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Mesa Boogie Bass Cabinets...what's the differences?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by rivergoblin, Jan 10, 2014.

  1. rivergoblin


    Sep 24, 2013
    Hey, I'm interested in purchasing a new Mesa Boogie 4X10 Bass cabinet. There are three different options: Powerhouse, Traditional Powerhouse and Vintage Powerhouse.

    Does anyone have a good idea on the differences between these cabinets (besides price). The Powerhouse has the metal grill, while the others have a mesh. I can't seem to find anywhere on this board where this has been addressed.

    Any help is appreciated.
  2. svtb15

    svtb15 Commercial User

    Mar 22, 2004
    Austin,TX - McKinney,TX - NY,NY, - Nashville,TN
    I play it all. Whatever works for the gig
    Traditional are sealed type and not ported IIRC and dont they have the variable user crossover network.. They have a tweeter control but not the user network to change frequencies. Teh Powerhouse and Vintage are basically the same cab IIRC but different grill and looks
  3. rivergoblin


    Sep 24, 2013
    Hey thanks for the response. What is the "IIRC"?
  4. zenrad

    zenrad Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2009
    Bergen County, NJ
    If I recall correctly.

    I hope you're feeling strong. I owned a 4x10 powerhouse cab for about a week. Got it for a great price and loved it, all 100 pounds of it, but after hauling into and out of my car and house to take it to a gig I got rid of it.

    I will say that the cab did kind of chuff with my 5 string on notes below E when I pushed the volume a bit. Not that it would be heard in a band setting or at lower volumes, but it was there.
  5. chaosMK


    May 26, 2005
    Albuquerque, NM
    Hi-fi into an old tube amp
    svtb15 basically laid it out.

    I have a newer PH 4x10 (black grille era with current front porting approach) and suspect my older one (silver grille, round rear ports... probably mid 2000's era) was a little more heavy duty. The wood, the rhino. The old one was rock solid, I feel like that slightly earlier vintage is probably my favorite. Good choice on the PH... IMO the baddest cabs available for metal.
  6. rivergoblin


    Sep 24, 2013
    thanks for the info, much appreciated. The website says the traditional powerhouse are Tri-Ported Design". Doesn't say anything about being sealed

    "An innovative front facing, multi-vent porting system that uses individually tuned triangular ports to enhance each part of the bass spectrum. This goes way beyond the old standard design that has all your tone blowing out of one large port hole!"
  7. Hi.


    Good LORD what a truckload of bull***.

    Shame on You MESA for hopping onto the marketing BS train.

  8. Crabby


    Dec 22, 2004
    I have owned this cab a few times but never keep it because the design is just so awkward to transport. Their 610 cab is so much more appealing in that it can be wheeled around like a dolly and tilted into the back of a car, rather then dead lifted.

    The entire Mesa line of bass cabs sound great and are super well built. But most of the 410's seem to be 8 ohm cabs which can be a pain if your amp doesn't have enough juice at 8 ohms.
  9. Arthur U. Poon

    Arthur U. Poon

    Jan 30, 2004
    SLC, Utah -USA-
    Endorsing Artist: Mike Lull Custom Basses
    I have a pair of PH212's (ported), and I power them with a Crest CA9 (complete overkill, yes!). My cabs have neodymium drivers, and I think each weigh 78 lbs. I really like the tone and volume of my cabs and IMO they're not too hard to move, although a narrow stairway can be a bit of work by yourself.

    I mainly play classic rock on a 6er, and IMO the PH212's handle my B-string really well, -I do roll back my lows, and put an emphasis on my low mids to cut through better in a live mix.

    These are the only Mesa cabs I've ever owned and I really like them. I can't comment on their other Powerhouse models.
  10. svtb15

    svtb15 Commercial User

    Mar 22, 2004
    Austin,TX - McKinney,TX - NY,NY, - Nashville,TN
    I play it all. Whatever works for the gig
    Im wondering if that is a TYPO on the Mesa site... I spoke with the AR person at MESA and im pretty sure the Traditional cabs are all sealed.. But now im scratching my head in wonder... Mmmmmmm?
  11. svtb15

    svtb15 Commercial User

    Mar 22, 2004
    Austin,TX - McKinney,TX - NY,NY, - Nashville,TN
    I play it all. Whatever works for the gig
    If I recall or remember correctly...
  12. Garey

    Garey Supporting Member Commercial User

    Apr 23, 2003
    Northern California
    Artist Relations/Product Specialist: Mesa Boogie
    The 610 and 810 Traditional cabs are sealed...thanks!