Eminence Tonker-lite opinions

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  1. Chicago Slim

    Chicago Slim Member

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    Has anyone had any experience (good or bad), with the Tonkerlite speaker? I'm looking for a speaker, for a grab and go amp, that has a Vox flavor. I am also considering the Wizard and Man of War?

    I play a G&L ASAT and Strat, for alternitive country. It will be used with a modeler, for AC-30 and Mesa MK III, sounds. I use the modeler because, when I play large shows, I normally use the provided Twin Reverb's. It's much simplier that way. Besides I can't afford a pair of Vox's or Badcat,s, and someone to carry them.

    Thanks,
    Tim
     
  2. PB Wilson

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    For grab and go, the neo magnet speakers should be perfect, especially for your back.

    A Tonker is based on a Fane, right?

    It's relatively new if I'm not mistaken. I too wonder if many folks have had a chance to try it out. I'd be interested in finding out though.
     
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    I've had a chance to A-B them and found the sound & efficiency to be very similar. The Tonkerlite weighs seven lbs. less and, unless it's a misprint, Parts Express has the list price at $15. less than the Tonker ($85. vs. $100.)
     
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    Emi's website PDF describes it as being brighter and with less bass. Did you hear this when comparing the 2 Tonkers?

    Thanks.
     
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    I own a tonker, and did not know that. Where did you get that info?
     
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    Bump for more opinions on the tonkerlite.
     
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    FWIW, all the neos I've heard are fatiguingly bright.
     
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    Ted Weber sells the Tonker Lite for $60.00 and the Tonker for $68.00

    You get the lower price when you add the speaker to your cart.

    It looks like he beats MF across the board on Eminence pricing. He's also a great guy to do business with.

    I have the Tonker in my Gries 35. Real sweet speaker.

    Good luck in your search.
     
  10. aeolian

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    I have two different cabinets with Tonkers and they don't sound anything like any Fane I've heard. More like the Celestion Mesa 90 but without the lower midrange bloat and with the highs of a G12H-30. I wonder how much bottom end thump the lite version gives up. And if it has slightly less efficient transfer characteristics. The Tonker has the least power compression of any speaker I've tried, which makes notes jump out more than other rigs. Great for some situations but makes it hard to play in others, you have to be really even with your touch. I think that "jump factor" was what made RF feel that they were too loud.
     
  11. Matt H

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    just a quick head's up on pricing- conside the shipping charges (if applicable). weber and avatar both gave me a run-around with shipping charges when i asked in advance... ted was definitely *much more* straightforward than they were over at avatar though. both places are drop-shipping a lot of eminence speakers, which means it's at least 12 bucks per speaker shipping.

    in my case, it was actually cheaper and less frustrating to just order from music123 because of a free shipping deal.
     
  12. deluxemeat

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    i'm curious about these. anyone find these anemic? too modern sounding? i asked eminence if theyd make a vintage voiced neo mag and they said they have to wait and see how the tonkers do...
     
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    He don't ship them for free like Musicians Friend or American Musical Supply though. That's $12 per speaker! Ouch!
     
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    A regular weight speaker will run you more in the $15-$17 range for shipping through Weber.
    I like dealing with him though.Cheaper speaker price and higher shipping. Ends up being about the same.
     
  15. Galo

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    They are only 4 pounds...I have a 2x12 cabinet with them and they sound great to me...but not like the fanes!!! Also, I have read Neodymium magnets are bright and harsh, I dont think so with this speakers...

    Adios
     
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    cool i was wondering. i'm sure any brightness can be backed off w/ an amp that has very responsive eq controls, no?
     
  17. Galo

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    or add some bass!!!
    Adios
     
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    we just installed a pair into a CAA 2x12 and I'm very pleased with the outcome.....perhaps a little dark but the OD-100 can quickly compensate.

    One can grab the cab with one hand!!!!!!

    Andy
     
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    !exactly what i like to hear!
     
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    What amp were you using? From what I have read so far most people have said that it is brighter than the regular Tonker but I guess if that was dark as well!?!? Anyways what would you guestimate the weight of the cab w/ the 2 Tonker Lites?

    Thanks

    Dan
     

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