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A Tail Of Two Alnicos

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

  1. cuttyshark

    cuttyshark Member

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    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

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    The blue can handle it.
     
  3. vanguard

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    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

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    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

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    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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