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Soundhound
06-12-2009, 02:07 AM
I know this has been discussed here previously, but I wanted to get people's take on this in general and any new discoveries perhaps? I find myself taking my delta blues to a lot of gigs, especially to new places where I'm not sure how safe the joint is. It's my least expensive amp by far, and in many ways my favorite. I use the amp for big cleans and use pedals for a variety of bluesy tones, Matt schofield, to derek trucks, mick Taylor, sonny landreth etc. It has the stock speaker in it and sounds great. I just wonder if there's anything g wonderful out there that I'm missing?

jcarpenter
06-12-2009, 07:47 AM
I think that amp is awesome I work at a private music store and the owner got one on trade. Very unique cool amp. However, I think they put a lot thought into matching that speaker up with that amp. You may end up back where you started after your speaker purchase. However, I have not tried this but since you like good cleans, I would try a Jensen Neo 15'' I put one in my 1x12 combo and love it. Its a 12'' not 15'' with a pair of KT88's. Apples and Oranges.

The Neo has a very lightweight magnet and can take plenty of power so more head room and better cleans.

Good Luck

mad dog
06-12-2009, 10:53 AM
I think I'd try the Emi Legend 151 first, Big Ben next.

Soundhound
06-12-2009, 03:17 PM
have you compared those two (Emi Legend, Big Ben) to the stock 15 in the DB?

ReginaldBisquet
06-12-2009, 03:43 PM
I'm getting a Jensen Neo 15-150 this afternoon along with a fresh set of EHX 12ax7s and JJ EL84 tubes. Replacing the speaker first and trying it out this weekend. Will replace the tubes down the line.

FWIW - I've read equal amounts of praise for the Legend and the Jensen Neo followed by the Big Ben and then the stock speaker.

In Tune
06-12-2009, 03:53 PM
Gerald over at Kendrick amps has recently announced a new 15 incher...If I was in the market,,,,,,,Id take a looky.

JDW3
06-12-2009, 03:56 PM
I think I'd try the Emi Legend 151 first, Big Ben next.

Many people like these 2. I wound up with a Weber Cali 15", and I don't like it when cranked. Kind of mushes out. Don't understand, really. The amp is pretty tight through a 4x12. So I know it's the spk.

Anyone else have this happen? I'm not familiar with these Webers and thought the Cali would be really heavy duty for some reason.

therhodeo
06-12-2009, 04:01 PM
4x12 closed back? A 4x12 closed back is going to handle the bass better than an open back 15.

ReginaldBisquet
06-12-2009, 10:39 PM
Gerald over at Kendrick amps has recently announced a new 15 incher...If I was in the market,,,,,,,Id take a looky.

Great... ANOTHER 15" speaker I gotta try. :D

In Tune
06-13-2009, 06:43 AM
Great... ANOTHER 15" speaker I gotta try. :D

Yep,, you gotta love it.....I certainly do! Not only that, I believe there is a new amp to go with the new 15. Sorry. :dude

mad dog
06-13-2009, 08:50 AM
Sound: I'd try those 2 Emis because of what I've heard in other amps, not the DB. And to JDWs point ... the Weber Cali ceramic paperdome is another longtime favorite. As with all these speakers, there is no best. Every amp is different. The Big Ben trumps anything else I tried in the Sewell Wampus Cat, yet in the Vicky 35115, it wasn't even close; the Legend 151 was much better. And so on.

Soundhound
06-13-2009, 02:10 PM
thanks fellas. do either or both the Big Ben and Legend 151 have more clean headroom than the stock speaker in DB 115?

And is either a better choice for big round warm cleans with greater headroom, or is it more a matter of individual taste?

mad dog
06-13-2009, 03:51 PM
Both Emi speakers are very efficient, i.e., loud. Both will have as much or more headroom as whatever is stock in that amp I would guess. The Big Ben has a thick kind of OD sound; it comes alive at higher volumes. The Legend 161 is maybe a bit brighter than the BB, clearer. The Legend sounds perfect at any volume. Both speakers have big, solid bass. If you want something more on the raw side, go for Big Ben. The Legend reminds me of a louder, fuller sounding Jensen ceramic. Has that vintage flavor. Both are excellent in their own ways.

Soundhound
06-13-2009, 04:03 PM
thanks Mad Dog for that very clear and detailed rundown. Sounds like if I use pedals for varying levels or drive, and just want a big, deep round 3D clear tone as a bass (without being at all sterile, of course) that the Legend 151 might be better to try first?

RussB
06-13-2009, 04:35 PM
I would be all over the Weber Blue Dog alnico 15

Soundhound
06-13-2009, 05:35 PM
I would be all over the Weber Blue Dog alnico 15

For what I described in my post just before yours?Would love to hear more!

RussB
06-13-2009, 07:06 PM
I've never heard the BD-15, but I really dig what Ted does with the 12's

Soundhound
06-14-2009, 01:54 PM
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