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Mesa Powerhouse1200 VS. Powerhouse 8x10?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by kwrbassist, Mar 15, 2008.

  1. kwrbassist


    Dec 15, 2007
    I am looking into a new bass setup. I play melodic metalcore which requires a deep and punchy bass, smooth and present highs and mids for good harmonics and tapping.

    I am getting a Mesa V-12 head, but trying to figure what type of cabinet I want. Would the mesa 8x10 or mesa PH1200 be a better choice? What would be the tonal differences between the 8x10 and the 1200 (4x10/ 1x15). I've heard great things about the PH1200.

    the thing that catches my eye about the ph1200 is is weighs less, but also can handle the same amount of wattage that the 8x10 can.

    ANY SUGGESTIONS on some other cabinets I could look into that would be good for my genre of music?


  2. I have the Powerhouse 1200 and love it! 4-10's and a 15, what's not to love? All the punch of the 10's with a 15 for the smoother stuff. But, I don't play metal so you had better try one first.
  3. kwrbassist


    Dec 15, 2007
    I wish our local dealer had a PH1200. I don't even know what to do if I wanted to try one out.
  4. zzr0ck3r


    Mar 14, 2008
    i think the 8x10s will move more air and that is the goal. Also metal without 8x10s is not real metal:p
  5. Warpeg

    Warpeg Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2005
    My Powerhouse 8x10 is easily the LOUDEST cab I've heard. It's tone is even, aggressive, and very punchy. However, it does weigh 173 lbs!

    I've had 115/410 combinations before; they could never get anywhere close to moving as much air. The SPL's are amazing on a ported 8x10! If you can A/B the two cabs, I'm sure you'll hear what I'm talking about. ;)
  6. isn't it powerhouse 1000???? my mesa powerhouse 1000 w 1x15 and 4X10s blows away the Ampeg 8X10 we share with another band in a rented room using the same head..
  7. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
    What size stadiums are you performing in? Are we talking a mere 3000-10,000 people, or are you in the 20,000 and up venues?
  8. bassermaniac


    Jun 30, 2007
    Do you mean powerhouse 1000?Anyway this cab is great
  9. CliffD


    Jan 27, 2008
    San Diego/Seattle
    I don't play metal, but I played an Ampeg classic 8x10 for about four years, then had the chance to compare my 8x10 with a powerhouse and a mesa 4x12. I liked the powerhouse the best because I thought it had the most pronounced lower midrange. You should look into the 4x12 though if you're into highs and mids, they just require more low end from your amp than a normal 8x10 or powerhouse I think, but they have a very distinct midrange sound which is very cool. But I would get two 2x12 cabinets for portability. BTW I have used the BB750 since it came out and love it, with 750w at 2ohms I've never felt it wasn't loud enough, food for thought, when in Rome...
  10. mat666


    Apr 3, 2007
    I own a PH1000 with a 400+ and play almost the same music. for what I know sometimes 10 inches speaker doesnt response that good with notes lower then B and even a low B at high volume may sound distorted (all depends of your bass - I use a MM sting) I would suggest the PH1200 - I owned different setup with 4x10 - 1x18 bi-amp etc and this is the best setup I found
  11. Warpeg

    Warpeg Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2005
    I'm a little confused. I always thought that Mesa's 4x10 + 1x15 cab was called a Powerhouse, Vintage Powerhouse, or Roadready "1000." According to Mesa's website, it's now called a "1200." Can anyone shed some light on what the difference is and/or why the name has been changed?
  12. Just to clear things up, the 1200 is exactly the same as the 1000, around a month ago Mesa decided to start calling it the Powerhouse 1200 because apparently it can handle 1200w. I dont get why they didnt just call it the 1200 to begin with ????
  13. kwrbassist


    Dec 15, 2007
    I have a basson 8x10 and it weights more than the 173! The basson weighs 223, then I had a custom case on it which was another 100lbs. TOO HEAVY for me and it requires a poop load of power. I just want a simple head and cabinet setup.

    I'm just not sure what cabinet I want. It's a hard choice for me, I'm still thinking about if I should maybe try an Aguilar or Ashdown or something else. HMMMMM.
  14. kwrbassist


    Dec 15, 2007
    the previous versions were only able to handle 1,000watts if I remember correctly.

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