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Need some Cab advice

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Pantsman, Feb 13, 2005.

  1. I have been playing bass for about a year now, and looking to upgrade my gear. i have a 5-string OLP musicman copy on the way and once it is paid off i am looking to get either a big arse combo or a amp head and cab. The problem i have is, which speaker config!!?? So some background info, i will obviously be using a five string bass, which will on the odd occasion be drop tuned, i liked to be heard (and felt) above and through the guitars. The kinda music i play is stuff like Rage Against the Machine, Metallica, Korn, Blood Hound Gang and a little bit of funk and bad 1970's porno music. Lately i have just gone to music stores and played as much as i can, i love Hartke after trying alot of their gear, are they a good choice for my type of music? I like Hartke's VX215 but i feel that it wont cut through very well, i also like the VX1508A it still has the bottom with a 15" but also has 2 8". THERE IS TOO MANY CHOICES!!!! and of course i would need a head, the Hartke 3500 seems to have everything i want in it. I am open to other brands too, just that from what i have tested i like Hartke the best, but please any advice or suggestions would help immensely.

    thanks guys
  2. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    The 215 with the 3500 will make an excellent rig for what you describe. I played a 3500 into a 215 for a couple years. My band played music from most of the bands you listed.

  3. Coolisms, thanks Mike. So a 215 will cut through guitars like a hot chainsaw through a marshall stack? the only other thing i was wondering about is i am buying a small multi FX unit like the Zoom 506II, wondering if there was anything similarily priced that does the same thing?
  4. Selta


    Feb 6, 2002
    Pacific Northwet
    Total fanboi of: Fractal Audio, AudiKinesis Cabs, Dingwall basses
    Man, at the track this weekend, there was a live country band playing, the bassist had a 3500 into a 1x15, and his sound was HUGE! I was quite surprised really. I didn't get to see his bass, but it looked like from the headstock a Jazz V.

  5. tombowlus

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

    Apr 3, 2003
    Fremont, Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    Not to diss Hartke, but cab-wise, I think that there are a number of options that might work out better for you. EA and Accugroove are generally at the top of my list for uncolored, very flexible sound, with Epifani and Bergantino topping out the "slightly colored, but with a great vibe" category. There are plenty of other good products out there to, but these happen to be some of my favorites. If you are on a tighter budget, I would suggest either Dr. Bass cabs or Low Down Sound. Don up at LDS makes a huge variety of very innovative cabs. You might not believe it until you hear them, but his long-throw 8" equipped cabs have some of the biggest low end of anything I have heard. I think he could build you some cabs that would slam for the music you are talking about.

    As for a head, the 3500 is not a bad choice. Some of my favorites, though, are the Mesa Boogie Walkabout, Thunderfunk, iAMP 800, and Walter Woods Ultra (in order of least to most expensive). A seperate preamp/power amp might work out well, too.

    Hope this helps, Tom.