Which cab for big club?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by SuperDuck, Jul 3, 2003.

  1. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    Here's the scoop: My band will be playing the Metro in Chicago this August. :eek: This is a pretty big gig for us at one of the best club venues in Chicago. I will pee myself many times before we hit the stage.

    The Metro has a capacity of about 1000, and the band we are opening for has sold it out before, so we are expecting a big crowd. Now, here's the question-

    Do I use my better sounding 4x10 or my more impressive 8x10? The 8x10 is louder, but sounds more midrangey, and not nearly as tight as the 4x10, which is punchier. The stage is pretty big, but we'll have a really nice monitor setup. I don't think I NEED the 8x10, aside from the fact that it looks cool as hell. But the 4x10 is easier to move, sounds better, and SHOULD be loud enough. I am very unsure.
  2. Acepiloto


    Aug 25, 2000
    I'm guessing that this club has at least some sort of PA, so you could run a line out to the board.
    Then your 410 should be fine, and it sounds better to you, lighter, etc.

  3. Go the Peavey 4x10! you know you want to!

    If its anywhere near as loud as mine, it will be sweet as.
  4. drd07


    Jan 19, 2003
    the metro rocks man. I'm from and still livin' in chicago. The metro has an awesome PA. If you bring a 410 OR 810 you will be fine. If you want the awesome look of an 810, bring it. If you are more comfortable (ie less back strain), bring the 410. Either way, your set up will be fine. When are you playing? What is the name of your band?
  5. Ziggy


    May 9, 2001
    Orange County, CA

    I've played similar venues - seating for a 1,000 and change, and found my 4x10 was fine.

    If you're sending line out to the FOH mix, the cabinet's sound becomes almost moot... the FOH mixer will be a happier person if your amp is turned up just loud enough for you and the first 1/2 dozen rows.

    DRD points up, from experience, the venue has "an awesome PA". That being so, and the 6x10 tending to be a bit "midrangey", you may find your bass getting too close being lost in the guitar/s and / or keys... the 4x10 will likely do a better job for this house.

    My nickel in the pot... have a good show,
    michael s.
  6. Lenko


    May 3, 2003
    Try to find a used 8x18" if the club is really big...;)
  7. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000

    Yeah, I'll use the 4x10, but part of me wanted to have a more impressive looking stack behind me... I mean, come on... it's the metro. ;)

    My band's name is Evan's Out, and we'll be there on Aug. 15th. We'll be opening for a band called Escape From Earth. It's a Friday night show, but it's not listed yet on the Metro website, for some reason.
  8. Petebass


    Dec 22, 2002
    QLD Australia
    We opened for Billy Idol when he was in Australia. His guitarist had 6 Marshall quad-boxes on stage for that big "wall of speakers" look. I went looking for a powerpoint at the back of the stage and realised that only 3 of the cabs were plugged in.......

    If looks matter that much, bring em both, sit em one on top of the other.

    Also, if this type of gig is new to you, you can guarantee everyone is going to be on adrenalin overload and playing twice as loud. If I were you, I'd go with whatever cab is loudest.
  9. mikemulcahy


    Jun 13, 2000
    The Abyss
    Go large man go large. Some is good, more is better. Take both and stack'em.

    Mike:D :D :D
  10. Sound wise it souldn't matter since the PA will carry the bass. Use the one that makes your heart go the fastest.
  11. Rockbobmel

    Rockbobmel Supporting Member

    I never heard this before....
    Is this because the 4-10 is 8 ohm and the 8-10 is 4ohm? Does your amp like 8 ohm loads better? The Ampeg 8-10 is supposed to be one of the tightest and punchiest cabs made.....
  12. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    Well, this 8x10 is from 1970 something. It's not in its best shape. Even though the amp is rated at four ohms, the eight ohm cab sounds better. I don't know. The speakers in my cab are old and farty and midrangey, and they are sucky. The 4x10 it is.
  13. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    Friday 8-15? I'll try to be there!
  14. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    You rock. :cool: