Saturday, September 25, 2010

Genz Benz Shuttle 12T Bass Cabinet

Good day!

This will finish up my “miniseries” describing my current bass amplification set-up. This is the a small cabinet (and the one that I use most often), a Genz Benz Shuttle Series 12T cabinet.

This cabinet is similar to the one that you would get if you purchased a Genz Benz Shuttle 6.0-12T combination amp, sans head unit and saddle. It was originally designed to be an extension cabinet for this combo.

Well, I already had the amp, so I picked up this cabinet by itself, and have never regretted it. This is the cabinet that I use for practice, so it never leaves the house. This is a shame, because this thing is easy to transport. It is only 18-inches tall and wide, and weighs in at a measly 27 pounds. Portable!

it Like its big brother, this is a well-built unit. It is covered with nifty nubbly vinyl. It has a 12-inch neodymium driver, and a 1-inch tweeter. There are huge ports in the back, and it can move a lot of air.

A nifty feature is the tilt-up stand on the bottom. You can use this to get the front edge off the floor and direct your sound a little better. It is spring loaded too! Sproing!

The Shuttle 12T cabinet has both ¼-inch and Speakon connectors, and not surprisingly it mates up perfectly with my Shuttle 6.0.

As for performance, this is a very loud cabinet for its size. It can handle 300 watts at 8 ohms and if you combine this cabinet with the Shuttle Combo, it will allow you to use its full 600 watt output.

This cabinet cannot move enough air to knock down my house, but it is plenty loud for practice and small venues. The sound is clear, with a respectable bass tone that is not muddy. It is also nice that the tweeter is adjustable, so you can dial out any extra clankiness. BTW, the tweeter cut is set at 4k.

This would be a great addition to a Shuttle 6.0 combo, or just a handy cabinet to have around for practice and small gigs. The only downside is that it is a bit expensive. The current list price on the Genz Benz STL-12T is $729, with a street price of $529.


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