A couple of years ago, one could always find a quality speaker cab for sale local. I used to buy up anything vintage just to salvage the speakers, but also kept a couple of nice Avatar JDesign cabs. For the past week I haven't seen anything out there for sale...nothing.
I know people have gravitated to combo amps so the extension cabs are becoming relics of the past, but there has been a ton of them sold and built over the decades so they must be out there collecting dust somewhere, right?
I could just order a new cab and shell out $500 plus, but I really don't want to do that. I have a collection of speakers that I always enjoy experimenting with and having several cabs available makes it a lot more enjoyable than changing out speakers.
I have a pair of Altec 417 speakers right now sitting on the shelf that I want to drop into a 2x12 both for playing and for protection, but don't want to replace the present speakers in my current 2x12 cab. I also have a couple of old oxfords that despite the bad rap, I tend to really like them for blues tones and hate to see them just sitting there in a box.
I just miss the good old days when you found cabs all day long for sale at not much more than the price of the speakers.
I've been looking lately, because I'm trying to go the other way, or at least have more options. I'd like a 2x10 and/or a 2x12, that I could maybe change the baffle to convert to 1x15 (or 2x10). What I've been seeing is 4x12 cabs all day, non-marshall as low as $40. Not much of what I'm looking for, although I did pass up a nice 1x15 guitar cab a couple months ago because I didn't have time to go get it.
I've considered converting one of those 4x12s to 2x12.
There is also a very cheap fender frontman 212 amp, which I've considered using as a cab. Bad idea? I don't need a heavy duty cab, but don't want buzzy chipboard.
Right now I have a couple test cabs, a 1x12, and a 2x10, but one is covered in the rat fur, and one that peavey bedliner stuff, and they're both too ugly for stage use for me