Do Companies make their own raw drivers?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by modulusbassist, Sep 27, 2001.

  1. Hello,
    I'm just wondering if companies manufacture their own driver from scratch or do they send it somewhere else? It says that Eden, Epifani, make their own drivers. How about company like Ampeg, SWR, EBS, etc?

    Is there a difference in quality from in house manufactured and out of house?

  2. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Saint Louis, MO USA
    I don't know about SWR, but I know that Ampeg contracts with Eminence for drivers. Actually, Eminence makes speakers for many builders including Carvin and Crate.

    They apparantly build them to the required specs of the individual makers.

    There is all sorts of differences in quality of speakers, but I am not so sure it matters where they are built. It is more important how they are built and what they are built out of.
  3. Oysterman


    Mar 30, 2000
    I think, say *think* that EBS cabs and combos have Celestion speakers and Motorola (??) tweeters. In any case, it would be a no as an answer to your question.
  4. Besides Carvin and Crate, they make speakers for Ampeg, Peavey, Marshall, Soldano, Gallien-Krueger, Genz Benz, Hartke, Yorkville, Fender, Roland, Yamaha, DOD/Digitech, and Evans Customs.

    This isn't to say each brand uses them in every cab model nor that they use what is offered to the public, (I know Carvin's are made to Carvin's spec's).

    In short, even if you haven't played through them, you've undoubtedly heard them
  5. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    SWR used to use Eden speakers. Now I think they use PAS and/or Bag End, or something.
  6. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Almost all bass amp makers have their speakers made by speaker manufacturers, e.g. Eminence or Celestion, in most cases after their specs.
    Eminence does a lot of OEM apparently.

    Glockenklang has Volt speakers made to their specs, Tech Soundsystems uses Ciare speakers.

    SWR uses PAS, Ampeg Eminence.

    Peavey seems to use their own.
  7. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador
    Peavey = Peavey
    Eden = Eden
    SWR = P.A.S.
    Ampeg = Ampeg/Eminence
    Carvin = Carvin/Eminence
    Marshall = Celestion/Motorola

    Etc, etc.
  8. It was actually the other way around. The speakers that Eden were using we originally SWR speakers.
  9. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador

    No way!
    David Nordschow at Eden Electronics designed the original speakers found in the original Goliath. Since then SWR has been using P.A.S. speakers, Le Son Tweeters, Fostex Tweeters, etc.
  10. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    SWR does use a Bag End speaker in the Big Bertha.
  11. Jerry J

    Jerry J Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2000
    P-town, OR
    And of course, Bag End makes their own.
  12. phogchris


    May 27, 2000
    Boca Raton, FL
    And SWR use custom Celestion 8's in the Henry cabinet.
  13. Rock City

    Rock City

    Apr 8, 2001
    Jerry J,
    Bag End speakers are manufactured by Eminence!
    Eminence built a wing onto their building to house production for Bag End exclusively.
  14. Jerry J

    Jerry J Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2000
    P-town, OR
    That may be...but it seems odd that SWR says that they use Bag End speakers.
  15. coyoteboy

    coyoteboy Bongo destroys villages and does my laundry Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2000
    Sactomato, CA
    Yes, SWR uses Bag End speakers made by Eminence, for the Big Ben. Three companies in one speaker cab. Bag End is on the company listing on the Eminence website.
  16. boogiebass


    Aug 16, 2000
    Who makes speakers for Mesa Boogie cabs?