Lots of drama about Chinese V30s, but...

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  1. Dashface

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    I took a look in the back of my handwired Deluxe Reverb after hearing all this junk about Chinese speakers, and whaddya know... Mine is a Chinese V30! And guess what: It sounds amazing!

    It could be because it's well worn in. I have played 203 shows with this amp to date, so that speaker has worked pretty hard. It has never let me down and has always been a delight. Can't imagine I'm really missing out that much.
     
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    I have the Chinese v30s in all my cabs but one and maybe my ears are shot but I think they sound fantastic and exactly how I like the v30s....go figure...
     
  3. GT100

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    That's because too many listen with their eyes.

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  4. rodeodee

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    I've got chinese greenbacks that sounds just as good as the british stuff. I hope chinese speakers stay lower on the second hand market because it makes them cheaper to buy.
     
  5. Paul Bateman

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    They are exactly the same:)

    It is possible to have an old British made v30 that sounds slightly different but that's to do with age. The design however is the same and the Chinese are plenty skilled enough to make a speaker to the spec it should be.
     
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    Why would it matter whether Lei or Lee worked on it?
     
  7. Dashface

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    Mostly I was just posting to highlight how ridiculous some of us are about this stuff. If it sounds good, it's good :)
     
  8. riffmeister

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    Yes but think of how much better it would have sounded with a real V30 in there.

    ;)

    ;)

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    Nothing wrong with Chinese Celestions!
     
  10. RussB

    RussB low rent hobbyist Silver Supporting Member

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    The real world likes V30's, but they face scorn at TGP
     
  11. H. Mac

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    I take speaker bashing with a grain of salt. Hearing can be believing!
     
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    I had a 212 with a Chinese and a Mesa/British V30. They sounded different, but both sounded good. I love a good, broken-in V30.
     
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    Well, the mesa ones DO sound different by most accounts, so that's not a china/uk thing...
     
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    Well, one is Chinese, the other is UK. But I know what your mean; there are differences in the way the Mesa V30 is constructed. Mostly, I just hear a warmer bass in the Mesa.
     
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    Mesa has a special v30 made for them that is darker by a bit than the standard version. Nothing to do with where they are made. The Mesa version as you said has a bit more low end.
     
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    Yes the Mesa one also sounds good. But its really a matter of what amp you are paring it up with.

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    Very true, a bit too dark for some circuits.
     
  18. blackba

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    My biggest problem with v30s is that many seem to think they work with all amps. They are versatile, but I think they get applied to broadly. For example with a vox they would not be a speaker I would choose.

    There are also a good number of different versions. The v30 is one of those speakers that most everyone has used and has an opinion on.
     
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    Same crap happened with the Vox Heritage series which had Chinese Celestion Blues, and people were complaining about different cones. Mine always sounded great to me, I had the AC30H1 and I still have the AC15H1TV, only selling since I've moved on to another music style
     
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    The best variant is the older UK one IMO.

    There's a clip I made in the Speakers Demo section about one in comparison to a G12H30.

    The Chinese one is superior to the Mesa. Chinese one has more treble and a better bass response, the mesa is congested and overly middy in comparison. There's a comparison of those too in there.
     

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