Using only a single cab, same brand 3-10 vs 2-12???

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Kevinlane, Dec 3, 2001.

  1. Kevinlane

    Kevinlane Supporting Member

    Dec 30, 2000
    Missouri, near Branson
    Has anyone switched from a 3-10 to a 2-12 or viceversa of the same brand , and why?

    Hopefully, in a rig just using the one cabinet.
    I'm most interested in Epifani obsevations, but opinions of all brands would be useful.
  2. ThunderStik

    ThunderStik Guest

    Jun 25, 2001
    Claremore OK.
    I just purchased a Bergantino 2-12. I was amazed when I heard the bergs, IMO they are the most pefect sounding cabs I have ever heard and I dont say that lightly. Im not one who thinks "if it costs alot it has to be good" but in this case its true. The first time I heard them (a while back) I thought they sounded great but I didnt think the price was worth it. Last weekend I went and gave them (3-10 and 2-12) a true audition (about 3-4 hours) and the longer I played the more I really fell in love with these cabs and it became clear that this was the first time in a long time that I just wanted to sit and play and love what I was hearing. I will give a short review of both.

    3-10 : First this is the single best cab I have ever heard. Strong in all phases , bottom was tight and focused and strong, mids where very "natural" sounding as where the highs. I have never liked tweeters and horns, I have actually cut the wires in new cabs before because I hate them that much. I had previously read a few posts where a few guys where praising the berg horn and I thought it was a bunch of crap and it makes no difference. Well I was wrong , I can honestly say this is the first one I have ever liked. The tone was very warm and nice. The most aticulate cab I have ever heard period.

    2-12: Sounds very much like the 3-10 at first but a slightly "browner" tone and not as focused in the mid area but still focused. Lows and low-mid very nice sounding but there is more of that "chest hit" in the lows and not as tight as 3-10 and thats what I liked more about the 2-12, it just seemed to have more resonating lows and slightly warmer where the 3-10 had what seemed to be just as much lows but it was "quicker" and more focused.

    I chose the 2-12 because it was more my sound, not better just different,but I think the average guy would like the 3-10 better. Sorry for the article but I hope it helps. Have yet to play live with it but i think in most settings it would hold its own and it will shake the hell out of a house.:cool:
  3. neptune


    Feb 2, 2001
    Haven't heard either of the Bergantinos, but there are a lot of good things being said about 'em. I have an Epifani 212, and I think it sounds great. Initially went with the 212 because I wanted plenty of "throw" past the front of the stage, which I think 10's generally lack. Since I've used it I've also noticed some of the other likeable attributes ThunderStik mentioned: Old school sound, warmth and "Chest Hit" factor. Oh yeah, I use this cabinet alone with a relatively loud Blues Rock band, and I haven't come close to pushing it hard yet.
  4. Jerry J

    Jerry J Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2000
    P-town, OR
    Great review, ThunderStik. I agree with your findings as that's what I found when I gave them a go at BassNW. I just don't think that they should be so expensive.

    Thank you for taking the time to post your review. I can't wait for some of the Berg 2x12 to start showing up on the used market. ;)

    kevenlane, I've got a Bag End 2x10 and had the Bag End 2x12 cab for awhile. I've put them side-by-side with one cab for each channel of my WT-800. Understandibly,the 2x12 just had that much more than the 2 10's. A bit lower even thought Bag rates the cab at 50Hz. Man, but that D12-D sure seemed to cut through the mix rather nicely.

    I'm going to get another 2x12 when my other 4x10 sells.