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Genz Benz contour 500-210t vs 2x fcs112 vs stl2-210t

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by rsint, Nov 4, 2013.

  1. rsint


    Mar 26, 2006
    the Netherlands
    So here's another one of these "help me decide" threads.....please forgive me in advance.

    I'm a very average bassplayer with a Genz Benz streamliner 900 and a 610-XB2, thats set up in our very own private rehearsal space. This means i only ever have to move the rig when we gig. This rig will get me through any gig and in most cases is just pure overkill.
    The problem is that I've now joined a second band and whenever we practice I end up playing on the "whatever there is available, at the rented rehearsal space" crap-combo.

    long story short: I need something "schleppable".

    I'm contemplating either getting a lightweight speaker config, or the Genz Benz Contour which are all roughly in the same price bracket round my nick'o'the woods.

    The only reason I'm contemplating the contour combo is that I recently played one and the sound was fantastic.

    So what would you do ?
    - 2x Genz Benz focus 112 + Streamliner 900
    - 1x Genz Benz Stl2-210t + Streamliner 900
    - Genz benz Contour 210
    - Learn to play another instrument :bag:
  2. agedhorse

    agedhorse Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 12, 2006
    Davis, CA (USA)
    Development Engineer-Mesa, Product Support-Genz Benz
    Any of those would work fine, the voicing difference between the Streamliner and Contour amps is quite different however.
  3. johnpbass


    Feb 18, 2008
    Glen Mills, PA
    I really like the Focus cabs. I have the Focus 115s but I've heard the Focus 112s and they sound really good as well. Ed Friedland did a very positive review of them a while back. Don't know about the availability of the Genz stuff at this point though with the Genz line being phased out, but there are some great deals to be had on remaining stock.
  4. lomo

    lomo passionate hack Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2006
    +1. Personally, I'd rather have the combo, so if your head develops any issues or needs service, you'll have a backup.
  5. rsint


    Mar 26, 2006
    the Netherlands
    @agedhorse how would the slt2-210t stack up to either one or two fcs-112 ?

    Yeah the voicing is quite different between the streamliner and the contour but so are the two bands I'm playing in so that wouldn't be a bad thing.
    I was just blown away by what I expected to be a "cheapish" combo sound and it turned out to sound very very good.
    But since I allready own a nice portable amp I was thinking of just putting the money into the speakers.
  6. Hapa


    Apr 21, 2011
    Tustin, CA
    I would go modular with two 1x12" focus cabinets. Small gigs or impromtu jams and the ability for a band mate to grab one of the cabs is highly increased with a single 12.

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