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I’ve just got an ampeg V4-B amp and I’d like to pair it with an ampeg 115 cab, the 3 main ones I think are 

PF 115 LF

PF 115 HE

SVT 15 E

but I believe there’s others, I’m using my Markbass  ny 115 at the moment which I like , but I fancy trying an ampeg to match,   what’s the differences and will I still get nice deep lows for reggae and dub 🙂

 

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The LF is ported for a lower but much steeper roll off of the lows at tuning. Basically, that will likely have the biggest sense of low end.

The HE is sealed which begins to roll off higher, but usually goes lower, although by that point those frequencies are heavily attenuated. It also has a tweeter, which may or may not be any use depending on the sound you go for. It also has the fliptop lid, which may or may be something you are comfortable with.

The SVT E is again sealed, but without tweeter or lid.

As a very loose rule of thumb, the ported designs should give more fundamental, the sealed should be a little tighter and punchier.

Personally, I find that the important bass for reggae and ska is to be found in the second couple of octaves, appx 80-320z, and sealed cabs (again, as a loose rule of thumb) can provide that whilst keeping a leash on the very deep lows. Modern dub, of course, can contain some very powerful fundamentals, so a ported cab would be better there.

 

To summarise, another rough rule of thumb! If you are after a more classic reggae/ska sound, a sealed cab is more likely to be voiced to suit. If you are after a deeper, more modern sound, a ported design is more likely to provide that.

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I had the PF115LF cab and loved it but it’s very big and heavy for what is a single cab 

 

They do have a ton of depth to the sound but again maybe too much low end for some.

 

Hated the tolex covering as it’s very smooth so amp slides off it ( get a rubber mat )

 

If weight isn’t an issue or space then they are well priced cabs and two would make a huge rig 

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20 minutes ago, BassAdder27 said:

maybe too much low end for some.

 

Hated the tolex covering as it’s very smooth so amp slides off it ( get a rubber mat )

Thanks BA, I nearly bought your one, too much low end isn’t possible for me 😁, I’m edging towards the one you had , I’ve emailed ampeg for recommendations 

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If you really want a 15. Can’t go wrong with a Barefaced Compact. Pick them up for around £250-£300 s/h. They are light and very loud. I A/B’d a friends one against my old Super Compact and personally preferred the sound of the Compact. It was also noticeably louder than the SC. 

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6 minutes ago, pbasspecial said:

If you really want a 15. Can’t go wrong with a Barefaced Compact

Thanks P, I did look at those a while back, they look good, I was only thinking Ampeg to match the amp , but it’s a great option 👍

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I think if you are wanting to squeeze every ounce of wattage out of the PF50 or a V4B then the Compacts are very sensitive (Loud) and light. If you get one with a cloth grill it will match up ok with an Ampeg quite nicely (ish)

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If you get a compact you’ll probably have to turn it on its side as it believe it is 19” wide on top but 24” on its side so should fit/make the v4b look better. Plus you can always add another at a later date. Would look and sound incredibly! 

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