A 2×10″ Speaker Cab That Sounds Better Than a 2×12″

A 2×10″ Speaker Cab That Sounds Better Than a 2×12″

I’ve always been a dedicated user of 12″ speakers, be it a 1×12, 2×12, or 4×12. Years ago I had a Musicman 210RD that was 100 watts with 2 10″speakers. It was loud but was lacking that full rounded sound and it didn’t project near as well as 12″ speakers would have. That was my last outing with 10’s until now. (with the exception of an Ampeg SVT with an 8×10 cab, but that’s a completely different animal so it doesn’t count here) . I stumbled across a 2×10 cab that sounds every bit as good as a 2×12. amp-frontBetter even. It’s a Panama Boca Series Oversized 2×10. Speakers are British Ceramic 10’s, and the cabinet is oversized with a floating baffle. The whole thing is made from “sustainable exotic tonewoods” (oh fuck, here we go again). So does any one of those details make it sound as good as it does? Is it all of them together? Don’t know, don’t care. All I know is it has great tone. Firm bottom end, punchy mids, and smooth highs. Slightly later breakup than V30’s and they never sound farty. Somebody put a lot of thought into these cabs that’s for sure. Aesthetically they nailed it. The cab is designed like Orange cabs with that wide picture frame style which I love.  amp cornerThe grill cover is made of perforated steel which allows the exotic wood baffle to show through. Overall build is solid and meticulous. It’s a 16 ohm cab with a jack for daisy chaining another cab if needed. I can’t find a single bad thing to say about this little beauty. I got this one on craigslist for $140 in as new condition. Amazon did well them but they are no longer available from them except in the Panama Neodymium Road series which is a lot more money. However, you can get it direct from Panama Guitars by pre-order only. If you ever get the chance to try one you really should. I think you’ll be surprised. Oh and they also come in 1×10, 1×12, 2×12 etc. All in all this was an amazing find. As always ymmv.

Russ

Dean Leslie West Peace Sign Signature Soltero, Dean Leslie West Flame Maple Tobacco Burst Signature Soltero, Gibson Les Paul Studio, Hamer Studio,, Epiphone Les Paul (Korean), Ovation Celebrity, Laney Cub 12R, Blackstar, HT-1R, Jet City JCA20H, Jet City JCA22H, Orange OR15, and a lot of dirt pedals, some store bought some DIY.

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