Hartke Cabs

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Chris3142, Dec 9, 2001.

  1. Hey, right now i'm looking for an 8 ohm 4x10 cab for about $400 and pretty much all that i see that's in my price range is Hartke. I see hartke has as new line out called the VX series, i'm wondering if anyone knows anything about this series. They dont have the aluminum speakers. But, i'm wondering if the aluminum speakers are right for me? what does everyone thinK? aluminum or non aluminum speakers?? thanks
  2. captainpabst


    Mar 18, 2001
    from what i've heard people say (not heard with my ears), the vx series cabs are pretty blah-blah. i'd also shy away from the transporter series. the hartke xl cabs are fine, imo. but, for a good deal, i would suggest this cab that MF has on closeout:


    i bought the alumabass s210t and the c410t, and i'm pleased with my purchases, especially for the $. i would recommend these over the hartke xl, i think. althought the hartke 4.5xl is a nice cab. for 400 bux, you could also look at a carvin (www.carvin.com) - another good deal for the $.

    email me or send me a message on the board and i'll be glad to tell ya whatever i can about these alumabass cabs.
  3. leper


    Jun 21, 2001
    do not get the vx series cabs...they suck, really bad...spend your money elsewhere
  4. okay, so i see there's a reason the vx cabs are only 300 bucks for a 4x10.. thanks i dont think i'll be buying one.
  5. hyperlitem

    hyperlitem Guest

    Jul 25, 2001
    Indianapolis, IN
    uh yea the VX series are not a good idea like others have said, the Transporter and XL series are both very good. I really like the aluminum speakers and they get plenty of low end for me.
  6. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000
    paper coned speaker cabs for me, Ive seen more hartke cabs come back into the shop with blown speakers or voice coils than any other brand we sold. Ill also be the 1st to admit that even though i wont buy one, i think they sound damn good.

    Carvin Cabs are in your price range, they have a good sound to them imo, their efficiency rating is a bit lower than some other brands out there, but for the money they are imo the best bang for the buck.
  7. BigBohn


    Sep 29, 2001
    WPB, Florida
    those aluminum drivers make a funky, hi-fi, restrained tone that I kind of have a liking to, for certain types of music. Nothing against Hartke tone at low volume, except that they're built like crap.
  8. tdogg


    Jan 17, 2001
    Brooklyn Park, MN
    i have a carvin 4x10 and am very
    pleased, not all that efficient though as
    many people have stated. another brand
    that i wont be too shamed to recomend is
    peavey. i really think theyre cabs are
    under rated. not real sure on the price but
    i doubt they cost too much.
    one thing about the hartke cabs, i always
    just figured that there was a good reason that
    nobody else uses aluminum coned speakers....
    just a thought
  9. I don't know, my first cabinet was a Hartke 12 XL, I bought it in 1990 or 1991, and never had any problems with it. It's been what, almost 12 years and it's fine. I bought it at Guitar Center in Hollywood and brought it to Singapore(20 hours flight) and it was a checked baggage and the only protection it had was a card board square that covers the front grill, and that's it. So the cabinet was transported "naked" as you might say.
    When I got it off the plane, not a scratch or blemish.

    Maybe the older Hartkes were better build than the new ones, and I think when I bought it, Hartke was a new company, so maybe the quality was much better, but I might be wrong.

    By the way, have any of you tried "Jaco" cabinet that they advertised in Bass Player magazine. It seems that I never been able to locate one.
  10. Sorry, typo, my was a 15 XL
  11. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000
    i used to have one of those myself, i never did have a problem with mine either, but i have seen more hartkes come back with blown speaker cabs than any other brand we sold. And when I look back on it, it was usually the 4x10's or the 2x10 1400 combo that came back.
  12. hyperlitem

    hyperlitem Guest

    Jul 25, 2001
    Indianapolis, IN
    are you referring to the jaco 8x10 hartke?? I saw one yesterday, i didn't play though it but i was told it sounded very similiar to a ampeg 8x10. I'll try it this weekend and give u a report.