Originally Posted by adamcbest
how are you liking those cabs after the amount of time you've had them? I've been considering some 2x12s to replace my mesa 1x12s for quite a while, but i can't ever decide on a brand to go with. Are those open backs or closed? Those H&K's look awesome. I always wanted to try some of their stuff out, but no one has them around here.
oh and where is the mpx G2? i thought you had one of those going into that setup
I'm still really liking the Avatar cabs... aside from replacing the grilles (which was purely a cosmetic thing), they've served me well since the day I got 'em. Obviously Avatar is a great value, and Dave @ Avatar understands how customer service works... every time I've bought a cab from him I've talked to him about the possible cabinet and speaker choices... he's very knowlegable and not just in it to make a quick sale. (Also, when I replaced the grille cloth myself, I damaged the Avatar logos, and Dave was kind enough to send me a replacement set of logos.) I've picked up the variety of cabs to deal w/ different recording projects... both of the 4x12's are closed back, one is loaded with V30's and the other with G12H30's; one 2x12 is open with V30's (soon to be replaced with Classic Lead 80's) and the other 2x12 is closed with G12T75's. My biggest complaint on the Avatar cabs is that the tolex doesn't hold up as well as some of the other cabs/amps I've owned over the years, but internally, they are well constructed so I know they'll hold up even if they look like they've taken a beating. For what I paid for 'em, I could afford to re-tolex 'em with something more durable and still come out ahead.
As for the H&K stuff, it was pretty much impossible to find any of it locally to try out... I bought it all on a leap of faith. The only H&K dealer around Cincinnati has been less than pleased with the new distributor (H&K amps are now distributed through Pearl Drums in the US) and really didn't help me out much in the process. I've sent a few messages to H&K customer support in the US... a couple have gone unanswered, but they did send me a CD with the latest zenEdit software + firmware updates + patches along with a H&K beverage coolie for free, so that's something. (Rumor has it that sending e-mails to the support group in Germany gets better results) I bought both the amps used, based largely on reviews on Harmony Central--usually I don't have a lot of faith in reviews there, but I figure there aren't a lot of a$$-clowns out there with $3300 to drop on a new amp head, so the reviewers (probably) know what they're talking about.
Finally, on the Lexicon G2, I still have it, but I dropped it from the rig since I've started running the Triamp dry and doing all FX through the Zentera's FX section (which is nowhere near as expansive as the G2, but it is a lot quicker to dial in, especially when used with the zenEdit software). When I had different FX running through both amps, it was a real pain to keep all the time-based FX in sync (delays are easy, but chorus/flanger/phaser rates and depths were more of a pain). Given a little more time to play with the Zentera's FX, I may sell the G2 or trade it in on something simpler (like a G-Major). Part of the charm of the G2 to me is that it allows some FX to be put in front of the amp (wah, comp, OD) and some to be put in the loop, but that gets tricky fast in a multi-amp rig.