March 10th, 2018
Just tried the new cab from Jules Meuffels. Wow! That sounds fat! I’m hooked! My Aguilar cabs are going straight out the door and this one will replace them!
Translation German Article:
JM Speakers The Trunk
If you are looking for the lowest possible price when purchasing equipment, you can browse on with confidence. This Cabinet is namely the exact opposite of stinginess-is-cool: Wily construction for special tonality, small series, handmade, striking look …high price.
Jules Meuffels tries to gain foothold in the market with non-ordinary box constructions. In the course of 2017, he brought the trunk to production. The name is well chosen: translated means “The trunk case”. Fits, the box has only a single 12 “speaker, but it is quite voluminous.
Of course, Sir Meuffels has worked long to achieve this result. Development takes time. Among other things, because as a manufacturer you can not help but continually show your development ideas to competent users and obtain opinions. In the end, a special, unusual construction has come out. Which you can not see from the outside: in this large housing, the baffle is tilted offset and strongly bevelled. Below her is a large-scale bass reflex opening. There is thus much effort in the construction, but no voodoo. Finding and matching the right dimensions was the main task. And to ensure that the optimal material was choosen. Poplar plywood is now used, in a relatively small thickness of 15 mm. The case is covered with real “Relic” leather. The furnishing is otherwise spartan. A leather handle on the top and a small connection plate on the back, in which a Speakon Combi socket is sunk. The housing has no rear removable wall, the speaker is mounted on the front of the baffle. As a result, the front frame can logically be removed (four wood screws). The fabric is extremely breathable, soft and pliable, also elastic enough to stay in shape. It will not protect the loudspeaker, a conventional Vintage 30 from Celestion, under heavier mechanical stress. Is it clever? No.
You can tell that with the “trunk” he has big guitar sound in mind. The dimensions are corresponding. In fact, the JM Cabinet does not have that much less volume than a standard 4×12 box. Compared to a Marshall 1960 straight front, The trunk is only two centimeters narrower, 16 cm lower, and in the depth missing only 8 cm. At 18 kilograms, the weight is in the truest sense of the word “bearable”. Since the handle was placed favorably, so to speak, in the center of the mass, the box is surprisingly comfortable to carry, with legs facing its back. However, I do not really want to call them roadworthy, primarily because of the floppy front covering. A thicker protective cover must be minimum (available, approx. € 100 surcharge). Otherwise, the trunk would certainly quickly look “heavy relic”. Ultimately, the inner values count, so lets do the hearing test;
O wow, marvelous, my jaw drops. The first notes speak a clear language. The performance is really powerful. The volume in the bass and lower mids is comparable with a 4×12-Cab. This Vintage 30 is cultivated, reflects sharpness and bite in the attack, but does not cut aggressively. Say, it sounds milder in a peculiar way than in many other cabinets. In the upper mids, a distinctive, sonorous character develops, which adds precision to the attack. Actually that works the sound emphasizes transparency without being intrusive too me. The Trunk is always behaving very cultivated, also the effects dissolves fine in the signal; Reverb / Hall is a good exam criterion. And the box does not lose its balance, even at high sound pressure. The playback is very convincing all around. The trunk has so much format that he can stand up to my preferred moderate style boxes, both are 4×12, one with Marble Weber Bulldogs (Alnico, for blues, jazz, fusion, pop …) the other one old flavored orange with creambacks (rock, blues …), and pass with flying colors, it could be a kind of future reference.
Given the dimensions, you can not really compare The Trunk with regular 1×12 boxes. So 2×12? Would not be fair, right? Anyway, we’ll do that anyway. A lot of sound volume with a particularly low weight, there is a product in first place, the Neo-Classic 212 (about 12.5 kg) by DV Mark. However, optically, of course, it can not keep up with the looks of the trunk.
Outstanding sound characteristics with relatively low weight, these are striking Pro-arguments. The Trunk joins seamlessly into the phalanx of premium cabinets. Suitable and recommended especially for non-excessive styles such as blues, retro rock, etc. In addition, the cabinet with its noble vintage look is certainly an eye-catcher for many. That’s the nice side. The price tag, on the other hand, shocks. Considered soberly, only with regard to substance and function, the price is simply too high. On the other hand: If you want something special like this stylish “designer” cabinet, where else would you get it?
Guitar & Bass Magazine 03.2018
January 16th, 2018
Last week we received a visit from Jules Meuffels from JM Speakers – Boutique Bass / Guitar Cabinets. We have extensively tested his hand-built cabinet ” The Trunk ” and can safely say that it is the ultimate 1×12” cabinet.
January 14th, 2018
1×12″ That sounds like nothing that you tried before! Evolution in guitar and bass cabinets!
Bob Gabriel, 4seasonspickups
November 23rd, 2017
Just had the honor of testing the new 1×12 cab from Jules Meuffels …
Of course I have a trained ear and I know exactly what I want to hear … does not take away the fact that I was immediately very impressed by both the pressure, the dispersion and the low that this cabinet produces!
This is a speaker cabinet that comes into its own when you just put it on the floor. Space is immediately pleasantly filled with a full and warm sound. Both clean, crunsh and lead remain nicely open but also tight in the lows. Balance bass / treble is good and the speaker (vintage 30) speaks very directly …
Absolutely recommended according to unique recipe; and the appearance can also be carried out according your own unique wishes. Nothing seems to be to crazy for Jules: “showroom shine” or relic; the (real) leather is executed in the desired color and desired state …
In short: recommended!
Dick Roermermann, Guitarworks Guitar Repair & Customizing Panningen
Yesterday afternoon had the honor of testing the prototype of Jules Meuffels’ latest creation: The Trunk! The Trunk is a speaker cabinet for guitarplayers, with in this case a 12 inch Celestion V30 speaker, 8 Ohm. The speaker is screwed on a rearward tilted speaker baffle. As a result, you do not have to tilt the cabinet to hear yourself. The trunk is loud! According to earwitnesses audible a few blocks away haha. And it definitely doesn’t give you the feeling that you are playing on a cabinet with only 1 driver. The sound is full, very tight in the lows, very nice and clear mids and dito highs. The cab sounds wonderfully punchy and has an incredible dispersion. Whether you’re standing right in front of the cab or next to it: the sound stays super audible. This is the result of the ingeniously thought-out chamber system behind the speaker panel and a bass port across the whole front of the cab.
Also not unimportant: the cabinet is lightweight! And due to the position of the handle, the cabinet will be easy to transport.
You really must hear this cabinet yourself! I’m sure you’ll be very happy, like me!
It was a fun afternoon Jules! Thanks for your hospitality. Very nice that Roeland was there. Join three musicians and time flies!
For the Guitarists and Gearfreaks among us: Jules has designed the perfect speaker cabinet! Nice lightweight, good punch in the mid-lows (something that is missing in many cabinets) and more dispersion than an average 4×12 cab! I would say; Try it, before it becomes a hit!! This is a real asset!!
I just tested the prototype guitar cabinet Jules Meuffels (JM) made. I already knew JM builds high-end cabs for bassists. Now Jules makes cabinets for guitarplayers! I was truly amazed bij the volume, depth en punch of his new cab. I compared the JM cab with a stock F….. (well known brand ) cab. Both have a 12″ Celestion Vintage 30 speaker, but what a huge different in sound (and aesthetics)!! Compared with the stock cabs the JM cabs sounds lively, roomy and most of all, has that typical “oempf”, guitarist search for, without losing any high tones.
De craftmanship of this cab is very, very nice. The slightly slanted speaker enables you to set the cab on the ground and still hear it if you stand close to it during a gig. Another thing I really liked was the closed back, and bassresponse on the lower front of the cab. In a live-environment this comes in very handy. Whether you play in clubs or on a larger stage, the JM always sounds good! On a sidenote, these cabs can be finished in a number of boutique looks, like the worn-leather-look. I am very looking forward to your new line of guitar cabs Jules!
I think every guitarist should own a JM cab or at least try one out. I am sure you will not regret it!
Keep up the good work Jules! And my best regards to Kelly and Oscar!
May 16th, 2017
Today I tried the prototype of the new guitar cabinet build by Jules Meuffels and it sounded superb! He uses the same driver as in my own, only this cabinet is wider, the speaker is placed at a slight angle and there’s a port so the lows can escape at the front!
It sounded better than my own cabinet, much more spacious in the lower frequencies without getting too much! No exaggerated sub.
Jules is on the right track to make a killer cab!
And again, same speaker, but completely different cabinet, and a clear difference!