Decent 210 for small gigs.

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by koentje_bassist, Jun 30, 2008.

  1. koentje_bassist


    Jun 24, 2006
    I'm searching for a decent 210 cabinet for small gigs and for using it with my GK SBX 410 (or 115) as a monitor. I'm very happy with the sound from my GK-cabs, but maybe another brand can be an add-on to my rig. I'm using a 1001rbII head and play in a coverband with 2 gigs/month. I like the sound of my stingray cut through the mix through my set, but often the stage volume gets too high, especially in small locations. The ease of carrying a lighter cab is also appreciated by my back.
    My first choice was the RBX 210. Or the Neo 210. Both can be set in a monitor-position, which can be very handy. Then the beauty of the Markbass Traveler 102 came to my mind.
    Never had the chance to test these babies out. Anyone did?
  2. B String

    B String Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    You might try an Epifani UL210. Very light weight (38lbs)
    and packs a major punch with good lows, especially if you
    want to use it as a monitor. It can get very loud too, but I
    don't think you need that advantage for a monitor.
  3. JMDT


    Jan 30, 2008
    Louisville, Ky
    The Eden D210XST is the best standalone 210 I've heard. Bass and volume in a relatively tiny package.
  4. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    I love my Eden D210T. Long discontinued little brother to the XLT.
  5. doc540


    Jul 28, 2003
    Beaumont, Texas
    AVATAR 210 is hard to beat for the money.

    And Dave provides the best customer service I've found yet.
  6. CliffD

    CliffD Supporting Member

    Jan 27, 2008
    I think Rob (bikeplate) is selling a used epi s1 2x10.
  7. I loved my Eden...until I got my Epi UL. I recommend it without hesitation. That said, any answer to your question is only a very rough guide. Go listen to and play through every cab your music store has, and decide what works best for you.
  8. cabrego


    Jan 21, 2007
    I once used to use a hartke 2.5xl which is a 2x10. It sounded really good with my older gk 400rb. It had lots of booty for a 2x10.
  9. anonymous101511

    anonymous101511 Guest

    Mar 5, 2001
    Dean Markley Strings, Xotic Basses, Kubicki Basses
    the neo cabs are only available in 12's and 15's. I would suggest a neo 15 cab, though the single 12" is great, as well! Much more sound than any of the 2x10's. Quicker and punchier, as well. The 10's these days are trying so hard to reproduce sub-sonic lows (read: 5- strings), that the response has become very slow and 'loose'. Just look at an Eden or SWR 10" speaker; it flops all over the place, there's almost no damping, whatsoever. Have a look at a high end PA system and you'll notice the speakers barely move, at all. When you use speakers that can naturally give you the low frequencies, they can be much more even sounding and 'tighter'. That's what I love about the neo cabs. I use them all from the single 12 to the 4x12, which is an SVT killer. The single 15 is great for the applications you are referencing; very light and has the bottom of a 4x10, without the terrible slow response and scooped out mid- range.
  10. topcat2069

    topcat2069 Supporting Member

    Dec 2, 2007
    Cathedral City Ca.
    +1... I use the 1X15 and a 1X12 on top, both NEO... it's tight and clear with great lows......drivin' them with the 1001 RB II
  11. I have both the GK 4x10 sbx and the 2x10 RBX (and have a 1x15 RBX on order). The 2x10RBX is my favorite cab. For small gigs I think that they are great. They are not too heavy, they can be rocked back in monitor position and are plenty loud.

    I also like that I can stack it up on the 4x10 (because they have matching corners) and have something akin to a 6x10. I have preferred it to other cabs brands and I think that a 2x10 is very useful as a stand alone cab when you don't need too much volume.

    Also with the GK head, the GK 2x10 will allow you to use the bi-amp feature.

    Best to try a few different brands before you buy but don't discount GK if you like the sound.
  12. kelleysdad


    Dec 12, 2007
    +1 on hartke 2.5xl
  13. stflbn


    May 10, 2007
    Mucho +++ on the Avatar-o mi amigo!
  14. koentje_bassist


    Jun 24, 2006
    Thx for these answers. But: the Epifani, Avatar and even Eden are hard to get around here. Certainly just for testing. I really hoped someone could give me an opinion about the Markbass traveler series.
    I like the sound of a very clear, punchy, growly, mid-scooped bass. I understand that a 115 can deliver this, but 115's or not appropriate for a mini-bar or something else. I've got a 115 SBX, but I rarely carry it with me. 115's are air-moving, growly monsters, but not at 2ft. from your head.
  15. mrpackerguy

    mrpackerguy Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2004
    Madison, Wisconsin
    If you're talking small gig, personally I don't think you can miss with an Amce 2x10. Lots of un-colored tonal possibilities with the 3-way cab/attenuators. It's 50 lbs.