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Sunn 215BH OR Ampeg 410 HLF

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by dimebagdonny, Apr 24, 2017.


  1. dimebagdonny

    dimebagdonny

    Apr 23, 2017
    Looking to pick up my first cab and have the option of a Sunn 215BH or Ampeg 410 HLF. Does anyone have experience with either/or? I'd be using a Acoustic 370 head. Looking to get a Sludge/doom metal feel so i'll be adding some pedal OD to the mix as well. thanks
     
  2. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    I have a Sunn 215BH. Which drivers are in the 215BH you are considering? Have you tested it?
     
  3. JimmyM

    JimmyM

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    For doom, I'd imagine you would want a cab that can take the full brunt of your head. The 410hlf can, but that doesn't necessarily mean the Sunn can't. A lot depends on what speakers are in it. Anything made before the 90's and I'd say forget it.
     
  4. dimebagdonny

    dimebagdonny

    Apr 23, 2017
    Yeah it's from somewhere between late 80's early 90's
     
  5. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    ...with what kind of speakers?
     
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  6. P-oddz

    P-oddz Supporting Member

    Apr 7, 2009
    Milwaukee, WI
    No experience with the 410HLF, but I do own a 215BH with original speakers. The Sunn is capable of a hefty bit of volume, but I might second the sentiment that (at least speaking for the original speakers) they might not be your most efficient option. On paper, your head is capable of a higher output than what the Sunn drivers are rated at, but like any other amp/cab pairing - it's best to use your own ears and the numbers are flexible. The Sunn will give you quite a bit of grunt before crapping out, so you need to listen if you're giving it too much if you care about those speakers. That said, I find the Sunn cab to very low-mid punchy, with smooth highs and it's definitely the meatiest cab I own (in terms of tone and weight -the cab is HEAVY) and that includes an Orange OBC410 and the newer Ampeg 212AV. It also sounds incredible with any head I put into it. With the Acoustic/Sunn combo, you'd definitely be rocking some rad vintage gear. Heavy, rad, vintage gear.

    All bets are off if the speakers have been replaced, or you are planning on replacing them. In that case, it can be anything you want.

    Also, food for thought, (and Jimmy can correct me if I'm wrong) - I seem to recall seeing a fair number of posts on the HLF that mention a different tuning to that cab that comment about it being BOOMY and a little unwieldy in the low end(?) I might have that incorrect(?)
     
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  7. JimmyM

    JimmyM

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Nope, you're right. Earlier ones from before 2010 (guesstimating based on people's experiences) are very boomy down low. Newer ones, especially the Heritage, still go very low but the boom has been tamed down to reasonable levels. Then again, that might be desirable for doom.
     
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  8. dimebagdonny

    dimebagdonny

    Apr 23, 2017
    The seller doesn't know offhand but will find out tonight.
     
  9. dimebagdonny

    dimebagdonny

    Apr 23, 2017
    HLF is listed as being from 2012. Yeah definitely looking for deep warm 'squishy' lows if possible
     
  10. JimmyM

    JimmyM

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    You'll still get that from a 2012 410hlf. You just don't get that insanely boosted low end. Instead, you get more mids. But if you want insanely boosted lows, that's what the bass knob on your amp is for.
     
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  11. dimebagdonny

    dimebagdonny

    Apr 23, 2017
    Leaning towards the Ampeg. The Sunn has Eminenance Legend drivers CB 158. Any thoughts on these?
     

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  12. JJR58

    JJR58 Dirty Bird

    Dec 2, 2010
    Brooklyn, NY.
    Two completely different sounding cabs.
    JimmyM pretty much sums it up.
    Boom or Doom.
     
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  13. JimmyM

    JimmyM

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    CB158's should take a pretty good pounding, but I prefer 15"s with more than 3k on the top end. Definitely a darker sounding speaker than most.
     
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  14. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    Those drivers were recommended as replacements for the Sunn drivers in my 215BH by Leland Crooks, the gentleman who runs speakerhardware.com and is a very knowledgeable person. Assuming the cabinet has no rattles—a possible issue with older cabinets—the Sunn might well sound great. I'd bet it really has a great chest thumping punch.

    My advice is to try out the Sunn at a reasonably high volume with what ever effects you plan to use. It has got to be a lot cheaper that the ampeg, which btw is a fine cabinet, too.

    Here is a PDF with specs on the Legend cb158 drivers...
     

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  15. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    I think you may have mentioned this in another thread, but are you still running the original Magna drivers in your 215BH?
     
  16. P-oddz

    P-oddz Supporting Member

    Apr 7, 2009
    Milwaukee, WI
    I'm not ABSOLUTELY positive, but I lean towards yes. (I should've clarified in my post).
    They don't have the Magna labels, but in other threads of the cab I've seen, they seem to match up with looks and style.

    That said... and to make matters even more sketchy, I've read that Sunn might have mixed manufacturers of speakers at some point so they weren't all equipped with the Magna drivers past a certain year(?) Information on all of this is a lot of second hand that may/may not be completely accurate.

    But reading through threads and looking at speaker codes (which is also another cluster of confusion, since the dating and numbering process seemed to vary depending on the company) I probably have Cinaudagraph or Consolidated drivers that probably were original to the cab from the year it was made, which may or may not be from '84 according to the speaker codes.

    Does that help clarify?

    ;)
     
  17. P-oddz

    P-oddz Supporting Member

    Apr 7, 2009
    Milwaukee, WI
    Also - I could be incorrect on ALL of the information above. :thumbsup:
     
  18. dimebagdonny

    dimebagdonny

    Apr 23, 2017
    Thanks!
    Newb question: Two 8ohm drivers linked in the same cab means i'm effectively working at 4ohms? I've read that the Acoustic 370 is best suited for 2-4 ohms
     
  19. JimmyM

    JimmyM

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    If they're wired in parallel (and they probably are), correct.
     
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  20. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    Yes, the stock Sunn 215BH cabinet is 4 ohms. It would be surprising if the current cab is not wired the same way, as Jimmy noted. I'd assume 4 ohms.
     
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