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Offline Bob Cruz

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After 40 years in a closet, look what followed me home....
« on: September 27, 2016, 10:36:37 AM »




Of course, I got it for peanuts.  :P  I've been patiently looking for a nice tuck 'n roll cabinet in blue sparkle for quite a long time.  Most examples stunk of bar gigs, had torn vinyl, cigarette burns and were overpriced.  This is the first 115 I've seen and it has the desirable JBL D-140F speaker.  It literally did spend 40 years in a closet before being inherited and sold to me by a super-nice guy.  He's using the sale proceeds for a medical mission in Haiti, bless him.

I'll give it a tryout as is at a rehearsal but I suspect I'm going to want to swap in an Eminence 3015 and maybe add a crossover and tweet.  The JBL would then go into a guitar cabinet for a buddy of mine.   :) :D ;D
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Re: After 40 years in a closet, look what followed me home....
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2016, 12:05:39 PM »
Wow, that looks super cool!
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Re: After 40 years in a closet, look what followed me home....
« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2016, 12:10:15 PM »
It fits my vintage motif (I turned 60 earlier this month).  :o  ;)
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Re: After 40 years in a closet, look what followed me home....
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2016, 12:49:18 PM »
60 is the new 35 Bob - which makes me 43!
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Re: After 40 years in a closet, look what followed me home....
« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2016, 01:10:37 PM »
You know that D-140F was very specifically made as a bass speaker.  The D130's were not and neither were the D130F's.  Easy to discern which is which because the D140F has the ridges on the cone.  The D130's use to blow all the time but the D130F's stood up to instrument use pretty well.  The D140F was specifically designed for bass when JBL was re-designing their D130's to the new D130F specs.   It's a very good speaker, especially for "old school" sound!

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Re: After 40 years in a closet, look what followed me home....
« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2016, 01:54:15 PM »
Thanks, Dan.  I know it's a bass speaker and at home it sounds pretty good, just not as deep as some of my other gear.  I won't know how it will do at church until I take it in for a rehearsal, and it may very well be good as is.  It's also known as a pretty good guitar speaker although some like the 130s more since they're brighter.  My buddy's a rhythm guitarist and I think he would like this JBL if it gets swapped out.

I opened up the cabinet (thank goodness for my powered driver that took care of all 22 screws in about a minute) to deal with plugging old caster holes, and guess what the factory used as a gasket material?  Black grease.  Yes, it was grease, not some old foam that had liquified.  Man that was a nuisance to clean up.  I put a foam gasket in when I sealed it back up.  It had never been opened and there were no stripped screws anywhere.  Construction is pretty solid but weight isn't unbearable, about 55 pounds, and the Bakelite handles are placed just right.
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Re: After 40 years in a closet, look what followed me home....
« Reply #6 on: September 29, 2016, 09:53:57 AM »
That's a nice looking cab Bob. It looks brand new. Good score!

Bob said:
" It's also known as a pretty good guitar speaker although some like the 130s more since they're brighter.  My buddy's a rhythm guitarist and I think he would like this JBL if it gets swapped out."

Back in the day when Kustom and Bassman rigs were popular there were quite a few guitar players who liked the extra beef from playing through a bass rig.
One of my early bass rigs was an Ampeg 100 watt guitar head thru a Bassman cab. It was nice.

Congratulations getting that cab!
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Re: After 40 years in a closet, look what followed me home....
« Reply #7 on: September 29, 2016, 10:43:56 AM »
Thanks, Jim.  After playing this for practice each day, I think I may just use it here at home and not change a thing about it.  I put it in a corner to reinforce the lows and use the Enhance on my Eden WTX at about 10 o'clock.  First time I've ever used the Enhance!  Peace, Bob
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Re: After 40 years in a closet, look what followed me home....
« Reply #8 on: September 29, 2016, 10:47:11 AM »
Oh, I recognize him: he is the brother of R2D2...  ;)
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Re: After 40 years in a closet, look what followed me home....
« Reply #9 on: September 29, 2016, 11:06:19 AM »
blue sparkle!!!! Amazing Bob !!!

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Re: After 40 years in a closet, look what followed me home....
« Reply #10 on: October 09, 2016, 05:01:18 PM »
That is one heck of a barn find. Nice score.
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Re: After 40 years in a closet, look what followed me home....
« Reply #11 on: October 09, 2016, 06:11:41 PM »
That is one heck of a barn find. Nice score.
Thanks, I couldn't be happier.  It's amazing for daily practice.  I backed off the Enhance and now just have a touch of bass EQ (1:00 or slightly less) and the treble EQ dimed.  The old JBL speaker sounds beautiful in this cabinet.  Bob
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