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Mesa,SWR or Eden?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by geddyfan, Jul 25, 2003.


  1. Well i have backtracked a little.I'm not nessecerily looking for a 4 ohm cab anymore so these are the three I'm going to check out.I'm looking for a relatively light 1-15 and these three are all 60 lb or less.A tolerable weight.What do yuo guys think?Tone wise and effieciency which one?
     
  2. DRN

    DRN

    Mar 17, 2002
    Las Vegas
    I would chose the SWR but mind you I have not heard the single 115. Just my guess since the 410 cabs sound nice. I have played the Eden and did not like it to much. The Eden 115 and the 410XLT is about the same dimensionally as well.

    If you are looking for tight and portable in a 1-15 cab I hear the bag end cabs rule over all. Very portable and sound awsome. The bag end can fit in a glove box in a Mini. (just kidding) Very compact. The factory guys are awsome and will find a dealer near you and let you know what he has in stock. Very helpful company.

    I have never played the Mesa stuff.

    Good luck
     
  3. Eric Moesle

    Eric Moesle Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2001
    Columbus OH
    Just an FYI, I'm selling my Aguilar 1x15, its in the For Sale section . . .

    (shameless plug)

    I'm just not one for the 15" sound . . .
     
  4. Sorry I think the aggie is around 80 lbs and is a little heavier than I want.I just piked those three brand because of reputation and weight.As far as the mesa I have a 4-10 I love I just need something lighter for practice.
     
  5. Poon

    Poon

    May 20, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    I'm a bit biased...
    But I think Aguilar Cabs in General Sound Better Than all of these...Howevver

    If I were to rank my opinion of cabs that you listed.

    1.) Mesa (b/c I think they are incredibly underrated when it comes to bass), but I think these are a bit heavy.
    2.) Eden w/Tweeter. Make sure the T is at the end of that speaker designations ;) . I heard one of these in conjunction with a 2x10, and it sounded great with a bass I was selling.
    3.) SWR. You have to want the SWR sound. I think that each brand colors the sound of signal a bit, so if you like the SWR sound, then go with SWR, just too bright for me. I like my sound neutral like my aggies.

    Your cab choice will also depend heavily on your amplifier. I think Mesa Amps work well with Mesa Cabs and Aguilar Cabs. I think Eden Amps work well with Eden Cabs and SWR Cabs (but not aguilar cabs). I think SWR Cabs sound better with SWR Cabs and some eden cabs. It all really just depends. Hope this didn't make the choice harder. Just want to be sure we all know what we are getting into.:cool:
     
  6. Actually it's a BE representative from your particular state that speak with who locates the nearest dealer for you. I had to call myself to find out if the dealer had any in stock. JME though. Not sure what number you called or who you spoke with (rep or factory guy), but nevertheless they are great people to deal with. Very helpful, indeed. The only thing is that I have yet to see a pro use one. What's the deal? Are there any pros who use them?

    Sean

    P.S. A 10b-dx shall be next...

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    "The best is yet to come..."
     
  7. Actually it's a BE representative from your particular state who you speak with that locates the nearest dealer for you. I had to call myself to find out if the dealer had any in stock. JME though. Not sure what number you called or who you spoke with (rep or factory guy), but nevertheless they are great people to deal with. Very helpful, indeed. The only thing is that I have yet to see a pro use one. What's the deal? Are there any pros who use them?

    Sean

    P.S. A 10b-dx shall be next...

    -----------------------------------------
    "The best is yet to come..."
     
  8. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    As a matter of fact, cb56 has a pair of Bags for sale right now. I have a pair of S15-Ds, and they're great. I seem to recall they weigh 44 pounds each.
     
  9. DRN

    DRN

    Mar 17, 2002
    Las Vegas
    Sean,

    I called the number on the website. I do not remember if I gave my location when i talked to the receptionist but she transfered me to a John in Sales and he asked what I was loking for answered all my questions then asked where I was located. He then asked me for my telephone number so he could call some dealers and make sure they had what I was looking for in stock. He called me back within 10 minutes gave me all the info I needed.
    Not many companies have this level of customer service anymore! Very good company from my dealings.
     
  10. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    Of the three that you listed, I would vote for the Mesa Boogie, preferrably one of the older Road Ready or Diesel cabs. Those cabs are very clear, full and articulate. Really blew me away. The older 2x15's were to die for, if you could move them!

    However, if lightweight great tone is your forte, then I would look at the Epifani T-115UL. Those ultra light cabs are a godsend for aging backs.

    Another good option is the custom 1x15 that the guys at Low Down Sound make. The last time I was up there I played through several of their cabs, and their 1x15 was one of the best I have ever heard. They also carry Eden, Ampeg, Bag End, Epifani, Bergantino, Accugroove, Hartke, SWR and some others. Check them out at www.lowdownsound.com.

    Tom.
     
  11. I second that. I got a MB RR 2x15 on ebay a year ago after hearing such rave reviews for it. The guy lived in Brooklyn, so I drove there and picked it up. It sounded pretty good even with only 350w, but then I noticed the bottom speaker looked different from the top. So I opened it up, and sure enough, it was some crappy Mckenzie replacement speaker and not an EV. I called him up immediatley and told him and he offered to lower the price if I kept it. I told him no because it's not what was advertised and I will not accept anything else other than EVs!

    He agreed that I could return it, and I glady drove back and returned it to him. And I'm glad that I got rid of anyway because it was in shoddy ass condition, and indeed, IT WAS HEAVY AS HELL! Forget about lifting it and carrying it up and down stairs. You need a dolley just move this thing around! But it still may be worth it. The tone was killer from what I remember. I only got to play through it for an hour, and since it had only one EV, I couldn't fully evaluate it. Give one a try if you can. They are considered some of the best--if not the best--cabs ever made. I have the much lighter Bag End S15B-D right now, so I don't need one anymore. Once I get some more watts pumping in this thing, I can tell you if comes close the infamous MB RR 2x15. But it probaly won't.
     
  12. Well I just checket out the Mesa and the Swr.The Mesa to my ears was nicer a little warmer and not so mid heavy so I ruled out the Swr.I guess I'll check the Eden next.My dealer has the eden with the horn for 490.00 is that a good price?