Speaker installation question...

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Tweaker27, Mar 14, 2016.


  1. Tweaker27

    Tweaker27

    Aug 28, 2014
    New Haven, CT
    Hello all.

    I'm about to drop some new speakers into an old Marshall 2x15.
    The speakers will be top mounted as the original ones were.
    Is there something I should be using (like a foam gasket) to create a seal between the speaker and the baffle board? Or, is it not needed.
    When I took the old speakers off, there was nothing more than a thin paper gasket. Unless, of course, it was something that just deteriorated over time.

    Thanks for the help.
     
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  2. wcriley

    wcriley

    Apr 5, 2010
    Western PA
    Most modern drivers have a gasket for front mounting.
    If yours don't, you'll need to add it.
    Adhesive-backed foam weather stripping works well, is cheap, easy and readily available.
     
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  3. Tweaker27

    Tweaker27

    Aug 28, 2014
    New Haven, CT
  4. wcriley

    wcriley

    Apr 5, 2010
    Western PA
    Yep.
     
  5. agedhorse

    agedhorse Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 12, 2006
    Davis, CA (USA)
    Development Engineer-Mesa Boogie, Development Engineer-Genzler (pedals), Product Support-Genz Benz
    Make sure it's not too thick, and is easily compressed. Otherwise the speaker basket may distort.
     
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  6. wcriley

    wcriley

    Apr 5, 2010
    Western PA
    I've used the exact product the OP linked without problems.
    Just be careful when torqueing down the screws/bolts.
     
  7. agedhorse

    agedhorse Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 12, 2006
    Davis, CA (USA)
    Development Engineer-Mesa Boogie, Development Engineer-Genzler (pedals), Product Support-Genz Benz
    This is more of a problem with stamped steel baskets.
     
  8. FatFunk

    FatFunk

    Jan 5, 2015
    Hi there.... just curious: Does anyone have a picture of how this would be installed?
    I always assumed it would be a circle of foam or rubber linking the "back" of the speaker to the baffle. Apparently it isn't that way?
     
  9. mbelue

    mbelue Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2010
    Here's a link with a picture of how one TBer did it.
     
  10. FatFunk

    FatFunk

    Jan 5, 2015
    Thanks! So I had it right... I guess the weather strip is easy to bend into a circle.
     
  11. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Inactive

    I hope your project goes well. Just be very careful with the screwdriver. You don’t want to poke a hole through the drivers surround. it makes for a very bad day!!. Aim for each screw to have the same tightness.
     
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  12. Tweaker27

    Tweaker27

    Aug 28, 2014
    New Haven, CT
    The weather stripping worked out great! Here's a pic of the project...
    2016-03-14 14.57.43.jpg
     
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  13. AlexanderB

    AlexanderB

    Feb 25, 2007
    Sweden
    That cab actually looks very cool, IMHO!
     
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  14. Tweaker27

    Tweaker27

    Aug 28, 2014
    New Haven, CT
    Here's the cab all done...

    2016-03-16 15.31.47.jpg
     
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  15. AlexanderB

    AlexanderB

    Feb 25, 2007
    Sweden
    Even better - it seems your P/J is a sibling of my 2010 MIA Fender Jazz Bass. Black / Maple / Maple and with a tort pickguard. Great minds think alike... ;)
     
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  16. BadExample

    BadExample

    Jan 21, 2016
    Injiana
    Beautiful! I was thinking of using maroon or dark green on the front of a DIY cab with walnut stained oak ply on the sides. Or visa versa. Bling!
     
  17. Tweaker27

    Tweaker27

    Aug 28, 2014
    New Haven, CT
    Staining the cab was my first thought. But the wood grain and such wasn't that great once I ripped the tolex off. So I Duratex'd it.
     
  18. Tweaker27

    Tweaker27

    Aug 28, 2014
    New Haven, CT
    The bass is a 2000 American Hot Rod P-Bass. Been my main bass for 16 years now.
     
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  19. BadExample

    BadExample

    Jan 21, 2016
    Injiana
    I wanted to get maple or aspen ply because it takes stain no nice, but lucked across 3/4" oak 4 x 4 sheets with damaged edges and jumped on it at a good discount. Sadly the fabric shops here quit stocking naugahyde for cheaper imported junk at the same price :spit:
     
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