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    Posted: 10 October 2014 at 6:07pm
Does anyone have any practical experience of bass cabs made from poplar ply? Do any pro companies use this material for their boxes? The weight savings are attractive but I wonder how they perform in comparison with proper birch.
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I've build a few cabs and cases out of poplar ply. It's much softer and more flexible.
So it will require more bracing, but it is a cheap alternative.

I sometimes use it for modular 19'' racks for amps, effects etc. works fine.
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I've done some guitar and Bass guitar cabs out of it. Not sure about heavy subs. I'd probably double it up just to make it nice and heavy. If the end grain doesn't become a problem, it is certainly alright for non acoustic stuff.
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Dynacord use poplar in lot of their boxes.
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I was thinking of building a reflex cab using a single BMS 500W 15" driver. I don't think poplar is any cheaper than birch but it's much lighter - which is its attraction. I want to keep cabinet vibration to a minimum. Perhaps extra bracing might do the trick then.
I didn't know Dynacord used poplar. Interesting.
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We use a lot of poplar in our builds, both Italian and Spanish variants, it's more expensive than Birch, but it is light. If you brace it appropriately it is fine.  We have built several hundred poplar cabs the past year ...
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burns well
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JBL use poplar ply wood in their PRX range. Very light.  
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Not very poplar as it seems
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There are several pallets of the stuff  in the Peavey Auction that was highlighted in another thread. (It is referred to as 'popular' ply)
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I have used it before, you can get some good results , bit of extra bracing jobs a gud,un

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No. Should never be used for speaker cabinets. Too light weight.
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