Hartke Cab Desperate For Advice!

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Spent, Jul 11, 2013.

  1. Spent


    May 15, 2011
    Upstate NY
    I have a Hartke 410XL. One of the speakers just developed a tear about a quarter of the way around, along one of the folds on the aluminum part. I called hartke for a replacement driver and they won't be available until mid August. I have a gig tomorrow night and a local radio station sponsored gig in three week, lots of coverage and air play. On too of that, we have gigs just about every weekend through September.

    First question. After some desperate research, I decided to try to temporarily fix it with goop. I used a liberal amount on both sides and it seems to be holding. How long will this hold? Is there a semi permanent fix?

    Second question. What's a good replacement speaker for this cab? Doesn't have to be aluminum.

  2. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Inactive

    Adding a different driver to a 4x10 will be a crapshoot at best. the drivers should all be the same. I suggest you beg, borrow or rent a suitable cabinet to get you through the gigs.
  3. These Hartke 410s are just fragile. A friend of mine has one, and it fell over- it was on the floor and it just tipped over onto it's face. You figure tour-quality gear, no sweat, right? Two of his driver ripped apart in that accident and Hartke refused to cover them, said he had "abused" the cabinet. The cabinet wasn't even quite 6 months old at the time.
  4. Spent


    May 15, 2011
    Upstate NY
    Thanks for the replys, you've pretty much confirmed what I've been thinking. I really like the sound of this cabinet, but I'm moving on. I have a 210 (swr with genz benz replacements) that I'll end up using. I've been toying with the idea of going with 2 210 anyway. My band has two guitars, each with Mesa Boogies (playing at a reasonable stage level), drums and keyboard, so a single 210 won't cut it.
  5. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    A lot of folks fix cone tears with goop or similar. I've seen them even repaired with duct tape and they still sound fine. Aluminum might be a different story, but if it's holding now, it should get you through a few gigs at least.
  6. Spent


    May 15, 2011
    Upstate NY
    I was tempted to duct tape it. I may do it if the goop doesn't hold. What have I got to lose?
  7. agedhorse

    agedhorse Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 12, 2006
    Davis, CA (USA)
    Development Engineer-Mesa Boogie, Development Engineer-Genzler (pedals), Product Support-Genz Benz
    Repairs like that generally don't hold and give a false sense of security IMO. It will then fail at the worst time during a gig.
  8. Gearhead17

    Gearhead17 Supporting Member

    May 4, 2006
    Mount Prospect, IL
    Two 210's stacked vertically is louder than you think. Try it one day! I suggest you roll off a LARGE AMOUNT of low end from your amp head with just the 210; focus the sound on mostly the mids and highs. By doing this you will keep the 210 from getting destroyed from gig volume low end abuse; plus, you will create a very ugly bass tone (mostly mids and highs) that may just cut through on stage and get you through the show.
  9. Spent


    May 15, 2011
    Upstate NY
    I'm going with the 210s tonight (a little Patron helped clarify things). My home practice amp is a MarkBass CMD 102P and I have a 210 that I use at small gigs. I agree, the temporary fix will fail at the wrong time. Now to figure out how to place an ad for a Hartke 410XL in excellent shape with 75% of its speakers intact.