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Veteran 30 closed or open back?

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darklingdesigns
02/04/2012 11:25am

I have a Veteran 30 on hand that I intend to build into a 1x12 cab to pair with a Blackstar HT5 head. I've got most of the cab constructed but I'm trying to decide whether to seal the back completely or leave it partially open. Any input on which would be best for this combination? If I do close the back would it need some venting or completely sealed?

Thanks.

VAUGHN SKOW
02/04/2012 12:36pm

What's the size of the cab?

darklingdesigns
02/04/2012 7:48pm

Interior dimensions are 20.25 x 20.25 x 11.75 (average due to a slightly slanted front)

Construction is cabinetry grade oak faced plywood 0.75 thickness.

The main joints are dovetailed and glued/screwed with any other joints being filled with a bead of caulk. So with the right gasket on the back it isnt' an issue to completely seal the cab.

VAUGHN SKOW
02/05/2012 1:21pm

Okay, that's a large enough cab that you could go either way and be fine. 

A sealed cab will be more directional, and have a more solid bottom.

An open-back cab will be more 3-dimensional and organic sounding.

A cab with a big oval port (about 1/3 the size of the back, & centered) will greatly augment and emphasize low-end, while also sounding fairly three-dimensional.  Same goes for a 2/3 closed back cab.

darklingdesigns
02/06/2012 6:06am

Thanks for the input. I had originally planned a 2/3 cab. Top and bottom plate on the back with an open center. I may stick with that.