the project of adding two 8's to the head looks pretty fun... but it looks like kind of a lousy sounding cabinet in the first place.
it obviously wasn't designed for speakers. maybe i'm wrong, perhaps the right baffle could do it, but it just looks like all guts and no body. i have found that it's really good to have some empty space in the cabinet, and a bonafide speaker baffle board.
i like your idea of something like a Vibrolux Reverb cab. i generally love the open-back sound, too.
and if you go custom, maybe even make it a little taller for more internal space/resonance. ask the cab builder what they think!
i started out playing bass through an Ampeg SVT... when i started gigging guitar on nice stages, i used a Super Reverb.
so, i have a long tradition of using heavy gear, and have often used an amp dolly with good wheels. it could be a simple furniture dolly, or this - my favorite gigging tool, which can carry my amps and pedalboard (which is also stupid heavy): https://handtrucks2go.com/Superlite-Fol ... Truck.html
you might remember my Bassmania custom combo, the 3x10 blonde. one of the sweet things i did right away is put casters on it. while i still use my hand truck to negotiate crumbly parking lots and stairs, it's real dreamy to have casters in the studio for moving amps around.
i worked with JD Newell on the design, and we had a real good back-and-forth over email and on the phone. i was ecstatic to find that my little theory about internal cabinet space brought a rich and spacious low-end to the sound. it was an unusual arrangement for sure, but it worked out nicely. it's endless fun experimenting with different speaker combinations.
here it is with the blackface '66 chassis:
andy wrote: ↑Wed Jun 17, 2020 9:39 pmI am a little torn! Obviously a combo version of the amp will be heavier but really how much heavier would it be? The head by itself is 40 pounds! Jensen speakers weigh almost nothing and the combo would have a pine cab. Where as the head is in a heavy MDF cab. Plus I prefer the sound of open-back combos. BUT! I also see the advantage of using different speaker cabs and breaking up the weight in that way. I've priced it out and it looks like it will cost ~$700