Mesa 6x10 / 8x10 --- why no high freq horn?

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  1. jhsg

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    Hello everyone,

    Quick question for the TGP bass gods.. :cool:

    Why don't the 6x10 & 8x10 powerhouse mesa cabs have high frequency horns like the 4x10's & 2x10's?

    Cheers,

    JH
     
  2. markmck79

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    They are designed and voiced for vintage (“Traditional”) tones; primarily the Ampeg 810 “fridge”. No HF horns there...
     
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    Sorry guys, I did mean the traditional powerhouse.

    I’m in one of those situations where I can get one cheap but can’t try it before I buy. Does anyone know the difference in tone with the traditionals with no horn?
     
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    I've owned the non tweeter version of the Bergantino 610. If that's anything to go by your not missing anything by not having a tweeter. I though it made dirt sound great by cutting down on the ultra high end.

    Edit: The Ampeg fridge don't have them either and that design seems have a few followers
     
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    I have owned several cabs with tweeters. I always disabled them or turned them down. Some guys use them. Their tone usually sucks.
    :)
     
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    Thanks mate. I’m pretty sure not having a horn won’t be a problem but I’m just worried it’ll be muddy and less defined. I mainly use a super clean and round SWR tone which I think should fit that vintage style Mesa has gone for with this cab.
     
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    Haha! Good point.
     
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    The Standard Powerhouse cabs are modern ported cabs. Deeper lows, higher highs. More modern.

    The Traditional Powerhouse cabs (610 & 810) are sealed cabs, like an old Ampeg 810E cab. Sealed cabs typically roll off more low end, less sub-bass boom, which helps keep it from drowning out the midrange.
     
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    Thanks for the response. Appreciate the detail.

    How’s the high end on the traditional cab?
     
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    I have the Traditional 410, which has the horn. I never turn the horn on.

    I tend to dial in my amp dirty and dig in hard, last thing I want is more top end.
     
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