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Cab advice 1x12 OS gold vs 2x12 gold and blue vs 2x12 g12h30 and blue

thinline01

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Hi,

I am looking at high quality cab to match my Bruno CT Pro II 35 and my Kingsley D30. I would like the cab speakers also be a good match not only for blackface heads but also voxy (think Bruno UG30 or Kingsley Deluxe 30) and plexy (think Pony 50). Please consider, I am only playing at home, at moderate volume and will not use the cab for gigs or concerts.

This is my current selection:
- 1x12 oversized Kingsley in Celestion Gold
- 2x12 Dr Z in Celestion Gold and Blue
- 2x12F Divided by 13 in Celstion G12H and Blue

Any other additional recommendations or suggestions? So these are my questions:
- 1x12 or 2x12?
- If I go 1x12, my first choice would be Celestion Gold. Will it be a good match for my amps?
- If I go for 2x12. What is best? Gold and Blue OR G12h and Blue. I also understand the D13 allows to plug only 1 speaker.... is it useful?

Thanks

T
 

Cirrus

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I guess it just depends what you want.

If I was exclusively playing at home and wanted one cab that worked with a wide range of heads, out of your choices I'd probably go for a Celestion Gold for a few reasons;

- One speaker is like for like going to be a little quieter than two of the same speaker
- The Gold can handle 50 watts on its own
- A 1x12 is a bit easier to drive into compression at lower volume (though it'll still be loud)
- A 1x12 is smaller so nicer for kicking around the house.
- The Gold, once broken in, is a relatively flexible speaker that I've seen people rave about in voxy and fendery applications.
- The Gold IMO sounds better than the Blue at low volumes, because the Blue needs to be pushed to thicken out.
 

thinline01

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So far, the 1x12 gold choice seems to be my preferred solutiom. However, I would like this solution to be challenged by 2x12 fans and supporters ;-)
 

Cirrus

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OK.

You should get a 2x12 because

- They sound bigger and more complex
- You can mix speaker types, giving a wider range of tones
- If you ever do decide to play out, the 2x12 will almost definitely be more inspiring and satisfying in a band setting.
 

kiki_90291

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I'll make a different suggestion - how about a 2x10? I'm using one (open back, 2 celestion gold 10") with my Mesa TA-15 and it works really well for blackface and vox settings. I think having two speakers definitely adds to the harmonic complexity - it just sounds more open and less beamy. The 10" speakers have a tighter bass (to me - that may just be purely subjective). Also, if you can mix speakers if you want to alter the tone a bit (like adding a bit more low end).
 

thinline01

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Thanks - 2x10 could be an option as well. I disliked mine that was loaded with g10 .... but the gold should help!
 

kodou

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I'm interested in people's opinions on a G12H30 and Gold paired up. I've got an Ulbrick Verbovibe with a G12H in it and was considering a 1x12 extension cab with a Gold or WGS Blackhawk in it.

Any opinions on this match up?
 

Geeze

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I am a big fan of the Celestion Gold I have a 12" paired with a Classic Lead 80 - a decent duo. I also have run a 10" Gold with a 10" Greenback that is my favorite. I purchased one more of each for a 4x10 cab I am building. I prefer the tighter/faster sound of the ten to the twelve. I play a mix of bebop jazz to metalish stuff.

Cirrus had a good point about a 2x12/2x10 cab as the speakers work together. The mixture is much more interesting to my ears than two standalone speakers.

Out of the box the Gold's sound good and get better as they break in. The Greens round out the Gold's articulate voice with some fatness - no I don't have a good way to demo to clip.
 






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