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Posted by Richard Threadgill on October 31, 2001 at 09:23:23:

Hello everyone, and Happy Halloween. Here is my situation. After years of combinations, I found the sound and tone I was looking for with a Mesa M-2000 head and 4x10 SWR's with a horn. I am primarily an electric player at gigs, but work on the upright religously. Part of my problem with gigs is, of course, getting a good amplified tone. I've read more than a few opinions that believed a 4x10 config. was the way to go. The past three venues I have played, however, all had a house 15" which I decided to plug into. The electric sounded great, but the upright was outstanding. I received a compliment from every show for my upright tone, the last coming from my keyboardist, a stickler for good sound. So I've decided I should probably get one. After playing through every speaker I could find two years ago, I found the best sound coming from SWR, Mesa, Eden and Trace Elliot, (Ampeg just didn't do it for me.) Unfortunately, I do not have the time now to visit all the stores with my bass and amp, finding what is best. I need to narrow down, and I was hoping you guys could help. After reading all the specs on the respectivve websites, (it's so nice that we can access that without leaving work/home,) it looks like everything goes as low as 45 or 46hz, except the Trace which drops down to 32. Since my 4x10 are only -3db at 40hz, I'm wondering how much this matters. Otherwise, details are similar and I know the rest will come down to sound. Simply, if anyone has experience or comments, I'd love to hear. The more info I have going in, the better. Thanks a bunch.


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