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So how's the SWR Monitor-12?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Tsal, Jul 15, 2003.


  1. Tsal

    Tsal

    Jan 28, 2000
    Finland, EU
    Looks like it's not very popular as a cab, even if a setup of two twelves seems to be pretty popular. I only found one thread about it, and that too dated couple years back.

    So how's the cab? Any good used in pairs? Seems to be pretty affordable currently as many retailers are clearing their pre-Fender SWR stuff.
     
  2. Razor

    Razor

    Sep 22, 2002
    Dallas
    I used one a couple of times under a Goliath 4x10....it's decent. I might get one to practice with at home. I honestly can't see a use for it other than that. My backline is way more than enough for my taste. If I don't have my backline then I just rely on the house monitors.
     
  3. Mcrelly

    Mcrelly

    Jun 16, 2003
    Minnesota, USA
    I own a couple right now! I bought them to avoid carrying heavy 15 or 410. they sound better than the workingman series. not ultra deep, and do have some midrange "honk" or twang. The tweeters are a little too hot for my taste, even when turned down. I got ear piercing feed back a couple of times when I played pretty loud, stacked the cabs and turned around to adjust my amp.

    I'm trying to upgrade from them to EA. I'd suggest maybe checking out the Aguilar GS-112, its a box and apparently alot better tone for $100 more than the Bass Monitor 12 new

    at first I thougth this thread was about the WM-12 combo, now I like that little combo ALOT!!! nice tone and it can sound deep for a combo.
     
  4. Tsal

    Tsal

    Jan 28, 2000
    Finland, EU
    Bump.

    Mcrelly, thanks. I have similar reason why I'm looking into 'em: I'd like to replace my 100 lbs Peavey TVX-410 with something bit more portable.

    I'd probably go Aguilar route but they are bit hard to find on this side of the pond, and more expensive too.
     
  5. Mcrelly

    Mcrelly

    Jun 16, 2003
    Minnesota, USA
    if your trying to downsize, but are worried about losing volume, 12s are the way to go. I figure 2 12s are equal to 3 10s in surface area. I recently went from 212 to 210 and didn't like it I'm working back up to 2-12s. if my EA 112 doesn't work out I'm gonna check out the Aguilar 112 I've heard many good things.
     
  6. Tsal

    Tsal

    Jan 28, 2000
    Finland, EU
    Yeah, I think I would like the 12's, I like punch and such but prefer bit more vintage-like tone, so it should be pretty optimal cone size between the punch of tens and tone of fifteens - as much as conesize matters but anyways.

    I've been looking at Ampeg Portabass 212 lately, even if it's bit on the expensive side, and if everything goes according to my plans I'll be buying one. If not, then it's probably the Monitor 12 pair.

    I lug my head to rehearsals and back anyways, so I could have one Monitor at home, one at the rehearsal place and then use both at gig. Also with two small cabs, you can spread the sound more, and if there's decent PA, it's practical to use both for stage sound.
     
  7. Mcrelly

    Mcrelly

    Jun 16, 2003
    Minnesota, USA
    I'd still maybe suggest a more "box" shaped 12" cab. With the SWR 12s I didn't think I got as much bass as I could have due to the "wedge" shaped box, but of coarse if you want to use the wedge aspect of the SWR I guess they are perfect for that! I just was not pleased with them as a substitude for a real 12 cab and stacking them.

    What kinda head are you running?
     
  8. Mcrelly, are you planning on selling those swr monitors?
     
  9. fclefgeoff

    fclefgeoff Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2002
    Illinoize
    Didn't SWR make "12 pack" cabs? I believe they were 2x12. Something to consider. I have never heard them but I like the tone of my SWR Silverado which is also 2x12. I have added a 2x10 extension and it sounds decent is fairly portable.
     
  10. Mcrelly

    Mcrelly

    Jun 16, 2003
    Minnesota, USA
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    MMMMMmmmmmmmm [waving hands slowly] listen to the sound of my voice...buy aguilar, buy aguilar, you'll forget all about the SWR....buy aguilar [waving hands slowly]

    I'm actually gonna give my Bass monitor 12s to a friend so he can use them in his dad's new church. after I get my new EA CXL-112s, oh did I mention if I don't like the CXL-112s I'm going to try the AGUILAR GS-112? (above) [waving hands slowly]....seriously! I heard they have an "old school" or is it "old skool" I hate hip lingo or is "hip lingo" even out of date? I don't know what "old school" sounds like? fat and distorted? deep and thumpy? Dark and heavy? help me out old school hipsters!
     
  11. Tsal

    Tsal

    Jan 28, 2000
    Finland, EU
    Currently Hartke 3500, 350w@4ohm if that's what your asking. I've been pondering about swapping it to SWR or Ampeg in the future though.. Or to Laney B1 :eek:

    I actually also considered Henry the 8x8, it's around the Ampeg PR212 in price, but it doesn't exactly help with the portability issue now does it? ;)
     
  12. Mcrelly

    Mcrelly

    Jun 16, 2003
    Minnesota, USA
  13. Tsal

    Tsal

    Jan 28, 2000
    Finland, EU
    Yeah, pretty cool stuff those Piranhas. Wouldn't know what to make out of them if I saw 'em on stage, though!

    On 4x8's, I know Ashdown makes one (here it is) in their Mini-series, but I believe it's voiced bit higher so you'd need their Mini-15 to go with it, ponder. Or perhaps Ashdown stack of Mini-15 and Mini-1x12T would be cool, need to ponder about that too. Atleast it would be portable!