Ideally, I'd like a smallish combo that's appropriate for rehearsals and small clubs, but not as small as a Princeton, that is pretty clean throughout the range of its volume, and that gives me that bell-like ringing tone. Any thoughts or suggestions on amps, speakers, or components will be greatly appreciated. Thanks, all.
wolftigerrosebud wrote:Edit: This is the Twin I'm looking at picking up. Has the Blackface mods done to it already, and it still has the Master Volume: http://miami.craigslist.org/mdc/msg/2181565753.html
wolftigerrosebud wrote:Unfortunately, there aren't any for sale in my area. Nevertheless, I could pick one up for around 700 on ebay, it looks like. What if I were to stick a Weber Neomag 12 or a Tone Tubby 40/40 in there? Would a 12" Neomag work well in a DRRI? The stock speaker is a 50w Jensen, and the one I've been playing out of I'm not that crazy about. The 75w Weber would give me more headroom (a good thing, because clean's what I'm after, and I've got one of Brad's awesome Earth Drive pedals for when I want something else), but I just don't know if I'd get that ringing high end out of it. I'd also be worried about damaging the transformer by giving it too much headroom.
wolftigerrosebud wrote: I could pick up a used one and stick in a better speaker and have only spent 600 bucks. I'm starting to think that might be the better option. I've played both of them minimally, and I don't hear a huge difference between them and the DRRI. They both have ice-picky highs and are sort of one dimensional sounding. That's why I'd replace the speakers and probably the tubes on any of those 3 options, but after the upgrades would I be missing out on something by going with a HRD or Blues Deluxe over a DRRI?
JonnyBoy wrote:our new rhythm player was using a blues Jr last night and was louder than he needed to be, plus about twice as loud as we normally gig at stage volume. I guess it depends on how loud you guys play.... I am a firm believer in a low as possible stage volume and let the FOH be the main volume, or for smaller places play as low as you can. People seem to enjoy the music better when we keep the volume reasonable. Again, that also depends on the place, age of the crowd, size of the venue, how loud your drummer insists on playng. so many variables.
wolftigerrosebud wrote:We generally play louder than I'd like to. Loud enough that if I don't wear earplugs, I'll have substantial hearing loss and ringing in my ears for the rest of the night and perhaps the next day as well. Too damn loud.
But hey, I can't help it if they refuse to play softer. Anyway, what I'm thinking now is that I might go with a Blues Deluxe with a Neomag 12 w/ aluminum dust cap and cloth cones. I hope that'll give me a sound that I'm at least marginally happy with. I like a bright, smooth sound, and I assume that the Blues Deluxe is a pretty mid heavy amp, being a blues combo and all, so hopefully the Webers will work well in it.
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