Cutthroat Audio Down Brownie

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  1. JK1965

    JK1965 Silver Supporting Member

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    Welcome to the club! Great amp and lots of fun ahead.
     
  2. BFC

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    So I decided to run a subwoofer break in loop through the amp overnight for several nights in a row. It was a sweep from 20hz to 65hz, up and down, for 8 hours a night. I went easy on the volume. It was enough to get the cone vibrating pretty well but not enough to damage anything. After four nights the gold has loosened up quite a bit. It's still fairly bright but the strident upper midrange I was hearing has mellowed out a lot and it doesn't feel anywhere near as stiff. I think I'll keep doing it until it doesn't seem to change any further. Definitely getting much better.
     
  3. silver surfer

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    Good to hear you are making progress. I did not like my Gold for a long time - mainly the high end which I thought was thin and fizzy through my Fenders. I stuck with it though, playing loud at home. It really took over a year and then one day it sounded great and has continued to improve since then. One of my favorite speakers now. Best of luck with yours.
     
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  4. Always-Ben

    Always-Ben Supporting Member

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    Anyone have clips of the Down Brownie with a Gold?
     
  5. Gallery

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    For me, the Alnico Cream was what I wanted from the Gold right out the box
     
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  6. ebenezer

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    Well, I jumped in and got a DB! So far it sounds really good. I was contemplating changing out the speaker but the Weber Alnico it has in it sounds great. I haven’t played with the settings a lot as I just picked it up yesterday, so this morning when I played it I just used the Brown Channel: 6g3 NFB, and Tube rectified. For a rocking part I flipped on the “Jumper” and it sounded great. I have so much more to explore with this amp but I gotta say the Tremolo is like butter! It sounded soooo nice. I’m already a big fan, and haven’t been able to get a bad sound out of it yet.
    [​IMG]
     
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  7. Gallery

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    Congrats! The Weber is a great speaker. I’ve switched between the Weber and a Scumback several times depending on my mood and both sound great. The Alnico Cream is sort of a cross between them.

    I also use a Suhr RL. Great tool with the DB.
     
  8. ebenezer

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    Yeah I have to use the Suhr with the Ace at church to keep the volume down, but get to crank it for band practice!
     
  9. Gallery

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    I'm surprised because the master volume on the DB is good enough that it should be able to get you any volume you need.
     
  10. ebenezer

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    I totally agree. I’ve just been going “silent” for so long at church because I mostly play Non-Master Volume Amps. I’ll try it out tonight during practice and see how it works .
     
  11. BFC

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    I just pulled an alnico cream from another amp and popped it into the DB. I think I like the cream better. Not worlds different but definitely smoother in the areas I wanted.
     
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  12. JK1965

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    That's what I've had in mine since I got it over 2 years ago. Haven't even considered changing it out. Killer sounding amp!!
     
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  13. Gallery

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    Yeah the Cream (to my ears) blends what I like about a Greenback-ish type speaker with what I like about an Alnico Blue/Gold-ish type speaker. I love it with a lot of amps. The stock Weber is a great speaker and very vintage accurate for the DB, but I like how the Alnico cream can be both rawk and smooth at the same time.

    I currently have a Scumback in mine going for the vintage Greenback type flavor I really dig, but I'll often plug into my 1x12 loaded with an Alnico Cream.

    Honestly, I haven't found a speaker I don't like in the DB. I've even run it with a Vintage 30 and it sounded like a hard rock machine. My least favorite is probably a Gold, but I'm not a huge Gold fan. Still the DB sounds good with it. I'm really curious to try the new Alnico Ruby with it.
     
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  14. Always-Ben

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    Has anyone made any new clips or videos of this amp? I like all the existing ones, I’d just like to hear more.
     
  15. Ron W

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    River City Guitars in Spokane, WA shot some guitar videos last week featuring the Down Brownie and Little Wing. I'll post some links when they're up...
     
  16. BFC

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    I’ve spent some time with the Little Wing. That is one mean little amp. The British input cranked with the extra gain stage pulled through a 2x12 cabinet is no joke. First “Champ” I’ve ever heard sound that aggressive.
     
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    I’ve had 3 practices and a Sunday morning with the DB so far and I’m really digging it! I’m surprised at how much I like the Brown channel. I’ve honestly been more of a Marshall guy for a long time. The brown channel just has this nice thick OD. I turn it up all the way and just use my guitar volume to adjust the amount of gain I want. I know I’m still in the honeymoon phase, but I’m really impressed. Also I’ve decided to stay with the stock speaker. I’m not gonna fix what ain’t broke ;)
     
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  18. ebenezer

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    That Little Wing looks really cool!
     
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  19. Gallery

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    When I hit the lottery, put me down for a Francene and a Blue Sky both in head format. Can't wait to see what Ron does with a Brown Super (Blue Sky). I assume that is an Allman Brothers reference and based on that alone I'm excited considering the magic Ron has performed with the other amps.
     
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  20. ebenezer

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    Here’s a waaaay better picture of the amp.[​IMG]
     

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