Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Paulabass, Jun 11, 2019.

  1. Paulabass


    Sep 18, 2017
    Poking around the used section trying to be financially responsible this morning (went in to buy a used flight case). I spotted the case $30, helped a bewildered salesman demoing a Behringer x32 (why do they sell them if they don't know how they work?), and spotted something strange and wonderful ie- I had to stop and try it.
    A Michael Arnopol Soundworks cabinet. Four 6 inch speakers, three paper cone midrange, and a tweet in a cab very reminiscent of a P.A. line array cab (but not).
    After determining that Long and McQuade does not have a speaker cable in the entire 20,000 sq. ft. store, I borrowed one from rentals, and fired it up with an Ampeg SVT-CL, and a P-bass. followed me home.
    An amazing little powerhouse of a cabinet made an SVT (a decidedly NOT hifi amplifier) into a full range beast. Big round lows that seem to naturally roll off at just the right point, fierce midrange, and focused highs. MAS claims a VERY wide dispersion angle, and the cab does not seem to have any on axis harshness, and the highs are still apperant 45 degrees off axis. Practically anywhere in front of it, it sounds the same. Wonderful for small clubs!
    Ok, it has not had a real world test, but in my office it's really loud! My SVT turned up about half way was deafening, and no farting out.
    I'm too lazy to go get my Class-d out of the car, but I may like that even more. Also going to try it on top of a 15" powered sub!! (for a 4-way active biamped rig)
    We shall see. I take a while to cotton to new tech, and my brain has not yet told me 6 inch speakers will work for bass.
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  2. Haroldo

    Haroldo Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2005
    North Shore, MA
    Mike makes lovely bass speakers, to be sure.
  3. wave rider

    wave rider

    Jan 5, 2005
    May the Vortexitude(TM) Be With You!
  4. MarkA

    MarkA In the doghouse. Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    I have one (and some other MAS cabs). I've played it in clubs with and without a MAS 110 sub (which I highly recommend for that cab, if you're looking for a sub -- I've tried the sub with conventional cabs and it's great, but never tried a MAS cab with a conventional sub -- let us know how it works!). Even without the sub, it will fill up a decent-sized room and do the work of most 410s (and do it better). The tech is pretty amazing -- worth reading up on the MAS/Big E threads.

    Funny you mention this -- as I said, I've mostly been playing my MAS 112 (think "super 2x12" in terms of size and volume), but I pulled out my 46 for the first time in awhile a few days ago and played my recently acquired P with flats through it -- sounded really good.

    When playing that cab solo, you might find that it benefits from being elevated -- like all cabs, it gets some bass reinforcement (possibly too much in some cases) from being on the floor. Unlike most, it doesn't get neutered when raised off of it.

    If you get to listen to someone else playing your rig from out in the house, you'll be amazed at how even and clear the sound is. Also, once you get loud enough to get the cab into its fairly broad "sweet spot" (where the "vortex stuff" mentioned in the threads happens), you'll find that it falls off less with distance than most cabs. I've found, too, that it doesn't fight with the PA in the same way -- at last that's my perception -- just fills things out nicely.

    If you're playing a very small/quiet room, it's possible that you'll find the cab to be a bit much -- I dunno. That's happened once or twice with my MAS 112, but the 46 is a smaller cab and doesn't need as much room or volume to "get going".

    Anyway, good luck, have fun, and report back!
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  5. BostonJazz72


    Nov 30, 2010
    The MAS 46 is one of my favorites of his!