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40w 2 x 12 advice

wleeds

Member
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603
I am looking for a 40w blackface style 6l6 2 x 12 amp.
I've searched the forums and haven't found what I'm looking for.

I picked up a 2 x 12 hot rod deville for a gig on the weekend. While it sounded ok it left me wanted a little more ...life. I found the Celestion 80's to be very bottom end heavy. I realize I can change the speakers out and do a bunch of other things to make it more to my liking but I don't want to go through all of that just yet. I took it back and got a HRDX III with the idea of adding a second cab. And, i don't mind changing 1 speaker, just dont want to do both....yet. I have a C-Rex on hand. The HRDX is ok, certainly not great.

I usually gig with a BFDR (strats) though it can get a little small sounding. I think this may be due to the lack of mid control? A Twin and Super are too big.
Ideally something between BFDR and BFTR. Where to look?
 

pula58

Gold Supporting Member
Messages
1,663
Pro reverb!

40/45W

2x12

A Silverface pro reverb is reasonably priced, and can be modded to blackface specs if ya want to.
 

KevinYi

Member
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18
You might want to try Port City Amps.
The Pearl is exactly what you're looking for. Blackface sound in a small convenient package and the customer service that Daniel provides is top notch! I use a Dual Fifty and it has that great Blackface sound in a real pretty boutique looking package.

You're more than welcome to try it out if you're local.
 

Twangmeister

Gold Supporting Member
Messages
1,213
+1 for a BF or SF Pro Reverb. If you go SF, make sure you're not lookig at one of the late 70s 70w models.
 

hank57

Platinum Supporting Member
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8,635
Pro Reverb again is my first thought. Also Allen Amps has the Old Flame which is offered as a 2x10 and 1x12 but having a conversation with David never hurts. Also getting that amp as a head with a separate 2x12 cabinet could save your back!
 

JeffHaddad

Silver Supporting Member
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625
+4 for a Pro Reverb. A classic. BF or SF - even MV silverface are good if as mentioned you stay away from the late '70's "70 watt" ones.
 

Leftyman

Platinum Supporting Member
Messages
1,635
How about a Twin Reverb and just pull 2 tubes out. That is what I do. Keep in mind there is only about a 3-4 db difference between a 100 watt and a 50 watt amp.

I have been playing a TR with 2 tubes pulled out for years with no problems whatsoever. You just want to make sure you pull either that outer 2 or the inner 2.
 

wleeds

Member
Messages
603
If I add an extension cab to my BFDR, will it sound like a BFDR just bigger?

and, what ohm speaker would I use?
 

cocobolo

Member
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345
If I add an extension cab to my BFDR, will it sound like a BFDR just bigger?

and, what ohm speaker would I use?
BFDR have an 8ohm output. The speaker jacks are wired in parallel. So you'd want a match with both jacks being used. You can run a mismatch of up to one step. So two 8 ohm loads (12" in the combo with an 8ohm extension) ran in parallel would be 4 ohms total and you'd be safe. I've run a 212 Tone Tubby Alnico cab before that was perfect for the DR (though it was a Reissue). Great smokey jazz tones and it did sound huge though not as in your face as the larger watt amps like a twin reverb. One of my favorite all time live concert experiences was Trey playing in a small club with his side band using his DR through a 412. He had that thing cranked and it filled the whole place without any spikey treble or without tearing your head off.
 

drewl

Senior Member
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8,578
Definitely a Pro Reverb.
The perfect size, weight and power for almost any gig this baby gets used at almost every gig and plays very nice with my AC30 and Marshalls.


 




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