5E3 + Tone Tubby Follow-Up

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by VintageKnob, Sep 19, 2008.

  1. VintageKnob

    VintageKnob Supporting Member

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    Well ladies and gentlemen I must say I am very impressed, very impressed indeed.

    I asked here a few weeks ago about TT's and 5E3's and I went and ordered one from our very own Bob Hyde at Speaker Tone.

    I love it.

    1/ LOUD, take this to a small club and watch heads turn!
    2/ makes every aspect of the 5E3's huge variety completely usable. Cranked and rolled back, low and warm. You name it, it's nailed in spades.
    3/ Chimmey, ringing high end, clear, really clear. Rhythm playing? Get lost in it.
    4/ Warm and nasty distortion, say good-bye to the flub.

    I've got to say, this is the first amp in about 5 years and 10 amps that I feel is perfect. Just right. Top of the line, pro level, couldn't make it better.

    Lil' Dawg amps, Better Built Cabs and Tone Tubby = serious tone.

    <name drop>Jim tells me Johnny A is playing a couple of his higher output chassis.</name drop>

    Anyway, just thought I'd share and thank those that encouraged me to go for the TT.

    - D
     
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    Right on, I knew you'd dig it.

    I still say it's the perfect speaker for a 5E3. IMO, and all that.
     
  3. strings

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    Just last night I was in amazement about how good my 5e-3/TT rig sounds. It has finally broken in !!
    Total agreement on all four points. Unreal how great it sounds. Took it to a whole new level without losing anything I loved about the 5e-3 tone and response. But it took a while for the TT to break in. Blows everybody away who hears it:)
     
  4. derekd

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    Which TT did you go with?
     
  5. VintageKnob

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    12in alnico - only had it a few days. It's going to get better when it breaks in?!?!?!?

    Cool.

    - D
     
  6. VintageKnob

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    Dig this one...

    I also have a 25 watt 5E3 with the Paul-C mod and a tone mod.

    In this one I put an EVM12L!

    Holy smokes, this is going to call for a new thread!

    More to come...

    - D
     
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    i got a 25 watter from jim over at lil dawg, bb cab. Jims a great guy i cant recommend him highly enough.

    Hi Jim, from Eric in Sacramento. Ill call or email you this weekend.

    I've got a 50's Jensen Alnico that I got out of an organ speaker cab.

    I've also tried a greenback which was ok, but that speak was new and not broken in.

    any of you TT guys tried the speakers I have and can compare them?
     
  8. VintageKnob

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    The speakers I've tried have been:

    weber C-1230
    weber 12A125-O
    weber 50 watt Silver Bell ceramic

    best I liked before the tone tubby was the 12A125-O.
    Did break up early, but was very sweet.

    For me now that I've had Jim do the mods to the 25 watter, the EVM is a monster.

    Normal channel, any volume. Killer with my Les Paul now.
    Very 60's blackface/brown Fender tone. The 12 w/ the TT and the 25 w/ EVM are so different.
    Perfect variety.

    The EVM12L was Jims suggestion, I'm really glad I went with it.

    My amps are rockin' now! ;-)

    - D
     
  9. strings

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    My TT is the Alnico. It had a Jensen Alnico reissue that did not do the amp justice. EVM 12L sound fantastic-I uces one in my 64 DR for years- but are now too heavy for me to carry.
     
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    How does the TT compare w/ a Celestion Blue?
     
  11. VintageKnob

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    I had a clark beaufort with a blue in it. Sounded good at lower volume but I didn't like it at high volumes. Sold the Clark w/ the blue. Never missed it.

    To me, the TT is tighter and richer.
    This is an interesting link: http://www.nutshellhifi.com/MLS/MLS6.html

    - D
     
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    My band mate has a Blue in his 5e-3 (A Victoria) and my Clark has the alnico TT. We have used a cable to compare both amps with both speakers and liked the TT much better.
     
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    Very interesting indeed, thanks for the replies. I recently got a C.Blue for my FTDRI and though it was the best I could do. Now this reopens my can of GAS. Sounds like the TT is less chimey, but richer, w/ more mids and bass. Would it be accurate to describe it as more hi-fi?
     
  14. VintageKnob

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    I dug my Clark, just didn't like the speaker. It made me into a tweed guy.

    Both my Lil' Dawgs use a "deep deluxe" cabinet by Better Built (1in deeper than standard), I think that's the only reason a EVM12L fits in the 25 watt.

    [​IMG]
     
  15. VintageKnob

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    Ah, tweed deluxe RI, Ok got it...

    I played one of those at my local store, they sound really good for a "new" Fender amp. Cool.

    If it was me, after trying them both, it would be TT for sure.

    But, my guitars, my hands, my ears.
    Your scene is going to be different.

    Deeper cab, NOS tubes... tweeds are an excellent example of "the sum of all the parts". Everything matters.

    That being said, I feel the TT is an all around speaker.

    I love that EC Robert Johnson vibe, or a Bonnie Raitt type of Strat soulful tone... or a Dave Davies Kinks solid rock tone, or a EC Derick and the Domino's nasty edge tone.

    So far, anything I've wanted to get, I get with the TT, and that just with my Suhr Pro 3 single coil! ;-) Plug in the Paul or the ASAT and the variety just goes on.

    YMMV

    - D

    Man it must be Friday for me to post this much!
     
  16. le_plastique

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    Clips!
     
  17. slacker

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    I've replaced a V30 with a Tone Tubby in a Champ type cmbo that's currently running an EL34. I wont type out my comments so forgive me spamming my own thread.

    http://www.thegearpage.net/board/showthread.php?p=4743685#post4743685
     
  18. VintageKnob

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    Clips to come!

    Next week my vintage harness from RS Guitars comes for my 57RI.

    With what I touched on today, it will be sweet!
    I will post. i never thought of an EVM in a tweed, but with the 25 watter, it's a gas.

    - D
     
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    I've got about 5 hours on mine and it's a lot better sounding.
     

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