cleveland, Ohio
    What are the other brands/configurations that you were referring to?
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  17. Nebadon2000

    Nebadon2000 Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2005
    Moyock, North Carolina
    :thumbsup: Got me on Barefaced and found 2 more good choices
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  18. BOOG


    Dec 13, 2016
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Are these cabs that you use currently or in the past?
  19. Wasnex


    Dec 25, 2011
    @BOOG , ultimately it does not matter what anyone else thinks. Doing the research may narrow down your choices a bit, but ultimately the best thing to do is hunt down and try cabs till you find the sound you are after.

    Lot's of people love the Subway line, but IMHO that's no guarantee that you will love it.

    As an example, think of the millions of people who consider the SVT and 810E the ideal bass rig. The first bass rig I ever bought was a brand new MTI era SVT and 810. I had it special ordered after reading tons of glowing reviews. When it came in, I actually wondered if it was damaged or counterfeit as I thought it sounded awful. For the record, every SVT and 810 I have played since then sounded pretty much the same.

    The SVT and 810 is obviously an exceptional rig because people have loved it since 1969, but it's not my sound.
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