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differences in speaker sizes and quantity

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by biscuitbass, Mar 24, 2014.

  1. biscuitbass


    Mar 24, 2014
    I'm trying to find a new cab and i was wondering how much the size and number of speakers of the cab changes the sound. I'm looking for a very deep, chest pounding tone.
  2. i would look less at the size of the speakers and more at the cad design (is it ported, sealed, vented?) and look at wattage handling.

    what are you up against (marshall stacks and a loud drummer)?

    what are you playing through it which head)?

    what sound are you going for (style of music or certain player you like)?
  3. CL400Peavey

    CL400Peavey Supporting Member

    Nov 7, 2011
    Grand Rapids Michigan
    The only things the size of a speaker tells you are its size, and its beaming frequency.

    There are 10's that go low, there are 15's that go high. Just as, if not more important, the design of the cabinet around the speaker matters. the dimensions and porting are going to change the sound.

    So as far as what works best for you, there are some considerations:

    What is your budget.
    How loud do you need to be.
    Do you have size/weight restrictions.
    What kind of tone are you looking for.
  4. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    "Chest pounding" isn't found in the deep lows. Its in the low mids.
  5. Bassmec


    May 9, 2008
    Ipswich UK
    Proprietor Springvale Studios
    PS Real low frequency is more like trouser flapping.:D
  6. biscuitbass


    Mar 24, 2014
    thanks for replying mattbass!

    I'm in a experimental rock band with bass, drums and synth. not up against anything to serious.

    my head is a 1974 Traynor YBA-1A Mark 2 Tuber, it sounds punchy and really clear, but through the cab i have right now (which is an old peavy guitar cab) the lows sound boomy and muddy.

    i guess the tone from sound gardens "black hole sun" () is basically what im looking for...just a standard, deep sounding, pop hit, bass tone if that makes sense.
  7. with a little more info, you'll have more options than you can handle. lot's of experience on this forum. welcome to tb, biscuit bass!
  8. very cool. i would think you'd be looking at a 2x15 or 4x10 if were to generalize things. always loved ben shepherd's tone and playing. remember what you're hearing is a probably a bass through a d.i. on a recording. not super familiar with his rig. no worries, someone smarter than me will chime in any second now......
  9. what's your budget? new or used?
  10. CL400Peavey

    CL400Peavey Supporting Member

    Nov 7, 2011
    Grand Rapids Michigan
    That is a 100 watt tube amp?

    The sound on black hole sun is clean bass, so you are going to need an efficient cab to get the clean volume you want out of that amp.

    I suggest a 215 bassed off of the Eminence 3015 or the Faital Pro 15PR400. The Faital goes deeper and higher, and is slightly smoother through the mids. The 3015 is more aggressive/muscular in the mids, and will go deep if you push it there.

    The cab I would recommend (and the one that I used Saturday for a gig), is the greenboy DuallyT. Yeah it has a tweeter, but its not your garden variety juicer.
  11. CL400Peavey

    CL400Peavey Supporting Member

    Nov 7, 2011
    Grand Rapids Michigan
  12. yeah, seems like he uses the mesa m6 and 410/115 as his monitor and the 810 and vr as his signal to the front of house.

    i can't wear my bass quite that low, but the cat can play.
  13. biscuitbass


    Mar 24, 2014
    thanks cl the green boy definitely sounds fat
  14. CL400Peavey

    CL400Peavey Supporting Member

    Nov 7, 2011
    Grand Rapids Michigan
    Do you have any idea of a budget?
  15. biscuitbass


    Mar 24, 2014
  16. CL400Peavey

    CL400Peavey Supporting Member

    Nov 7, 2011
    Grand Rapids Michigan
  17. will33


    May 22, 2006
    You're playing through a guitar cab....that's part of the problem. You're hearing speakers struggling to make sound they're really not made to do.

    $600 should get you a pretty good quality used 215 or something along those lines, probably with some change left over.
  18. biscuitbass


    Mar 24, 2014