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Which AMPEG cab for a monster bass tone ?
Old 31st January 2009
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Which AMPEG cab for a monster bass tone ?

I'm thinking of buying a great bass cab for studio use and love the Ampeg tone. I mostly record metal of course and I love distorded but growling bass sounds.
The Ampeg SVT 410 HLF (4x10") is very tempting but I wonder if it's enough for studio use. 6x10" or 8x10" look very good but they're damn expensive !

Any experience with that ?
Old 1st February 2009
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You should be able to find an original 8X10 for a reasonable amount these days.

The chambered design of the original 70's flat back cabinets delivered a great tone.

I've also used solid state amps with crossovers to split the top and bottom between
2 SVT cabs.

I've also heard amazing results with a friend's 2X12 and single 18" EV Road ready
cab set-up also running a crossover.
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I have both a 410HLF and an older Ampeg 8x10 at my studio... 99.9% of the time we use the 4x10 with either a '72 SVT head or an (80's?)V4B head...

The 4x10 is much more than loud enough with either head, and to me it sounds a bit punchier than the 8x10... still has amazing lows and great top end....
the 8x10 just makes the walls rattle... which can be fun sometimes
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jproc ➡️
I have both a 410HLF and an older Ampeg 8x10 at my studio... 99.9% of the time we use the 4x10 with either a '72 SVT head or an (80's?)V4B head...

The 4x10 is much more than loud enough with either head, and to me it sounds a bit punchier than the 8x10... still has amazing lows and great top end....
the 8x10 just makes the walls rattle... which can be fun sometimes
I use a '69 SVT with a 4x10 and it's fine. Actually set up the 8x10 on day 2 of doing bass tracks on the last session just to a/b the cabs. No difference at all.

Just wondering what you are micing your bass rig with. We used an SM7 up close. Sounded good but just curious to hear what others are using. How loud you cranking the SVT?

Thanks-Joe
Old 4th February 2009 | Show parent
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My favorite mic is a Beyer M380 up close...
However, I frequently use an EV RE-1000 condensor about a 6-12" off the cone...
and for players who use a particularly trebley tone, I actually like an E609 up close...
Old 6th February 2009 | Show parent
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jproc ➡️
My favorite mic is a Beyer M380 up close...
However, I frequently use an EV RE-1000 condensor about a 6-12" off the cone...
and for players who use a particularly trebley tone, I actually like an E609 up close...
Thanks-
Old 6th February 2009 | Show parent
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It may be just me, but I say you have to go sealed whichever size you choose. The ported ampeg's just don't do it for me.
Old 7th February 2009 | Show parent
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Just curious.

Can someone measure the depth of their 4X10 Ampeg cab?

My '73 Ampeg is about 16" deep and I'm just wondering if they are
the same as far as overall design.
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