Rusty the Scoob wrote:I've been intrigued by those fEarful designs since I have some carpentry skills... which one did you build and how are you powering it?
Well, I didn't build it myself. I bought it from the Talkbass classifieds, but it's the 15/6/1, ie. it's a got a 15" woofer, a 6" mid and a 1" tweeter with a waveguide. I power it with a Crest CA9 (1600 watts bridged mono into 8 ohms! Yeah, baby!) or an Eden WTX-500 for small gigs and rehearsals. It seriously cranks and I'm thinking of selling all my other cabs and building a 12/6 with a student of mine who's a professional carpenter and calling it done. The 12/6 is probably not necessary, but it would be good to have a small cabinet for smaller gigs and for really big outdoor gigs I could use both.
I highly recommend this design. The bottom is huge and effortless (and the rest of it doesn't suck) and the thing weighs hardly anything for what it does. Casters absolutely not required. If not for the size, it would be an easy one hand carry. Anyone in Colorado is welcome to come by and check it out.
So, to get back on topic:
For $2000, I'd build a fEARful 15/6 ($5-600), get a used Crest CA9 ($500) and a SMS Classic pre ($700, less if you can find it used) and have some cash left over. If you want to save some weight, I hear some people are using the new peavey IPR3000s with fEARfuls with good results and it saves 50lbs. Still I find it hard to believe that any power amp really gives the oomph that a Crest does.