should I get a speaker cab or a head first.

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by dirk, May 6, 2001.

  1. dirk


    Apr 6, 2000
    Memphis, TN
    This summer I'll be working and I intend on using some of the money to purchase a new rig. Since my parents aren't in favor of me "blowing" my earnings on a new amp, then I'm going to have to purchase it piece by piece so it won't seem like I'm spending as much money. I currently have a Carvin PB200, so here's my question, should I get a new head first, and run it through the speaker on the Carvin Combo, or should I get a 210 speaker cab and run it as an extension cab off the Carvin combo until I can afford to get the head? I could definitely get the speakers a whole lot faster than the head, since it would be cheaper. Any suggestions you have, would be helpful. Thanks, Dirk.
  2. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Hmmmm ... new cab first.
  3. I am in the exact same predicament... but my amp is not able to power an ext. cab like yours is, so i think I am buying a head first, because no matter which one i buy first, i am not going to be able to use it.. Sooo head comes first.
  4. jcadmus


    Apr 2, 2000
    I concur with Munji -- cab first.
  5. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    Yep, I agree. Get the cab first.

  6. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania
    Cab first. That's what I did. I had a Peavey 210TX. Got a Peavey 410TXF, then got a Hartke HA3500K. Sold that, got a Peavey Firebass, then a Peavey 115BXBW. And wal-ah my 700 watt bass rig is formed.
  7. ubersam


    Oct 12, 2000
    I got an amp first (Eden wt-600), but only because I had access to a cab (Eden D210T). It turned out pretty well for me, gave me more time to audition other cabs (Eden, BagEnd, Aguilar & EBS) before settling on an EBS 210.
  8. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Your amp can only deliver about as much as your cab will allow. A better head can make your sound somewhat better, but a low quality cab won't let the full sound spectrum a good head delivers through because it can't. I think you'll be paying for potential rather than results with the head.