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Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by metalbass101, Jul 12, 2004.
Which one do you guys think sounds better??
Off for safety reasons. You don't want your rig to suddenly decide to roll away.
When I play on a stage that has a wooden floor I keep the casters on, concrete I take them off.
Locking casters anyone?
Off, unless I think my rig will be safe if I leave 'em on. As noted by xyllion, safety is the key... I notice no tonal difference either way.
This is what I found out over the years, so take it for what it's worth -
Castors off allow the cab to fully resonate off the floor and help develop a much better low end and fatter sounding tones. It's much more effective on a raised floor or stage. There is a decent tone change on concrete without wheels but, just to keep it simple, wheels on a hard surface won't make that huge of a differance (Oh, and wrap a towel or cloth of some sort around two of your wheels if your worried your cab is going to roll around... though I've never had that one happen.. THAT would comical!) You just don't want to ever raise your cab completely off the floor (ie: hanging it up or on top of tables or chairs, etc) you will lose a ton of bottom end, especially with smaller cabs.
i usually left the casters on - the cabinet will definitely "couple" with some floors/stages which can be a good thing or a bad thing depending upon how much "fog" that produces
every venue is different, but i wouldn't go nuts over it
fwiw, a lot of high end home speaker manufacturers use "spikes" on the bottom of the cabinets to totally eliminate any coupling with the floor to prevent any coloration - in a way, casters kinda accomplish the same thing
Unless the room/stage has really bass-heavy acoustics, then I leave them on to help uncouple it from the floor as mentioned by others.
And the safety mentioned above. Put something under the wheels if you don't have locking castors. I have seen a rack full of power amps roll out of the back of a truck and fall four feet to the parking lot. And I've seen racks and cabs on wheels roll a little on stage from the vibrations. I'd hate for my stack to dance across the stage and off onto the floor.
Front on back off with a single cab setup.
Castors off with numerous cabs.
I leave mine on unless I put an extension speaker underneath it and that's only because it won't fit underneath with the casters on. I can't tell any difference in tone with or without the casters.
I've thought about trying that, but never have. Seems like a good idea for a tilt-back effect.
Yeah, that's what I do too. Sometimes I'll even stick my Auralex GRAMMA pad under the front casters if I don't plan on stacking my rack on top.
Actually, spikes do just the opposite. Instead of eliminating coupling with the surface, they more rigidly couple to it. If the surface is very rigid, that's great, but even just setting the loudspeaker enclosure on the surface will do the same thing unless the surfaces are some weird slippery stuff. ;^) If the surface isn't rigid, you'll have some boominess whether there are spikes or not.
The tonal difference between casters on or off--a couple inches further away from the floor versus a couple inches closer--is too minuscule to worry about compared to all the other variables.
i was not aware of that bob............
someone better tell the nice folks at B&W speakers that their spikes are a bad idea
They're not a bad idea, but they're generally more for show than go.
Generally, if I don't have to move my rig off stage in a hurry, I take the castors off. Otherwise I leave them on. I don't really hear any tonal difference.