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Hartke 410 Transporter Bass Cabinet

Hartke 4x10 Transporter Bass CabinetI’d been needing a bass cabinet for ages. The original plan was to buy one before I stopped driving a truck, but that didn’t work out. So I’d been scrambling ever since, trying to figure out I was going to get back into playing when I didn’t have a bass rig. So I was more than a little surprised when I went into Stevie B’s in Saint Petersburg to pick up some bass strings, and one of the guys working there offered to sell me his bass cabinet.

I figured I needed one, but the timing was bad. I mean, I wanted it, but didn’t have the money for it. As luck would have it, though, that money fell into my lap about a week later. So I headed straight back to Stevie B’s, just knowing that the cabinet would be gone. But it was still there. I picked it up and brought it home.

This isn’t the best cabinet in the world, but it does fine for my purposes. Most of the places we play aren’t huge arenas, so this bass cabinet does the trick. I’ve heard plenty of people complain about the Transporters, but I don’t know what all the fuss is about. Sure, if I could afford to buy an $800 Ampeg cabinet I probably would have. I got this one for $160. It’s good enough. And for what I’m using it for, it’s perfect. So I’m not complaining.

And yes, there’s a Detroit Diesel 60 tag on the upper left of the cabinet. I’d saved that from my truck driving days and always intended to put it on a bass cabinet. Well, now I have.

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