I ordered a 12" Celestion Gold from Avatar Speakers yesterday (single day service!) because I'm way to heavy with Vintage 30s (two 2x12s with V30s - closed back, plus a single Avatar 1x12 semi open back). I decided to make a change and ordered the single Gold for the 1x12. Popped it in and...Holy Cow!!! I've played other alnico speakers before but this one just takes the cake. It sounds: sweet, softer, all those cliches, but just there. A high quality sound coming from the amp. I especially love the overdriven tone - I can use the second and fourth positions on the 5 way switch of my Strat with overdrive now. Prior to this with the ceramics it just didn't sound right. Total Voxy Brian May tones all over the place. I wish I had gotten one of these speakers earlier but better late than never! Right now I'm using it with an inexpensive VHT Ultra Special 6 head - sounds fantastic and makes this inexpensive amp sound like a top shelf boutique amp. I will have to try it with the Orange TH30 head next. Question - How do the Celestion Golds do in a closed back cabinet? Does a closed back cab muffle to much of the sweet chiminess of the speaker? Or is it better to keep them in an open/semi-open back cabinets?