is a 1/2" baltic birch-ply baffle strong enough to support a heavy 12" speaker?

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  1. vanguard

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    so i have a 1x12 brown bandmaster cab being built by mather cabs. the baffle is spec'd at 1/2" birch ply but i wonder if, given the rather large size of the baffle for one 12" speaker (same size as the classic 3x10" baffle), the baffle will be able to support heavy 12" speakers like celestion alnicos, and maybe even something like a D120F.

    is 1/2" the vintage-correct thickness? any pros/cons to going thicker?

    thanks!
     
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  2. Dave

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    Peter knows his stuff, don't worry. Baltic birch is very strong, even in 1/2" thickness.
     
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    YES
     
  4. rhythmrocker

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    Yes (Dave knows his stuff too.) Sure - you can go thicker if you want and might (I say might) get a little tighter bottom end and punchier. As far as I know, no one has A/B'd different thickness' baffle boards accurately, providing sound samples (NO - this won't be my next project!).
     
  5. vanguard

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    yeah, it's gonna be a KILLER cab. i can't wait. dovetail joinery FTW!
     

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