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Home practice speaker size. What’s your favorite and why?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Jazzcaster89, Nov 13, 2017.


  1. Jazzcaster89

    Jazzcaster89 Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2016
    Looking for a new amp for the house. I’ve used my Fender rumble 15 for the last year or so and it’s served me well. Curious about different size speakers. 2 10 or one 12 setup. I play so many different styles I need something versatile but I like a punchy sound. Curious what you guys use, like, and why. Thanks
     
  2. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth

    Jan 2, 2015
    heart of darkness
    10", because it works good with guitar or bass w/o a tweeter
     
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  3. Bodeanly

    Bodeanly Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2015
    Chicago
    I just use one of my giging rigs when I practice at home. By turning the volume down, anything should work. Right?
     
  4. Passinwind

    Passinwind I Know Nothing Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
    I mostly use one of my DIY 15/6/1 cabs. I play louder at home than on gigs and I'd rather put the daily driver mileage on something I don't gig with.
     
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  5. The Chuck

    The Chuck

    Dec 11, 2013
    Wilmington, NC
    15
     
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  6. Hmmmm practice. I should look into that!

    I use a 15 or 18 or both. I love the deep, rich tone. I might build a 15 + 6 soon with the 6 being a midrange.
     
  7. LiveToWin

    LiveToWin

    Oct 18, 2017
    15 inch :)
     
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  8. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2007
    Toronto Ontario Canada
    My practice amp is an Ampeg B15N and as such it comes with a 15” driver.
     
  9. ThudThudThud

    ThudThudThud

    Jun 4, 2010
    I've been using a small keyboard amp with 1x12" + horn tweeter, plus a Sansamp RPM.
    Great at all volume levels. Responsive, deep, and clear.
     
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  10. lfmn16

    lfmn16

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    I practice with an Ampeg PF-800 through an 8X10 cabinet. I used to practice through an SVT Head and 8X10.
     
  11. Element Zero

    Element Zero Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2016
    California
    I use my gig rig. Just turn the volume down and eq according to the room. My 112+115 sound great at all levels.
     
  12. basscooker

    basscooker Commercial User

    Apr 11, 2010
    cincy ky
    Owner, Chopshopamps.com
    2-1x12 with a 20 watt tube head
    Or
    Pair of active studio monitors with 5"

    Depends
     
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  13. lug

    lug

    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    2 X 4" is the way to go.
     
  14. abarson

    abarson

    Nov 6, 2003
    Santa Cruz
    I practice in a small bedroom. Anything more than my 10" combo would be overkill. So I'd venture to say that room size is definitely a determining factor.
    And don't expect your home practice tone to be anything like your rig for band practice/gig. Your objectives for either situation are vastly different. At home you are learning songs, working on technique, etc. In band practice you are trying to make what you've learned blend with the rest of the band and sound good live.
     
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2017 at 7:25 PM
  15. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru.......... Supporting Member

    I use a pair of 10" x 46" drivers, each on in its own "cabinet".
     
  16. bobyoung53

    bobyoung53 Supporting Member

    Aug 29, 2004
    Millbury Ma.
    B-18n here with 18" speaker. I don't like little tinny sounding practice amps, I want a low volume version of the way my bass sounds onstage, more inspiring, doen't have to be loud, just has to sound good.
     
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  17. bobyoung53

    bobyoung53 Supporting Member

    Aug 29, 2004
    Millbury Ma.
    Magneplanars?:roflmao:
     
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  18. Buzz E

    Buzz E Supporting Member

    Sep 25, 2014
    San Francisco, CA
    15". No transistor radio speakers please. I wanna hear myself!
     
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  19. Ampslut

    Ampslut Supporting Member

    May 15, 2017
    I use an old (usa) Hartke Kickback 10 (10"). It doesn't play all that loud but what it does play is full range enough to keep me satisfied. It has a remarkable bottom end and doesn't roll off until about 6k. (to my ears).
     
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  20. guitarflinger

    guitarflinger Not all who wander are lost Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2013
    Front Range, Colorado
    Ampeg 210