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57 minutes ago, Kev said:

 

Oh dear.  How on earth will that hold up on the road?!!  Looks a poor design for sure, however pretty it is.

 

When I bought mine I was told "It's not for throwing in vans or taking on tour, but if you handle your own gear and take it in the car..."

 

Which is fair enough, if you are moving loads of gear and have help, then a wooden cab make sense. This is the version for people like me who transport their own kit and take care of it.

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Yeh, I had a GK 4x10 cab delivered with a massive dent in the corner and a few more impact marks. Wasn't so bad (like, wasn't a write off like that), and it got me a few quid off from thomman

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On 05/05/2022 at 14:57, Geddys nose said:

I bought the transit damaged Barefaced BT3 from Bassdirect last month it was damaged more than this with feet pushed through the cab and a hole in the top, bit of glue and cab stippling and it like new. 
 

Like anything look after it and it stays new. My GR BassAT212 are like new after 3 months of owning them .

 

That's a real shame.

 

Looking at the design it looks like some minor design/material changes could fix at least some of the corner protection issues.  A more substantial plastic corner piece that was less prone to cracking on impact for example or even changing out for metal?  

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On 05/05/2022 at 14:57, Geddys nose said:

I bought the transit damaged Barefaced BT3 from Bassdirect last month it was damaged more than this with feet pushed through the cab and a hole in the top, bit of glue and cab stippling and it like new. 


Good news - it arrived with me damaged and I rejected it as I was wasn’t convinced my DIY skills would fix it up. Glad it went to a good home :) Hopefully the packaging was better with you than it had been for me…

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5 hours ago, Merton said:


Good news - it arrived with me damaged and I rejected it as I was wasn’t convinced my DIY skills would fix it up. Glad it went to a good home :) Hopefully the packaging was better with you than it had been for me…

Small world, my Dads a retired cabinet maker  so has a load of stuff to fix wood back to near new.  TBH anything this big will test the packaging however they pack it if the drops big enough., really nothing

to do with the construction of the cab more the carefulness of the courier.

 

 Its a great cab BTW worth trying another.

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I'd agree sometimes the shipping, erm, professionals can break anything, no matter how well constructed; I received a brand new 215 Schroeder cab which had been shipped from Sweden years ago, it had been dropped so hard one of the feet was driven through the bottom of the (very substantial) cab, and there was a big thumpy rattle when I moved it. One of the magnets had sheared off the back of the speaker inside.

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On 05/05/2022 at 16:23, Stub Mandrel said:

 

When I bought mine I was told "It's not for throwing in vans or taking on tour, but if you handle your own gear and take it in the car..."

 

Which is fair enough, if you are moving loads of gear and have help, then a wooden cab make sense. This is the version for people like me who transport their own kit and take care of it.

That's fair enough if you are told the limitations of a piece of equipment. I know that wehn I am tired after a gig though, even the lightest item hits a doorframe or the edge of the boot of the car. 

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6 minutes ago, Chienmortbb said:

That's fair enough if you are told the limitations of a piece of equipment. I know that wehn I am tired after a gig though, even the lightest item hits a doorframe or the edge of the boot of the car. 

 

The padded cover is enough to cope with that.

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There's obviously a market for it, but it seems to take lightweight unnecessarily far.  At this point, surely the size and awkwardness of a cab is more of a problem than weight.  I had Gen 2 Barefaced and they felt fragile, certainly wouldn't imagine a need for something even thinner and lighter.  Is it just all aesthetics?

 

I don't think wrapping a cab in bubble wrap every time it leaves the house is a great thing.  Surely the whole point in it being lightweight is so its moved around easier?  The marketing also seems to imply improved strength, not really seeing an emphasis on treating them with unusual care?  I take very great care of all my equipment, but yeah, Ill still knock it from time to time.  I feel like with this it would be a quick panic check every time it happened... 

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Honestly, as an owner of a GR AT410+ I have not had any concerns about fragility. I've had mine for 8-9 months give or take, and as I've said before I use it once or twice a week where it gets loaded in and out of a car, through the narrow corridors of the practice rooms, it has bits and pieces sitting on top of it all the time, it goes up and down stairs etc. I have had zero problems with it and more so I've never thought to myself 'I need to walk on eggshells with the cab' 

 

Sure it will withstand less hammer blows that a 13-ply birch Mesa Powerhouse cab, but at the end of the day every other bit of gear we use (pedals, basses, amps etc) are definitely more fragile than these cabs so it's all a moot point! 

 

These don't crumble when you look at them, they are perfectly serviceable and as strong as any reasonable person needs them to be.

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The only cab I've ever managed to physically damage was my old Laney 4x10 Pro-Bass combo back in the 80s. And that's because it was in the boot of my Viva when I wrote it off by tailending (and completely destroying) a Datsun 120Y.

 

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