Suggest a 1-12 cab with lots of tight lows.

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by ::::BASSIST::::, Jan 2, 2009.

  1. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    Currently I am using a UL112 with my CMD121P combo. I am thinking of trying a different cab with the combo rather than the UL112. Dont get me wrong, the UL112 is great but its somewhat wide and I could use a bit more low-end. Options for a 112 that is less wide, more tight and has good natural lows is what I'm after.

    Here's a few a couple I have thought of but I have not heard them:

    Epi PS112
    GB Neox112


    I'd also like to keep the 1-12 under 40LBS.
  2. The best 112 I've ever heard is the Schroeder 115L+:smug::D

    The Genz NeoX112 is also very nice sounding. It's a bigger box than most 112 and it sounds like it.
  3. Tony G

    Tony G

    Jan 20, 2006
    I have to agree with Ken on this one. Though another 1x12 cab to add to your list if you're only interested in 12" speakers would be the Bergantino AE112.
  4. debassr


    Jan 23, 2008
    Aguilar GS112 or DB112NT
  5. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    I've considered the schroe 15L, but does it have more lows than the UL112... tight lows?

    the GS112 is another I've considered but not sure too many TBers like it...?
  6. Well, I don't know what 'more lows and tight lows' means actually. To my ear, the 115L+ is MUCH louder than the UL112, much more punchy through the low mids and upper bass (which is my definition of 'tight lows') and has just a wee bit less absolute deep bass extention (which is one of the reasons it is SO darn loud... deep bass extension and a little cab equals nice tone in the living room, and a 'fart-a-thon' when cranked IME.... Of course, if you stack 2 x 112UL or whatever, it's killer. I'm just talking about stand alone performance here.

    Put another way, the 115L+ makes your bass sound like you are playing close to the bridge pickup, whether you are or not. It's that 'burpy' tightness. It is VERY even throughout the mids (it doesn't have that big low mid push like the 1212 or 1210), but it does attenuate a bit way down low (it is a VERY small box).
  7. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
    The Mesa 112 is pretty nice - I almost NEVER turn the bass knob up. I leave it flat almost all the time, and it still pumps out a lot of low end. They're about 43 pounds, but they feel lighter due to having handles on both sides.

  8. Hoover

    Hoover Inactive

    Nov 2, 2007
    New York City

    I would happily recommend the 1x12 I've got, but it's damn near impossible to find the driver these days, and from various internet rumors the cabinet isn't so easily available either, so it'd just be a tease...

    Aw what the heck, call me a tease:

    I've got a Flite Sound cabinet loaded with an Altec-Lansing 601 driver that was reconed as a full-range 12" (the original 601 was a 2-way with a coaxially mounted compression tweeter on a multicell horn...basically a smaller version of the 604 driver that was used in Big Red studio monitors). This driver is at least 25 years old, and I've had it in three different cabinets over the years. It's always had surprisingly deep rich low end, but never so much so as when I installed it in the Flite Sound cabinet. For small clubs, coffee houses, rehearsals, & studio recording I can use this by itself and get big phat booty-shaking bass. For bigger gigs I combine it with a 1x15. Best of all, it weighs less than 20lbs!
  9. lomo

    lomo passionate hack Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2006
    Considering you own a 1515 compact, I'm not sure how much tighter lows you'll get from a 15+L. The Aggie stuff is not as well defined down low as the 15+L or even the UL112 IMO.
  10. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    Maybe tight lows is not what I mean. Definitely don't want the "playing near the bridge" kind of lows. Probably going to rule the 15L out. I'm not looking for a super loud cab. For the gigs I play I rarely have my master vol above 10:00 so I dont need the cabs to be super loud... toneful yes.

    I want real lows... just not wide.... I figured tight was the opposite of wide, but not *that* tight. :)
  11. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    Thanks for the suggestions guys.

    Those Mesas look interesting.

    One cab that has my attention is the Epi PS112. How different is it from the Epi UL112?
  12. derelicte


    Dec 25, 2007
    the lows on these I found were only tight and clean at low volumes, at high volumes, forget about it.. they break up too easily.
  13. Rycebag

    Rycebag Supporting Member

    Feb 22, 2008
    yes the mesa 112's are nice. i use mine's with a big block and i to never turn the bass knob up.
  14. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Inactive

    It's not a 12 but the Acme B1 would fit the bill. Small light and puts out a lot of low end.

  15. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    I'm looking into that one currently. It specs out very nicely, but I'm wondering how over powering the combo's driver would be versus the B1 since the B1 is not as efficient.
  16. pfschim

    pfschim Just a Skeleton with a Jazz bass

    Apr 26, 2006
    SF Bay Area
    another experienced vote for the Mesa Powerhouse 1x12. great cab with full, but tight lows and low mids. Good overall control of the cab with the adjustable crossover as well.

    Use mine with a Walkabout and a an MPulse600.

    Worth checking out.

    good luck
  17. no-logic

    no-logic Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2004
    Suburban Brewtown
    Although I never played the UL112 I do have 2 PS112's and the lows are great. (Better than the UL112 from what I hear.) Better than my Schroeder 1210L, which is what I was looking for without losing the cut. The lows are well defined and in the notes are easily recognizable and not muddy at all. Hope this helps
  18. Vinny D

    Vinny D

    Jan 9, 2007
    Warwick, RI
    I have never been happy with any single 112 driver.....or any single driver cab for that matter.
    Make sure you try some out before buying something blind, I much prefer a multiple driver cab over any single driver cab.
    You may want to consider a 210 cab over a 112, just my opinion.
  19. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    Interesting. This cab would be combined with my cmd121p.

    Right now its down to the:

    acme b1
    and the mesa powerhouse is leading the pack
  20. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    Well, the published specs say the mesa is 48LBS. Almost guarantee that it will heavier than the claimed specs. Too bad. Looks like one bad mutha of a great cab.