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What is your favorite cab for your upright

Discussion in 'Amps, Mics & Pickups [DB]' started by kerrycares, Oct 13, 2012.

  1. kerrycares

    kerrycares Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2006
    I am putting together my ultimate upright rig and need some help.

    My last rig was an Aguilar 1x12" and a Walter Woods head and I'm checking in to see what's new and improved before I make my next purchase.

    I currently have a Genz Benz Shuttle Max 9.2 and want to pair up a cab.

    I have a GK MB112 that just isn't cutting it.

    I usually play medium volume jazz gigs, no SVT Rockabilly needs and I'm looking for a warm, articulate, natural sound with very little coloration.

    All input is appreciated.
  2. dukeorock

    dukeorock Owner BNA Audio Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2011
    Nashville, TN
    Authorized greenboy designs builder/Owner of BNA Audio
    I play upright through a ShuttleMax 9.2 as well...cabs have come a very long way. A lot of jazz players seem to like the Crazy88. I'm digging the Fearless 112 for small to medium volume gigs these days :)
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  3. kerrycares

    kerrycares Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2006
    I have never heard of either of those cabs, thanks
  4. dukeorock

    dukeorock Owner BNA Audio Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2011
    Nashville, TN
    Authorized greenboy designs builder/Owner of BNA Audio
    Two hi-fi cabs, designed with upright in mind :)
  5. atomicdog


    Jun 18, 2011
  6. fdeck

    fdeck Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 20, 2004
    Madison WI
    HPF Technology LLC
    I've built my own 1x12 and 1x8 cabs that I'm quite happy with. So I'm not much help on the cab front.
  7. 57pbass

    57pbass Supporting Member

    I hear that the Acme B-1 works really well with upright....
  8. Don C

    Don C

    Jan 13, 2007
    Victoria BC
    I've had a lot of success with my EA M Line.
    Great cabinet.
  9. Adagio


    Jul 21, 2011
    Quebec City
    I've tested a lot of cabs recently and my favorite for upright was (surprisingly) a combination of markbass NY 4x6 (w/ horn) and 115. It covers all bases and renders the acoustic sound very well and as a bonus it sounds really good with my 6-string slab too!
  10. geoffbassist

    geoffbassist UK Double Bassist Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 17, 2006
    Founder - Discover Double Bass
    I love my Euphonic Audio 12" M line wizzy powered by an Acoustic Image Clarus. Not the smallest but loud enough for any gig.
  11. dukeorock

    dukeorock Owner BNA Audio Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2011
    Nashville, TN
    Authorized greenboy designs builder/Owner of BNA Audio
    It's great that designers are thinking specifically about reproducing upright these days...keeps getting better :)
  12. Eric Hochberg

    Eric Hochberg

    Jul 7, 2004
    The Big E cabs made by Mike Arnopol are wonderful. The 4x5 I auditioned was the best upright cab I've ever used.
  13. I grabbed a Wizzy 10 about a month ago. Sounds fantastic but I do more folk/bluegrass/Irish than Jazz. Also, if you like the GB head, why not check out a Shuttle or NEOX?
  14. abaguer


    Nov 27, 2001
    Milford, NJ
    Acme B1 or Euphonic Audio VL208 are still my faves both with AI Focus head.
  15. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    My favorite "cab" at the moment is the PJB Super Flightcase BGM-300, with 6 5" drivers. This really makes me wonder about the Big E cabs, and whether they give the same sort of presence. It also reminds me of the days when the "hip" DB amp was a Walter Woods head driving a Bose 802 PA cab with 8 (roughly) 5" drivers. Maybe there's something there... or maybe not.
  16. FYI, the Crazy8, Crazy88 and fEARless/fEARfull cabs referenced here have been discussed at length in this forum, to the point where they are referenced as if their existence is universally known outside the realm of Talkbass. Search this forum for threads and read.

    I really really love my Crazy8 built by Mike Arnopol (It's perfect for the small-medium venue, Gypsy Jazz and drumless rockabilly trio stuff I do), and the thread on the Big E stuff is pretty convincing. More expensive than the Aguilar or bigger name cabs, but in another league sound-wise (in my experience with the Crazy8, and according to testimonials in these hallowed pages of TB).
  17. hdiddy

    hdiddy Official Forum Flunkee Supporting Member

    Mar 16, 2004
    San Francisco, CA
    I have a PJB-150 Flightcase. Incredibly transparent. Amazing for small rooms. Most of the time I seriously cannot tell that it's on til I turn it up too loud and stick my face in front of it.

    That said I'm finding that I use the EA Wizzy 10 more and more and will be adding a Wizzy 12 to it shortly. Gonna prop the 10 up on a speaker stand and have the 12 on the floor when needed. It's just alot more versatile.

    I played a backyard gig on Friday with the 10 and the PBJ (both on the floor on some grass). The results were interesting. The 10 gives you that in-your-face sound. When I disconnected the Flightcase, the sound was wimpy and anemic with just the 10 by itself. It's certainly a fascinating combo by itself.
  18. jobo4


    Apr 19, 2006
    Austin, TX
    I'm using the TC Elec BG250. Sort of low end compared to the suggestions so far, but at 35 lb. and 250w it is plenty for me.
  19. dukeorock

    dukeorock Owner BNA Audio Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2011
    Nashville, TN
    Authorized greenboy designs builder/Owner of BNA Audio
    Personally, I'm happiest with my Fearless 112...37lbs, can be used upright or in a wedge position for tight stages...it's on the boutique end of things...depends on how picky you are :)