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Re: 15" vs. 12" for double bass

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Posted by Jeremy Allen on December 24, 2001 at 17:54:16:

In Reply to: Re: 15" vs. 12" for double bass posted by David McKinney on December 06, 2001 at 22:07:58:

Here's another two cents from someone who has used the little GK, the Woods+Sonic 12", the Eden+EA 8", the Acme Low B2, the Bag End 15", the Acoustic Image contra, etc.: I just bought a cabinet from Andy at Flite Sound with a down-firing ten-inch woofer, a mid-range tweeter and a horn, and at 26lbs it is absolutely the best cabinet (for my set-up and fingers) I have come across. In it I have finally found a good combination of body and clarity, bass response and projection. And it was considerably cheaper than most of the boutique cabs (although the Acme is very affordable and sounds excellent as well). It brings out the best in the Walter Woods, and I recommend checking it out before settling on anything else (I've done a lot of premature settling in my life!).
I recently saw Ray Brown in Indianapolis using the GK 12" combo, and he sounded great...except that the speaker was *miked* and run through the house system by the slack-jawed sound man. What an insult! I also saw Christian McBride at the Blue Note recently, and he sounded *supreme* through the house rig, which was a GK 800RB + GK 4x10".
This particular Flite cab (I actually didn't prefer any of his others--I drove to his place and tried them all out one weekend) seems to provide a great compromise between the "the sound is in your fingers so who cares what rig you use" and the "I have a 200-year-old bass and have dedicated my life to music so I'm not going to skimp on my rig" attitudes.
Catch you all later!
--Jeremy in BKLYN

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