Trace Elliot 4x8 malfunction

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by MKS, Aug 6, 2004.

  1. Oh dear.

    I have a Trace Elliot 4x8 extension cab has developed a fault and is only firing on 2 out of the 4 speakers. The lower two ain't making any sound. My guess is that one of the speakers has broken down and since the two are in series this means that both are out of a action. I've checked the wiring round the back of the speakers to make sure it isn't just a loose connection, but everything looks OK. I also haven't had a chance to run a meter across the individual speakers and cables to check whether it really is the speaker rather than the cable, but anyhoo... I've tried contacting GM Audio in the UK (Trace Elliot repairs specialist) but unfortunately they couldn't help (though they seemed very nice!).

    EDIT: I've spoken to the lovely people at Ashdown who can supply me with a set of 4 8" blue line speakers. I'm pretty sure these will be the same ones that they fit in their 4x8" cabs, so are likely to be good and powerful. At present the wiring inside the Trace cab is pretty straightforward. If I get the new Ashdown cabs would it be a simple task to sub them in and hey presto, new cab? Do I need anything else? I'm a complete cabinet newbie, so please be gentle!!

  2. Kelly Lee

    Kelly Lee Yeah, I'm a guy! Supporting Member

    Feb 17, 2004
    Marana, AZ, USA
    Its a little more complicated than just putting in new speakers. If the Theile-Small parameters aren't the same then they will require a different enclosure size and/or port dimensions. You can check what the size and ports of the Trace Elliot cab and run the specs of the Ashdown speakers through a speaker box building program and see how close they are. You may be able to get what you want with only a port size change. If you need to reduce the size thats not even a problem other than the weight of the material to eat up the excess space.
  3. Petebass


    Dec 22, 2002
    QLD Australia
    +1. Speaker transplants very rarely work. I have trouble finding speakers with the right specs for transplants. The relationship between cab size and porting is too important to ignor because not only does it affect frequency response, if also affects speaker cone movement, which of course determines wether or not your speaker distorts and/or blows.