Hartke Transporter Cabinets

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Captain Jack, Oct 9, 2001.

  1. Captain Jack

    Captain Jack Guest

    Oct 2, 2001
    Roanoke, Virginia
    A friend of mine is offering to sell me his Hartke Transport cabinet and preamp. As of now I have a Crate BX100 amp (in other words, I need better sound equipment), and I am considering buying it. But I know very little about Hartke and even less about this particular amp.
    So I would like to hear any thoughts or comments you guys have on the Hartke Transporter Cabinet/Preamp. Mostly I want to know about its sound quality/range and its durability. I have heard that it is a bit punchy because the cabinet cone is metallic, but I'd rather hear what you fellow bassists have to say. Any information at all is greatly appreciated. Thanks.
  2. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Be sure to check them in a rehearsal/live situation.

    Hartke cabs are quiet, especially the Transporters.

    300W power handling and a sensitivity of only 96 dB won't get you very far.

    SPL max. is only 121 dB!
  3. hyperlitem

    hyperlitem Guest

    Jul 25, 2001
    Indianapolis, IN
    well if all your getting is a cab and preamp your still gonna need a power amp. I have a hartke transporter 4x10 and i really like it. I have a hartke 7000 sitting on top of it. I play alot of punk and it gets a real nice round sound. The bass does a real good job of getting a good sound out of your bass though so be warned. If you have a POS bass your gonna get a pretty bad sound. I have a stingray and a spector so i have not problems. I throught it with a pbass the other day and it sounded nice though.
  4. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    Well it's not really clear what you mean by this. Hartke sell several speaker cabinets in their transporter range, but I'm not sure they call any of their amps "transporters" - they usually just have numbers.

    So there are 1 X 15, 2 X10 and 4 X 10 cabs - which one are we talking about and what is the numerical designation of the amp (head)?

    I think the 15 and 4 X 10 cabs are pretty good but I didn't like the 2 X 10 when I tried it.
  5. What brand is the preamp? I donĀ“t think hartke has preamps with any of their cabs.. or any preamps at all, do they?
  6. I had the same reservations about Hartke speakers - I'd heard they were very bright, but I was very happy with the sound I got with my Transporter 1 x 15 and XL 2 x 10. (..... that is until I blew the 1 x 15!). I used to send the lower frequencies to the 1 x 15 and the higher ones to the 2 x 10.

    I don't know whether it makes a difference to you, but the Transporters don't handle as much power as the XLs. I think the 1 x 15 is only 200W. (Mine was an old one and only handled 150W). I think the 4 x 10 Transporter is 300W.

    I'd say they were pretty robust. I blew mine when we were playing very loud and then I pressed the 'crunch' button for distortion. I've gigged with it for years with no trouble. I just asked too much of it that night.

    The Transporters are wonderfully light.
  7. Mudbass

    Mudbass Guest

    If you get that cab, I advise you to buy a replacement speaker from Hartke right away and keep it as a spare. You're gonna need it sooner rather than later believe me.
  8. indigoshift

    indigoshift Guest

    Sep 25, 2000
    I just picked up the Hartke HA1200 Combo Amp. It's got 120 watts and a 12" speaker, and I absolutely love it. Makes the whole house shake, and that's only with the volume turned halfway up.


    It handles my B-String as well, which makes me happy as hell.

    I re-strung my Fender: took the G-string off, moved the E, A and D down a notch, and stuck the B where the E used to go. Had to take a Dremel tool to the nut, but it was worth it.

    The guy at the guitar shop looked at me funny.


  9. amyebay

    amyebay Guest

    Feb 18, 2007
    I love the TP series. I have a 2x10, 1x15, & a 4x10.

    All lightweight and great to mix & match.

    It don't mean a thing if it aint' got the zing!

    And nothing makes me unhappier than going to the chiropractor.
  10. samc2527

    samc2527 Guest

    Nov 21, 2010
    Austin, TX
    When I was looking for my first 4x10 a few years ago this was one of the ones I tried, I may have the opinion because it was used (and possibly abused) but didn't think it put out the tone or volume of ones in the same price range. It is really light is nice but it just doesn't move enough air to really feel the bass like you should with a decent 4x10. You can get lucky and find a used gk sbx (I once scored a gk sbx+ for $99 at GC) that will blow it away in every way besides weight

    just my .02
  11. Eminor3rd

    Eminor3rd BLAAAAARRGGHH!!

    Feb 10, 2008
    My experience with the Transporters (one borrowed-rig show and a lot of time listening to people play them while I was working at Sam Ash) is that they're horrible -- lacking in low end, awkward in the mids, clanky in the highs, and not very loud.

  12. samc2527

    samc2527 Guest

    Nov 21, 2010
    Austin, TX
    Much better worded than my post but I agree 100%