BAR EFACED BIG B A B Y II BA S S CABINET PRICE £ 6 9 9
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Kev Sanders files his long-term test report on the Barefaced Big Baby II cab.
Does it live up to the high standards set by the Compact 12s w e review ed?
(Spoiler: Yes it does!)
Barefaced
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f we were to run a
BGM
reviewers' Gear Of The Year award, a
serious contender for a gong in the bass cabinet category would
have to be the Barefaced Super Compact 12 cabs we tested back
in
BGM
113.
We were impressed not only by the quality of the sound, but
also by the fresh approach that the guys at Barefaced had taken
to both the design and construction.
Around the same time we were also given one of the company's
Big Baby IIs for long-term appraisal. It's still a single 12” cab, but a bit
bigger than the SC12s. The addition of a high quality horn unit gives
the cab a slightly wider frequency response too.
Like all Barefaced cabs, the BB2 has a traditional,
even retro look - an image reinforced
by the silver cloth grille
and chrome corner
protectors. To recap,
they're constructed
around a complex
internal structure of
interlocking panels
made from 9mm
dual density ply. This
not only makes them
incredibly rigid, but
also very light.
We've gigged,
recorded and
rehearsed the Big Baby
II cab relentlessly,
and the good news
is that it's performed
faultlessly. The quality
of the sound, even at
very high volumes,
has continued to
impress with its lack
of distortion and
full, HiFi-accurate
tone. The addition of
the HF unit, which
is adjustable via an
attenuator on the rear
panel, makes it even
more versatile, and
unlike the Compact 12s (which
we felt were better suited to electric bass)
the BB2 cab sounds just as impressive with double
"WE'VE GIGGED, RECORDED AND
REHEARSED THE BIG BABY II CAB
RELENTLESSLY, AND THE GOOD NEWS IS
THAT IT'S PERFORMED FAULTLESSLY"
bass as it does with four- and five-string
bass guitar.
So, no bad bits at all?
Not really: the hard,
glossy black finish
dulled a little during
the cold weather, but
it was soon brought
back to its initial shine
with a quick squirt
of Mr Sheen and a
polishing cloth. The
single strap handle on
the side is a little tight to
get your fingers under,
but that's about it, and
even though we've been
transporting it without
a case or cover, it looks
and sounds as good as it
did when new, despite
being in and out of
dozens of hire vans and
car boots.
One Big Baby II
cab works brilliantly
for so many different
applications that
personally, I think a 4
ohm version of this cab
would be a great idea.
That way you'd get full
power and headroom from your
amp and if used sensibly the cab would
certainly handle it. ■
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