Head or combo, which is best?

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  1. mickeydg5

    mickeydg5 Well-Known Member

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    Well heads and cabinets are separate, usually easier to pick up and are easier to service.

    Myself, stick to heads and 2x12's for the most part.
     
  2. MonstersOfTheMidway

    MonstersOfTheMidway Well-Known Member

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    @OP: either is better than nothing, but I'd prefer head+cab most of the time for my needs/purposes. Combos are great, but my choice is based on my preference more than inferior/superior bullsh*t.
     
  3. purpleplexi

    purpleplexi Well-Known Member

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    I'm currently in SV20 combo heaven. If I were playing at venues I'd get the matching cab for a cool mini stack. Then I'd replace both speakers with Alnico golds, then Id find some NOS mullards, then I'd get a gen 59 les paul with a badass top, then I'd - well, you know....
     
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    You can go back and forth with this, but the general consensus is that a head will give you more options. A combo is open back, whereas with a head you can use different cabs for different sounds. I need closed back cabs for my sound.

    However, if you try a combo side by side with an amp/head and the combo blows your mind, go for the combo. Money saved.
     
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    matttornado Well-Known Member

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    head and cab for the mentioned reasons.
     
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  6. Yoshiii

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    Thanks for everyones reply.

    I played the Origin 50 and the SV20 thru a 1X12 cab. Big differences from playing the Origin 50 combo.
     
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    Define best.

    Low end kick and and a visual impact that says you're the real deal?.. two side by side half stack's.. ofcourse...
    Fit the boot of a small car and easily to fit into a stage mix without dominating everything... open back combo..
    Getting approval from vocalist and sound guy... Battery powered "pignose" amp and "I just came for the beer" attitude

    .. and quoting Yngwie.."how can less be more?..more is more.."
     
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    Personal choice, nobody can answer this for you.
     
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    colchar Well-Known Member

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    Nobody likes paying for head..............................
     
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    Who likes payin? I sure don't lol
     
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    ricksdisconnected Well-Known Member

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    we have all payed for it at some point guys.
     
  12. Ramo

    Ramo Well-Known Member

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    Oh, yes . :bump:
     
  13. colchar

    colchar Well-Known Member

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    In one way or another, yes.
     
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    ricksdisconnected Well-Known Member

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    and some think they havent lol.
     
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    (This is NOT advise…..just sayin’)
    FOR ME: I really appreciate the extra bottom end from 1-12, 2-12, and 4-12 cabinets. And was very happy when I eventually got a couple extra 1-12 cabs that I can leave at a couple of places (one place is a friend’s house that I jam at frequently). This makes it easier to travel, only taking head and pedals.

    Though I know that everyone here recognizes the value and convenience of a grab-and-go type package. I do too but I miss the low end. Then I start looking for a small used cab.
     
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  16. Finnster

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    All combos can be heads……..no head can be a combo.

    In my experience, most FOH systems are so good/powerful that a mic on a combo or head/cab results in the same result for live use. Many gig spots near me request/require low stage volume and amps not blasting the faces of the crowd.

    With this being said, I like heads and cabs for many reasons previously stated… but for gigging, I have come to appreciate the ease of a combo. Get one of the new studio combos and if you want to add a cab later….easy as pie.
     
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    i like this. 30050515-600x600.jpg
     

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    scozz Well-Known Member Gold Supporting Member

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    I play only at home and I have both, but I prefer a head and cab,…

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    junk notes Well-Known Member

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    What's up there buddy?
    Coming out of the woodwork for this thread I see. Good. I came to post not to discount this setup. It is one of Marshall's most awesome combo combinations ever!! As a ½ stack user, I gigged this as an alternate to the 4x12 rig.:yesway:

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    I love the 4010 by itself, but with the 1933, it has a lot more oomph! Feel the power!

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    When you need more Bass, they should go on the floor (no casters if any).
     
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    I deliberately chose head and cab - far easier to transport...
     
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