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Sound City Cab - help

Postby MojoIglesias on Sat Jun 21, 2014 5:50 pm

Hi everyone,

Got my hands on a SC cab the other day.
I have no idea what I have, but to my ears it was the better sounding of three (the others being Hiwatt SE4123 and SE4122 cabs).

See pictures and more info on my website: http://www.studioncp.com/SOUNDCITY.htm

So, what do I have here?

Thanks for your replies in advance!

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Re: Sound City Cab - help

Postby Papa Dog on Sat Jun 21, 2014 7:50 pm

whatcha got there looks to be
a very glean early 70s (pre-dmi) Sound City L100 guitar cab. Maybe even late 60s.
very early, as it is rear loaded with a removable back and looks like all ply construction.
later DA era cabs were MDF and front loaded.

Those are the fabled Fane drivers...a worthy find, in and of themselves and more desired than the Eminence drivers usually installed in American cabs.

Thing looks too clean. ya seldom see the tolex in such good condition and the badge on the front looks brand new. It also looks like a flat metal one and not the molded plastic more common to be seen on the right front. Usually I have seen
the metal badges in the center, but there are exceptions.

On second look, at least the back has been recovered. Back is not the correct tolex.
The grill should not be "wheat", so that has been replaced as well, although it looks good.

Just FYI, the drivers made be original, and if they all work and the cab sounds good to you then it is a good investment.
BUT...it aint "all original". Still a decent cab (IMHO) and worth having.
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Re: Sound City Cab - help

Postby shakti on Sat Jun 21, 2014 8:19 pm

I have one almost exactly like it...same construction, tolex and speakers, but mine doesn't have the DA badge on the back (don't think it ever had one, so I am guessing mine might be ever so slightly earlier...herringbone grille cloth and centered SC badge as well). It's an excellent cab, extremely rich, vibrant and percussive, with an amazingly deep bass. It can be a little piercing with the wrong guitar/amp combination though.

I would be very interested in hearing how it compared to the Hiwatt cabs you had side by side, especially compared to the SE4122. The speaker type in your cab (Fane 12287) was a model which was introduced during Dave Reeves' time with SC, and may have been used in the earliest Hiwatt SE4122s with the herringbone grille cloth. More likely though, the early (69ish) SE4122 cabs used early Fane 122142 speakers, which used a cone with a different bass resonance but were otherwise probably identical to the 12287s. ALso, the early SE4122 cabs may have been rear ported, whereas the SC cabs were fully closed. Later (1971-2 and on) SE4122 cabs were always rear ported, and I believe the 122142 speakers were also changed a little (different cone, larger dustcap and taller voice coil former, similar to the 122231 model speakers introduced with the SE4123 cabs around that time).

Do you know which year the SE4122 cab you tried was, and how did it sound compared to the SC cab? I have a '73 SE4123 as well, but never tried a Hiwatt SE4122.
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Re: Sound City Cab - help

Postby shakti on Sat Jun 21, 2014 8:25 pm

Oh, and I agree with the time frame...1969 or more likely 1970...hard to tell without knowing which grille cloth and badge type/placement it originally had.
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Re: Sound City Cab - help

Postby MojoIglesias on Sun Jun 22, 2014 8:06 am

Ah this I forgot to say.
The grill cloth is new, and so is the sound city logo.
Don't know about the tolex..

Thanks for your replies!
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Re: Sound City Cab - help

Postby robkhooster on Mon Jun 23, 2014 9:12 am

Oooh I've got one of those, awesome sounding cab. Did you replace the grille yourself?
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Re: Sound City Cab - help

Postby MojoIglesias on Tue Jun 24, 2014 6:04 pm

Nope, I did not. Bought the cab second hand. Apparently the original grill was in very bas shape, and the logo was missing.
Still, it was a bargain.
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Re: Sound City Cab - help

Postby robkhooster on Tue Jun 24, 2014 8:32 pm

Looks great! They did a better job than I did of making a replacement grille (my cab had it's grille cloth removed with a knife at some point :-/).
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Re: Sound City Cab - help

Postby chal.nikkal on Sat Jan 17, 2015 9:38 am

More likely though, the early (69ish) SE4122 cabs used early Fane 122142 speakers, which used a cone with a different bass resonance but were otherwise probably identical to the 12287s. ALso, the early SE4122 cabs may have been rear ported, whereas the SC cabs were fully closed. Later (1971-2 and on) SE4122 cabs were always rear ported, and I believe the 122142 speakers were also changed a little (different cone, larger dustcap and taller voice coil former..???
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