Dr. Bass = too good to be true?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by santacruzom, Nov 25, 2005.

  1. I just recently bought an Aguilar 210GS cabinet from Guitar Center but I don't think I'll wind up keeping it -- the thing is just torture to carry around and doesn't seem to sound significantly better than my Carvin 210 to justify the cost. So I've been researching other cabs out there and though the Epifan 210UL is very tempting, I'm starting to think about Dr. Bass.

    The thing is, they're just so inexpensive compared to the Epi that it really makes me wonder just how good they can be. It seems like I can get the BL-210 with Neo drivers for less than 500 dollars -- almost half of what an Epi costs.

    Any of you folks try both? It doesn't seem like I can try a Dr. Bass cab without actually buying it, and Epi's aren't all that easy to find either (though I can get one from Musician's Friend and feel safe with their return policy).
  2. Loel

    Loel Blazin' Acadian

    Oct 31, 2004
    too good to be true! well i don't know about that, but close,
    the thing about Mark Serio is that he'll make what ever you want even if it's not on his site;i have a BL 1260 (3way) 4ohm
    there's a bit of a waiting list;IMHO well worth it,and the polymer coating is coolest,then there's the size & weight yeah :eyebrow:
  3. Tash

    Tash Guest

    Feb 13, 2005
    Bel Air Maryland
    Something to remember about discount cabs like Dr. Bass and Avatar: they only sell direct. There is no middle man, no retailer who has to raise the price to stay in buisness.

    Keep that in mind. If you buy an Epi cab for $1000 you are not buying it from Epi, you are buying it from a vendor who bought it from Epi, paid to ship it to their store, kept it on site for X amount of time, and has to sell it for enough money to cover overhead and still turn a profit.

    That's why these companies can offer good cabs at very low prices. I don't personally own a Dr. Bass cab but I did consider buying one and was very impressed with the feeback I found here and the promptness with which my questions were answered (I was looking for something kind of special).
  4. jerry

    jerry Too old for a hiptrip Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    You might have a look at Low Down Sound cabs too!
  5. dcr

    dcr Supporting Member

  6. I actually have an Avatar 2x10 that mysteriously broke some time ago. One day I plugged it in after not having used it for a few months, and nada. I never even used it for a gig.
  7. dcr

    dcr Supporting Member

    Bought new or used? Dave's Customer Service is prety darn good. If new, I'd bet he'd fix it.

  8. Snarf

    Snarf Suspended

    Jan 23, 2005
    Dr. Bass. Goooooood stuff.
  9. Godin Bass

    Godin Bass Guest

    Nov 25, 2005
    Dr. Bass cabs are awesome. I get much more definition over the Yorkville cab I used to have.

    And service wise, there is no match in my mind. I bought my first Dr. Bass cab - a BL210 - used off ebay, and only later discovered I needed an 8-ohm cab instead of the 4-ohm I had bought. Dr. Bass replaced the speakers at cost ... and I wasn't even the original owner! Sweet ...

    Just waiting for the BL115 to be delivered now, which I bought direct :cool:

  10. angrydad


    Jul 31, 2004
    I have a Dr.Bass Rx 1X15 and an Rx 2X10. These are considered to be the lower end of the Dr.Bass offerings. Having said that, they sound great. They are both 4 ohm cabs. The 15 is very full sounding, and very clear for a 15.The 2x10 is also very clear and can handle an impressive amount of low end when used as a stand alone cabinet. The high mids on the 2x10 are a little too "guitar like" for my tastes when run flat, nothing a little 1k attenuation can't remedy.
    The tweeters on both cabs are fairly flat sounding. They do a good job of delivering high end clarity, but they don't give that over the top slice that you get from say, SWR or Eden cabs.
    For what I do, (classic R&B,dance,rock)I'm so digging the 15 that I'm considering unloading the 2x10 and getting a second RX1x15.
  11. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    I am highly impressed with the cabs that Dr. Bass offers, and I think that they offer exceptional quality for the price. I own two somewhat "custom" neo cabs (1x15 and 2x10) from Marc, and I they stand up well compared to some of my much more expensive cabs. Marc is really a nice person to work with, too, which I find to be important.

    While I have not tried any Avatar cabs, I will say that I'm similarly impressed with the cabs that Don Oatman builds up at Low Down Sound.