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A Tail Of Two Alnicos

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by cuttyshark, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. cuttyshark

    cuttyshark Member

    Feb 28, 2007
    Akron, OH
    not really... question tho:

    Would a Blue or Gold be better for a two el84 based amp (18-20 watts)?

    I'm wondering, is there a different tone sweet spot wattage for each of these?

    Also, is the Blue sturdy enough?
  2. Peppy

    Peppy Member

    Aug 23, 2006
    Mesa, Arizona
    The blue can handle it.
  3. vanguard

    vanguard Member

    Jul 28, 2005
    Charleston, SC
    if it's rated at 18/20 watts clean (manufacturer wattage rating) then no way can blue handle that. run full-tilt, that amp would be pushing more like 35 watts.

    if that rating is when the amp is cooking, the blue could handle it MOST LIKELY. personally, i'd get a gold or a 30w scumnico and not risk it.
  4. splatt

    splatt david torn / splattercell Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 20, 2008
    i still play, and have played for years,
    a buncha 45-120w amps through an openbacked 2x12 cab loaded with 2 very well-worn british celestion blues.

    sometimes i use an atenuator, sometimes i do not.
    no problems, here;
    i can only guess, but think that said little amp would do well w/a single british blue.

    i would always say, though:
    get the gold, if you want the cab to be more flexible & ya want some headroom/safety.
  5. Billion81

    Billion81 It'd be a whole lot cooler if you did. Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2009
    in a hubzone
    I have abused a 4X12 of blues with 100 watt Marshalls, Carol Anns, and D amps- I think that is one tough speaker. But who knows.

    I happen to think the Gold is an amazing speaker and now run a 2X12 of those as my main cab so if you want to sleep a little easier and not fret when diming your amp. go with the Gold.

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