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Bubbalou
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THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Aug 29th, 2016 06:13 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"I might get one of those and get rid of my heavy homebrew cab with a JBL E140. I would be using it with a TC Electronic RH-450 head."

The JBL E140 sounds really good but it is one heavy boat anchor. You were the one that prompted me into turning my two Avatar cabs into JBL. I had to cut down on the interior space to work with it. I absolutely loved the tone but it was really heavy and did not have quite the voice coil travel I needed to keep from bottoming out at times.

edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Aug 29th, 2016 07:42 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Lou...

I've reported this a number of times on this forum and will repeat here that it's all about weight for me now, or the lack of, and the Rumble series of cabs and combos fits perfectly the need for decent tone and giggable volume in a package someone my age can load in and load out. I also greatly suspect that some younger players are hooking up to these as well.

George

edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Aug 29th, 2016 03:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

There's also the cost...Rumble gear is reasonably priced and I say this even though I'm on a limited retirement income.

George

Bubbalou
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THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Aug 29th, 2016 05:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

George, I fully respect your opinion on gear. I too have back problems. My gear is relatively light except for one 15" cab but it is on wheels. I can use on 12" NEO cab, 2- 12" NEO cabs, or the boat anchor 15 and on 12" NEO cab. My head weighs 6 pounds and will fit in the large pocket of my gig bag if I wish.
If I ever decide to scale down I will seriously consider a Rumble

ECS-3
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Aug 30th, 2016 08:00 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My Rumble 115 cab is supposed to deliver today, but I have company, so it will be few days before I can comment on it.

I sold my homebrew horn loaded JBL E140 cab in 2 days on CL and kept my TC Electronic RH450 head to drive the new Rumble cab.

I"m sure I'll eventually take the back off so I can see how Fender managed to make the Rumble cab so light, 39 lbs!

(This message was last edited by ECS-3 at 10:02 AM, Aug 30th, 2016)

ECS-3
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Aug 31st, 2016 12:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

So the Rumble 115 showed up and I spent a couple hours today playing thru it at home. I'm definitely keeping it!

Brief description:
1 x 15 Eminence speaker - stamped frame
1 horn tweeter with off/-6dB/Full
Recessed side handles
8 chrome corner protectors
Removable front grille (velcro)
SpeakOn + 1/4" inputs
8 ohms
300 Watt / 600 peak
Made in Indonesia
4 recesses in top for new Rumble heads
39 lbs
Back is NOT removable - front mount speakers

It comes with rubber feet installed and a box of 4 casters you can insert in the bottom but I'm not planning to install them because this cab is so light!

The cab is constructed of lightweight 5/8" plywood. Completely closed construction, neither the front or back panel is removable. Speakers are front mounted.

I played the cab using a Jazz bass and TC Electronic RH-450 head with SpeakOn connection and the tweeter on full.

This setup has a huge low end for a 1 x 15 cab! And the horn/tweeter adds just the right amount of brightness - not buzzy or spitty at all.

I really like the tone and huge low end. You can definitely gig with this set up and if you had two of these cabs it would be a tremendous amount of sound power.

I'm really pleased and the fact that the cab is so lightweight!

Pic of the Rumble 115 next to a Jazz bass for size comparison

ECS-3
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Aug 31st, 2016 12:40 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Also in the pic there is a black fabric pull tab, bottom right corner - that's used to pull the front grille off.

Also the cab is a ported design with 2 ports in the front panel.

(This message was last edited by ECS-3 at 02:43 PM, Aug 31st, 2016)

LeonB
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Solid state = solid sound+light weight
Aug 31st, 2016 11:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

One little thing I find interesting about the two larger Rumbles. Both the 200( 1X15) and 500(2X10) combo amps are spec'd at 36 LBS. Their respective extension cabs are listed as 39 LBS.

So, how do they make the combos, with amps, lighter???

(This message was last edited by LeonB at 01:56 AM, Sep 1st, 2016)

ECS-3
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Sep 1st, 2016 02:03 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"So, how do they make the combos, with amps, lighter???"

Pure conjecture here - on the combos a large portion of the back panel is missing because it's replaced by the amp chassis. Also a portion of the top panel is cut away to make space for the controls. That assumes the amp chassis completes the sealing of the combo amps.

Like I said, pure guessing!

5Strats
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Sep 1st, 2016 12:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I bought a Rumble 25 today for playing bass at home. As a guitarist, that's the only place I plan on playing bass. (:oD

Bubbalou
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THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Sep 1st, 2016 08:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Nice looking cab ESC-3!

BonkersBass

Tejas

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Sep 2nd, 2016 11:39 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Been considering a 4 x 10 for outdoor gigs. My two Aguilar 1 x 12s sometimes are a little short on volume and presence for outdoor gigs. Don't want to spend an arm and a leg, so I'm thinking about the Rumble 4 x 10. Price and weight are right. Wonder how it sounds?

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Sep 3rd, 2016 12:51 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Played my first gig tonight with the 200. What a great tone from this amp! Everyone in the band loves the way this amp sounds. Left all the switches out tonight and pretty much ran everything at 12 o'clock. I couldn't be happier with this rig. Fender knocked it out of the park with these.

And the weight! How can these weigh so little?

edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Sep 3rd, 2016 05:26 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just picked up a used 25W Rumble in mint condition from my friend Craig who runs a "list" all around the country.

Paid seventy five big ones.

Has an 8-inch speaker and weighs nothing. Can be stored in a closet if need be. What a great practice amp this is! An amazing variety of tones from such a small package.

George

Bubbalou
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THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Sep 5th, 2016 04:10 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Went with my cousin to help find her a bass amp within her budget. She used to play in a rock band in the mid 70's thru the mid 80's and wanted to start playing again. We played several and when I plugged into a new Fender Rumble 200 V3 Combo amp we were smitten. Couldn't believe the light weight and tone it put out. Great amp so that is what she went home with.

Fender Rumble1x15 200w Combo amp

(This message was last edited by Bubbalou at 12:49 PM, Sep 7th, 2016)

Steve Boisen

Florida

Sep 12th, 2016 04:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a Fender Rumble 25 for at home practice and it's a great little amp. It even sounds good with my upright bass, probably because of the 1 MegOhm input impedance which works well with piezo pickups. I'm thinking about pickup up a larger one for gigs, either the Rumble 100 or 200.

- Steve

DanoBass

United States

Oct 13th, 2016 02:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Adding an extension cabinet to a Rumble 500 increases from 350 watts to 500 watts, does this translate to more volume?
Thanks in advance, newbie trying to understand impedance/wattage.

LeonB
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Solid state = solid sound+light weight
Oct 14th, 2016 03:10 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Dano,

Yes it does, for two reasons: 1, you have increased power output: 2, (and I think more importantly) you have increased cone area, thus moving more air.

Even if the power output didn't increase, doubling (assuming another 2X10) your cone area would give an increase in volume.

DanoBass

United States

Oct 14th, 2016 08:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks LeonB

rockdoc11

USA

Bass is the place . . .
Feb 26th, 2017 12:14 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Okay, I'm on board with the new "Rumble" crew. Is there a sign-up list?

"Honey, I swear I wasn't looking to buy a new amp!"

This afternoon I was in an unfamiliar part of the area to go set up with my band for a wedding reception this evening at a country club. Driving along, I see a pawn shop.

Old habits die hard. I was running early, and so pulled off ". . . just to take a look."

They had the usual crap pawn shop musical line-up: loads of low end Ibanez guitars, Squire guitars and basses, Crate amps, etc. But then I see the familiar "Fender" logo on a little combo amp on the end. Hmmmm . . .

It's the now infamous Fender Rumble 100 that George was so happy with earlier in this thread. It seems "like new," and the price at the pawn shop was $150. (New, they sell for $300.) "Oh crap," I thought, and walked out to go set up for the gig.

I thought about it all afternoon, and decided to go back in the pawn shop on the way to the gig, when I would have my main squeeze bass to check out the Rumble 100. I got to the pawn shop, and played through the amp with a certain seriousness. Like so many in this thread have said, the little thing simply sounded amazing.

So I started negotiating with the clerk, remembering I was due at the gig in just a few minutes. In short, I ended up with the amp in my car, $120 out the door!

I don't know what I'm more pleased with: the sound or the light weight. When I just picked it up to take out of the car, it was like I was lifting an empty cabinet. Simply amazing.

Fender hit it out of the park with these.

(This message was last edited by rockdoc11 at 04:57 PM, Feb 26th, 2017)

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