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Mesa Boogie D800 + 2x10 Subway cab .. thoughts

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by GManfromOz, Aug 21, 2017.


  1. GManfromOz

    GManfromOz

    Jul 27, 2016
    I'm looking at this combination, is this a "last rig ever" setup. Sounds pretty good to me which is enough but are there any drawbacks apart from the weight of the cab? (That's a D800 not the D800+ - bad choice of abbreviation)
     
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2017
  2. Gearhead17

    Gearhead17 Supporting Member

    May 4, 2006
    Roselle, IL
    I don't think "last rig forever" actually exists. Your tastes will change! Have you had a chance to try both pieces out?
     
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  3. jnewmark

    jnewmark Just wanna play the groove. Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2006
    Stax 1966
    Third St. Cigar Records staff musician.
    What style of music do you play ?
     
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  4. GManfromOz

    GManfromOz

    Jul 27, 2016
    Classic covers
     
  5. jnewmark

    jnewmark Just wanna play the groove. Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2006
    Stax 1966
    Third St. Cigar Records staff musician.
    Relatively loud ? FOH support ?
     
  6. GManfromOz

    GManfromOz

    Jul 27, 2016
    Yes, pretty damn loud but sometimes only limited FOH. I've been using a Rumble 500 combo which in its 2x10 mode has 350 watts and is just adequate.
     
  7. When it comes to reliability performance it will, volume it should, and if you need more volume add another cab. With two Subway cabs of any configuration you can do any gig. In regards to your sound taste that will very.
     
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  8. NickFromNY

    NickFromNY Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2010
    Long Island, NY
    I had the 2x10, along with the 1x12 and 1x15 subway cabs. I dont think a single 2x10 alone is enough for all gigs. Also using the d800 head. they were all nice cabs... sold them all and moved to Berg CNs (a 4x10 and a 2x12).. very happy with Bergs
     
  9. jnewmark

    jnewmark Just wanna play the groove. Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2006
    Stax 1966
    Third St. Cigar Records staff musician.
    loud Classic Rock, with little FOH, definitely add another cab; 210 would be my choice.
     
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  10. Mosfed

    Mosfed

    Apr 21, 2013
    Chamonix Mont-Blanc
    Partner - CCP Pedals
    Get a barefaced with it instead and it really will end your last rig
     
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  11. Well "last rig ever" is a tall order but Mesa amps are great products so I suspect you'll be happy at least for a while.
     
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  12. Tritone

    Tritone Supporting Member

    Jan 24, 2002
    Santee, America
    I have the particular set-up you're asking about. It sounds great, and gets moderately loud. I also run the 2X10 with my Walter Woods Ultra, and it sounds fantastic with that too. Bear in mind, the D800 will run at 2 ohms which means you can add up to FOUR of those cabs if you need more stage volume.
     
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  13. InhumanResource

    InhumanResource

    Dec 28, 2012
    Not enough speaker. It'll probably sound great, though. If you can swing it, you may want to double up on that 210 or go the 2x15 route.
     
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  14. InhumanResource

    InhumanResource

    Dec 28, 2012
    I feel like I need to add that if you can throw an extension cab on your Rumble you will get a lot more mileage out of it. The limiting factor that you are experiencing is not enough speakers pushing air for you.

    Unless you are set on buying the MB just as an upgrade (not at all a bad thing :) ) it'll be a lot more cost effective to just throw the companion Rumble 210 cab on your existing combo AND solve your volume issue (at least until you decide you need an 810!!)
     
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  15. GManfromOz

    GManfromOz

    Jul 27, 2016
    Mmmm, adding another cab then makes it a less manageable/transportable bundle. The 2x10 cab is 20kg which is really quite heavy already so adding another cab just increases the PITA factor, no matter how good it sounds. Added to that here in Australia it's A$3500 for the D800 and the 2X10 which is like US$2700 or UK2100, put another 2x10 in the mix and you're looking at a A$5000+ setup. That's beginning to sound like serious money. I dipped out a Markbass because I couldn't hear A$1000 difference between it and the rig I've got now. I can hear the difference with the Mesa but is there A$2000+ difference. Not to mention the additional weight.
     
  16. GManfromOz

    GManfromOz

    Jul 27, 2016
    Barefaced not distributed in Australia so far as I can see. We get pretty limited options and if we import the duties and taxes as well as the actual shipping charges are brutal.
     
  17. This is the sole reason I have never looked into Mesa. I hear they sound great but the cost here is so prohibitive. I think Allans Music in Bourke St, Melbourne were having some specials on Mesa but not sure if that is still going or what the savings were.
     
  18. InhumanResource

    InhumanResource

    Dec 28, 2012
    Yeah, cash is always a bummer but I am pretty sure you will always struggle for volume with such little speaker. I play in a similar outfit doing rock covers with moderate PA support and took the plunge with double 410s. I can finally be heard without maxing out the amp and blowing up drivers.
     
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  19. vivaknoxvegas

    vivaknoxvegas El Duderino Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2002
    Knoxville, TN
    I run the D800 with a Subway 112 and 115. This setup has killed amp gas for me. Get a Subway 115 and if you need more, buy another down the road.
     
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  20. Second this - kinda. Get two cabs, you might sometimes only need one, but the Subway 15 is a great cab. So get the 15 and the 2x10. I have the 12/15 stack and sometimes one cab is enough, but the two together is glorious. And I've heard great things about the 2x10.
     

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