How long does it take for new speakers to break in?

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  1. imguitardan

    imguitardan Supporting Member

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    I just got some "pre-rola" Weber's (ceramic Silver & Blue). They sound pretty tight and have about 8 hours playing on them. How much longer before they loosen up. I'm really not liking them...
     
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    Really...Anyone?
     
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    How long it takes depends on lots of things. How are you breaking them in?
     
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    Depends on the speaker. My G12H-30's didnt start to warm up until I got 40-50 hours on them! Even then they seem to have smoothed out considerably since then. The harder they are pushed the faster they will break in. I'd give them at least 20 hours hard use before I made a judgement. bob
     
  5. RDM

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    My Webers broke in after about 15 hours.....but I had my amp cranked loud. I had to wear earplugs....but......it worked.
     
  6. Aussie Mike

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    Isn't it a gradual process? Shouldn't you hear some change after 8 hours?
     
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    Maybe- depends on the volume. Lower volumes might do little to futher break in. Also since the change my be gradual(even at high volumes) it might be hard to notice in only 8 hours. Besides whats to lose in pounding them for another 8? Bob
     
  8. The Pup

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    http://professional.celestion.com/guitar/features/drdecibel/index.asp

    How do I break in my speakers?


    Important Note! Before breaking it in it's advisable to "warm up" the speaker gently for a few minutes with low-level playing or background hum.
    Break in a speaker with a fat, clean tone: turn up the power amp volume to full, and control the level with the preamp gain. Use a level that will be quite loud, but not painful in a normal size room.
    Have the bass and mid up full, and the treble at least half. On your guitar, use the middle pick up position (if your guitar has more than one pick up) and play for 10-15 minutes using lots of open chords, and chunky percussive playing. This will get the cone moving, and should excite all the cone modes and get everything to settle in nicely. The speaker will continue to mature over the years, but this will get it 95% of the way to tonal perfection in the shortest time.
     
  9. dbeeman

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    My experience with Webers is they take a good while to break in.
    I actually sold my first alnico blue dog before it broke it because
    "it didn't sound right".

    My guess is up to 40 hours of good loud playing
     
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    Ive read that before. Didnt do much for my G12H-30's thats for sure. The hardset speaker Ive broken in yet! Bob
     
  11. The Pup

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    Got it.
     
  13. Lamont

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    It takes a good 20 hrs of playing in most cases,,Ive also heard that taking a radio and just putting some vibes through them helps .. Also . the dopeing amount can make a speaker sound alot better right off the bat . But just some old time playing , amps also take some breaking in as well .
     
  14. GCDEF

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    Sounds like you're overthinking it a little to me.
     
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    I've witnessed Celestion Blues taking the better part of a year to get in the sweet spot. But, you can get them pretty close in far less time.
     
  18. The Pup

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    Fair enough.
     
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    It's not hard to break in speakers. You plug your guitar in....crank it up...and play. How loud you play will help determine when the speakers break in. For some...it's gradual. WIth my new Webers....it's was an earth shattering experience.
     
  20. The Pup

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    I have an original Weber Blue Dog (although they were called something else back then) 16-ohm no dope 12 inch speaker that is more important tone-wise to me than any other piece of equipment I own...including amps, guitars, pedals, etc.

    I've also got a 4x12 Vox "type" setup with a Weber Blue Dog Silver Bell diagonal mix...talk about earth shattering chime!!!

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