# running a 2x10 alone

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by whofan, Jul 5, 2001.

1. ### whofan

Jun 29, 2001
do any of you run a 2x10 cabinet alone, without any other cabs? i don't think i've ever seen a bassist that does this.

i just need this to let me be heard during band practice in my garage and work as a monitor. maybe some small coffee shop gigs.

i just got an ampeg 350w(at 4 ohm) head, that will be hooked up to a carvin 2x10 4 ohm cab. and that's it. just the 2x10 alone. will this suffice?

but i'm also thinking of adding an 8 ohm 15" or 18" so it's running on 6 ohms. s'this okay? i just don't want it to blow up or croak.

2. ### Rockinjc

Dec 17, 1999
Michigan
How loud are the other guys?
jc

3. ### whofan

Jun 29, 2001
guitarist has a 80 watt 12" fender (solid state)
vocals use a 30 watt guitar amp
drummer's a wuss

4. ### dirk

Apr 6, 2000
Memphis, TN
You won't be running on 6 Ohms, you'll be running at 2.67 Ohms... Ohms are the resistance of the cabs and it is calculated with this formula

Ohms x Ohms divided by Ohms + Ohms = resistance

so

8 x 4 divided by 8 + 4 = 32 divided by 12 = 2.67

5. ### cb56

Jul 2, 2000
Central Illinois
Whofan,
That's the exact set up I use when I practice with my band. It's plenty loud. We practice at our drummers house in his basement. There is a work bench there that I set the 210 cab on so it's at ear level. I have even used that set up on smaller gigs. On big outdoor gigs I use it as a bass monitor to help out my Ampeg stack. But I wouldn't use it with another cab with your Ampeg head unless it can handle lower than 4 ohm load.

6. ### SlaterLeave that thing alone.Supporting Member

Apr 17, 2000
The Great Lakes State
I use a Peavey T-Max (350w@4ohms) with just a Peavey 210TXF(4ohms) for rehearsals and small gigs all-the-time. (And I play with a loud drummer and guitar player.) The 210TFX is rated down to 30Hz, so it handles the low-B of my five-string just fine. A few years ago, Bass Player Magazine did a 2x10 stand-alone shoot-out in their Bass Gear issue, and the Carvin got high marks.

Also, don't run that Ampeg below 4ohms!

7. ### DaveB

Mar 29, 2000
Toronto Ontario
Pay attention to Dirk's arithmetic or you'll be buying a new amp soon.
As for the amp and 210, they will be fine for a coffee shop gig. I assume that everyone else in the band will remember that they are in a coffee shop.
If the guitar player cranks an 80 watt S.S. amp then you're gonna sound lousy anyway...oops sorry, in my guitar life I'm a tube purist.

8. ### JerryR

Jan 27, 2000
South Carolina
You should be fine with that setup.
I use a Carvin RC 210 when I practice and it does fine.

9. ### Richard Lindsey

Mar 25, 2000
SF Bay Area
Sure, plenty of us do this. I use an Acme Low B-2 alone.