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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-05-2004, 07:40 PM Thread Starter
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Downsizing the rig?

Hello guys,
Recently, I've been thinking of downsizing my rig for easier portability. I use a rack system that I'm very happy with (Rocktron preamp > BBE > Rocktron poweramp). Here are 2 possibilities I've thought of...

1. Go down to a 2x12 cab (I use a 4x12 now).
I previously own a Genz-Benz G-Flex cab. It was great, but it's out of my price range at the moment. Have anyone tried a closed-back Avatar 2x12? Carvin? Are there any other great sounding 2x12 cabs in the "$300 & under" category? I'll say that I hate Marshall 2x12s. I'm looking for something that would measure up to the G-Flex's monster sound.

2. Leaving the cabs at home & devising a "Direct to PA" setup & use the house speakers in the club for amplification.
Have any of you ever done this?
If so, what did you use as a DI box?
Are there rackmounted versions w/ speaker simulation?
How did it sound?

Given the 2 choice above, what would you do?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-06-2004, 12:46 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-06-2004, 02:20 AM
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I haven't heard Avatar speakers, but I've heard great things about them. I'm thinking about selling my 2x12 Legacy cabinet (mono) and buying an avatar 2x12 (stereo). (Keep an eye on the classifieds.) I certainly like the Legacy well enough, it's just that I have a stereo power amp and half of it isn't getting used.

I wouldn't recommend a direct to PA system, some would. I play direct at church, and I'm just not happy with it. I just haven't had a choice. I'm going to try a Behringer GI100. If I think of it, I'll post again and let you know how it sounds. Given the choice though, I think I'd rather lug the equipment I like and get a sound I'm happy with.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-06-2004, 02:21 AM
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I do not know what cabs to suggest but the ADA microcab is a great rackmounted miked speaker cabinet simulator; as far as DI boxes go, I have heard great things about the Red Box from Hughes and Kettner and if the berhinger GI100 (Ultra-G) is any good it would be a great bargain, for a DI with speaker cabinet simulation (they are $29 new). Hope that helps
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-09-2004, 01:33 AM
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The Avatar cabs are nice, a guy I worked with ordered one, very nice for the money. Actually, I'd put it up against cabs that cost 3X - 4X as much. I currently have a G-Flex, the Avatar is as good, just different, i.e. no porting with a sealed back and smaller, it will probably sound a little more compressed, which can be a good thing.

Hmm, missed the point about the "G-Flex's monster sound", that's tough, I'd take an Avatar over a Marshall but there aren't many 2-12s that sound as big as the G-Flex because of its design, and its size.

What Roctron Preamp are you using? Doesn't it have built in Speaker sims? I know the Chameleon, Voodoo Valve, Prophesy, Taboo, and the ProGAP Ultra do.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-09-2004, 02:09 AM
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People give them a lot of crap, but I just use the Line 6 Pod Pro direct and that's it. I've gotten nothing but compliments on my tone since I started using it direct. Even from the so called "tube purists".
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