used speakers?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by basss, Nov 27, 2001.

  1. basss

    basss Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2001
    Whats the life span of a speaker? I know this probably depends alot on the manufacturer but what is the avarage? Is it ok to but a used cabinet that is 4 or 5 years old or are the speakers going to crap out in a year or two meaning I'll have to recone them and end up spending just as much money as if I had bought new? How long have your speakers lasted?
  2. PJR


    Jun 20, 2001
    N.E. PA
    I love buying can get some really good quality gear at a deep discount off the new retail cost.

    I tend to shy away from used cabs and speakers....unless I personally know the user.

    Too many variables unseen !!!

  3. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Saint Louis, MO USA
    I have cabinets built in the 70s with the original speakers and they still sound fine. I have also blown speakers in 2-year-old cabinets.

    The life span depends much more on how they are used rather than how long they are used.

    Speakers that are properly powered and used within given specs can last a very very long time. Speakers that have been subjected to certain stresses can fail quickly.

    So just the age of a cabinet isn't really a good way to determine the remaining use.

    Unfortunately, when buying used, there is no quick and easy way to know how the speakers were treated. I try very hard to find out what head was used, effects, style of play, etc. It isn't completely fair, but gives you some idea of how it was used. Spend as much time as possible picking the brain of the owner. Sometimes when buying online or from a retailer, there is no way to know the owner. When buying from a retailer, don't be afraid to ask for a 90 day warrenty. Might not get it, but I'd ask.


  4. If you get good quality speakers such as JBL, you can have them reconed. It's going to cost me $129 plus tax/shipping to get an E110 reconed, so I bought another one for $85 and will do the dead one later.