What should I look for when buying a used cab?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Juggling.Arcs, Jul 2, 2008.

  1. Juggling.Arcs


    Aug 21, 2007
    I am going shopping for my first bass head and cab. I bought the head today, it was a GK backline 600, and and am now looking for a good cab. I just found a place I could get a Sunn 215BH for 100 bucks.

    My question is, when I go and test, play, and look over a cabinet what should I be looking for to make sure it is all ok?

    Juggling Arcs
    PS: anything I should know about this cab before hand?
  2. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    Well, plug your head in and listen to it. If it sounds good, that would be a sign it prolly is good. Of course, look for obvious damage, though the un-obvious stuff is what'll get you. But if it works,.....
  3. Make sure theres no blown speakers.
    Any rips on the tolex or carpet that looks like it could get worse.
    Make sure it doesnt smell of smoke.
    Make sure all the jacks at the back are in good condition.
    Make sure its the correct ohmage.
    Make sure none of the casters are faulty or broken.
    Make sure the horn is working and not hissing like a banjo. :D

    Erm thats about all I can think of....... Make sure it can fit in your car !
  4. Juggling.Arcs


    Aug 21, 2007
    We had this problem when my friend bought some drums the other day, it was an exciting ride home.

    Thanks for responding
  5. 2X15's can either be hit or miss.

    I bought a peavey 2x15 cab once.

    it was definitely a swing and a drive...but caught.

    like others have said, listen to it. If it sounds fine, looks fine, and your thinking this is fine! than its probably fine!

    being it your first setup it will not be you last! so for 100 bucks a 2x15 cab that sounds good to you, is probably fine!

    have a blastoplast!
  6. jayarroz


    Jul 10, 2007
    Endorsing Artist: Glockenklang
    +1 on everyone else plus...
    the first thing I look for is creasing in the speaker. Its when the speaker has over extended itself and you see a small ripple around the edge of the paper before it meets with the rubber. Kind of looks like a water mark.