How to increase bottom end??

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  1. AaeCee

    AaeCee Member

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    I have a 15w Matchless Spitfire (1x12 small box version) powered by two EL84s with 12AX7s. Love the tone and amp, but wish it had a touch more bottom end thump. Aside from a speaker swap, would a tube change provide any such results? And if I were to swap speakers, any suggestions there? Thanks as always.
     
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    not much can get you bottom end with a small wattage amp like the Spitfire.A pair of eminence Texas Heat speakers would pound out some thump.
     
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    Serious Poo Armchair Rocket Scientist Graffiti Existentialist Gold Supporting Member

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    If the amp is on a a stand, put it on the ground. Same if it's on wheels. Directly placing an amp on the ground can dramatically increase low end sometimes.
     
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    Also for speakers you could try Swamp Thangs and EVM12L's. You could also try a ported ext cab.
     
  6. Rod

    Rod Tone is Paramount Silver Supporting Member

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    I'd get a Boss GE-7 or equivalent EQ and use that just to increase the bottom end....I use one with my Aiken Sabre, and my little Budda SD-18 combo...In both those amps I put it in the loop, but you can go into the front end of your Matchless with one as well, cause I don't think you have a loop.....just bump the bottom 2 sliders up a bit....it's amazing...You can find them used here on TGP for $50-$60
     
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    I love samll watters, but that's usually my biggest issue, lack of lowend.
    Nothing is going to do it like bigger trannies.
    I have used the eq or an RC Booster with decent results, not greta, but better.
     
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    emphatic +1 on all of the above.

    closed back cabinet will notch it up some more if you want to go that way.
     
  9. bosstone

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    A bigger speaker will make a lot more difference than any tranny or booster. I have tried an oversized Mercury Magnetics Axiom OT and love my RC Booster and I highly recommend both of them but nothing does it like a bigger cab.
     
  10. mlj_gear

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    Generally I think an increase in donut intake does a pretty good of beefing up the low end. For me, anyway.

    (sorry... really, sorry... i couldn't help it :))
     
  11. stratzrus

    stratzrus Philadelphia Jazz, Funk, and R&B Supporting Member

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    Not a cheap solution, but by far the best.

    I'm a big fan of the Rivera Sub 1. It won't alter the basic tone of your amp but will make even a small open back combo sound like a half stack.

    Sorry it's buried in the picture but you get the idea.

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    Interesting..........how do you run it with your Deluxe?

    What's the axe, BTW?

    - jim
     

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