Originally Posted by AFF
While this is on my mind and this post is open... Fender made a cab or cabs back in the day that had 2 speakers in it. The cab was about the size of a 4x12 but with two speakers. I thinking about build a 4x12 with two speakers in an ex patern and leaving the other two holes uncut. So it would be a 2x12 in a 4x12 box. I would look to place higher wattage speakers in the cab. Anybody know of a design like this being done before?
There's no reason that shouldn't work. I don't know about what those holes might do acoustically, but I doubt they'll affect things much. I know Randell makes a cab that looks like a 4x12 but has 2 12s and a 15, and I think the 12s in that cab are almost in the same kind of X you'd end up with.
Just make sure you communicate what's going on with your cab to club soundmen.
...but you typed "leave the other two holes uncut
"; does that mean you're making your own cab? If you are, you can go with a different design of some kind; I made my 2x12 and physically modeled it after a sort of combination of the standard Marshall 4x12 and an oversize Sunn 2x12 (leaning more towards the Sunn design).
And finally: higher-wattage speakers aren't necessarily that much louder than lower-wattage speakers, but four speakers aren't necessarily that much louder than two either. Wattage mainly affects the speaker's headroom: that is, how much volume you have to put through it before the speaker starts to distort. Personally, I hate speaker distortion and only use (relatively) high-wattage speakers to avoid speaker distortion. I don't find that they sound terribly much louder, but they definitely sound way better (clearer, truer, more consistent, take effects better) to my ears.
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