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Mesa Boogie Subway and Ultralight Cabs

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by ZMEbass76, Feb 4, 2016.

  1. ZMEbass76

    ZMEbass76 Makin' bass faces since '92...

    Feb 17, 2013
    Port Neches, Tx
    What's the general opinion of the MB Subway 800 and the two Ultralight cabs, the 12 and 15, run together as a stack?
  2. boamedt


    Jul 2, 2008
    Santa Rosa, Ca
    Most people runing mesa ultra light cabs are going 1x12 and 1x15. The general opinion is they kick ass
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  3. ZMEbass76

    ZMEbass76 Makin' bass faces since '92...

    Feb 17, 2013
    Port Neches, Tx
    So it would be ok to run the different cabs together?
  4. boamedt


    Jul 2, 2008
    Santa Rosa, Ca
    The mesa design team made them with that purpose in mind. They were engineered to sound great together
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  5. ZMEbass76

    ZMEbass76 Makin' bass faces since '92...

    Feb 17, 2013
    Port Neches, Tx
    Have you, or anyone else for that matter, ever heard or got to try out this setup? I only live near one MB dealer, and they don't keep a lot of bass gear in stock, so I'd like to know if anyone has experienced this setup, and if they like it, because I am seriously leaning toward purchasing it.
  6. 57pbass

    57pbass Supporting Member

    I just acquired this exact set up.. I'm a big MESA bass amp fan...
    I have tested a few different basses through this amp..Active J Bass, Sterling 4 string, Flat wound p bass...
    I'm really liking what I am hearing...I have not pushed it too hard since it's at home(the wife loves our new end tables) but it's a very portable system and the cabs are very manageable ... they fit perfectly into my vehicle.
    I'll update this as I use it more..
  7. pfschim

    pfschim Just a Skeleton with a Jazz bass

    Apr 26, 2006
    SF Bay Area
    might try checking here: Mesa Boogie Subway® D-800
    Subway D800 megathread building up many pages of user experiences.

    There has been the usual sell-off of the D800 amp by some early adopters.
    generally seems like most are very happy with the D800 and Subway cabs.
  8. Al Kraft

    Al Kraft Supporting Member

    May 2, 2016
    Northern Virginia
    I own the D-800 and 112/115 set-up. I have performed with it numerous times (in roughly 150- 300 person sized venues) and finished an 8 hour rehearsal with it yesterday - we do songs from the 50's through recent releases.

    I own a lot of Mesa gear that I did try out before buying, but I bought this without auditioning it in person. I have no regrets, just a smile on my face every time I play it. To my ear it covers a lot of what my Carbines and Walkabout can do with just a touch of knob turning and/or switch flipping. It is everything I've come to expect from Mesa at about half the weight.

    As a reference, I also own an Aguilar TH500, GK MB 200, 500 and 800 heads and an SWR SM400S along with all my Mesa gear (M3, M6 and M9 Carbines and Walkabout head and Walkabout Scout 112 Combo). My primary cabs are Mesa PH410, two PH212's, Bergantino CN212, two GK NEO 112 II's, and an Eden EX110. Out of all that gear and possible combinations, the D-800 and 112/115 set-up is at or near the top of my list.

    It's hard to beat equipment like the Subway series where everything was designed to work in a complementary way, especially when the principal designer is a true expert in the field with an impressive resume. The bottom line for me is that if you like the sonic territory between Mesa Carbines and the Simul-State heads, there is high probability you'll like the Subway.
    Last edited: May 16, 2016
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  9. 57pbass

    57pbass Supporting Member

    The main selling points for me were the high quality that Mesa produces, the fact that this was designed as a system and the very reasonable price for the head...
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  10. 57pbass

    57pbass Supporting Member

    Hello, I have this set up and am very happy with it. I have never owned any of the lightweight hi powered heads or neo dyminium (sp) speakers. I have been a traditionalist..but after seeing this amp online and reading the threads I decided to take the plunge...it has plenty of power..many tonal options and usable features, the weight and size are perfect for the types of gigs I do...and the price for the head is very reasonable...all built in USA...

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