Appropriate Cab for DSL40C?

Discussion in 'Cabinets & Speakers' started by Kevin Mitchell, Jan 20, 2014.

  1. Kevin Mitchell

    Kevin Mitchell New Member

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    Hey everyone this is my first post here in regard to the lack of info on matching a cab with this beautiful combo amp. It's not that I am dissatisfied with the combo itself. I'm very pleased with it! But I'm fixing an idea to find that perfect Marshall cab to expand the current rig. I wish I could find one with appropriate dimension and look (white piping, matching tolex & grill).

    Does anyone know the ACTUAL dimensions of the MX212? Seemingly this would be the easiest/cheapest choice. But info on this box is inconsistant here on the web. My best guess is just under 30inches matching with the DSL100H.
    Found on this sales page

    Is it even worth it to extend the 40C with an additional cab?
     
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    Yes, it is well worth it to attach a cab to the DSL40c.
    It adds a depth that is sometimes missing with an open-back cab.

    Marshalls new site has all the dimensions for their cabs.
    The MX212 is 750 x 545 x 315, but it is an 8-ohm cab.
    You would not be able to use it in conjunction with the internal speaker.
    (that is unless you rewired it with different speakers...)
     
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  3. Kevin Mitchell

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    Yeah modding the mx212 to run both combo and cab is seemingly a fair option and really wouldn't cost much.

    What are some good alternatives?
     
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    Hello Kevin
    You could always get the MX112 or a custom 1x12 or 2x12 at 16 ohm to use with the combo and its 16 ohm speaker.
     
  5. Kevin Mitchell

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    How about the JVMC212? The dimensions seem good aside from being a little wider in length. I would like something wide, preferably matched specs so I can stack the two.

    Maybe I should consider building my own Marshall replica cab with perfect dimensions?
     
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    mickeydg5 Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    The JVMC212 is a great cabinet with a great sound but is open back.
     
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    Micky Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    Kinda sad really the offerings Marshall does NOT have for cabinets.
    Most of their lower-priced cabs are 8-ohm, and generally contain speakers no one in their right mind would normally use.

    Personally I like the 1922, but it is mono 8-ohm and stereo 16-ohms each side.
    Another major fail if you ask me. To top it off it has 12-75's in it.

    Same way for the MX212, MDF construction with Seventy-80's loaded into an 8-ohm cabinet.

    Looks like Avatar is the way to go to get something you really want, let's say, a 2X12 made with birch plywood, loaded with greenbacks. Or WGS V30's. Wired for 16-ohms mono (no stereo opiton that no one ever uses).

    Don't even get me going on dimensions... Marshall doesn't make a SINGLE matching (size) cab for their combos. Go figure...
     
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    I've decided to make a replica Marshall with 2 x 10inch 16ohm speakers. I'd construct it to match the dsl40c width and depth. Haven't made a cab yet but with some ingenuity I think it'll be a great extension. Doesn't seem too complicated.
     
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    Kevin,
    Just a couple of thoughts/opinions.
    A - While I like a combo for the "grab & go" convenience of going to a quick jam, I really don't like the sound of open back speaker setups.
    B - It is my opinion that much of the benefit gained by adding a closed back extension cabinet is defeated by running it in conjunction with the combo's open backed speaker.
    C - I think you would be best served by considering your extension cab to be used by itself and ONLY use the combo speaker when doing a "grab & go." This also makes the combined impedance factor less of an issue.
    All that being said, I have several combos and two very old 4x12 cabs loaded with greenbacks and these cabs are guaranteed to bring out the best of any combo by ignoring the combo's speaker!
    JMHO,
    Gene
     
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    I see the DSL 40C as only being partially open back as it doesn't have a huge opening like in some other combo amps. That being said, any of the custom cab builders could no doubt build a solid back panel for short money.
     
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    Micky Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    There is no top vent on the DSL40c, so you need an open back for ventilation.
    I wish it was that easy...
     
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    You beat me to it!:wave: To add to that, even if we ignore the ventilation issue, just slapping a back cover on a possibly improperly sized box will not necessarily achieve the desired result.;)
    JMHO,
    Gene
     
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    Just curious. Any luck with the DSL40C and MX412? I've been considering this combination until I get the DSL100H.
     
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    Adding an extra 1X12 to the DSL40 certainly made the amp BIGGER for me.
     
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    I'll be plugging the DSL40C into the MX412A tonight. Will post review in a few days
     
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    Quick pictures of how it looks with DSL40C on top. Will post sound clips soon.
     

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    home made

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    My first Marshall! after years of owning Fender and Fender type amps im on official Marshall owner!
    Im in the same boat. I just got the dsl40c and love it. The volume level is nice but I would like it to push more air. There is a guy in town that is telling me that pluging into a cab would be a waste of the combo speaker and though I would love to use the combo speaker in combination with a 16 ohm 12 cab making the amp a 2x12. But from what ive read do I not want to mix open and closed speakers? Im not opposed to buying an entire 4x12 cab but my intention is to still have the convenience of a grab and go amp but also have the option to increase the volume of air if need be with a cab. My next comment im sure is blasphemous but I mainly play the clean channel with no gain but I was really hoping to beef this up a bit.
     
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    I had mine setting on a (I think) 1965a 4x10 and the dimensions seemed to fit perfect.
    Also sounded outstanding as I could run both the cab (16 ohms) and the internal combo speaker.
     
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