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Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by ProbablyTooLoud, Aug 1, 2020 at 3:00 PM.
...trading in an early 90s GK RB400II toward a new GK MB212II?
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No... Do it!
I love spending other peoples money.
Haha! Weird old guys like me think there's something magic about 30 year old electronics and 100lb cabs. Hard to let go.
And thanks for the welcome. Figuring out how to communicate here after lurking for months.
I'd keep the head, get a good light cab.
Yeah. Hard to resist that combo. People talk it up. Is there anything wrong with using an old amp and a new cab?
As long as the impedance of the cab or cabs together are within the safe range of the amp, all is good.
The mb212II is probably the best combo amp being made at the moment. I recently sold mine, as I didn't have a need for that much power, or portability, and I bought a bucket list bass. It was an incredible combo amp. I leave an amp at church and use it now, and have another that stays home. If I ever play out, I will miss the GK, and likely look for another.
It will sound different from an RB series amp, so try before you buy. But they both do the same, amazing, clean GK tone.
Thanks. I'm not joking about letting go of the old paradigm. I roadied a lot for friends' bands in the mid- to-late 80s around the southeast and the most reliable rigs were GKs with Peavey cabs, even compared to all the fancy stuff the national touring acts used. Maybe I should hold on to the old head, wait for great deal on a cab, and in the meantime just go for this open box deal I'm seeing on the MB212II. (Still getting used to quoting what I'm replying to. Patience please).
Not me, I have 30 lb. cabs and you’ll probably regret it, this GK was with me from brand new until 2016, just recently bought it back, it isn’t leaving me again..
Sweet that's a 15 under there?
Just the head or is it the combo version of the RB400?
I've played through both v1 (Chinese) and V2 (US) versions of the MB combos and personally, I would prefer the RB.
This is my current head.
It's a 90s Series II.
The combo I might trade that head toward, or sell to defray the cost of, is the second generation, US version.
A seller here on TB has a 2019 MB212II for $650 including shipping.
Nothing at all wrong with it. One is a power source with preamp, the other is the box louder than "hell" on a weekend. Just make sure you match it up regarding the ohms.
Along with the Mesa D800+, I also at times run the GK 1001RB-II with the Mesa Subway 215 and it is nothing short of fat slumpy chest slammin’ magic, so definitely not. The 400 is not a heavy head (to me) and has a lot of character, I think rodl2005 has the right idea, especially if you love the head and the tone. New cabs these days if engineered properly are insanely light (the 215 I have is 60lbs with rockers, rails and back wheels) and produce a lot of thump. Save your back and preserve the tone you love I say.
That said, the new GK offerings are out and I haven’t played them, many love them. And they’ve announced new versions/tributes/answers to the 1001RB/2001rb and Fusion 550 series amps in analog format coming out next year so hold tight if you love the tone and grab a nice cab.
Edit: and Ps - welcome to the forum
Yep, you'd be trading towards a GK which I personally don't like...
Jokes! I don't like em but do what makes you happy.
Would I make the trade? Nah. I don't think you'll get enough with a 400RB to make the trade worth it. Plus it's kind of a classic at this point.