Favorite Speaker Size?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Tom Gotsch, Oct 29, 2018.

  1. Tom Gotsch

    Tom Gotsch

    Sep 30, 2018
    Chicago, IL
    Hey everyone. What are some of your favorite speaker sizes / number of speakers and why?
  2. filmtex

    filmtex Commercial User

    May 29, 2011
    Annsman Pro Audio Dealer
    I used 15’s for years both 2 x and single. I still have a Harte HD150 single 15 combo that I use all the time. But after using a friends 810 Ampeg cabinet, and consequently buy it, I have found that I really like 10’s. I just bought an Ampeg BA-210 and really appreciate the sound of tens even more. So I guess my vote goes to 10’s- especially as used in Ampeg gear.
  3. patrickj


    Aug 13, 2001
    Ellicott City, MD
    Endorsing: Spector Bass Guitars
    Another vote for 15.
  4. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    Always played 12's, x 1 for smalls gigs, x 2 for larger shows.
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  5. eJake


    May 22, 2011
    New Orleans
    12s for the deep bottom.
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  6. CTBassGuy


    Feb 3, 2018
    Danbury, CT
    12s have been my thing since I was in high school (Ampeg V4 4x12 cab) and they are still my favorite. Just sounded great playing jazz (big band and quartet) with a fretless bass and a tube amp. I now have a V4 cab with 4 12" Basslite S2012s in it.

    That said, I also have a 3 cabs with 10s in them (2 Ampeg svt210avs and a vintage Ampeg 810). There is just something about 4 10s stacked one on top of the other in a rock band.

    I've had 2 15's over time (a Peavey TNT 130 combo and a Crate Be15 cab). I no longer have either. Just didn't sound right to me; too boomy and not enough definition to compete with the other instruments in the bands I've been in.

  7. abarson


    Nov 6, 2003
    Santa Cruz
    I play the size that sounds good.
  8. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006
    I used to always use 15s, then I did 10s for years, and at one point I was using 8" drivers that sounded awesome for such a small cabinet. Nowadays, it's 10s in my main cabinets and 6s in my combo amp.
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2018
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  9. bigtone23


    Dec 10, 2014
    Denver, CO
    I really feel that I'm just a 12" speaker type of guy. 2x12" is my favorite.
    Started with 12s when my first bass amp was my Peavey 130W tube powered guitar head on a 4x12" cabinet. I then went to 2x10" and/or 4x10" (usually both together) for a long time. Picked up a 15" cab and 15" combo for spice a few years ago, but sold off the 15" combo and the 4x10" cab and replaced them with two 2x12" cabs. Recently got a 1x12", too.
  10. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    I used ceramic 410s (Eden, Aguilar, Glockenklang) for many years. Now I use mostly neo 212s and 210s. I also have an HG410 from Jim Bergantino.
  11. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    i used to rock a carvin 18" for years, but these days i don't care about the size of the speaker/s - just whether it sounds good to me.
  12. snitten


    Dec 5, 2007
    1x12's for small gigs, and 2x12's for large shows.

    Barefaced super compacts:thumbsup:
  13. thewildest


    May 25, 2011
    Florida, USA
    1/8” in ear monitors. Easy to carry, as loud as you want
  14. Currently I have a 2x15 that I like more than any 10" cab I've used. Haven't used many 12" with bass but I like the 2x15" more than those too.
  15. FronTowardEnemy

    FronTowardEnemy It is better to go unnoticed, than to suck Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2006
    Chicago Illinois
    2x12, 2x10 or 4x10 for me.
  16. nilorius

    nilorius Inactive

    Oct 27, 2016
    Riga - Latvia
    For now i use 1x12'' combo, but my favourite would be an amp + 2 12'' cabs.
  17. FrenchBassQC

    FrenchBassQC Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Gatineau QC CA
    2X12 and 2X10
  18. john m

    john m Supporting Member

    Jan 15, 2006
    12” because I like the Sound/weight ratio.
    Mostly the sound.
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  19. masonsjax


    Jun 10, 2010
    Frederick, MD
    I've had good and bad in all sizes. Size doesn't determine tone. The right cabinet design for capable speakers is what counts. If you've got that, it's just a matter of the right total cone surface area to get the volume you need.
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2018
  20. Pulverizor


    Jun 14, 2018
    New Zealand
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