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Epifani 112 opinions

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by B String, Oct 14, 2004.


  1. B String

    B String Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Anyone using the epi 112 as a stand alone box? What do
    you think? Many people love the 110, 112 combo, but i'm
    asking about only the 112. Good points, bad points, what
    do you like more? No combo boxes please (shro 1210 etc)
     
  2. Don't_Fret

    Don't_Fret Justin Schornstein

    Dec 10, 2003
    East Coast, US
    Just bought one from TB's own Vanselus. I'll tell you how it is when I get it, paired with the Acoustic Image Clarus that I ordered it with.
     
  3. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    I used one for about a year's worth of gigging.

    It was being used for electric blues (both BG and URB) and in a zydeco band where I was playing a 5-string BG. I was running only about 250 watts into it and it was punchy and fat sounding.

    It's definitely got enough oomph for most club gigs outside of metal/punk stuff where you need deafening volume levels...then you'd need two of them :p
     
  4. tombowlus

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

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    The T-112 is not a bad standalone cab. Personally, I like to have a bit more upper midrange clarity and presence, but you could EQ this in, if need be. Of the Epi cabs that I auditioned (T-112, T-110UL, T-210UL, and T-310), the T-110UL would be my favorite standalone at very low volumes, and the T-310 (or better yet T-310UL) might be the ticket for when you really need to move some air, but for everything inbetween, I prefer the T-112 (again, or the T-112UL). It does give you an aweful lot from just one 12" and a tweeter. If you are into the Epifani sound, it would probably be my recommendation.

    If you are interested, I have a ton of other single cab recommendations that I could give which would be on par with the T-112.

    Tom.
     
  5. B String

    B String Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Thanks so much guys. I'm using some epi boxes now,
    and was just feeling like the 112 epi has much more of
    a "polite" upper midrange than the 210 or 110 epi boxes.
    Still the 110, 112 combo is bomb like. But the 112 alone
    seemed to miss the articulation a bit. it might be me, or
    the amp match. The bottom line is, i have never seen or
    used as small and light a box that had anywhere near the
    low end and volume as the epi 112UL. Its just stoopid.
    What else is there at this size and weight that is less
    scooped and has the low end of the epi? huh? huh?
     
  6. tombowlus

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

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    The T-112 or T-112UL certainly are outstanding in this regard. Butl, some other cabs that come to mind would be the Wizzy (which doesn't have quite the low end, but is no slouch in the lows, and has gobs more upper mids), the Hevos Midget (which isn't as full sounding, but does go very deep and tight - but hey, it's only a 1x10!), VL-110 or VL-208 (not quite as low end heavy, but nicely balanced), Don's 3x8 w/ tweet up at Low Down Sound (this actually has more low end in a smaller package!), ACME Low B-1 (though not as loud), and the Accugroove Tri 112 (which I'm sure is a good bit larger).
     
  7. jokerjkny

    jokerjkny

    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PA
    IMHO, its my fav 1x12. big fat low end, with a punchie authorative midrange that i dont hear in other 1x12s.

    but i'm dying to try an Accugrove Tri 1x12.
     
  8. FR5

    FR5

    Feb 12, 2004
    Netherlands
    Last Saturday I play my first gig where I could finally crank my Glockenklang Soul all the way up with the Epi T112UL. At previous gigs this was not possible (venue too small) or I played the combination of T112UL and T210UL. This was the first stand alone test at full blast.

    It was awesome, this cabinet sounds better and better as you turn the volume up, it just loves eating up all them little German watts (gain, pre and master all at 3 o'clock).

    Very tight low B, tweeter at 12 o'clock, bit of boost on the higher freqs. My sound cut right through 2 keyboards, guitar and drums. I could hear myself very well even though the cab was directly behind me, sitting on a triangular sort of coffee table only about 10 inches high (yeah I play some weird joints).

    Fellow band members were very impressed with my sound (during rehearsals I use another rig) and no one, and I mean no one, complained that I was "too loud". How wonderful to play a gig in a small "hard" venue (hardly any damping materials) where I could hear myself perfectly and not be responsible for a general increase in volume (because of "that darn loud bass").

    I am still walking on clouds because of this experience, this is the best 112 I have ever heard.

    Steven
     
  9. tombowlus

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

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    While the T-112 (and T-112UL) are efficient enough to get fairly loud with lower power heads/amps, I have also found that their sound really tightens up if you feed them with an amp with lots and lots of headroom. While my Walkabout can make two T-112's sound very good at lower volume gigs, if I have any kind of volume on stage, the low end can get a bit muddled and I definitely lose some articulation. But, swap out the Walkabout for my rack rig, and 3,000w from my PLX 3002 in bridged mono transforms those two T-112s, and even at the same overall volume, the low end is much, much tighter and the articulation across the board is enhanced. The same phenomenon can be seen going from the Walkabout to the iAMP 800, and from the iAMP 800 to the rack rig.

    As impressive as the T-112 & T-112UL are, they are even more so when fed with lots of power and driven fairly hard!

    Now, to try them with a Glock... :D
     
  10. B String

    B String Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Again Tom, i agree about the 112UL, 110UL combo.
    It just kills. But it still seems strange that a 112 box
    that small would sound better the louder it gets, and
    with more power. Its hard to use on really small gigs,
    because the box wants to be pushed to get the tone.
    However, when used with a high quality amp. no one
    seems to mind my volume. I think its like audiophile
    home stereo stuff. It just gets bigger but not harsh.
    I can't help but wonder what the 112UL, 110UL combo
    would sound like against a Schroeder 1210 box. Both
    setups would be a 4ohm load. I think the Epi's might have
    more lows but it would be a fun comparison. C'mon Tom.
    You know you want to do it. Pick up a Schroeder 1210 to
    compare. You know you want to. C'mon. Another good
    comparison would be an Epi 210UL next to a Schro 1210.
    That might be a good match up too. Just food for thought.
     
  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

    Oh, you are a bad, bad man! :scowl: :D
     
  12. B String

    B String Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Bowlus... You know you want a Schroeder. You know
    you want a 1210. Hell, I want a 1210. It might sound
    very good with my focus. (on order) do it... do it...
    do it... do it..... (slowly bring up "west side story" music)
     
  13. Sorry to sound a little dim here, but are you guys talking about the Epi cabs on their own - or the new combos? I really want one of the new combos - if anyone knows what they are like I'd love to know

    Thanks

    Mike
     
  14. B String

    B String Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Have not checked out the very new Epifani heads yet,
    BUT!!!! Just played an Acoustic Image Focus through
    different combinations of epi 310UL, 210UL, 112UL, and
    110UL. I'm blown away! We also used a Woods Ultra.
    The 310UL Focus combo was just stupid. Louder than
    the Bag End 4x10 next to it, with more lows. The 112UL,
    110UL combo was possibly the most balanced, and still
    got very loud. The 210UL had a slightly more focused low
    end than the 310UL, but not as big and luscious as the
    310UL. The Woods Ultra had more headroom and a bit
    more flexability, but the Focus was the bomb and a half.
    We were using a Tyler 5, a Sadowsky 5, and a hand made
    Sadowsky style 5. All sounded great with little or no eq.
    The 112UL was the least liked box alone, but when combined
    with the 210UL, or 110UL, was HUGE! I think its safe to say
    the Focus matches up very well with the Epi boxes.
     
  15. tombowlus

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

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    It sounds like you had yourself a heck of a good time! For the "Ultimate Epifani Experience", though, you've got to try two T-112's and two T-110UL's!

    [​IMG]
     
  16. B String

    B String Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Tom, you animal! Your wife must love you alot. My only
    question would be... Does anyone ever ask you to turn
    up the volume? You could take paint off the wall with
    some of these rigs. I bet you still want a Schroeder 1210.
    C'mon, don't ya really want a 1210? Can't ya just feel it?
    heh heh hehhhhhhhhh..............
     
  17. tombowlus

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

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    Yes, I am a very lucky man! :D

    Not usually... :bassist:

    You folks here on TB are real instigators, you know!?! :help:
     
  18. Wilbyman

    Wilbyman

    Sep 10, 2003
    Parkersburg, WV
    B,

    So is the Focus a winner? I'm so psyched you're into it!

    Will
     
  19. jokerjkny

    jokerjkny

    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PA

    :bassist:

    loved the sound of my Clarus into my old 3x10UL. simply bootylicious.
     
  20. B String

    B String Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Yes Will, there is light at the end of the tunnel. The Focus
    seems to be a very good fit with the Epi's. I'm sure it works
    very well with other boxes too, the epi's just sounded really
    balanced. We also used a Clarus head for a moment, but the
    Focus was much more authoritative and punchy. This is also
    a very unforgiving set up. If you plug a bad sounding bass in,
    its going to sound like poop. Not much fixing it with the eq.
    I see why upright guys are liking the Acoustic Image heads.