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Suggestions on a DiY bass cab?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by IvanFuzz, Mar 23, 2005.


  1. IvanFuzz

    IvanFuzz

    Mar 23, 2005
    My brother came to me a few days ago saying he wants a new bass cab for practicing. He is currently using a Hartke 4x10 with an outboard 350w amp. When he’s practicing with his band (in a warehouse) he said everyone else drowns him out and he’s looking to get more output. He was looking at an Ampeg 2x15 that costs $899 and I told him I would see what I could do to save him money, and possibly build him something nicer.

    I have a year of recent speaker building behind me and am very familiar with using computer box programs like WinISD and all the jargon behind it. What I’m looking for are tested boxes that people have built themselves with drivers available off the internet, preferably Parts Express. If you know of a design that hasn’t been tested but you feel would perform really well, please speak out. This box must be able to have a higher output than the Hartke 4x10 and preferably be more sensitive so my brother doesn’t have to buy a new amp. He’s looking to spend $400-$500 for everything, but could pinch a few more pennies if needs be. I have extra MDF and plywood lying around so that should help reduce the cost. Dual cabinets are not a problem.

    Thanks for any input and taking your time to help my brother and me out!
     
  2. Ostinato

    Ostinato Guest

    Feb 7, 2005
    Toronto ON
    I don't know how adventurous you are, but I had a conversation with a local sound tech and I was telling him about the Schroeder cabinet design when he told me about Bill Fitzmaurice, who sells loudspeaker designs with "state-of-the-art folding geometries".

    http://www.billfitzmaurice.com/
     
  3. Just order a 215XL from "Sam Ash" $499.00. It's what I use with the 3500.......He won't have a problem.
     
  4. Build an 8x18. You'll be a legend in your own time. :)
     
  5. Bob Russell

    Bob Russell

    Mar 2, 2005
    If you chat with owners of the Fitzmaurice DR250a at
    http://audioroundtable.com/BillFitzmaurice/
    myself included they all say the same thing, that the DR250a is the best cabinet they've ever played through or heard, bar none. Paired with a Tuba 24 sub it's even better. The DR250a is not easy to build, but more than worth the effort. If you don't have the chops to do it yourself there are builders listed on his website that will build one for you. If you go DIY you can make a DR250a/Tuba 24 combination for less than $400. I wouldn't dream of selling mine for less than $2K, and then not before I had time to build replacements, cause I'll never play through anything else. Unless Bill comes up with something better, that is, which he seems to do on a pretty regular basis.
     
  6. Rat

    Rat

    Mar 15, 2005
    Boston Sewers
    why isn't he running an extension cab to get full power out of the amp?