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FDP Forum / Fender Bass Guitars and Bass Amps / Bass cab replacement spkr question

archiestone
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Jun 21st, 2019 12:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

-I am a guitar not a bass guy-

I lucked into a Carvin RL115 bass cab with a -dead- speaker. Looking to replace with a reasonable bass or pa spkr and, after having a little fun with it, flip it, so I don't really want to spend a lot. Orig Carvin was a 4 ohm/600 watt spkr.
I see some low priced passive subwoofer spkrs out there w/ close to the same specs. Do you suppose these would sound OK for bass and maybe guitar, or should I be looking for something more like a PA speaker if I want a little more than just extreme low end thump?

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Jun 21st, 2019 04:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

If you stick with a musical instrument speaker with the same parameters, you’ll be OK. You can get them, I believe, with some range flexibility. The old bass amps worked fine for guitar, In fact some of the old Bassmans were preferred as guitar amps.

archiestone
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Jun 21st, 2019 06:14 PM   Edit   Profile  

If anyone can recommend a quality full-range 15" speaker under $100 shipped, please do. This cab is not tweeter-equipped (and I need to keep this cheap!)

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Jun 21st, 2019 07:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

Does it need to handle 500 Watts? What’s the amp rated at?

archiestone
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Jun 21st, 2019 08:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

No amp -- it's just a cab, and no, it does not need to handle 500 watts or be 4 ohms either.

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Jun 22nd, 2019 07:00 AM   Edit   Profile  

A quick search gave plenty of options, this one is 15“, 8 ohm, 150 watts rms 300 watts max $30.00

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Jun 24th, 2019 06:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

Carvin is a name brand, so I'd put a name brand musical instrument speaker in it. Eminence for example.

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Jun 24th, 2019 11:06 AM   Edit   Profile  

I don’t know that I’d use a woofer. The speaker needs a wider frequency range than that for bass guitar.

Here’s a decent option.

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darrellsteely

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Jun 24th, 2019 12:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

This one isn't under $100, but it is a pretty good deal.

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Jun 24th, 2019 06:35 PM   Edit   Profile  

Weber has a number of 15" options. I suggest giving them a call and letting them interview you. They have a number of great 15" guitar speaker choices, plus PA and bass. They can help sort through them all.

Here's 1 option:

Danny Nader

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Jun 26th, 2019 05:59 PM   Edit   Profile  

Eminence OEM'd a lot of speakers for Carvin. The RL115 was rated at 600watts / 300watts rms. Most likely it used a Delta speaker. The cabs are available used from $50 - 100.

A decent replacement speaker will more than likely run more than the cost of a used cabinet. The Kappalite would make a good replacement speaker. It's rated at 450w rms. Under a hundred, shipped and somewhat correct for the cabinet might be tough. More likely you'll be in the $200 price range?

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Jun 26th, 2019 10:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

Personally for a bass speaker I would stay away from stamped frame speakers and the frames shape can distort at higher volumes with lower tones.

The Eminence 15" Kappa Pro LFA bass speaker will work very well in the cabinet and has a heavy duty cast frame, about the same frequency spec's, large size magnet for Kicking lows and a 7 year warranty and rated at 600 watts RMS. You can go with a cheaper speaker but it may not hold up well nor produce a good tone. I personally have this speaker in a 15" vented GK cab and it is killer

Email me. I have something to suggest you may like

Eminence Kappa Pro LFA

(This message was last edited by Bubbalou at 07:45 AM, Jul 5th, 2019)

Lewis

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Jun 30th, 2019 10:43 AM   Edit   Profile  

get a 15" peavey black widow 1502-8 made for bass guitar and you'll never be sorry.

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Jul 4th, 2019 06:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

And... the cab is sold. Ah well. Thanks for all the info & advice, guys.

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