new speakers

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by plastik-bass[?], Dec 8, 2007.

  1. i guess this goes here...if not please move

    I have posted this before but have just now acquired the money to do it,or so i think.

    I'm wanting to buy 2 new 15" speakers for my Earth Sound Research cab cause the speakers in it are torn,but i got it for free so idc XD, I've heard that these are just like Peavey cabs so i was wondering what type of speakers i could buy for them,where can i get them, and how much will they cost?

    or would it just be better to buy a new cab??

    i have around $200 at the moment but getting more, not looking to spend more then $300

    im going to be running this through a 100 watt Univox all tube head and i mainly play progressive rock/metal in my band and reggae/ska/jazz alone

    please help me

    thanks in advance!!:help::help::help::bassist::bassist:
  2. A9X

    A9X Inactive

    Dec 27, 2003
    Get the drivers repaired or if neccessary reconed.

    To substitute another driver, you're going to need to see if something current production will work well in a cab of that size.
  3. That is kinda a problem cause i dont really no much about these cabs...other then that they arent made anymore and were made around the 70's i think
  4. greenboy


    Dec 18, 2000
    remote mountain cabin Montana
    greenboy designs: fEARful, bassic, dually, crazy88 etc
    If you are talking about the cabs I think you are, they are a direct rip on Peavey 215 of the time anyway. So a BW load with ties back to that time, 1502 or 1505, will work fine. Or at least as fine as it did back when people just stuffed drivers into cabs ; }

    If it's the SHALLOW VERSION though, and not the deep one, it's really to little space to make decent use out of most drivers, regardless - for bass guitar anyway.

    On the other hand, some people think the tiny BagEnd fifteen cabs sound right, so it's definitely a matter of taste.
  5. Pull one of the speakers and see what brand and model it is. Then contact a place like this to see if they can fix your speakers. Having them repaired will cost less than new ones and will probably work better. If, however they can't be repaired they can probably recommend a suitable replacement.

    good luck
  6. homsar


    Oct 30, 2007
    Metro Detroit
    +1 on getting your current drivers repaired/reconed; that will probably end up being by far the easiest and least expensive solution. However, if you do want to explore your options for putting some new drivers in there, you are not alone. I was in a similar situation recently and I sent an e-mail to Eminence speakers (using their generic "[email protected]" address). I got fantastic service from a real human being and found out which drivers would work in my cab, which ones wouldn't, and some fairly specific discussion of why these things were true. They will need you to send in quite a few measurements of your cabinet, but if you have a tape measure you are 100% equipped to take this job on.

    For a 2-speaker set-up, you may find getting your desired impedance to be an issue. I was looking for new drivers for a 2x10 cabinet and I wanted to end up with 8 ohm cabinet. I found practically nothing available in the aftermarket in any impedance OTHER than 8 ohm. In the end I resigned myself to the fact that if I went to aftermarket drivers, I was going to end up with an 4-ohm cabinet and I would have to figure out how to integrate that into my existing rig. This could end up being the deciding factor in the decision of whether to replace or repair/recone.
  7. greenboy


    Dec 18, 2000
    remote mountain cabin Montana
    greenboy designs: fEARful, bassic, dually, crazy88 etc
    Hate to say it, but it's not that hard to come up with better drivers than what were in a lot of old cabs originally. Though it helps to measure the internal volume of the cab and its ports/vent to determine tuning and whether it would be easy to retune, a lot of the drivers put into cabs "back in the day" where not fine-tuned to the boxes - they were simply what was available.

    Also note that the 1502 and often the 1505 BW are available in both 4 and 8 ohm versions/baskets.
  8. billfitzmaurice

    billfitzmaurice Guest Commercial User

    Sep 15, 2004
    New Hampshire
    Owner, Bill Fitzmaurice Loudspeaker Design
    Or not. Recones run around $60 on average. Add $15 to ship the driver to a reconing service and $15 to ship it back and you could have bought a new driver that's probably better anyway.
  9. greenboy


    Dec 18, 2000
    remote mountain cabin Montana
    greenboy designs: fEARful, bassic, dually, crazy88 etc
    "Back in the day" reconing was usually more cost effective and what better drivers were around then, anyway, then the ones people tended to favor for their bass cabs. But lots of water has passed under the bridge, and for power handling alone it's often worth paying a little more for a driver anyway, than a recone+shipping would cost.

    I mean, I doubt these are going to be highly sought after JBLs ; }
  10. Thanks for all the responses but I dont know what all this terminology is though XD im a noob on amps and speakers :/. What exactly are drivers???

    and if i cant find a place to repair/fix my drivers, where is a place a could buy new speakers at the best price. Also remember a new cab isnt out of the question
  11. will33


    May 22, 2006
    You're getting confused by the terminology, drivers are what you think of as a speaker, the drivers mounted in a box would be called a speaker. Anyway, you need to measure your cab volume internally, inside wall to inside wall, do not include the size of the tuning ports in this measurement. Then measure the tuning ports separately. If the ports are just tubes stuck in the box it should be fairly easy to cut some off or put in longer tubes if need be to retune to box. If your box is a copy of the old peavey 215 as greenboy says, a pair of BW's would be the easiest fit although your options are many nowdays. has good prices on eminence drivers.
  12. bump :)