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Could use a cab suggestion!

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by doubleohnodj, Sep 6, 2013.

  1. doubleohnodj


    Mar 25, 2013
    I'm looking for a big cab loud enough for band practices and small venues. I intend to run out of my Aguilar Tone Hammer pedal into a QSC GX3 or comparable power amp. The catch is I will also be playing a keyboard and a synth in addition to my bass and bass vi, so I need some good high end as well wih a decent sized tweeter or horn. I'd also prefer if it was a widely available brand - something I could order through Guitar Center or the like.

    Any suggestions for a great sounding multi purpose cab?
  2. Ampeg 610HLF
  3. doubleohnodj


    Mar 25, 2013
    Do you think the 410 would be just as good but a little smaller?
  4. nolezmaj


    Sep 22, 2011
    Most 410 should be loud enough for you.
  5. Two 2x10 beats the hell out of a 4x10. The trick is finding something with flat response so your keys sound like keys.

    I'd be inclined to use a small powered PA sub with powered top. Keys are demanding of super powerful low end or they sound like a toy piano.
  6. doubleohnodj


    Mar 25, 2013
    I agree, and that's what I'm looking for, I only really want to carry one cab if possible though. Are there any 4x10s that have a good flat response? A weird mix of piano, bass and guitar could be passing through at any given time. I don't think any 1 PA speaker could handle it. I'm thinking ill have a mixer on my synth table to run different channels so I could EQ out some of the thundering lows or shrill highs from any given instrument.
  7. DukeLeJeune

    DukeLeJeune rational romantic mystic cynical idealist Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 24, 2008
    Princeton, Texas
    Owner & designer, AudioKinesis; Auth. mfg, Big E (Home Audio only)
    Smoothness through the mids, along with the top end power and extension you'd need for keys, in a cab that can handle bass guitar without going into premature fartout, tends to be a rather boo-teeky combination of characteristics. Electric piano in particular is quite demanding in terms of sound quality. I think what you're looking for is out there, but you may have to expand your search beyond Guitar Center. The Acme B4, fEARless 212 by Greenboy, and BigE 110 or 210 by Mike Arnopol come to mind. Or maybe something custom by Low Down Sound, with custom crossover by Ralf Patterson.

    You mentioned looking for a 410 with "good flat response". If tasked with buidling a cab for bass + synth + electric piano, I would not go with a 410 format because the horizontal dispersion will not be very good. There's a reason PA cabs look like they do, and it has to do with getting good, uniform horizontal dispersion. Imo that's even more important than "flat response", because you can (to a certain extent) improve the frequency response with EQ, but you cannot do anything about the radiation pattern with EQ.