Posts tagged ‘cabinet’

13/06/2018

Review: TOOB 12B

Kitarablogi.com reviewed the guitar-specific TOOB models 12J and 12R back in April. At that time no bass version – the 12B – was available for testing, but now we got our chance to do a review of this model, too.

In case you haven’t yet read the previous TOOB review, let me run the basic features by you again.

Finnish inventor/ guitarist Markku Pietinen has come up with what I regard as one of the coolest new ideas in the field of speaker cabinets – the TOOB.

The TOOB is an ultralight speaker cabinet conceived especially for the musician on the move.

The TOOB’s cabinet consists of a length of Uponor IQ drainage pipe. This is an extremely lightweight and strong corrugated tube made from double-walled polypropylene. The mounting rims are a proprietary design, injection moulded from ABS plastic specifically for use in the TOOB cabinets.

There are two guitar speaker versions available – the 12J and the 12R – which both come loaded with 12″ Jensen speakers, alongside the TOOB 12B bass cabinet that sports a Celestion BN12-300S.

The TOOB 12B  (current RRP in Finland: 499 €) weighs only 4.6 kg and offers power handling of up to 300 watts at 8 ohms.

Standard colours for all TOOBs are black and cinnamon (as reviewed), but you can also order custom options with a painted or covered veneer overlay.

All TOOBs come with metal clip-on legs as standard, or you can get an optional magnetic plywood foot, as used on our review sample. I’ve also heard rumours that the company is currently working on an adjustable cradle stand, tentatively called the TILTA.

The bass version comes with an additional set of clip-on legs should you want to place your 12B in an upright position.

This position results in a different kind of sound dispersal, often preferred by double bass players, in addition to taking up even less space on stage. I’d strongly suggest you try both styles of placement.

The 12B offers both a Speakon connector and a phone jack as inputs. As the inputs are wired in parallel, you can also use the second connector to daisy chain two TOOBs to a single amp.

The bass model also offers an additional tone shaping feature in the shape of the TOOB Tone Cushion. The cushion is velcroed to the inside of the TOOB, and can be removed or squeezed to give open-back or half-open tonalities. My personal preference was the closed setting, but you should definitely experiment with the Tone Cushion to find your favourite set-up.

I got to test drive the TOOB 12B with two micro-amps – a Trace Elliot Elf and a Gallien-Krueger MB200 – which can be handily velcroed to the cabinet’s small wooden table.

The sound quality, sound dispersion and power handling of the bass-TOOB are nothing short of impressive. Yes, you can get the speaker to distort by driving the cabinet at silly levels, but for the types of bands and gigs it has been designed for, you’d be hard pressed to find a better ultra-compact solution than the 12B.

In my opinion the TOOB’s bass version is best suited for Jazz and Lounge groups, as well as Pop/Rock gigs in (very) small venues (like the pub on the corner). The TOOB 12B is also ideal as a cabinet for acoustic bass guitars in ”unplugged” bands.

The sound clips were played through the GK MB200 and recorded with a Shure SM57:

1980s Jazz Bass

Double bass with Shadow pickup

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The TOOB 12B

Lightweight bass speaker cabinet

499 €

Contact: TOOB

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Pros:

+ made in Finland

+ ruggedness

+ weight

+ power handling

+ sound

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24/04/2018

Testi tulossa *** Working on a review *** TOOB 12B

 

TOOB 12B

• Body: 315 mm corrugated, double-wall Polypropylene pipe (Black or Cinnamon), RoHS certified
• Impact resistant ABS plastic closing ring
• Celestion BN12-300 12″ Neodymium driver, rated 300 W max., 8 ohm, 50-4,000 Hz
• Heavy-duty steel grill with T-logo
• Resilient EPDM gasket
• Vintage-style leather handle
• Half-open back with Tone Cushion
• One 1/4″ Switchcraft mono jack, one Neutrik Speakon connector, parallel connected
• Wiring 1,5 mm2 speaker cable, high-quality quick connectors
• Contoured saddle, with hook-and-loop fasteners for micro amp
• Removable stand of 5 mm zinc plated steel
• All fixtures bolt-through
• Delivered with 40 cm connecting cable and fastener strips

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Recorded using a Gallien-Krueger MB200 amp head and a Shure SM57.

06/04/2018

Review: TOOB 12J & 12R

Some of the coolest inventions tend to make you go ”Geez, this is so obvious! Why didn’t I think of this?”

The truth is, though, that the basic idea usually is only the first impetus for going on an exploratory journey. You have to have the inventor’s drive and perseverance to grab the idea by its throat, and hold it there for as long as it takes to hew and mould it into its final shape.

Finnish guitarist/inventor Markku Pietinen had become increasingly frustrated by the weight and size of traditional speaker cabinets for guitar. Modern technology – like Class D power amps – has lead to ever smaller amplifier sizes, yet cabinets were still cumbersome and angular.

Then one day, a few years ago, Markku passed by a building site, where he spotted a leftover piece of corrugated plastic pipe (normally used for drainage) on the ground. The proverbial lightbulb went ”ping”, and Markku started pursuing his quest for a lighter speaker cabinet.

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Here is the finished product, called the TOOB™ (current price in Finland: 369 €), which stands for ”Thinking Out Of the Box”.

The TOOB is available in two guitar versions, the 12J and 12R (as reviewed), which come loaded with a 12-inch Jensen speaker. A bass version – the TOOB 12B – is also available, and it sports a Celestion unit.

Standard colours for all TOOBs are black and cinnamon, but you can also order custom options with a painted or covered veneer overlay (you can see a few examples in the opening picture).

The TOOB’s cabinet consists of a length of Uponor IQ drainage pipe. This is an extremely lightweight and strong corrugated tube made from double-walled polypropylene. The mounting rims are a proprietary design, injection moulded from ABS plastic specifically for use in the TOOB cabinets.

Clip-on stainless steel feet come as standard, but if this looks too spartan for your taste, you can always order your TOOB with a magnetically-attached wooden stand.

The main difference between the TOOB 12J (left) and the 12R (right) is easy to spot:

The 12J (stands for Jazz) is an open back cabinet, while the 12R (= Rock) uses a ported back wall. The 12J is also a few centimetres shorter than its brother.

Both guitar versions sport two parallel jack connectors, allowing you to daisy-chain two (or more) TOOBs.

The cabinets are equipped with painted wooden mounts for use with a micro-amp of your choice (professional velcro-type adhesive strips are provided). A top notch angled plug speaker cable is also part of the package.

Both guitar TOOBs come loaded with a lightweight 12″/8 Ω Jensen Jet Tornado neodymium speaker.

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Testing the TOOBs with two different valve amplifiers – a Blackstar HT-1R and a Bluetone Shadows Jr. – it became clear very quickly that both cabinets are focused on delivering tonal clarity and getting the job done with a minimal amount of fuss.

A TOOB isn’t meant to be an esoteric boutique-style speaker cabinet, full of voodoo-like mystical timbres. These are straightforward musical tools, made to withstand the occasional knock or two, and meant to lighten your load (both physically and psychologically).

Both TOOBs offer a very focused tone that is clear and bright, but not nasty or brittle. The mid-range also stays rather well-defined and uncoloured.

I think one shouldn’t get too hung up on the supposed Jazz- and Rock-connotations of the 12J and 12R models, especially as the 12J also performs well with acoustic-electric guitars, but the differences in sound are easy to hear. The TOOB 12J is the airier and more ”acoustic” of the pair, while the TOOB 12R offers much more low-end punch and overall focus.

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Reference speaker (Bluetone Shadows Jr. combo with a 10″ WGS Green Beret; Shure SM57):

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TOOB 12R:

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Reference speaker (Bluetone Shadows Jr. combo with a 10″ WGS Green Beret; Shure SM57):

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TOOB 12R:

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Any way you look at the TOOB™, you will have to concede that this new type of speaker cabinet is an ingenious solution to an age-old problem. The TOOB is just as rugged and roadworthy as it is lightweight and compact.

These unique cabinets sound great, with more than enough power on tap for most of us working stiffs, who play small to medium-sized indoor venues.

Combine a TOOB with one of the current micro-amps, like Vox’ MV50-series for example, and what you get is a powerful rig that’s hard to beat for ease of use and transportability.

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The TOOB

Lightweight guitar speaker cabinet

TOOB 12J: 369 €

TOOB 12R: 369 €

Contact: TOOB

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+ made in Finland

+ ruggedness

+ weight

+ power handling

+ soundSave

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23/03/2018

Now on Soundcloud: The TOOB

Contact: TOOB

22/02/2018

The TOOB – Testi tulossa – Review coming soon

11/11/2016

Thomas Blug ja BluGuitar Amp1 @ DLX Musiikki Helsinki

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DLX Musiikissa kävi eilen aito kuninkaalinen:

Saksalainen Thomas Blug, joka on saanut Fenderiltä vuonna 2004 tittelin ”Strat King of Europe”, tuli esittelemään omat, mullistavat BluGuitar-tuotteensa.

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BluGuitar-malliston keskiössä on Amp1-niminen satawattinen kitaravahvistin, joka näyttää lattiaefektiltä.

Amp1 ei perustu digitaaliseen mallinnukseen, vaan sen etuaste toimi täysin analogisesti. BluGuitarin omalla Nanotube-teknologialla varustettu pääteaste toimii D-luokan periaatteella.

BluGuitar-vahvistin tarjoaa neljä ohjelmoitavaa kanavaa, sekä boostin ja laadukkaan mallinnetun jousikaiun. Amp1 toimii sekä kitarakaapin kanssa (esim. BluGuitarin oma FatCab tai NanoCab) että suoraan miksauspöytään tai äänikorttiin kytkettynä.

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Thomas Blugilla oli mukana myös uusin BluGuitar-tuote – BluBox Speaker Emulator.

BluBox (tule myyntiin joulun tienoilla) on digitaalinen kaappimallinnin, joka tarjoaa 16 eri kaappimallia, sekä Position-säätimen virtuaalimikrofonin asennolle.

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BluGuitar-tuotteiden maahantuoja on EM Nordic.

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30/03/2015

Uusi Simo 3D -kitarakaappi Änäkäiseltä

Änäkäinen 3D – 2

Uusi Änäkäinen Simo 3D -kaappi on 2.1-tyylinen Wet/Dry/Wet-kaiutinkaappi akustiselle ja sähkökitaralle. Kaapin laidalla on PA-/Hifi-kaltainen stereofoninen kaksitie-ratkaisu, kun taas keskikaiuttimeksi on valittu Celestion Tonker Lite. Änäkäisen Simo 3D -kaapin idea on, että stereopuolelle ajetaan stereofoninen, kaiutettu signaali, samalla kun keskikaiuttimella hoidetaan kuivan signaalin vahvistamista. Triodipajan Lassi Ukkonen on ollut mukana suunnittelemassa kaiutinta, ja myös jakosuodin on hänen tekemänsä.

Tehonkesto on Änäkäisen uutukaisella peräti 200 wattia (keskikaiutin: 100 W/stereopuoli: 2 x 50 W), ja painoa vaivaiset 19 kg. Kotelo tehty suomalaisesta havuvanerista ilman ruuvin ruuvia puuseppämeiningillä. Hinta asiakkaalle: 1.480 €.

Lisätiedot: Puuverstas Änäkäinen

[klo 12:50 – Kaapin nimi muutettu. Lisätty tietoa Lassi Ukkosesta. Celestion-kaiuttimen tyyppi korjattu.]

Änäkäinen 3D – 1

Puuverstas Änäkäinen have just introduced their brand-new Simo 3D guitar cabinet, which is a 2.1-style Wet/Dry/Wet-cab for both acoustic and electric guitar. The Simo 3D cabinet’s stereo sides are equipped with a PA-style two-way speaker system, while a Celestion Tonker Lite has been selected for middle speaker duties. The 3D cab is meant to be used in a Brian May-style way – you run an effected stereo signal into the sides and feed a dry guitar signal to the middle speaker. Triodipaja’s main man, Lassi Ukkonen, has taken an active part in this cab’s design. Ukkonen also developed the audio crossover used in the Simo 3D.

Änäkäinen’s new model has a power rating of a whopping 200 W (Celestion: 100 W/stereo speakers: 2 x 50 W), while the weight has been kept surprisingly low at only 19 kilos. The cabinet is crafted from Finnish softwood plywood, all traditionally jointed without screws. Prices start from 1,480 €.

Contact: Puuverstas Änäkäinen

24/08/2012

Uudistettu Marshall MG-sarja – Carbon Fibre

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Marshall on hiljattain uudistanut MG-harjoitusvahvistinmallistoaan.

Vahvistimien ilme on nykyaikaistettu hyvin selkeillä etupaneeleilla ja grafiittikangansmaisella vinyylipäällysteellä.

Vahvistinosasto sinänsä on edelleen analoginen, mutta useissa malleissa on nyt myös digitaalisia efektejä (esim. chorus, flanger, oktaaveri, phaser ja delay) digikaiun lisäksi.

Mallisto ulottuu kaksiwattisesta MG2CFX-mallista ihan satawattiselle puolistäkille.

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Lisätiedot: EM Nordic

23/08/2012

Review: Ampeg Micro-CL -stack

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At NAMM 2012 Ampeg introduced their second micro stack to the public – the Ampeg Micro-CL.

The company’s first foray into this market segment came in the guise of the very successful Micro-VR (currently still available), which is a 200 Watt miniature version of Ampeg’s classic 1970s SVT. The brand-new Micro-CL takes its starting point from the Eighties version of the venerable Ampeg bass stack (the SVT-CL), offering 100 Watts of bass tone.

Ampeg’s Micro-CL -stack (current RRP in Finland: 505 €) brings the company’s classic look down to an easily manageable size.

The solid-state head weighs in at only about six kilos, with the cabinet clocking in at a very moderate 15 kg. The whole miniature stack is only about 80 cm tall – making it a very easy fit with almost any car boot.

The Micro-CL-head comes equipped with two inputs – one for passive and the other for active bass guitars – as well as a three-band EQ-section.

Because this amp is also very handy as a practice amp at home, Ampeg have added an Aux-input (with its own volume control) and a headphones output to the front panel.

On the head’s flip side you’ll find the speaker output, as well as phone jacks for the effects loop and the line-level output.

The stack’s cabinet – called the Ampeg MC-210E – is built using the same Infinite Baffle -principle also applied to the company’s famous (and huge) 8 x 10″ cabinets.

The completely enclosed cab comes loaded with two 10-inch speakers. The front grille is attached in the traditional way using velcro.

The workmanship seems spot on, with the miniature cabinet exuding the same air of rugged roadworthiness that its big brothers are known for.

The speaker input sits on its own metal plate.

Just to put things into perspective for you: Here’s the stack and a regular bass guitar case – yup, this stack really is small…

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The amp may be small and cuddly, but don’t forget we have a genuine 100 W Ampeg system here!

I was positively surprised by the sound levels this small bass amp dishes out. Using it at home I wouldn’t recommend turning the master volume anywhere above number three, if you want to stay on good terms with your neighbours.

In the rehearsal studio – where I also recorded the audio clips for this review – the Micro-CL left me in no doubt that it would be fully up to its task at rehearsals and even smaller gigs.

With regard to its sound the tiny stack proved to be a thoroughbred Ampeg: The tones on offer are fat and juicy, with the raunchy midrange growl this company’s bass amps are famous for.

With the master volume approaching 10 you will also be able to coax some tasty, tube-like overdrive from the Micro-CL – but I’d suggest using earplugs then.

Granted, the Ampeg Micro-CL -stack is something of a cutie, but this isn’t a fancy toy, it’s a real bass amp with a lot of Ampeg-tone to boot.

The audio clips have been recorded using my ’87 Rickenbacker 4003 (starting with the neck pickup):

Ampeg Micro-CL – fingerstyle

Ampeg Micro-CL – slap

Ampeg Micro-CL – pleck

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Ampeg Micro-CL -stack

current price in Finland 505 €

Finnish distributor: Soundtools

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Pros:

+ size

+ weight

+ sound

+ output levels

+ workmanship

+ authentic looks

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21/08/2012

Hughes & Kettner TubeMeister + Mr Fastfinger

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Lisätiedot: F-Musiikki