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So I thought I might revisit this topic. I have a customer made 4x12 with vintage 30s and it sounds good. I am looking at getting a pair of 2x12 cabs to run in stereo and wanted to see if there were any updated opinions on the subject. Try to find an ADA spilt stack with the rocket 50s for a good price? Get an unloaded 2x12 and mix & match? Celestions 65s? Scumtbacks? Maybe some heavy EV 12s?

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Re: Any new opinions on 2x12 cabs & speakers?
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You could go the cheapest way and convert your 4 x 12 to stereo although it would only be 60w per side.  I have slant split stacks, 2 with boogie celestion 90w speakers and one with celestion 75w which I run in stereo (so only one cab to lug).  The boogie celestions are a little toppy (like most things boogie) but being 90w speakers gives me 180w per cab (hard to blow up).  I'm reasonable happy with them though the split stacks are a bit "beamy" so if I'm using the 2 boogie loaded cabs I often turn them on their side.  If you want to load some 2 x 12 cabs you could considers these ( or similar (they have other models but the 75w would be the go IMHO).
I bought a pair of messa P112s for my bass rig (so 1 x 12 plus tweeter which you can turn off). 300w 8ohm cabs.  They sound great for guitar/bass/vocals...  I leave the tweeter on an use the cab sim outs on my MP2 for guitar.  They are expensive cabs but really impressive and very well made.  As they are bass cabs they would really suit drop tunings.
Studio Rig: MP2/MB1 > Eurorack UB2442FX-Pro > TC M-One XL > Behringer Truths (with Truth Sub) / QUAD ESL 63s
Live Rig: MP2/MB1 > Alesis Quadverb > Alesis Midiverb 4 > Yamaha AM802 > B200s/Carvin TS100/DCM200L > ADA Split Stacks/Mesa P112s
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