2 Cerwin-Vega, Dan Armstrong, Music Box, "Hot Cab", Speaker Cabinets, 4x10 and 2 x 12, '90s, Black

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2 Original Cerwin-Vega, Dan Armstrong, Music Box, "Hot Cab", Speaker Cabinets.

Cabinet 410G, serial# 10006 and cabinet 212G, serial# 10009. These are very special speakers and cabinets, designed by Dan Armstrong, featuring adjustable baffles inside (see text below). They were designed to be instruments themselves and they sound fantastic. Dan Armstrong was a major innovator and pioneer in the evolution of guitars, amps, and even effect pedals. These were floor demo models at the Namm Show 199? where they were demo'd by Dan Armstrong himself. The serial numbers reveal they are the 6th and 9th units produced. I purchased them years ago from Dan's colleague from Cerwin Vega. These cabinets show some minor scuffs and light wear and have been well kept inside my studio. Each cab is sold seperately. Price is for each one. Thank you for looking!


By the mid 1990s Dan Armstrong collaborated with Cerwin-Vega  - a company that produces professional audio components as well as home speakers & car audio components. For Dan, it was the former as he, along with the engineers at Cerwin Vega worked for nearly five years designing a line of guitar loudspeakers that could handle great amounts of power and deliver it efficiently. In addition, these newly designed loudspeakers were housed in unique, lightweight cabinets that would come to be known by musicians as Hot Cabs.

The interviewer mentioned that a new loud speaker "sounds interesting but was not a guitar" - and Dan replied "It's the thing you play the guitar through... it's the other end of the guitar. Everything in that chain has to sound good, the guitar, the cabinet, the speaker. This was a good place to start, and there has never been a speaker and cabinet that will do what this one does. I began by doing all this free air testing on all the speakers that are out there, without any cabinets - the only real way to compare speakers, by the way. You finally learn what the characteristics of these speakers are, without the enhancement of the cabinet. So I compared every speaker I could find that sounded any good at all with the guitar."

"All the Celestions, all the Electro Voices, all the JBL's, Jensens, Oxfords - all of them. We made comparisons of as many as we could find as examples, noted what was good about this and bad about that, and turned it over to the engineering staff and said 'Lets start with Cerwin Vega parts and make some speakers', so we did. And we have been reworking and refining the various models until finally we came up with one Cerwin Vega speaker that sounds better by far, to me. It had more of a musical sound than any of the other examples."

The interviewer then asked "And it's something that's ready for production right now?" To which Dan replied "It's something that went into production in December, and will be ready for shippment in a couple of months. The next thing was to design the cabinet that matched the speaker and I designed a cabinet that was extremely lightweight and very resonant. The back of the cabinet makes contact with the speaker, and has a soundpost placed in it. The speaker drives the back of the cabinet - and it functions like a musical instrument."

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Listed6 months ago
ConditionVery Good (Used)
Very Good items may show a few slight marks or scratches but are fully functional and in overall great shape.learn more
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