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Are SVT cabs better than SVT amps?

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I've played through loads of amps and cabs - loads.

I do love the svt sound, but what I have found recently is that svt amps dont always sound great when used with different cabs. Yet, every amp I've played through an ampeg 8x10 cab sounds amazing. (well, in honesty, average on their own but amazing in a band mix).

I put my helix and quilter through an ampeg 8x10 fridge last night and it was the best sound I've had for ages. So much so I didnt use the svt head.

So, is the ampeg magic actually the cab?

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Given that they use bog standard Eminence drivers in a heavy, sturdy box, I think it's probably the fact that you have eight 10" drivers, all working well within their limits, that makes the sound. 8x10s do have a satisfying weight. A rehearsal room I use has a Peavey 8x10 and it has that effortless oomph, whatever head you use it with. Wouldn't like to have to carry it, though.

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1 hour ago, la bam said:

So, is the ampeg magic actually the cab?

The magic is eight tens, not Ampeg. The next best thing is a pair of 2x10 or 2x12, vertically aligned. Half of the 'magic' is a lot of cone area, the other half is having the uppermost drivers up high where you can hear them.

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I really dont think it's any 8x10.

I've used ashdown, Marshall's etc all 8x10s and they do nothing at all for me, but the svt 8x10 just does something completely different.

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I think you’re like me, I just love the sound of Ampeg cabs that have 10 inch drivers in them. I’ve used a variety of them, with a lot of different amp heads and they’ve always sounded great, just a shame I can’t lift any of them.

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I'm somewhat the opposite, I like the voicing and EQ design of the Ampeg valve heads, but so far I've not been all that into the Ampeg 8x10 cabs I've had the chance to use.  And that includes using my own PF-50T and GK MB200 through an 8x10 or my own pair of single 12" cabs - the 8x10 sounds immediately bigger, but seems a bit indistinct at the top. I mean, I can easily work with it, but it's just not quite what I'd look for if putting together a rig from scratch. 

So if I had both the need and budget for a big rig, an SVT or V4B with alternative cabs would be high among my considerations.

 

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7 hours ago, Bill Fitzmaurice said:

The magic is eight tens, not Ampeg. The next best thing is a pair of 2x10 or 2x12, vertically aligned. Half of the 'magic' is a lot of cone area, the other half is having the uppermost drivers up high where you can hear them.

Love my double SVT210AV stack!

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4 hours ago, Lozz196 said:

I think you’re like me, I just love the sound of Ampeg cabs that have 10 inch drivers in them. I’ve used a variety of them, with a lot of different amp heads and they’ve always sounded great, just a shame I can’t lift any of them.

The SVT210AV weighs less than 12kg. It's the lightest cab I've ever picked up!

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I'm the exact opposite. love svts, but really cannot get on with the permenant distortion present in an ampeg svt 8x10 (the speaker baskets are stamped not cast meaning they are not stiff, so actually bend a little, but give you "that" sound.)

I do love an Ampeg fridge for rock/blues, but for high volume clean stuff, its a no from me :)

 

 

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