For years I've been using an EV TL606 cabinet with a JBL E140 for my bass cabinet, but I was never happy with the tone. I decided to bite the bullet and try something different. There were a few used Ampeg 212 cabinets listed in the local classifieds, but they seemed overly heavy, and a little bit pricey for used; you never know what you are getting with used speakers.
I decided to build up a Simplexx 212 with the idea that if I didn't like it, I could always sell it and look at something else. I had the 12mm Baltic sitting in the shop, so I ordered up some Eminence BP122s, casters, grills, scoop handles, and got to work. It took a couple of evenings to build the box, and another couple of days to stain and varnish.
After trying out this cabinet, I decided it's not going anywhere. Paired up with my Peavey Tour 450, it has nice, round, bottom end and punchy mids, far more than what I ever had from the 15" E140. I used it on a couple gigs already, and the other musicians commented on the mid range definition and the overall refined sound, all at reasonably low to moderate stage levels. However, this cab will definitely bark when called to do so.
Best of all, it's lighter than the TL606 and sits physically higher, bringing the sound source closer to the ears, rather than the knees.
I would highly recommend this cabinet for anyone looking for a light weight, compact double 12" that has good, solid, punchy tone.
Last edited by byacey on Wed May 17, 2017 11:40 pm, edited 1 time in total.