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On the floor or on a stand?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by BassNoobTX, Dec 9, 2019.


  1. BassNoobTX

    BassNoobTX

    Feb 13, 2016
    Since not everyone are rocking 4/6/8x10 what do you do with the 1x15 / 2x10 and 2x12 cabs?
    Leave them on the floor to hit hour ankles? Tilt them like monitors? Put them on a chair/table/designated stand?

    pictures will be highly appreciated for demonstration if you have a special way to do it :)
     
  2. Samatza

    Samatza

    Apr 15, 2019
    I use a small wedge I made out of wood and covered with vinyl. I don't have a picture but it basically tilts the cab back about 25 degrees. It's not as good as an amp stand but it works.
     
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    Made from very heavy double laminate corrugate as found in box ex USA. Not so common here. If it had a slather of duct tape it would last a good long time.
     
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  4. mapleglo

    mapleglo Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2013
    phoenix, az
    rig.jpg

    Two 1x12's stacked on a custom riser.
     
  5. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Same here, except I just sprayed it with black paint. I think it's better than an amp stand myself...it fits in my cord bag :D
     
  6. Wasnex

    Wasnex

    Dec 25, 2011

    What you should do depend upon the sound you want, and how you use your amp. I like a clear articulate sound and my amp usually serves only as my stage monitor. Because of this I typically elevate my cab to about waist level by stacking it vertically on top of a flight case or an amp rack. I also wedge a spare DI under the front edge of the cab so it tilts back to aim at my ears.

    In the event I don't have adequate PA support and my amp needs to push the room, I may put the amp on the floor. The decision is based on how boomy the room is. Elevating the cab reduce lows which can help with the boom factor.
     
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  7. jnewmark

    jnewmark Just wanna play the groove. Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2006
    Stax 1966
    Third St. Cigar Records staff musician.
    I use an amp stand with my 115, a milk crate ( sorry Jimmy ) for my 212.
     
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  8. I use the folding wedge Stumbo mentioned for a Rumble 100. It was like 20 bucks and super compact. It folds up and slips into my shoulder bag. I really like it; seems to do the trick by pointing the sound up, and also decoupling the boomy bass from the floor.
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  9. Kro

    Kro Supporting Member

    May 7, 2003
    New Jersey
    I just use a smallish cab with good enough dispersion that IME it doesn't really matter. I keep it on the floor like in the shot below.

    It actually has a wedge back that I could use if I ever felt it necessary. I haven't.

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  10. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    I use an On-Stage RS7500 tilt-back tripod for my 2x10. (My SO has one for her ‘65 Fender Deluxe Reverb RI.) Can handle up to 100 lbs. Folds down for easy transport. And it has a threaded end to attach a boom arm in case you want to mic your cab - which is great if you’re recording. Around $35 most places. Highly recommended.
     
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  11. iiipopes

    iiipopes Supporting Member

    May 4, 2009
    I install casters on all my larger cabs, and have stands for my smaller combos and cabs.
     
  12. TNCreature

    TNCreature Jinkies! Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2010
    Philadelphia Burbs
    I would tilt mine back, but the head would fall off....
     
  13. 2112

    2112

    Apr 30, 2005
    Back when I was still rolling with 410+118 setups, my 118's were all on casters.
     
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  14. derg

    derg Supporting Member

    May 26, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    I use a collapsible monitor table - puts the cabinets up about 2 feet.
     
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  15. I have never been a bass cab stand person. The bass amp/cab is supposed to resonate with the floor. Years ago I played at a church and sat my hartke 1415 combo in a chair. It did not have the big bass sound. Then I sat it in the floor wala !! Nice big sound. BUT, at the dive I play at now, I have to put a wedge under the front of the cab because it resonates too much and it is boomy. Especially when I play my P bass. The wedge 'breaks' the resonance some.
     
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  16. Ampeg 210AV on a milk crate, or whatever the sound guy/gal tells me to do.

    Speaking of stands, I'm REALLY bugged by this:
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    That ES is just asking to have its neck snapped.
     
  17. Kro

    Kro Supporting Member

    May 7, 2003
    New Jersey
    Yup! Guitarists; what are you going to do. Notice you don't see my bass just lying around unprotected.
     
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  18. depends if there is a hollow stage on the floor, if a solid floor no carpeting on a stand if using a one cabinet 2*10

    if I use the 2*10 and the 1*12 in combination on the floor or on a Dolley like this one

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  19. howlin

    howlin

    Nov 15, 2008
    I'm Not There
    The only cabinet that I would put on the floor would be an 8x10. Every other cabinet (including a 2x15) went on some sort of stand or chair to get it off the floor. YMMV but the places I've played always seemed to have some sort of harmonic resonance only seemed to go away when the cab was disconnected from the floor. FWIW - I always have a 12" collapsable step stool as part of my kit just for that purpose + it gets the sound closer to the ear.
     
  20. tubatodd

    tubatodd Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2004
    Birmingham, AL
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