I've been looking for a 4x12 cabinet to use for gigging, for "band" practice (with a *LOUD* drummer and bass), and for recording. As I already have a Marshall 1965B 4x10 cab, I am looking for something that will cover the low-end better and not sound as "brittle" at higher volumes as the Marshall 1960-series 4x12 cabs I've used in the past. I will be using a Marshall JCM2000 DSL 100 watt head to power the cab. I use a 7-string guitar tuned down a half-step from standard tuning (Bb-Eb-Ab-Db-Gb-Bb-Eb), as well as 6-string guitars also tuned down a half step (Eb-Ab-Db-Gb-Bb-Eb), including "drop-tuning" on all guitars from time to time (i.e.: Db-Ab-Db-Gb-Bb-Eb).
I have been looking at many brands, including Behringer, Crate, H&K, Peavey, etc., just to name a few. I've pretty much narrowed my search to either a Mesa Boogie 4x12 Recto standard, or one of the Marshall Mode-IV 280 watt cabs. Either way, I will be going with the straight-faced version, rather than slant version, to increase the low-end response.
Any opinions about either of these cabs? Reliability? Durability? Even though I know they both have Celestion V-30's in them, any differences worth noting (i.e. speaker fatigue, etc.) between the different brands of cabs?
Another thought I had was to get a less-expensive Behringer 4x12 cab, which appears to have a tad bit more internal cab volume (30.25" x 32.25" x 15") than the Mesa Recto standard (32.875" x 30.25" x 14.25"), and replace the drivers with a set of 4 Celestion V-30"s purchased from Mesa. That way, I could save a bit of money while still getting the larger sized cabinet and Mesa-ized versions of the Celestion V-30s. How much of a difference would the cheap press-board material of the Behringer cab make compared to the "solid" wood of the Mesa and Marshall cabs?
Any suggestions or any other options out there I should look into?