wolftigerrosebud wrote:I want a bright, musical sound, preferably with the ringing highs that an aluminum dust cap can provide. I don't play with a lot of lows in my eq, but I can't stand speakers that only give brittle, ice-picky highs. What speaker do you like with your SMS?
Reread your OP. Thought I'd add, I began with aluminum cap speakers. They had the ringing highs - almost a piezo-ish acoustic guitar sounding quality to them, in fact. The problem was, to avoid any brittle top, I had to drive them HARD. Then they smoothed out and sounded great. But at lower volumes, I didn't care for them. Problem was, last year as an example, I played 3 loud outdoor gigs all year. All my other playing was at volumes well below where the aluminum cones sounded their best to me. Perhaps I'm alone in this. It would be cool if others who are using, or used to use, aluminum cone speakers chimed in also. But this was another example for me that what worked for Jerry on-stage at high volumes ain't necessarily what'll work best for us in small settings.
I also decided, about a year ago, to change anything in my rig that caused any given component to exceed 50 lbs. My back is doing fine these days - knock on void-free birch ply - but I want to keep it that way. So after a bunch of experimentation, I combined a Weber NeoMag paper cap with a Jensen Neo 12-100. The paper NeoMag still gives me plenty of those bright, musical, acoustical qualities but it sounds great at all volumes, even quite low. And where the NeoMag is mid-scooped and less prominent on the lows, the Jensen Neo fills in perfectly. And both together in the SSP 2X12 in a compact HT-style package at well under 50 lbs.
You've already heard me say why I don't prefer the aluminum cones and I don't for this reason recommend them to others unless they play out regularly at realistic volumes
. Again, I know I'm probably the minority on this particular board on that score but if we didn't express different views now and then, the discussions would be way more boring! But, if decide you want aluminum cones and want to try some Weber NeoMags, if a pair of 16 ohmers wil work for you, PM me, I'll make you a cheap offer of sale for my pair whose only use was when amp tech Pete Cage (Cage amplifiers) installed and removed once for me within a month. This being said, you know why I'm not using them still myself.
Re: being cost-conscious. That's among the reasons why I like my Rocktron so much. $360 for a musical-sounding, designed-specifically-for-guitar 300Ws bridged into 8 ohms or 150W/channel into 4 ohms is a pretty darn good deal in my book.
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