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xx Thoughts on Soldano cabinets?
« Thread started on: Feb 11th, 2004, 2:07pm »

How do these compare to, lets say, a Marshall 1960A? Also, when building a new rig, would it be wise to start with a cab (I've figured that I could just run my current amp into the cab until I get a head)? I have never owned a tube amp before, or a half stack for that matter, so I really don't know where I should start. Thanks in advance for your help!

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xx Re: Thoughts on Soldano cabinets?
« Reply #1 on: Feb 11th, 2004, 2:19pm »

I think that the soldano cabs are slightly more "nasal" than a marshall cab. Sounds strange, but try one - they have their own distinctive flavour. They are also slightly smaller than a 1960 - a bit less depth to them.
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« Reply #2 on: Feb 11th, 2004, 5:34pm »

Interesting. I'm currently using the 1960A/Bs and was considering a change to the Soldano cabs. Not for any particular purpose, but just to try them. But if they have even more mids than the Marshalls then I doubt thats what I need! The head puts out more than enough mids anyway...
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xx Re: Thoughts on Soldano cabinets?
« Reply #3 on: Feb 11th, 2004, 5:38pm »

on Feb 11th, 2004, 2:19pm, Big Hair wrote:
I think that the soldano cabs are slightly more "nasal" than a marshall cab. Sounds strange, but try one - they have their own distinctive flavour. They are also slightly smaller than a 1960 - a bit less depth to them.

Just wondering... which one have you tried? Did it had Celestion V30, X12000 or Eminence speakers?
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« Reply #4 on: Feb 11th, 2004, 5:41pm »

I'm wondering the same thing. I was under the impression that the Soldano cabs are a bit more punchy and tighter due to them being front loaded and sealed rear, which IMO would be an improvement from my 1960A/B, which have kind of a flabby low end, and iffy projection, IMO.
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xx Re: Thoughts on Soldano cabinets?
« Reply #5 on: Feb 12th, 2004, 12:54am »

Sorry to jump in here without formally introducing myself, though you may recognize my name from FenderForum, Gear Page, HC board, etc.

Anyway, I respectfully disagree about the "nasal" quality of Soldano cabs. At 14" deep, my 4x12 has a pretty punchy, round sound. I've got the X12000 speakers, which I think sound awesome with Soldano amps. YMMV depending on speakers, of course.

Some say the X12000s are muddy. Yeah, sort of, but they're also warm, squishy, and vintage-y sounding, which tames that Soldano brightness.

I use trebly, single coil pup gtrs, so all this works for me, as does the XL mod, but if you've got a mahogany/rosewood/EMG Jackson or an LP of some kind, the cab may not work for you.

Also cool: this is the lightest 4x12 I've ever had the pleasure of picking up, and it's still very well made.

BTW, I'm going to put the cab up for sale soon, so if you're interested, email me: dau@mail.utexas.edu

Obviously, I don't dislike the cab, it's just that I want to go 2x12.
The 4x12 is slant in snakeskin, and I'm keeping the speakers, so you can pop your V30s or Classic Leads in there.

Anyway, thanks for reading. smiley

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« Reply #6 on: Feb 12th, 2004, 12:31pm »

Interesting! Thats what I originally thought, unfortunately nobody around here carries any Soldano cabinets...

Have you owned a Marshall 1960 cab? Would you say the Soldano is tighter? Which one do you think would be more appropriate for metal?
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xx Re: Thoughts on Soldano cabinets?
« Reply #7 on: Feb 12th, 2004, 11:28pm »

Wish I could answer you on the 1960 question, Styles, but I have no experience with that box. Well, wait a second: describe it to me and maybe I can help you. I've tried a couple of Marshall cabs.

I will say this: folks who would know touted the construction of the Soldano cabs over the Marshall cabs. I'd believe it, as Soldano builds everything pretty well.
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« Reply #8 on: Feb 15th, 2004, 11:27am »

Well, I find that with my Marshall cab, by HR100+ (doesn't have the XL mod, which I am pretty sure I'll get) is very lacking in low end, but I have been using a Voodoo Amps modded 5150 up til a few weeks ago, so maybe I'm just spoiled smiley Honestly, I cant give it a fair review yet, because I have yet to use it with a band.
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xx Re: Thoughts on Soldano cabinets?
« Reply #9 on: Apr 17th, 2004, 05:08am »

I've used old Marshall 412's with old GB's (20W,25W, and the G12H-30W's) with my SLO amps. I feel these cabs are a killer match for the SLO.
But, I've also used two Soldano cabs with Matchless-mod V-30's and old GB's. I'm most pleased with my straight Soldano cab compared to a slant (just sold off my slant cab). This is due to a fuller tone and a bit more bottom end.
The Soldano-cabs are GREAT for recording and through the PA. These cabs sounds tighter and have a more projected sound compared to the old Marshalls. Still, I favor the Marhalls due to a more "raunchy" tone, a bit more bottom end, and the "feel".
My band "Trendkiller" is starting up with some rec. these days for a full CD, and for these rec. my Soldano straight cab will be used. This one is loaded with two Matchless-mod V-30 on the bottom , and two old 25W GB's on top. For recoring this cab just "smokes".
What cab to pic if only "one-cab for the road" is not that easy. A better "feel" on the stage with the Marshall, or a slighlty better tone out from the PA with the Soldano. Hmmmmm..I dunno.
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« Reply #10 on: Apr 17th, 2004, 09:29am »

My Mesa traditional cabs sound pretty big, and very loud, I guess because of the 70 watt v30's. They do have this high mid spike, but it's not that bad. If you crank the amp it just roars and the mesa cabs do a good job of handling all that volume.
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« Reply #11 on: Apr 18th, 2004, 9:34pm »

I found a Soldano 4x12 locally for $595.oo

Is that a fair price for a like-new used cab?

I would be mating it to my SLO-100
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« Reply #12 on: Apr 18th, 2004, 11:58pm »

They're over $800 new, but you can find them for around $400-500... I think.
If it's in mint condition and you don't have to pay shipping, $600 sounds like a OK price though.
Do a search on finished auctions on Ebay, or search on Gbase.com.
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xx Re: Thoughts on Soldano cabinets?
« Reply #13 on: Apr 21st, 2004, 08:30am »

Thanks, I'm gonna try it out with the SLO on Friday.
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xx Re: Thoughts on Soldano cabinets?
« Reply #14 on: Apr 29th, 2004, 02:19am »

I don't know if Soldano cheapened up their cabs but all of mine are heavier than shit. While they are smaller than the Marshalls they are significantly heavier. As far as sound it is dependent on the speakers. I have 4 of the 4x12s with V30s and 1 with one of the Soldano/Eminence speakers. Personally I prefer the more raunchy vintage tone of the V30s. For added bass I found it really helps to buy one of those Auralex Gramma boards to isolate it from the floor, they are like $50 at GC
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