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Fender rumble head with EV TL box

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Fluffyboy, May 24, 2018.


  1. Fluffyboy

    Fluffyboy

    May 24, 2018
    Hello all. First-timer here. My beloved Peavey Mark IV head officially died yesterday after 35 years of punishment and cannot be revived. I'm just a casual player with a couple of bands and I don't have a lot to spend to replace it, so I was looking at the Fender Rumble heads. I play through a single early-’80s EV TL box with a 15-inch speaker. My question - is a Rumble 200 sufficient or should I go to the 500? Thanks for any advice you can give.
     
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  2. voided3

    voided3 Supporting Member

    Nov 11, 2008
    I have a Rumble 500 that I’ve used with my Orange 1x15 cab, which is based on a TL606, a bunch of times with great results. I didn’t see you mention what driver you have in your cab, but I currently have a Kappalite 3015 in mine that definitely can handle all 350 watts the Rumble 500 puts out at 8 ohms. Assuming your cab also is 8 ohms, I would get the 500 for the extra headroom as I believe the 200 only does 140 watts at 8 ohms.
     
  3. Linnin

    Linnin SUSPENDED

    Jul 19, 2012
    Linningrad, Earth
    Welcome to TalkBass @Fluffyboy. Good first post/question. Yes, absolutely! Your old Peavey is rated at 130 watts at 8 ohms and 225 watts a 4 ohms. The Fender Rumble 200 is very conservatively rated at 140 watts at 8 ohms and 200 watts at 4 ohms. I believe I know exactly what EV speaker cabinet you are talking about, and they were very good for 1980. Yes, the Fender Rumble 200 head will very easily replace your old dead Peavey. It will actually be louder and sound better. Do yourself a huge favor and also entertain the Fender Rumble 200 1x15 combo as a total replacement for your rig. I love my Fender Rumble 200 combo and think the new Eminence 15 in the Rumble sounds better than your old EV. It's real easy to audition a Rumble 200 combo (if you haven't already) and up to you to see if you agree. Memorial Day sales are coming soon so have fun and enjoy your new Fender Rumble! :cool: Rumble On! :cool:
     
  4. agedhorse

    agedhorse Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 12, 2006
    Davis, CA (USA)
    Development Engineer-Mesa, Product Support-Genz Benz
    For bass gtr, I wouldn't recommend more than about 200 watts ("RMS") with either the EVM S2 or ProLine unless you are very careful. That makes the Rumble 500 a bit of a risk. I think the Rumble 200 is a safer and more realistic match.
     
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  5. Fluffyboy

    Fluffyboy

    May 24, 2018
    Thanks for the advice everyone. I just spoke to a guitarist/producer friend - the bass player in his band uses a Rumble 500 through a 15 inch cab. He says that it's perfectly fine to pair the two and in fact says that the Rumble 200 doesn't have enough grunt for playing live. He recommends getting the 500. Thoughts?
     
  6. agedhorse

    agedhorse Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 12, 2006
    Davis, CA (USA)
    Development Engineer-Mesa, Product Support-Genz Benz
    My thought is that he is making a recommendation without knowing what driver you have in your cabinet... which you haven told us yet.

    IF it's a stock EV cabinet, it should have an EVM-15L, which I posted my opinion of. I have a LOT of experience with that driver (and what happens when it's overpowered)
     
  7. Fluffyboy

    Fluffyboy

    May 24, 2018
    Thanks for the follow-up, agedhorse. I don't have the cab with me right now to check the driver but yes, it is a standard EV box from the early ’80s and I've never had it modified.
     
  8. agedhorse

    agedhorse Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 12, 2006
    Davis, CA (USA)
    Development Engineer-Mesa, Product Support-Genz Benz
    Then the 200 watt Rumble is the safer choice IMO.
     
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  9. So what are the symptoms of the Mark IV? They are a very hard amp to kill! :D
     
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  10. webmonster

    webmonster

    May 19, 2013
    New Zealand
    Yes, if you like your mark iv it might be an inexpensive fix. Otherwise, replacing the amp with a similar wattage one would be safest - you know it will work with yr cab.
     
  11. As Paul hinted, killing an old PV is like braking an anvil.
    Otherwise the 200 is the safe bet.
    Of course, it wouldn't be TB if someone didn't suggest overkill
    so maybe the 500 and a second TL?
     
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