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RA Custom Tone-Ring Cabinets

The RA Custom Tone-Ring Cabinets are built to order, like most of my components.

I’ve taken to gluing and screwing the baffle, making it the most durable of any tone-ring cabinet I know of. The grill is Velcro-loaded for easy access to the front of the tone-ring/speaker. This saves a LOT of headaches, trust me.

All pictures you see were custom-ordered. Some like it stock, some like it RED. Some like it Blonde. Some like the original jack-cup in the original location, some like it center/top.

Tell me how you’d like yours. Most custom colors/grillcloth/changes are NO EXTRA CHARGE. Some are just a few more bucks.

 

15″ RA Custom Tone-Ring Cabinet ,   Complete w/piggyback bushings, Fender 19″ tilt-back legs, AND thumbscrews. Call Rick for Price.

 

12″ RA Custom Tone-Ring Cabinet ,  Complete w/piggyback bushings, Fender 16″ tilt-back legs, AND thumbscrews. Call Rick for Price.

Also available.without legs, bushings, thumbscrews.

10″ Tone-Rings?… Yes, for now.. Call me..

 

Any questions?  Please  Email me or Call 309-267-8145

Email Rick HERE

When I was about 14, I heard the best bass guitar tone ever.  It was my neighbor, Terry Walters.  He was the bass player for Dan Fogelberg’s band (The Coachmen),  here in Peoria. He played a Jazz bass through a 1964 Showman with the 15″ Tone-Ring bottom, JBL D130F speaker.  I have not heard better bass toneage since.  Did I say “toneage”?  Good word, I’ll keep it.   I got to hear that bass every week for several years until Fogelberg finally made it out of Peoria and into Nashville and beyond..

Email Rick HERE

Leo Fender’s engineering group came up with a clever bass reflex cabinet in the early 1960’s.  The speaker is installed in steel “hoop” called a “tone-ring”.  This assembly mounts to an “inner baffle” which is attached to the front main baffle via 1-by ribs, creating the “port” between the baffles.  If you haven’t knowingly heard one of these in a jazz, funk, or rock band, then your ears are in for a real treat!  The 15″ Fender Tone-Ring bottom was available with a Showman head initially.  By special order you could get the 12″, 15″, or a 10″ Tone-Ring bottom up-grade to almost any Fender head.  Fender quit making the Tone-Ring cabs shortly after CBS bought them out.  But, alas, there’s still a few rings being made.  But like most good things, the end is near…. So order accordingly…

I have access to just a few Tone-Rings, both the 12″ and 15″.  So, if you’re interested in a Tone-Ring cabinet, I make the best I’ve seen.  No brag, just fact.  The RA Tone-Ring cabinets are faithful to the original Fender design almost 100%. The difference being a small modification to the grill.  The RA method is a Velcro-loaded front grill, making speaker installation and removal a breeze.  Believe me, it’s a worthy up-grade.  Buy one, you’ll thank me profusely. 😉  If you don’t like it ( I can’t imagine),  there’s a line of players out there who would gladly take it off your hands QUICK!