mark bass 2 x 10 or 1 x 12 ?? to go with MB112

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Jbassrockboy, Jul 18, 2013.

  1. Hi peoples,

    I play for fun and every now and then get out for a gig or a jam etc I am 55 and have been playing pretty steady for a few years now...I use to always play using fingers but in recent years am a convert to pick.....

    So my questions are in context of a small rig set up, home use out and about at small venues or rehearsal spaces etc....

    I ventured to buy a Markbass traveller 112 a few years ago and I am very happy with it.

    I some times pair it up with an old marshall cab that was upgraded with an 15 " ev 400 w speaker

    The two together provides plenty of oomph. Most people who have heard the rig reckon it sounds pretty good.

    The two cabs are obviously a mismatch from an appearance point of view but for straight ahead rock in dumpy pubs it does the job.

    I am running a 600w momark head.

    All of that part I am ok with.

    But I have been contemplating a second mark bass cabinet
    for ages and I am interested to match the traveller cab with another traveller cab.

    My dilemna is I cant see the point of getting another 15 when the 15 I have does a good job

    So I think the 15 mb is out.....

    I am stuck in deciding between a 2 x 10 or another 1 x 12

    I have read quite a few posts within in TB as the general opinion seems to be match like with like.

    From that perspective I should go with another 1 x 12.

    But the 2 x 10 is interesting in the sense of portability and another tone option either on its own or matched with the 1 x 12

    I play a fender jazz and I figure I would use the two cabs as a funky type rig. The momark provides a good tone range and I get plenty of grunt and grind if I want an alternative to smooth and to speak....

    I also appreciate the output from the head will be 600w into 2 8 ohm cabs and one of the cabs is 1 spoeaker with 400 w and the 2 x 10 is 2 speakers at 200w each (mb advertises the cab at 400w output etc)

    My questions are:
    In terms of going for a funky tone: will the 2 x 10 be better with a 1 x 12 or
    it doesnt matter??

    In terms of working in small settings will a 2 x 12 have a better spread than say a 2 x 10 and a 1 x 12
    In terms of say what a drummer will hear if I have to rely on no fold back etc....

    Hoping the questions are not to confusing but any relevant advice from anyone or information from someone who uses a 2x10 mb traveller will be appreciated

    PS I am happy with rear ported cabs and I am not looking to open up debate on other choices etc...

    It is just about building up a little MB traveller rig.....:bassist:
  2. Do you like the sound of your current cab? If so, add a second.
  3. I do like the sound of the current cab but I am thinking about the blend and tone range if i go the 2 x 10

    Happy with the brand choice etc but stuck on the final choice ..

    So I figured I would put it out on TB before I take the plunge

    I am tending to the 2 x 10 I think ..

    I sort of figure it will be a bit different and the 112 will provide the depth.
  4. caddywumpus


    Sep 27, 2012
    Portland, OR
    I bought a Markbass 1x12 combo and went with a 102 Traveler cab. Best decision ever. What I have found is the 2x10 Markbass is louder than some 4x10s, and the tone is phenomenal. Plus, it balances nicely when you're carrying the combo in one hand and the extension cab in the other.

    The 2x10 cab is nice because you can stand it upright for more projection, or lay it down for more bass. Kinda cool. I like to stand it on end and put the combo on top, so the knobs are facing up at just above waist level. Easy to EQ to the room this way, even mid-song.

    The bottom line is they sound good together, among other benefits.
  5. It doesnt really work that way, but its your money. ;)

    I suggest you take your bass, amp, and cab and go A/B the different set ups and let your ears decide.
  6. Russell L

    Russell L

    Mar 5, 2011
    Cayce, SC
    I'm a fan of matching cabs, personally, unless you're biamping. I have a Markbass CMD 121H combo, basically your Traveler 121H cab with a LMII head in it. I thought that adding a Traveler 151P cab would work, but the 12 couldn't keep up with the 15 at higher volumes. At lower volumes it was ok, though. But, I can't vouch for how well the dispersion was. Sounded ok, but coulda been off some out in the crowd. Dunno. Whether or not that would be the case with your rig, adding a 102P cab to a 121H cab, I can't say. You'd have to try it to see. BUT...adding a second Traveler 121H cab would be a sure thing. Your call.
  7. SRFSterling5


    Sep 24, 2011
    I just got my 121H a couple of days ago. Compared to my Eden rig that has 2 D210XST cabinets,
    yeah not as much low end extension, but a lot of clarity. Oh and the lighter weight is a big plus. If it was me, another 1x12 would do it as I am another of the matching cabinet camp. But to satisfy your ears I would agree to bringing the combo to a store and auditioning cabinets with it. No MB dealers here so I took a chance. I'm really impressed at the sound these combos make.
  8. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    +1 another nod to matched cabs for the win. Anything else is just a gamble.
  9. DigitalMan

    DigitalMan Bring Back Edit/Delete

    Nov 30, 2011
    Bay Area, CA
    Just note that a same size driver in a different enclosure isn't a matched cab.
  10. I currently run a Markbass CMD 121 H for smaller jazz gigs and add the matching 1X12 extension cabinet for larger gigs where a little bit more volume is required on stage. An excellent-sounding lightweight rig for anything up to moderate 'rock' volumes.

    If you're a semi pro or part timer like I am, a rig like this will cover nearly all of your indoor and dare I say it, most of your outdoor gigging requirements.

    If you're a rock bassist playing big concerts on outdoor stages while competing with a guitarist playing a Les Paul through a Fender twin or Marshall stack, then obviously, you're going to have to step it up a notch or three.
  11. Yep and thanks.