Finding a GK cabinet for an Aguilar Tone Hammer 350

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by StaggerLee, Mar 7, 2021.

  1. StaggerLee


    Mar 7, 2021
    Hello there! First post here..

    Recently got myself an Aguilar Tone Hammer 350, now on a hunt for a quality yet affordable bass cabinet to pair it with. I won't be back lining any arenas with this rig, but I will be playing medium indoor/ larger outdoor venues. I've had a GK MB115 combo amp (200W) for the longest time and it has served me well, handling every situation I put it in. That being said, I would love to stick with GK. Both the CX and NEO series seem like great options, but if I were to go with one single 8ohm cabinet, would I be able to get enough power I'll need out of my tone hammer being that it is only it capable of 175W on 8ohms..
  2. Congrats! I just got a Tonehammer amp myself this past Friday! What a great little soundbox, huh?!

    I think you kinda already know what you have to do if you're planning on playing gigs with a 350w head, but it sounds like you're trying to avoid it. :D If I were in your shoes with that amp and needing fresh gear, I would probably start with one cab but knowing that I would need to add a second cab soon to handle the medium gigs, and ESPECIALLY the outdoor gigs!

    I really love the Mesa Subway cabs, but they are spendy. However, I've not been disappointed with the quality and value of the GK CX line when I tested them out. If that were the route I was going, I would start with the 210 for now. Eventually, I would either add another identical 210 or the 115. Either way, you'd have plenty of power handling on tap to stay out of trouble with the TH350.

    You pretty much HAVE to get to a 4 ohm load and give yourself plenty of speakers (surface area) with a lower powered amp to carry the gigs you're talking about if you don't have good FOH support.

    Speaker efficiency will make a big difference and if you can swing the extra cost of the Neo cabs, I think they give you a little more sound per watt than the CX line. If you were going that route, maybe a pair of their 112s would give you plenty of power/volume while remaining compact and light.

    What I would do in this position would be exactly what I did do... start with a Subway 115 (pretty much the perfect one-cab solution under $1k) and then add the Subway 210 when fundage allows.

    Best of luck, and let us know what you choose and how it works out!
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  3. StaggerLee


    Mar 7, 2021

    Thanks man! Yeah I'm trying to find a way around having to stack 2 cabs to get the output I'm looking for but also understand that it might be inevitable. So if I were to find a nice 4 ohm cab, would that suffice? GK NEO IV 2x12 is speaking to me.. probably the same price as two 8ohm cabs but less to carry and break down the better..

    Btw, Mesa would be great but they would break the bank.
  4. Oops! Didn't realize they had a 212! Izzit 4 ohms? Sounds like a winner, if so!

    Shy of a 4 ohm 215 (just because of the greater speaker surface area) I think that is absolutely an ideal solution in your situation.
  5. StaggerLee


    Mar 7, 2021
    Yes indeed, GK NEO IV 2X12 - 800W / 4ohms. Definitely a front runner right now, thanks

    Also, not sure how speaker surface area comes into play.. is it just a matter of how much air is being moved?
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  6. Yep, you nailed it! Sound is simply air moving. Want more sound with the same amount of power? Increase the size of the thing moving the air! :)
  7. wave rider

    wave rider

    Jan 5, 2005
    Looks like the vII is on sale if you want to save a few bucks…

    I do like the layout of the vIV.
  8. I have a pair of Hartke HD112 cabs. They can be set to either 4 ohm or 8 ohm. When I only use one cab I switch it to 4 ohm and when I use the pair I switch them to 8 ohm so the amp is always running at max power.
    These cabs also have hybrid speakers that are half aluminum and half kevlar. They are rated at 300 watts and only weigh about 30 lbs each.

    Hartke HyDrive HD112 300-watt 1x12" Bass Cabinet
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2021
  9. SwitchGear

    SwitchGear Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2005
    Sunny Beach
    GK CX210

    I love mine. If your playing a large oudoor venue with no pa support, get two of them.
  10. SJan3

    SJan3 Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2010
    Check out one of the 4ohm MARKBASS 2x12" cabs. Light, powerful, efficient, not a bank breaker.
    Markbass New York 122 700W 2x12 Bass Speaker Cabinet Black 4 Ohm
    5.0 out of 5 stars with(10)total reviewsSKU #430743000001004

    $829.99649.99 $649.99Save $180.00 (22%)
    28 $28.00/month^ for 24 months
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