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Old 18th July 2014, 12:30 AM   #1
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Default Building a serious bass cabinet

Since I'm having trouble selling this 18" JBL 2242HPL I have, I figured I should put it into a nicer cabinet and attempt to sell it to a professional bass guitarist. At this point I'm trying to decide if it's worth building this and at the same time shopping around for some 8" midbass that could keep up to the JBL nicely. I was thinking the Eminence Delta 8's might fit the bill nicely or even the B&C 8NDL64 but am open to recommendations.

The thought I had was that a pair of 8" midbass in sealed cabinets above the 18" sub probably in an aperiodic enclosure, and possibly a horn loaded tweeter to finish the high-end off would be ideal. Can anyone advise if I'm on the right track to a good design or am I off my rocker from the start?
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Old 18th July 2014, 02:10 AM   #2
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Hi,

Spending money on new parts to sell used / DIY stuff is a bad idea.

The top cab is not your concern, you will lose money.

It is a very good bass guitar speaker, and rather than building a new
cabinet it is best suited to replacing a poor driver in a decent cabinet.

(Trust me as a bass player, there are lots them about.)

rgds, sreten.
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Old 18th July 2014, 07:11 AM   #3
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I can't sell the 18" as it sits right now so it's worth $0 to me (or maybe $5 since if I invest $5 now, I'll be able to buy that nice of a woofer when I have the space to use it). I also have it in a cabinet right now of 3/4" MDF that I can purge, as well as a bunch of other plywood lying around the shop to assist the project. So if I add $200 to the project (in two 8" drivers) or even $300 with a potential sale of $500-$800 depending then I'm ahead money. I'm also interested in the learning experience of designing a bass cabinet with this speaker as the main driver. The amp may need to stay out of the equation for this to all stay profitable, but that'll be a question down the road rather than right now.

Still, the question remains, what 8" should I pair this powerful 18" with?

Or have I misinterpreted your suggestion of not embarking on this project?
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Old 18th July 2014, 05:22 PM   #4
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Still, the question remains, what 8" should I pair this powerful 18" with?
Have you looked at the fEARful DIY designs? There's a lot of relevant info on their support forum for what you want to do. I've done quite a few top boxes, they work very well but good luck selling them!

Take a look at the Faital 8PR155 for starters, might be able to get by with just one. A pair of the Faital 5s can sound very nice on top of a single 18 too.
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I can't sell the 18" as it sits right now
Donīt know why and anyway, who says you will sell a crudely homemade bass guitar cabinet any easier?

Just checked: that JBL speaker is available, unmounted, from Parts Express at a discount price of U$1017.
JBL 2242H 18" Maximum Output LF Driver 8 Ohm
And is a famous brand, so a reasonable "used" price would be around half that, say U$ 500 .... as is.

And you talk about investing $200 extra, work a lot, waste a lot of time, to make a homemade cabinet (the hardest thing to sell in the whole Universe) trying to get
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a potential sale of $500-$800
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Talk about "burning good money after bad".

Sreten is right, of course:
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Spending money on new parts to sell used / DIY stuff is a bad idea.
you will lose money.
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Can't sell it? I sold 8 of 'em separately on eBay no problem.
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Can I ask what you got for them? I tried on these forums and a few others with no interest.
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Some were new & some reconed. I got $375-450 each. I needed money fast and they sold fast using 'buy it now'.
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