Yep...though i'll tell ya, the classic TL-606 1x15 cabs are still viable and cheap since they are all over and many bassists have moved on..my TL-606 have EV15L's and are stacked.I’m going to disagree that the bass straight into a DI ever “excels”. One of the reasons I think the bass sounds awful in most large scale live set-ups is that too many players and soundmen use a dry DI sound into a board with dry-sounding preamps. They justify it by claiming most great studio bass sounds were just a DI, but in reality, most classic bass sounds were a DI into a very colored, transformer based preamp, Eq module and compressor that are each providing at least some saturation if not outright distortion. Add the fact that it’s all then fed into a tape machine, and there’s very little to that sound that’s uncolored. It’s certainly not even remotely analogous to using a plain direct box only into the PA.
I’m also a fan of sealed cabs, because they’re actually more honest than a ported cab. The ported cab may go a little lower, but unless you’re playing dub reggae, those lows aren’t necessary and half the time the resonance of the port blurs the pitch of the low notes. It’s just a bunch of boom.
My main gigging amp (when I gigged) was an Aguilar DB750 and a Bergantino sealed 610 cab. That setup made every note on my Basses (even the low B on my Pedulla Rapture J5) fat and defined but with a Tubey color that sounded good in a sparse arrangement or in a dense mix. I have just as much love for a vintage SVT - it works beautifully alone or in a mix.
I think the origin of the desire for no amp coloration began when people first bought boutique basses like Alembics and felt the onboard tone controls were enough (or maybe the price tag pushed them to think this way). This preference for no “color” is why the bass is so wimpy on so many late 80s rock albums - they’re trying to make a perfectly clean bass sound work with multitracked distorted guitars and massive, PA In the studio enhanced drums. Fortunately that trend has reversed itself.
In any case, i think the SVT is still the king for this reason.