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Considering using a 4X10 Cab with DR or PR ...anyone try it?

GenoBluzGtr

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I currently have 3 primary amps...

An Allen Sweet Spot - sounds amazing, the mid-range control makes ALL THE DIFFERENCE with this amp
A DRRI converted to PTP with a Hoffman kit and ALL Mercury Magnetics iron (every thing... PT, OT, Choke, Reverb xformer). Excellent sounding DR.
Early RI Bassman (1990 from the serial number and tube chart stamp) that was converted to PTP with a Hoffman kit as well. This amp kills all other amps for tone.

I usually use the Sweet Spot (15-18 watts) for small venues, the DR (which is set up to use either 6V6s or 6L6s - 22 or 28ish watts) for mid-sized clubs and the Bassman for larger stages. Outdoors I'll use the BMRI and the DR in stereo.

My problem is, the Bassman has THE sound and is by far the best gigging amp I have ever used. I feel that most of the "Mojo" here is the 4X10 configuration. The 5F6A circuit has it's own mojo, but there is something perfectly punchy and primal about the Four 10" Blue Frame Eminence speakers.

Got me thinking...as much as I love the sound of both the DR and the Sweet Spot (PR clone with larger iron, Stokes Mod, and middle control), they just don't sound BIG enough. They get LOUD enough, but the tone is never 'HUGE' like the Bassman. What if I got a 4X10 cab and wired it for 8 ohms, and ran the DR and/or the SS through that cab. Then I could use the lower wattage amps for smaller venues at lower volumes while still have that magical swirl and projection that makes the BMRI sound so sweet.

Anyone try this? Would rather hear from others before investing in the gear, the sweat and the backache from hauling it to and from gigs.
 

Pietro

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I ran a DRRI through a 4 x 10 and didn't like it. I was surprised, because I prefer virtually every amp I've used through one.

I'll tell you what was sweet. A Blues Junior through a 4 x 10. Surprisingly cool!
 

Radax

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I'm from the "10s Rule" sixties, luv'em. You might wanna test drive a Blues Deville. My 4x10 Deville covers everything I want and the extra volume (60W) can come in handy. Price seems to have remained friendly too.

Best of Luck,
Mike
 

GenoBluzGtr

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Thanks Radax... I have used the Deville before and although they are great amps for the price, I think the 4X10 Point-to-Point Tweed Bassman I already own covers anything I could possibly get out of the Deville.

I am specifically asking if anyone has tried the lower wattage (15-25 watts) Blackface amps through a 4X10.
 

topbrent

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Highly recommended.

Follow your own gut.

Small wattage amps through large cabs will change your life for the better.
 




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