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 Post subject: Matching a Bassman 50 head with FM412SL cab..?
PostPosted: Fri Nov 12, 2010 3:37 pm 
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So, as I need a 4 ohms cab for my '74 Bassman 50, and I may be able to pick up an FM412SL cab very cheaply, I'm just wondering if anyone's had experience of a similar setup. Fender cab has Fender special design speakers in it. Going on my past experiences with these, I've no complaints, and anything else in my price range has Celestions, which I'd really prefer to avoid. Looking for top-end, clarity and sharp tone, and I've always found a cab with Celestions muddy. Any thoughts?


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The FM412 cabs I've examined all seemed to have chicom speakers as OEM.

They're not exactly my pick for a quality driver.

A box is a box is a box though......I suppose you could re-load it with something more substantial.

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Not sure why discontinued or how far a range this covers, but usually not a good sign :

http://www.samedaymusic.com/product--FEN2317800000

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Thanks for your replies, guys - anyone recommend a good 2x12, or speaker makes/models? Ideally i'd like a pair of Jensen P12s, but they're quite hard to source in this part of the world (ireland) and shipping from the States is pricey.


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Well, you've ruled out Celestions so...

Check out the lines offered by Weber and Eminence. I like the 12" Swamp Thang (Eminence) and Weber's 12A125A "

https://taweber.powweb.com/weber/

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*Groan* You know I'm gonna end up moving to the US? A Swamp Thang in the States costs about $90, over here...$140. Anyway, thanks for your suggestions, I'm gona find a hammer for the piggy bank. One more question - My Bassman's ouput impedance is 4ohms, so I'd like to attain the maximum power from the rig - if I run 2 x 8ohms cabs from the speaker connections, will that give me a 4 ohms load? Or do I need 2 x 4ohm cabs? Thanks from a rookie!


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A pair of 8-ohm cabs wired in parallel represents a total load to the amp of 4 ohms.

Likewise, a quartet of 16-ohm drivers in parallel within a single enclosure also yields 4 ohms total.

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Check out Avatar cabs. They are well built, and fairly inexpensive, because there is no middle man.


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Hey Simian, how about some Fane speakers(used or new) ? I use a Weber California(clean) and a Celestian V30(grind) in a 2X12 cab, for a '67 Band Master. The mix works great for me. If I were in your locale, I'd consider the Fane speakers for strong clean sounds. Art

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aclempoppi wrote:
I'd consider the Fane speakers for strong clean sounds. Art


An excellent recommendation!

A quartet with a Bassman would yield some world-class tone.

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I routinely run my '68 50W Bassman through my Marshall 4/12 cab with Celestion G-12-L-25 speakers and get great response right through the sound spectrum and they ring out as clear as a bell.My Bassman takes an 8 OHM cab.

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I built a small-box Bandmaster cab for a client a couple of years ago and he provided his own speakers -- a pair of those G12L-25's. They sounded great with his blonde AA763 Tremolux head. Very twangy and articulate, especially with a Tele (he was a country picker).

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