ToneBone CABBONE Speaker Switcher

Speaker Cabinet Switcher.

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The Cabbone allows switching between two speaker cabinets conected to a single amplifier head.

This means a guitarist can swap from say, a Fender 2x12" open back, to a Marshall 4x12" slant with one foot stomp! The Cabbone employs high-performance gold contact relays to switch the amp's speaker output to either cabinet without adding colour or compromising your sound. And Cabbone is safe – switching is controlled by a timer IC that manages a ramped connection overlap for constant load on the output. With SafeMode™ the input signal connects to output-1 automatically if power is ever lost.

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To reduce 'cable spaghetti' on stage, Cabbone is equipped with our Slingshot™remote controlled switching system. Slingshot allows any standard footswitch to control switching from your pedalboard or wherever you like, keeping the amp-to-cabinet cables short and efficient. Slingshot can also switch amp channels, effects or other Slingshot™ equipped devices, to get those perfect tone combinations quickly and with one click instead of a tap dance routine!

Like all Radial products, the Cabbone is built tough to handle the road: 14 gauge steel, baked enamel finish, high performance parts throughout. You get all of this in a compact enclosure that is ultra quiet and completely transparent to the tone of your amp. Cabbone - another creative tool for making better music from the Tonebone tone fanatics at Radial.

Basic setups:

The Cabbone speaker cabinet switcher is laid out simply & logically. In the most basic setup, the head connects to the Cabbone and the Cabbone connects to the two speaker cabinets. Assuming your amplifier is set to 8-Ohms and your two speaker cabinets are also 8-ohms, the set up is straight forward – once connected, all you do is hit the footswitch and you can now to toggle from one speaker to the other. Basic Cabbone setup with two 8-Ohm cabinets:       


In setups where you have different speaker impedance values or different loads, using the Cabbone makes it easy with a second 'amp-to-Cabbone' connection. For example, the 4-Ohm output is directed to the 4-Ohm speaker while the 8-Ohm output would go to the 8-Ohm speaker.

In situations where you do not have different outputs for different speaker loads, you will have to make some choices. Different loads may yield different output levels or tonal variances based on the type of amplifier you are using. It is a good idea to familiarize yourself with your options so that you can get the most out of your equipment. Complete details are explained in ‘understanding speaker loads’ below.

As a rule of thumb, lowering the load on a transistor amp will yield a higher output. On tube amps, lowering the impedance increases the workload on the tubes, which often makes the amp sound fatter but does so, alas, at the expense of reducing the tube's lifespan. Make sure you consult your amplifier manufacturer’s specifications and minimum load settings to avoid damage to your amp.

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