Buzz Feiten Design 212S Ultralight Cabinet

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  1. Mark Williams

    Mark Williams Gold Supporting Member

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    You should know about this cabinet if you don't already.
    For years, after reading about them, I was searching for one of the very rare, very expensive Buzz Feiten Design Ultralight 212S speaker cabinets but couldn't find one at a price I could afford. Along the way, I settled for the Buzz Feiten 212B, and I wasn't much impressed with it. So, I was a little reluctant when a 212S became available. But, eventually I bought one at a very reasonable price, largely because it was really, really beat up from countless Nashville gigs, I think. I'm really glad I did!
    Well, this turns out to be the best 212 speaker cabinet I've ever owned. Made of 3/4", rare & extremely lightweight Italian poplar multi-ply wood & a solid 1/2" mahogany baffle board, this closed back, amazingly compact (You'd swear it has to be a 1x12 from the appearance) cabinet sounds incredible--sweetest highs & very focused, tight lows--and BIG-sounding. I'm usually a fan of semi-open back cabinets, but, although this one is closed, the sound of this cabinet seems to be the best of both worlds. The acoustic foam inside & the thinner, mahogany baffle board are apparently a big reason for the great low end of a closed back with the sparkle & openness of an open back. I replaced the two different Celestions (which sounded very, very good, by the way) with a combination that's perfect to my taste: A Scholz/Harry Joyce 12 & a Kendrick Brownframe 12--one is crystal clear, one breaks up quickly.
    I've been using it recently with a great, new Dabeck 50 watt head & my trusty, twice-modified Naylor SC38. It sounds magnificent with both. The last time I talked with Buzz (Yes, he's the same guy who designed the Feiten Tuning System, played with Butterfield, the Rascals, etc., etc.), these cabinets weren't still being made, but I notice they're still up on the website. Maybe they're available again. He could tell you: buzzaleks@aol.com. Try one if you get the chance.
     
  2. TariqhAkoni

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    Hi,

    I'm new to this forum, but I saw this thread, and agree totally. Whenever people talk about 2x12's I always think that they HAVE to hear the Feiten's. They are my favorite 2x12's, and are my number 1 studio cabinet. In fact, I love mine so much, that I refuse to take it on the road.

    Peace, Tariqh
     
  3. TheGrooveking

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    I concur I played through two of them at Make N'Music about 5 years ago and dug them, unfortunately it was right after I just paid them for two Soldanos, but the sure were sweet sounding. The 312 is another awesome cabinet, another lightweight heavy tone monster!

    TheGrooveking
     
  4. Dennis Rayburn

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    I cannot find any info on the Buzz Feiten tuning website. What's the address of a website with info on his cabs?
     
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    I just did a Google search on <Buzz Feiten Cabinets> and the first link brought to the page on his site with all his cabs.
     
  6. Dennis Rayburn

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    Hey, that worked. Thanks. -Dennis
     
  7. Mark Williams

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    They are available, or were the last time I spoke with Buzz... maybe 18 months ago. They're a touch on the spendy side. :(

    I had one for a while and really dug it, but liked my THD a little more at the time. Don't ask me why... I don't remember.
     
  9. Dennis Rayburn

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    They are expensive, but they'd be so much easier on my back than my Z-Best 2x12...
     
  10. Jerrod

    Jerrod Silver Supporting Member

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    I should note that I had the B, not the S.

    The THD cab is about 8 or 10 pounds heavier than the Feiten cabs. Not too bad, and a lot lighter than some of the others out there!

    I wouldn't mind trying the S cab and the Mickey Mouse cab.
     
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    got two of them, am very impressed, but would like to try the 3x12 also.
     
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    Welcome to TGP Tariqh!!

    For those of you that don't know, this poor guy has had to share the stage with some butt-ugly (;) ) women.

    http://www.playlikeapro.com/tariqhakoni.htm
     
  13. Mark Williams

    Mark Williams Gold Supporting Member

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    As I noted in the original post, I've had the 212B also (..and a couple of THD's for that matter), and I found that the 212B was very different from the 212S. I'd also like to try the 3x12 one day.
     
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    Tariqh,

    Welcome to the Gear Page. Long admired your playing and tone. I hear you just received a Divided by 13. Which one?

    peace,
    robroy
     
  15. TariqhAkoni

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    Hey Robroy,

    Thanks for the welcome.

    I've actually had the EL84 version for awhile, but I haven't taken it on tour with me yet.

    I did use it on the VH-1 Save The Music concert and I use it around LA all the time. Fred is a great guy, and makes some of the most amazing amps out there.

    It was actually kinda cool, because on the VH-1 show, I was using my /13 and the other guitar player (Nick Moroch...unbelievable player), was using a 65 amp (first time I had a chance to hear one).

    Personally, I liked my amp better, I think the /13 had more body, and low end, and balls, but I also play kinda loud :dude

    Anyway, I also have a Buzz Feiten 3x12, and I think it's great. I'm not as psyched on it as I am the 2x12, but I'm going to try some different speaker configurations, and it's much easier on the back than a 4x12.

    Thanks again, and I love this board, and have been lurking for a little while.

    Peace, Tariqh
     
  16. Mark Williams

    Mark Williams Gold Supporting Member

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    PM sent, Tariqh. Good to see you here.
     
  17. akivisuals

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    Anyone know where I can find one of these cabs? It doesn't look like they sell them on Buzz's site anymore. Plus the link listed above doesn't work anymore....
     
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    Thanks for all the great info Tariqh!

     
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    This discussion kinda makes me regret having sold mine. But the Feiten with 2 Celestion Vintage 30s didn't sound as good as the Alessandro with 2 Bulldogs and I didn't have room for both.
     
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    Anyone still have their Feiten Cabinet?
     

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