Low B worthy 2X10's or 1X12's under 50lbs.

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by bassundergrace, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. I have yet to find a 2X10 under 50 lbs. that can handle a low B.
    Thinking of either 4 - 8ohm 2X10 cabs or maybe 3 - 1X12 cabs.
    Any suggestions?
  2. fEARful. I have an 8 Ohm 15/6 fEARful that is 35 pounds, will cleanly handle 700 watts of power, handle a 5 sting with ease, and sound about as loud as a 610.
  3. ahc


    Jul 31, 2009
    No. Virginia
    Acme Low B2. Right at 50lbs.
  4. whitedk57


    May 5, 2005
    Franklin, NC
    Try the Acme Low B2s. They come in right at 50lbs.

    You will not find a better cab for handling the low B string...

    Edit: ahc beat me to the punch...
  5. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Inactive

    +1 and they handle a low B perfectly! I do own four but only ever use two at a time in a vertical stack.
  6. wcriley


    Apr 5, 2010
    Western PA
    A fEARful 12/6 is lighter (under 40 lbs.), less awkward to carry, better in the mids (IMHO), and gets louder with less power than an Acme B2.
    I sold my B2 immediately after the first gig with a 12/6.
  7. mrpackerguy

    mrpackerguy Supporting Member

    Jul 3, 2004
    Madison, Wisconsin
  8. I will definitely check them out if I can even find one locally. I am going to San Antonio / Austin next month. I would expect to find them out there for sure.
  9. +1

    The Acme gives up sensitivity to go that low. My 15" fEARful is 35 pounds, an AoN 12/6 is less than 30 pounds.
  10. lomo

    lomo passionate hack Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2006
    fEarful or LDS 15/6 or 12/6 For low, loud, clear and relatively efficient there isn't anything in the same league IMO
  11. Ewo

    Ewo a/k/a Steve Cooper Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    Huntington WV
    I recently bought a pair of Baer ML112 cabs. They handle the B string on my Fbass VF5 and BN5 very nicely.

    Lightweight, and very even response through all the registers on my bass. A nice upper mid response.

    You can read comments from testers and users on the thread.
  12. Darnell Jones

    Darnell Jones Inactive

    Aug 29, 2011
    The Aguilar GS 1-12 handles a low B quite well. It's cheaper and more efficient than the Acme too.
  13. I am doing worship and Christian rock stuff, so I guess 8X10's are no longer needed but it is hard to for my brain to let go of the svt even though my back says what! I am thinking I am going to sell my whole rock rig and start over. Ampeg B4R, SVT 810-E, and G&L USA L-2500

    Thinking a Genz Benz 12.2 and at least 2 - 2x10's should be light enough and loud enough.
  14. are there any recordings or vids on this fearful stuff?
  15. Lo-E


    Dec 19, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    My LDS (non-neo) 112 weighs in at just under 45# and ROCKS a low B. It's also very, very loud for a single 12.
  16. Ewo

    Ewo a/k/a Steve Cooper Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    Huntington WV
    My old cabs were a pair of GS-112s--glad you mentioned them!

    OP, if you like a noticeable bump in the low end and scoop in the upper mids, they'll do it. You can get them used at good prices.
  17. g4string

    g4string Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Melissa, TX
    OP....there are a great number of options on the market for your dilemma. If you want max SPL in a 112 box, go with a neo loaded fearful designed cab. I use a pair of ML112 cabs that are based of off the fearful 12/6 design. Great cabs, plenty loud, and handle the B very well. There are some 210 cabs that will work too. The Bergantino A210 and EA NL210 are two cabs that come to my mind. I used an NL210 with a Tecamp Puma 500.....great sounding rig! The NL210 was one of the best sounding/loudest 210 cabs ever made IMO. I had a 2nd gen NL. Don't know how their 3rd gen sounds. Keep this mind though.....a 210 is still a 210 and a 112 is still a 112.

    If you go neo, you can get more watts through a speaker before failure than a traditional ceramic speaker. Correct me if I am wrong, but I want to say my neo loaded ML112 cabs can actually truly handle an honest 300 watts, where as ceramic speakers would about half that. A traditional ceramic loaded 210 might only be able to TRULY handle 300 watts or so of usable power before it starts to fart out. A ceramic 112, 150 watts or so before it starts to fart out. Just about any cab can handle a low B. The problem arrises when we bass players start to push too much power into a cab (usually with a funked up EQ curve), and wonder why the darn thing is farting out on us? Ask yourself this question, if you turn your amp down to modest level, will your cab still "handle" a low B? Sure it will. Again, when we add too much EQ with too much volume.....then we start to fart out cabs. If you like to boost your bass controls while maxing out your volume, add more farts. Granted, on some cabs the threshold of fart/no-fart is different. Trust me, I know where you are going with your question. I just want to make sure you look at the EQ settings on your bass and amp before you start blaming your cabs for not being able to handle a low B.

    The reason I say this is from an experience I had this past Monday. I hosted an open blues jam last Monday. I had my Aguilar TH500 (set relatively flat) with 2ea ML112's....plenty of bass/low end. Enter guest bass player....plugs in, DAMN!!! LOUD LOUD LOUD. LOW LOW LOW. BOOM BOOM BOOM. Damn near blew my new speakers on the first note. I ask him if his bass boost was up on his bass. His response was yes, maxed out. I could not for the life of me understand why he would do this. It really blew my mind. I set him up, told him to flatten out his guitars bass control. I adjusted the bass control on the TH500 to his liking and let him be. As he continued to play through a 4-5 song set, every song got bassier and bassier. By the end of his little set, my Baer 112's speakers were getting a work out.....this guy felt the need to keep boosting the bass on his guitar. My speakers were borderline farting out because there was too much bass. If he would have tried to slap, he prob would have funked up my rig. My point is, if you are at all like this guy....the prob is not your cabs. The prob is you (I mean that in the nicest was possible).
  18. GBassNorth

    GBassNorth Supporting Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    I have a GK MB210 combo that has no problem with the low B on a loud setting. The total weight of the 210 combo including the built in 500watt head is about 25 pounds and very schlep friendly - one hand does it. It also has connections for an extension cab (410 or 212 or 210 or 115) so lots of expansion and larger gig options. It has XLR out as well and sounds fantastic. Cost is about $450 on sale at GC and probably less than what you'd pay for a high end neo 210 or 212 cab from most of the other manufactures.
  19. 3506string


    Nov 18, 2004
    Lawton, OK
    If you don't mind a little gospel, here's a clip of my 12-6-1 powered by a Peavey IPR-3000. I tune down to Bb and it handles it fine. My cab came in around 46-48 lbs IIRC>
  20. g4string

    g4string Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Melissa, TX
    The MB210 is more like 35lbs than 25lbs. Well actually, GK claims 33lbs. Still 8-10 lbs is 33-40% difference from 25 to 33lbs. They are $600 new at GC; not $450. If you can catch a 10-20% off sale, that'll get you close at $480