Celestion Blues in a Bluesbreaker?

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  1. bscepter

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    I posted this over at the PlexiPalace, too, as I need to know before this afternoon:

    have a pair of 8-ohm, 15w AlNiCo Blues arriving today that will eventually end up in a Valvetech Hayseed 30 I've ordered.

    I want to break them in, so I thought I'd put them in a friend's Bluesbreaker reissue that I'm borrowing in the meantime.

    My question is, will it be safe? In other words, is a BB in fact a 30w amp? And will it take two 8-ohm speakers?

    Bonus question: will they sound good?

    Thanks for any advice!
     
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    The originals used to come with Blues (but they didn't look like that - the Blue ones were for Vox) for a short time. Clapton had ceramics in his though. Whether they sound good or not is up to the listener. The 1962 model (JTM45) puts out about 33 - 35 watts.

    Best, Pete.
     
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    Thanks for the quick response.

    I typically play the BB with all the knobs on "eleven." Will this hurt the new speakers? I've heard that the 15w rating is somewhat conservative.
     
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    I'm not going to guarentee that!
    I thought that they were 18 watt, not much different I suppose....
    Send an email to Celestion?

    Best, Pete.
     
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    it will be safe if you don't boost the signal (or use valves that will put out more power than a kt66).
     
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    I think there are EL34s in there (it's a reissue) and I'm using a germanium rangemaster-esque treble boost on the front end.
     
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    that's NOT safe. Don't use it at full blast.
     
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    Stupid question: what exactly happens when a speaker "blows?"
     
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    a reissue has 5881s - that's not a problem
     
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    Actually, I'm pretty sure they're EL34s (though I know that Ken Bran used 5881s initially, switching to KT66s when stock ran low). By the way, it's a late-80s or very early 90s reissue that's been through a couple of owners (it has Vintage 30s in there now). It's possible that somebody switched out the valves.
     
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    After all the advice and input, I've decided not to break my Blues in with the BB. I'll wait for the Valvetech.

    Thanks to everyone -- it's been enlightening.
     

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