5e3 circuit - how much louder will a Celestion Blue sound?

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  1. Echoes22

    Echoes22 Member

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    I have a 5e3 clone that I received in a trade. The amp sounds great but is a bit quiet with a full band and no mic. It currently has a reissue C12Q which is rated at 95db. Would putting something rated around 100db like a Celestion Blue make it loud enough to hang with something like a stock Deluxe Reverb Reissue?
     
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    If the DRRI has a C12K then you may still be a bit outgunned by it, especially in the bass and low mids.
    But if each guitarist gives the other some space it should be workable.
     
  3. robrob

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    The DRRI has fixed bias so quite a bit more output. You might need to go more efficient like a Red Fang or JBL.
     
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    You're definitely going to gain a lot of volume going from a 95 db to 100 or so dbs. From there it depends on how loud the other guys playing the DRRI.
     
  5. Khromo

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    I've got an Alnico Blue in a silverface Princeton Reverb. I get told to turn that amp down all the time!

    That Blue is very efficient, and it sounds sensational. I had it in a Clark 5E3 for a while, and it was the best speaker I've ever had in that amp. It was brighter, and more clear and articulate than anything else I loaded into that amp. It made that amp sparkle a lot more than you would expect from a 5E3.

    A buddy has an Eminence Wizard in his 5E3 and that amp screams. It is very loud and present. At about 1/3 the price of a Blue with a slightly higher efficiency rating, it may be worth a try.
     

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