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Which replacement drivers are best?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by moyne, Dec 19, 2012.

  1. Repost from live sound...

    I am lucky enough to have a friend who is giving me two 2x12 Mills Acoustic Afterburner cabs. All I need to do is put new drivers in them!
    I use a passive Birdsong Corto and a Musicman stingray and either an Ashdown Superfly 500 or an Ashdown mag 300.
    I want to make two 8 ohm cabs cable of handling up to 300-400 watts each.
    So what do ya think? Which drivers should I go for? Really need a steer here, guys.
  2. Tuned


    Dec 6, 2007
    Eminence Basslites are the standard for efficient lightweight drivers, reasonably priced too. But the cabs are tuned to the original speaker, you'll be best to find original replacements.
  3. Thanks for that. Have sent request for info to Mills Acoustics.... Just wondered about alternatives that won't require me to sell a kidney!
  4. will33


    May 22, 2006
    The need for 4 or 16ohm drivers is going to limit your choices considerably. From the Eminence line, the Delta12LFC is a good bass performer although spl is a little low. The Delta12B would have more spl and more topend response, although xmax is on the low side for strong bass.

    Pricey, but I believe the Faital 12PR300 and a couple of their other models are available in 4 ohms. Good fullrange drivers.

    More in a budget, MCM and parts express Dayton brand might have something suitable.

    More info is needed for more detailed recommendations. Type/power of amp, PA support if any, general tone and volume goals and more detailed info on the cabs.
  5. will33


    May 22, 2006
    OK, your amp info is there, so you will require 4 or 16ohm individual drivers.
  6. will33


    May 22, 2006
    4ohm Black Widows may be another option. Really need the size and port tuning of the cabs.
  7. craig.p


    Sep 28, 2008
    New Hampshire
    Wow. Don't go out to their web site. Siteadvisor's tagging it as malicious:

  8. will33


    May 22, 2006
    Other way 'round on the wiring, but yeah.

    OP...should also probably include some sort of budget. It's always fun spending other peoples money.:D
  9. Mr. Foxen

    Mr. Foxen Commercial User

    Jul 24, 2009
    Bristol, UK
    Amp tinkerer at Ampstack
    +1 on measure up the cabs and post. Throw up some examples of tones you are after too.
  10. OOPS, my bad. If you get two 4 ohms speakers, wire them in series. If you get two 16 ohms, wire them in parallel

    Thanks WILL
  11. wcriley


    Apr 5, 2010
    Western PA
    So does Norton.

    Edit: I ignored the warning and looked at the cabs. The only 2x12s I saw are guitar cabs.
  12. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Phillipsburg, NJ
    I would email Dave at Avatar with all the Details & Dimensions. He'll hook you up with some Neo's for a great price. Any Crossovers involved?
  13. Big thank you to will33, darius8, mr foxes, wcriley and NYCbassist...great info.
    The cabs ARE guitar cabs, which will mean less size/volume than the equivalent bass cab... But beggars can't be choosers. I'm in Saudi Arabia so choice is always very limited and shipping equipment is expensive.
    Because of shipping costs I really need to limit the price of a single driver to around $100 if possible.... But if there really is a 'perfect' replacement I could stretch to more.
    I play 'Dad' rock blues with a little funk if I'm lucky. I would like a full fat bottom end sound with clear mids.
    I currently use a Marshall DBS 4x10... And it's awful! I borrow a Marshall 2x15 to augment it, and that really fills out that bottom end. I've just acquired an 8 ohm Eden Nemesis 1x15. So really need another 2x10 or 2x12 to augment the Eden.... Then my buddy offered me the two Mills guitar cabs.... What am I to do but say thanks, then figure out how to take advantage of them!
  14. Tommy Nat

    Tommy Nat Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2008
    Cherry Hill, NJ
    Email the guys at mills. Ask them if its even worth it to convert it to a bass cab. My guess is probably not, but I'm no expert on this stuff. If you're aiming at spending $100 per driver, you might be better off investing that money in a used 810 or 4x12.
  15. Thanks Tommy Nat. Have emailed Mills Acoustics and am waiting for the response.