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old vs new epifani 212 just curious

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by IvanMike, Sep 8, 2004.

  1. IvanMike

    IvanMike Player Characters fear me... Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2002
    Middletown CT, USA
    recently i've noticed ads here and there wanting the old style (side by side as opposed to diagonally mounted) epifani 212 cabinet
    i thought the newer design (not the ul series) was supposed to be an improvement
    is there some kind of sonic advantage to the old design?
    or do they just think it looks cooler?
    i've never heard the old side by side cabinet but i've tried the newer diagonally mounted (not ul) cab and thought it was ione of the best cabs i'vw ever played thru
  2. jobu3

    jobu3 Artist formerly known as Big Joe

    Feb 17, 2002
    Mountain Top, PA
    It's my ad you saw and I'm sure that the newer diagonal version does sound better as Nick and folk keep improving on the designs. I have had some experience with the older version and still think that it sounded very good. Honestly, I'm looking for something loud that has a smaller footprint than your typical 410 cab which basically rules out the 212 if I can help it... Another reason is cost. I can probably get the older one for a bit less than the newer one and free up some money if I sell my 310... ;)
  3. andertone

    andertone Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2000
    Southwest USA

    I've got the old one (T212 side by side) and had a chance
    to A/B it with one of the new "bigger" Epi's, using
    an Alembic F2B/QSC PLX 2402 with a sansamp BDDI
    with active basses (Alembic Rogue).

    Here are my impressions: The larger cabinet does indeed
    have a bit more boom to it, and the upgraded speakers
    handle a little more power.

    But, increase the preamp volume one notch and the old
    cabinet is very competitive, and it's much easier to load.
    These days they are cheap on ebay as folks gravitate
    to the latest and greatest "trend"

    I like the old because I also have a T112, and to be
    able to play a 3 x 12" vertical speaker array is all I can
    imagine needing in *any* situation. Plus, even the T212
    is often overkill for me, and I use just the T112.

    Phil Anderson
    Tucson, AZ
  4. IvanMike

    IvanMike Player Characters fear me... Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2002
    Middletown CT, USA
    well there you have it kids...........
    another mystery solved by "those meddling kids"
    i'm also always happy to take advantage of good gear deals by not buying the "latest and greatest" stuff