question about tubes and efficiency and other garbage

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Jon Burnet, Jan 8, 2009.

  1. Jon Burnet

    Jon Burnet

    Jan 21, 2001
    Memphis, TN
    Hello folks. I havent posted in a long time but i have a question that i think only you guys can help with.

    Due to financial reasons i had to sell off my old rig. it was a pod xt live through a power amp into a henry the 8. loved the tone but had trouble hearing myself. about the time i started experimenting with angling the cab and stuff it had to go. fast forward to now. the only thing left of the old rig is the power amp. i am going to be buying a cab and a preamp. probably the tone hammer and i am still undecided on the cab.

    but alas there is a catch. i love the tube tone and never really had the opportunity to play with it. so i want to find an old bassman100 or 135 when i get the extra money. what are some of the more efficent cabs while still retaining low end but can still be heard over 2 guitar players playing 2x12 combos and a loud drummer? doesnt have to be 10's. thanks in advance.
  2. zbasstringer

    zbasstringer Guest

    Jun 24, 2008
    St. Louis
    I recently bought an Earth 100 watt tube head, which I believe is modeled after the bassman. It came with a 215 cab, which although its heavy, it provides a lot of low end.
  3. Jon Burnet

    Jon Burnet

    Jan 21, 2001
    Memphis, TN
    see thats the thing, i have been using a power amp for so long i dont really know what the high efficency cabs are anymore.
  4. Jon Burnet

    Jon Burnet

    Jan 21, 2001
    Memphis, TN
  5. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    +1 for a 215, like an older Mesa Deisel, which can be had for around $400.
  6. pedro


    Apr 5, 2000
    Madison, WI.
    I recently acquired the Orange 1x15 cab. I have no idea what its efficiency ratings are but I love the tone.
  7. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Inactive

    Sorry to hear of your "troubles". I think most of us have been there at one time or another.

    However, throw us a bone Jon! :)

    Let's start at the beginning. What power amp do you have and what budget do you have to stay with. You say that you like the tube sound but, playing with a band as you describe, a 100 or 135 watt amp isn't going to take you too far. A tube pre might well give you the tubeyness you are looking for.

  8. Jon Burnet

    Jon Burnet

    Jan 21, 2001
    Memphis, TN
    well to start the power amp is a yamaha and i believe its giving me 900 watts at 4ohms bridged. i might be mistaken though.
    i have noticed that the clip light on the power amp is lighting up alot sooner than it sounds like it should. i figured it would get hard to listen to through the henry. but alas not really just kinda meh.

    when i toured i used a goliath sr with about 500 watts and never had a lick of trouble. i just wrote it off to inefficient cab on the henrys part.
    right now i am thinking about finding an efficient 4x10, 2x12 ect and an amp stand and use a di. the only reason i had dismissed 15's is that i do on occasion slap.